The Garmin Foretrex 401 is a bit unusual. This wrist-mounted unit isn’t a full-fledged sportswatch, nor does it have the feature set found in some of the nicer handheld GPS receivers. It’s probably best suited for folks wanting to minimize the weight of backcountry gear and have the unit conveniently available.
One of the biggest things you’ll give up with this unit is the ability to add detailed maps. The Foretrex 401 is not capable of displaying topo maps. It can only display rudimentary maps, featuring waypoints, routes and tracks, as shown above.
It does however have an electronic compass, barometric altimeter and the ability to wirelessly share data with compatible Foretrex, Oregon and Colorado receivers, features you’ll lose if you drop down to Foretrex 301 (Amazon link).
If you’re looking for a low-cost backcountry model, I’d suggest the Garmin eTrex Venture HC instead. For a lot less money, you’ll get a brighter color screen and the ability to add maps. To see how the Foretrex 401 compares to other models, check out my Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart.
More Garmin Foretrex 401 reviews
- Consumer-authored Garmin Foretrex 401 reviews have been posted at Amazon
- Garmin Forerunner 401 reviews have also been posted at REI
- Packs and Beyond reviews the Foretrex 401
- Bikewright has posted their own Garmin 401 review
I’ll be posting more hands on GPS reviews as they appear, but in the meantime, here are some…
Other Garmin Foretrex 401 resources
- The Garmin Foretrex 401 owners manual, in the language of your choice
- See how the Foretrex 401 stands up to other units with this Garmin comparison tool or use my own Garmin handheld GPS comparison chart
- There is even a Yahoo discussion group dedicated to the Foretrex, Forerunner and Edge product lines
- The official Garmin Foretrex 401 web page
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- Check the current Garmin Foretrex 401 price at Amazon
- Check out the deal on the Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS at REI.com, where satisfaction is guaranteed and members get 10% back on eligible purchases
- Get the Garmin Foretrex 401 Wearable Wrist GPS at TigerGPS, where you get free shipping on orders above $250