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Garmin Forerunner 201

Garmin Forerunner 201
alaScore 73

794 reviews

May, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 794 reviews of Garmin Forerunner 201. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other GPS Watches for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other GPS Watches 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 4.1/5 for other GPS Watches on

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This summary is based on the products: Garmin Forerunner 201 Waterproof Running GPS (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Garmin Forerunner 201 Waterproof Running GPS (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

May, 2018

Expert review by : Rebecca Viksnins (

Garmin Forerunner 201 review


Garmin Forerunner 201

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

Expert review by : Scott Martin (

GPS Review: Garmin Forerunner 201 - Overview


is to bring the GPS technology with you while you are out running, hiking, on the water training, or biking. It is more to measure where you went versus where you are going - which is OK, but keep this in mind as you consider it. Overall, the concept...

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (

Garmin Forerunner 201 - Pocket-lint


Training on a treadmill gives you a host of stats to pace and race against. Whether it's the speed you are going or the distance you have travelled it's

Virtual partner, waypoint support, large clear screen

Cumbersome, doesn’t work as well in built up areas

With additional support for downloading your times to a PC (software has to be downloaded from Garmin's website) this is unit has it all. Of course nothing is perfect and we did experience trouble receiving a signal when in heavily built up areas,...

Jun, 2004

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"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

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Great Running Companion


I've been using the Forerunner 201 for over 5 years and it does a great job of giving pace and distance covered for each run. It also provides a history of your running sessions. The history can be downloaded to your computer via the supplied cable and...

It takes several minutes for the device to acquire GPS satelitte signals. Typically, I turn it on and set it outside a few minutes before my run to allow it to capture the GPS satelitte info

Jun, 2008

Consumer review (

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

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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 (

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

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


RoHS compliance: Yes


Color of product:Grey

Dimensions & Weight



Display Resolution:100 x 64 / 64 x 100
Display size (HxV):0.92 x 1.44 / 1.44 x 0.92
Display size (HxV) (imperial):0.92 x 1.44 / 1.44 x 0.92

Energy Management

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:Rechargeable

GPS Performance

Channels quantity:12

GPS System

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

GPS Type

Auto: No
Aviation: No
Geocaching (GPS stash hunt): No
Marine (chartplotters, sounders): No
Outdoor (hiking, trekking): No
Sport (fitness, running): Yes


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Garmin Forerunner


Audible alarm(s):Y
Audible Alarms: Yes


Waterproof: Yes


Barometric altimeter: No
Electronic compass: No


Bluetooth: No

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-20 - 60
Operating temperature range (T-T):-20 - 60

Other Features

Basemap: No


Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:Rechargeable

Reference Resource

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


Bundled software:Forerunner Logbook


Advanced workouts: No
Interval training: Yes
Pace alert: Yes
Time/distance alert: Yes
Vibrating alert: No

Technical Details

Heart rate monitor: No
Number of Waypoints:500
Unit-to-unit transfer: No

Weight & Dimensions