Garmin Foretrex 201

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Garmin Foretrex 201

The Garmin Foretrex 201 is a durable GPS receiver that you wear on your wrist. With a weight of less than 3 ounces, about the only time you'll notice it is when you checking your location. And getting it wet is never a problem, since the case is waterproof.

Even with a size of just 3.3" W x 1.7" H x 0.6" D, the Foretrex 201 has most of the features of much large GPS receivers. It's Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) capable which means you can determine your position to within three meters. And by checking the satellite information page on the device's screen, you can get an update of the current GPS accuracy estimate.

Besides the satellite page, the Garmin Foretrex 201 has five other main display pages. The map page shows your location and waypoints in the area. You can zoom in or out for more or less detail. The navigation page displays your heading, speed, and if you're going to a waypoint, its name and distance. The trip computer page shows your average and maximum speeds, how far you've gone, and how long it has taken. On the timer page you can set a countdown time to sound a tone at your chosen intervals. The last major display is the main menu page. It's used to access the function setup screens and all the sub-menus.

All the information the Foretrex 201 provides is shown on a high-contrast monochrome LCD screen. The display has backlighting, for use when it's dark, and the adjustable contrast provides optimum viewing in bright light. Operation of the receiver is made simple using only six buttons located on the side of the case.

When you're ready to create a route, the Garmin Foretrex 201 lets you store 20 routes with up to 125 waypoints each. The waypoints include their location and elevation along with a name and symbol of your choosing. When making a route, you can use either existing waypoints or create new ones. It's also possible to download points of interest from your computer using the supplied serial interface cable.

Additionally, for any waypoint you choose, the Foretrex 201 can show the best hunting and fishing times for any date. Another page shows the sun and moon rise/set times for any selected waypoint and date. The page even shows a image of the moon's phase.

If you simply want to take off without following a planned route, you can use the TracBack feature of the Foretrex 201. It has a track log which keeps a record of your movements, to create a turn-by-turn trail. This lets you either retrace your path or follow it again at some later date. The receiver can store 10 of your tracks.

To power its advanced electronics, the Garmin Foretrex 201 contains a rechargeable lithium ion battery. The battery can supply power for up to 15 hours before you'll need to connect it to the recharger, which is included.