July 18, 2005

GPS Review: Garmin Forerunner 201 - Overview

GPSLodge takes a look at the Garmin Forerunner 201. We have one coming in, and we will give it a full review in a few weeks. The premise of the Garmin Forerunner 201 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 is a great idea. With a wrist mounted GPS, you can capture training detail and download it onto a PC which lets you analyze it eight different ways and track your progress.

Virtual Partner - This is an interesting feature that allows you to set a pace in the Forerunner and it has a little guy on the screen that runs with you. If you fall below the pace you set for yourself, the computer guy looks like he is ahead, but if you are ahead of the pace, your little computer guy is ahead.

Data Gathering and Viewing - While you run, bike, etc. the little Forerunner is collecting information about your speed, altitude, time, and of course where you are on the planet. With the Forerunner 201 you can connect the device to the PC and download the information and import into Garmins Logbook or Training Center (beta) to take a look at what your run/ride/hike was like, and the ability to analyze your training.

Considerations we will be looking at: GPSs and tree cover do not get along; how does it work with tree cover, or partial tree cover? Comfort, and usability will be a big consideration. We are off and running and we'll report back soon.

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Posted by Scott Martin at July 18, 2005 11:45 AM

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