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Garmin Foretrex 201

Garmin Foretrex 201
alaScore 69

39 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the memory. The performance also gets good reviews. There are some less positive opinions about the screen. Reviews are divided on the value for money.

usability, performance, memory


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS the Garmin Foretrex 201 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 69/100 = Good quality.

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Unit breaks and customer support is no help.


Good display. Holds charge.


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Excellent tool for hiking, etc.


Compact, sturdy, very good reception, don't need to carry frees hands for photography, hiking stick, etc

A bit larger than I would like, but still the smallest I have seen at such a low price


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Amazon review summary for Garmin Foretrex 201


alaTest has collected and analyzed 52 user reviews of Garmin Foretrex 201 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other GPS on

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90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Remanufactured Garmin Foretrex 201 Wrist-Mounted GPS with Waterproof ExteriorGarmin Foretrex 201 Portable Navigator - 12 Channels

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Awesome Gift for my Outdoorsy boyfriend!


I bought this as a Christmas present for my boyfriend, and he LOVED it! We took it on vacation with us up to the White Mountains in NH, and I was suprised that we got GREAT GPS signal halfway up Mt. Washington in a BLIZZARD! He's so excited to use it...

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Great Little GPS


This is a lite wieght unit that I'm still learning how to use it. The machine is very knowlegdable on where to go for that small to-go trip.

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Overall for the price the FORETREX 201 is a superior GPS and even works great sitting on the dash of my truck while driving.

Unit is very lightweight, accurate and easy to read. I use on my inflatable and works great for finding locations on maps ext. easy to switch between screens and mark waypoints.

Adding text and numbers to the waypoints takes a little getting used to and the wrist strap barely fits around my wrist - there is a extension but the built in one should be at least a little adjustable.

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4 stars

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Exactly what I wanted


Wanted something simple to track how far I walk/jog on various residential streets around my house. This is perfect! Strong GPS signal (although it doesn't work indoors, so can't use for tracking indoor distance - i.e. walking around house, mall). I...

Simple to use, convenient Velcro wrist strap

Doesn't work indoors

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Just the thing for bike rides


I have used the Forerunner 301 for some time to record my bike rides. I use the Auto Lap function (Training Assistant menu) frequently. Marking waypoints is rather slow. Getting there from "time of day" requires a minimum of 5 keystrokes. The heart...

Combination of pedometer/cyclometer and heart rate just the thing for outdoor workouts

Heart rate monitor sometimes loses signal

Product Specifications

The Foretrex 201 is a wearable Personal Navigator for the outdoor enthusiast. Built rugged for adventure, this wrist-top device is perfect for hikers, campers, climbers, and mariners who want a useful GPS in a lightweight, waterproof, and affordable package. The Foretrex 201 combines the form factor of our new personal training system, the Forerunner 201, with the GPS navigation features of our popular Geko 201. The Foretrex 201 offers hands-free GPS navigation information, allowing you to concentrate on your outdoor activities. The Foretrex 201 features six dedicated buttons (GoTo, Page, Enter/Mark, Up, Down and Power), making it one of the easiest GPS units on the market to operate. It offers the most essential navigation data, enhanced GPS accuracy, and extensive storage for waypoints, reversible routes, and track information. It includes Garmin’s exclusive TracBack technology which allows you to mark your campsite, go trekking all day, and then follow the electronic “breadcrumb trail” back to camp in time for dinner. You don't even need to worry about packing extra batteries, because the Foretrex 201 runs on an internal lithium battery for 15 hours. Remanufactured unit includes wrist strap, Expandable strap, A/C desktop charger with PC interface cable, Quick Start Guide, and Owners manual.