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Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS – Review

The Garmin Foretrex 401 is a great outdoor GPS navigator with good features. If you are satisfied with the black and white screen, then this wrist GPS navigator is the best choice for hiking. The Foretrex 401 is a simple yet smart device. And the Foretrex 401 GPS is compact and lightweight, so you can carry it in your hand like a watch. This GPS navigator is ideal for activities where both hands need to be free (cycling, skiing, army, etc.).

The Foretrex 401 includes a highly sensitive GPS receiver, rugged waterproof housing, electronic compass, and barometric altimeter. You can connect the Foretrex 401 to a computer via a USB port and transfer information to other devices over a wireless data connection.

Garmin Foretrex 401 Review

What inside the box?

The Foretrex 401 hiking GPS is packed in a small white-and-blue box. Inside the box and the device, there is a warranty card, brief instruction in different languages, a safety manual, USB cable, CD with an electronic version of the manuals, spare bolt for fastening Strap, and extra elastic strap extension.

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  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.3 x 2.3 centimeters
  • Weight: 87.3 grams with batteries
  • Black and White Display
  • 2 AAA batteries (Working time up to 17 hours)
  • Waterproof (IPX7)
  • High-sensitivity GPS receiver
  • Electronic compass
  • Barometer
  • Hunter / Fisherman Calendar
  • Information about the sunrise and sunset and the phases of the moon
  • Can store 500 waypoints and 20 routes
  • Track recording: 10,000 points, 10 tracks
  • USB interface
  • Data transfer between similar devices
  • Garmin Connect ™ compatibility

Garmin Foretrex 401 waterproof hiking gps

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Garmin Foretrex 401 vs Foretrex 301

The Foretrex 301 and Foretrex 401 GPS devices appeared in mid-2009 and replaced the popular Foretrex 101 and Foretrex 201. The Foretrex 401 differs from the Foretrex 301, except for the higher cost, the presence of an electronic compass, barometric altimeter, and the ability to transfer data between similar devices.

Otherwise, these products are absolutely identical. This GPS is compact and lightweight. Garmin Foretrex 401 is powered by 2 AAA batteries. This is good because you can change the batteries off the beaten path.

Garmin Foretrex 401 great looking

This GPS navigator has a plastic case with a black rubberized edging. The back cover is secured with four screws. And the back cover includes a nylon strap, a sealed battery compartment, and a micro USB port covered with a rubber plug. The nylon strap of this GPS is pretty comfortable.

The strap width is no more than 32 mm. Fastens quickly and without unnecessary movements with one hand. The information on the black and white display (3.6 x 2.3 cm) is easy to read from any angle of inclination and illumination. Orange LED backlighting is provided for nighttime.

Informative screen of the Garmin Foretrex 401


The Garmin Foretrex 401 has four buttons for operating the device, apart from the on / off button (which also activates the backlight). The buttons are large enough and respond well to pressing. The First Page (Goto) button toggles between five pages: Interactive Map, Compass Page, Altimeter Page, General Page, Options Page.

There is also a timer that can be turned on / off in the device settings. The name of the second Enter button (mark) speaks for itself, except for the input function, it allows you to quickly mark the desired points. The other two buttons perform up and down functions.

Garmin Location and elevation mode

The “interactive map” page displays information about the current relative position, compass, map scale, as well as the direction to the next point and the distance traveled.

The next page contains compass information, current speed, and approximate distance to your destination. The Altimeter screen displays a graph of elevation changes for 200, 500, 1000, 5000, 10,000, 15,000, and 25,000 meters, as well as an elevation value.

Elevation mode

The general page contains information about the maximum speed, distance traveled, travel time, approximate time to the end of the route, coordinates, altitude, and speed.

The indicators on the compass page and the general page can be changed to suit your needs, for example, the current speed indicator on the compass page can be replaced with altimeter information, the current time, or any other Garmin “feature”.

Garmin Foretrex 401 menu

In the settings, you can select and view the points, the route traveled, directions and connect to one of the sensors (heart rate sensor, cadence sensor), check the GPS signal, and also configure the Jumpmaster function, which is designed for static, HAHO AND HALO parachute jumps.

In the device settings, you can set the compass, adjust the brightness of the display, define the base units (metric system), calibrate the compass and altimeter, select the language, and much more.

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Sensitive GPS reveiver

This device is equipped with a highly sensitive GPS receiver, so a satellite signal in the forest can be picked up in less than a minute. All routes are saved in GPX format, which can later be downloaded from the navigator to a computer via a USB cable.

Updating the software of this device is easy: you just need to go to the official Garmin website, register your product, and simply check for updates by connecting the Foretrex 401 to your computer.

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Garmin Foretrex 401 Manuals

4.5 Total Score

User Rating: 4.5 (4 votes)
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