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Garmin Forerunner 201

alaTest has collected and analyzed 788 reviews of Garmin Forerunner 201. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and screen. The price and performance are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the durability. The size and reliability get mixed opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Forerunner 201 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 746 user reviews of Garmin Forerunner 201 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on Opinions about the design and screen are overall positive. The price and performance also get good feedback. Views are divided on the reliability, and the durability and size get less positive reviews.

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Garmin Forerunner 201 Waterproof Running GPS (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Garmin Forerunner 201 Waterproof Running GPSGarmin Forerunner 201 Wrist-Mounted GPS Fitness Computer

May, 2016

Expert review by: (

Garmin Forerunner 201


Whether you're a serious athlete with several Ironman competitions under your belt or a weekend jogger who sweats a 10-minute mile, the Garmin Forerunner 201 will give you a leg up on your training. This lightweight GPS device comes with an ambitious...

Lightweight and waterproof; stores up to 5,000 laps in its memory; offers tons of customizable settings; includes software that allows you to download training data to a PC.

Frequently loses GPS signals; no heart-rate monitor; occasionally reads altitude and pace incorrectly; uses a serial connection instead of USB.

If it weren't for a few performance blips, this feature-packed personal trainer with built-in GPS would be a must-have for runners, cyclists, and outdoor sports junkies.

Jun, 2004

Expert review by: Rich Owings (

Garmin Forerunner 201 Review


UPDATE: This model has been discontinued. For more current recommendations, please refer to our GPS for runners post. Awhile back I reviewed the Forerunner 301. Today we're going to look at its little brother, the Garmin Forerunner 201. Basically the...

Nov, 2005

Expert review by: GPS Lodge (

Expert Review

Jul, 2005

Consumer review by: Petervisor (

"I've used this for years"


I really like my 201, and I won't replace it until it dies. But I would have thought that the price would have come down a bit since I bought mine.

Totally reliable. The battery is still like new, and doesn't drain when I put it in storage for a few months. The display and buttons are a little bit bigger than most. Screen can be illuminated. Good handlebar mount.

Much bigger than most others, so better suited to cycling than running. GPS altitude readings are consistent, but generally accurate to 25 feet (On one stretch of my ride by the ocean it always tells me I'm 12-15 feet below sea level).

Jan, 2012

Consumer review by: rwc24601 (

Mothers day gift


Has lots of functions that can push you in your workouts. Can be used with walking running biking and driving.

sometimes loses signal if under alot of trees. So many fucntions it takes time to learn to use all of them.

May, 2007

Consumer review by: IowaPhotoBug (

Great Training Tool for Runners


You want to train for a race? This is a great and inexpensive tool to help you log in your miles fairly accurately (more accurate than a Nike + system). The 305 is more accurate and has a faster signal aquisition, and also $200 more.

Easy to figure your milage for running log.

Loses signal with light foliage overhead coverage (would expect it if it was dense trees or a tunnel)

May, 2007

Consumer review by: Jay (



I love having this.

Ease of use. Auto alerts and notifications. Ability to have custom screens. Information provided by unit.

Current pace doesn't always seem accurate (especially depending on the amount of smoothing being used).

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: N/A (

WOW! All this in one little box.


The GPS found our location in 2 minutes and my wife, who hates gadgets, had it working the perfectly the first time out.

After a week of tracking our pace, the only downside is that it found that our car odometer had been cutting us short.

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: N/A (

WOW! All this in one little box.


Newegg delivered this product perfectly. Very well done.

The GPS found our location in 2 minutes and my wife, who hates gadgets, had it working the perfectly the first time out. She may even open the book to see what else it can do

After a week of tracking our pace, the only downside is that it found that our car odometer had been cutting us short

Sep, 2006

Consumer review by: lori (


Sep, 2006

Product Specifications

The Forerunner 201 is the first all-in-one personal training device that uses GPS satellites to calculate speed, distance and pace. There's no calibration required, and Forerunner's extremely easy to use, so you'll be off and running in no time. You don't even have to think about starting and stopping the timer or punching the lap button to record stats. Forerunner will do it automatically. And when you need motivation, Forerunner's Virtual Partner feature lets you input pace, time and distance goals, and then shows if you're ahead or lagging. User-customized display includes training time, pace, distance, lap pace, lap time, lap distance, average and best pace, elevation and calories. Stores up to approximately 2 years of training histories. Review lap histories to-date, by day or by week. Download histories to your PC using free software from the Garmin Web site. Automatically pauses the training timer when you slow down below a specified resting pace; timer resumes when you start running again. Automatically triggers a lap when you reach a specified distance. Allows you to run anywhere and still get accurate performance data. Allows you to input training goals based on time, distance and pace. Forerunner displays a graphic "virtual partner" that will run with the set goal, so you can see at a glance if you are keeping up or falling behind. Alarm sounds if you are slower or faster than pace you've input. Alarm sounds when you reach the specified time or distance.


Run Time (Up To):15hour(s)

Built-in Display

Resolution:100 x 64

Dimensions & Weight


GPS System

GPS Functions / Services:Distance / Elevation / Speed / Time/date
Receiver:12 channel
Recommended Use:Running
Type:GPS receiver


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin Forerunner


Waterproof: Yes



Reference Resource

Category:Communication equipment
Series:Owner's Manual / Owners Manual/Quick Reference Guide
Title:ForeRunner 201
Type:Reference book/User manual