Garmin Forerunner 201
Manufacturer: Garmin Part number: 010-00328-00
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CNET editors' review
price range: $379.99
- Reviewed by: Rebecca Viksnins
- Edited by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 06/21/2004
The good: 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.
The bad: Frequently loses GPS signals; no heart-rate monitor; occasionally reads altitude and pace incorrectly; uses a serial connection instead of USB.
The bottom line: 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.
A fine unit, when it is working.
by zumcook1 on June 26, 2007
Pros: Easy to read. Easy to charge.
Cons: Very poor durability.
Summary: After going through FOUR Forerunners (two of the 100 series and two of the 201) that have broken down for various reasons, I'm done with Garmin. To their credit, ...
Summary: After going through FOUR Forerunners (two of the 100 series and two of the 201) that have broken down for various reasons, I'm done with Garmin. To their credit, they honor their warranties, but since they keep breaking down, that eventually doesn't do much good. Two of the four failed because rain moisture seeped into the units (they are supposed to be waterproof). One had the battery fail completely. For my last unit, the screen just died. Repair fee is $70.00.
I have friends who have had better luck. But I am thoroughly done. I do not recommend this GPS system and will stay far away from Garmin products in the future.
Only worked one time
by Jenniegrrl on May 2, 2007
Pros: It had all the features that I wanted
Cons: The unit only worked one out of three times I used it.
Summary: I was looking for a GPS watch for running and came across this model. I did some research and this looked to be what I needed. It had all the ...
Summary: I was looking for a GPS watch for running and came across this model. I did some research and this looked to be what I needed. It had all the features I wanted and was real easy to work/understand. The reason why I gave it a rating of 2? It worked once out of the three times I used it.
My very first run with it it could not get a signal. There were no leaves on the trees and I live in a very rural area so there weren't any large buildings in the way,it was a fairly cloudless day and it still couldn't get a signal. The second time I used it was the only time it worked. The third and final time I used it I was running on a trail (again no leaves on the trees and no big buildings) and it did not work.
I was frustrated and disappointed in the fact that even on a cloudless day out in the middle of no where it couldn't get a signal.
I do not recomend this product to any one.
Great Product! No GPS problems....
by jdsdell on April 2, 2007
Pros: Virtual Partner
Cons: There are none yet
Summary: Just bought a Forerunner 201 from Ebay a week ago. Many sellers available. Under $100 for reconditioned unit from factory and 1 year warranty. Love the Virtual Partner! Set the ...
Summary: Just bought a Forerunner 201 from Ebay a week ago. Many sellers available. Under $100 for reconditioned unit from factory and 1 year warranty. Love the Virtual Partner! Set the pace and distance and off you go against your opponent. Watch as it keeps track of your progress against your partner. No problem with GPS. Ran one of my routes that I had marked off with my vehicles odometer, and it was only off a couple steps! I had no problem downloading the information to my computer. Nice graphs and map route info. Even though the unit is larger than your watch. You can't even tell that it is on your wrist while running. I would not run outside again without this unique gadget. Great job Garmin!
Perfect for trail running
by jkiheri on January 19, 2006
Pros: Has never failed me in altitude and distance. I've never lost a signal..
Cons: The pace reading is a moment in time and often varies to what pace I think I'm doing
Summary: I've owned the Forerunner 201 for about 3 months. It has worked well for me. I use in trail running in Sedona, Az and recently used it during the ...
Summary: I've owned the Forerunner 201 for about 3 months. It has worked well for me. I use in trail running in Sedona, Az and recently used it during the PF Chang's half-marathon in Phoenix, Az. It worked well through out the race and conformed with the official distances.
My only complaint is the pace readout seems to vary greatly for the that moment in time it is measuring. It shows me running a seven minute mile and and I will then glance down and it will show an eight minute mile. I've learned not to depend upon it as having a consistent reading of my pace.
I haven't used it for navigation so I cannot comment on how that works.
Does not work in New York
Pros: The watch is great when it is working. Also love the plethora of features.
Cons: Had so much trouble with this watch under what I thought was a clear view of the sky. Ran routes that had some tree cover and buildings and was extremely frustrated to see it not working for long periods of time. I was able to forgive the intial load ti
Couldn't imagine running without it
Pros: Very accurate, automatic miles splits, great value, bigger than a watch but LIGHT (you won't know you are wearing it, Mark a waypoint and you will find your way to it!
Cons: Not many Cons. It requires a serial port connection to connect to your computer. If you have a laptop, you will likely need to buy a USB/serial adaptor. Wish that it could map routes and save them, but adding this feature would likely price it out of my r
Excellent tool for runners
Pros: Nice big LCD (not color) display for the time display; great for monitoring stats; history useful for tracking progress and performance; great price ($129 US); good battery life in the rechargeable batteries; nice "toy" features like displaying a graphic
Cons: FR unit is bulky but not heavy; Garmin log software just barely adequate; sync'ing sometimes requires several on/off's of the FR for it to work; USB instead of a serial port connector would be nice but not a biggie
Top GPS trainer watch out there
Pros: Excellent value and works much better than Timex versions
Cons: none, this is a must for anyone doing any serious running logs
Great concept - poor execution.
Pros: Good feature set.
Cons: Poor software. Serial interface. Increasingly erratic performance. Loses GPS signal too easily. Recently did the seemingly impossible - recorded longer miles than actual ( apparantly the shortest distance between two points is not a straight line )
Great Motivating Tool
Pros: Most basic functions are a snap to use while allowing more exploration of advanced features. PC logging is really neat!
Cons: Can be frustrating to wait for it to pick up the satellites before you start your run.
- Manufacturer: Garmin
- Part number: 010-00328-00
- Description: 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.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Recommended Use Running
- Receiver 12 channel
- Interface Serial
- Functions & Services Speed ,
- Compatible Software Garmin Training Center
- Antenna Built-in
- Accuracy Position - 49 ft,
Velocity - 0.33 ft/sec
- Update Rate 1/second
- Features Alarm,
- Type LCD - Monochrome
- Resolution 100 x 64
- Display Illumination Yes
- Warm 15 sec
- Cold 45 sec
- Waypoints 100
- Connector Type Serial
- Type Lithium ion
- Run Time (Up To) 15 hour(s)
- Protection Waterproof
- Waterproof Standard IPX7
- Included Accessories Charging cradle,
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 3.3 in
- Depth 0.7 in
- Height 1.7 in
- Weight 2.8 oz
- Min Operating Temperature -4 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 140 °F