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This model supports not only the U.S. GPS system, but also the Russian GLONASS and the European Galileo satellites

Small wrist top GPS device with easy to read display, electronic compass, barometrical altimeter, USB and BlueTooth interface. Optional heart rate, speed, cadence and temperature sensor.

The GARMIN Foretrex 601 is very easy to use, supports multiple languages, has an extremely sensitive antenna and supports the U.S. GPS, the Russian GLONASS and the European Galileo satellites. It is the perfect partner for any outdoor activities. It helps to navigate, displays and records information about your movement, such as the current heading and speed, the travelled path (track), maximum and average speed, ascent and descent etc. The Foretrex 601 has an electronic compass, a barometrical altimeter and it can receive data from a heart rate monitor, a speed and cadence sensor and from a wireless temperature sensor. The built-in USB interface provides data exchange with a PC and the device can communicate with smartphones via BlueTooth. The Foretrex 601 is powered by batteries, it supports a watch mode to increase battery lifetime.


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GARMIN Foretrex 601

Features:

  • Wrist top device, robust, very handy
  • Easy to read display with background illumination (200x128 pixels)
  • Multilingual user interface in Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish
  • Integrated GPS receiver with very sensitive built-in antenna, supports GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellites
  • Electronic compass to check heading while not moving¹ (can be turned off so safe power)
  • Barometrical altimeter for precise elevation recording²
  • Heart rate monitor, requires optional chest belt with heart rate sensor. The chest belt uses a digitally coded signal, which means, once a heart beat sensor and the GPS have been paired, the GPS will never receive a conflicting signal from another sensor. So you can exercise in close proximity to other sensors without fear of interference.
  • Speed and cadence monitor, requires optional speed and cadence sensor. Measures the number of revolutions of the back wheel and the crank arm with magnets and a wireless sensor. Like the heart rate monitor, this sensor uses a digitally coded signal. Once paired with the Oregon 550t, the GPS will never receive a conflicting signal from another sensor. So you can exercise in close proximity to other sensors without fear of interference.
  • Powered by batteries (2x AAA, last about 48 h in GPS mode, 1 week in UltraTrac mode and 1 month in watch mode)
  • Short time to first fix (TTFF³: approx. 15 seconds after a warm start, meaning there are valid coordinates of the satellites available, or approx. 45 seconds after a cold start, meaning there are no valid coordinates of the satellites available)
  • Supports WAAS/EGNOS
  • Supports many different datum (coordinate systems)
  • Supports various display formats include the Swiss Grid
  • Firmware stored in Flash-Memory, can be updated by the user
  • Operating temperatures -20 .. 70°C (-4° .. 158°F)
  • USB interface (connection cable included)
  • Dimensions: 74x44x23 mm (2.9x1.7x0.9 inches)
  • Weight: 88 g (3.1 ounces) including batteries
  • Water resistant up to approx. 3 feet (1 meter) for about 30 minutes (IPX7)
  • ¹) In order to check the heading with a GPS, a minimal movement with a speed of at least 5..8 km/h (3..5 mi/h) is required. Where no movement is not possible, a compass is needed.
  • ²) Even though a GPS provides accurate elevation information, the value slightly varies continuously. A barometrical altimeter is therefore more accurate, especially when summarizing elevation changes.
  • ³) TTFF: Time To First Fix, time until the first information about the current position is acquired.

Information for navigation:

  • Stores up to 500 waypoints with name (up to 8 characters), icon (choice of 31 symbols) and coordinates
  • Stores 20 reversible route with up to 125 waypoints per route. Shows the current position in relation to these waypoints (direction and distance)
  • Current position (longitude, latitude, altitude)
  • Current accuracy of the position information
  • Information about the course (turn, off course, to course)
  • Estimated travel time to the next waypoint, rsp. to the final destination
  • Estimated arrival time at the next waypoint, rsp. at the final destination
  • Current time
  • Current bearing
  • Current, average and maximum speed
  • Trip duration and distance (Odometer)
  • Stores up to 10'000 track points(travelled path)
  • Time of sunrise and sunset
  • Supports metric, nautical and U.S. units
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GARMIN Foretrex 601 overview:

Buttons and connectors of the GARMIN Foretrex 601
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Main pages of the GARMIN Foretrex 601:

Note: The images below show the display of the Foretrex 601 in true resolution (200x128 pixels). This does not necessarily mean that the display is shown it its true size (46x27 mm). The actual size of these images depends on the properties of your display. Some of the pages are configurable, the pictures shown are just examples. For the data fields, there is a choice of 47 different values, see the table below.

Menu Map Compass Elevation Profile
GARMIN Foretrex 601 Main Menu GARMIN Foretrex 601 Map GARMIN Foretrex 601 Compass GARMIN Foretrex 601 Elevation Profile
  • Current date and time
  • Manage waypoints
  • Manage tracks (travelled pathes)
  • Manage routes
  • Setup, various settings such as time format, language, units etc.
  • Connect with wireless monitors, e.g. heart rate sensor or cadence sensor (not shown)
  • Connect with smartphone (not shown)
  • Sun and moon, time of rise and set, moon phase (not shown)
  • GPS (not shown)
  • Jumpmaster (not shown)
  • Battery and GPS status
  • Current heading
  • Map with current location (triangle), waypoint (house) and travelled path (track)
  • Scale
  • Battery and GPS status
  • Odometer *)
  • Current elevation *)
  • Current heading
*) You may chose to display one of the values listed in the table below.
  • Battery and GPS status
  • Current elevation above sea level
  • Elevation profile of the travelled path
  • Scale
Coordinates Waypoint GPS Sun / Moon
GARMIN Foretrex 601 Coordinates GARMIN Foretrex 601 Waypoint GARMIN Foretrex 601 GPS Signal Strength

GARMIN Foretrex 601 GPS Satellites
GARMIN Foretrex 601 Sun / Moon
  • Primary, selectable coordinates (e.g. Swiss Grid with map datum CH-1903)
  • Secondary, selectable coordinates (e.g. degree and minutes)
  • Symbol
  • Name
  • Elevation above sea level
  • Coordinates
  • Options: Delete waypoint, show waypoint on map, navigate to waypoint, other options: project waypoint, hunt and fish near waypoint, sun and moon rise and set at waypoint, send waypoint to another device

Upper image:

  • Signal strength
  • Numbers of the satellites

Lower image:

  • Number and position of the satellites in the sky
  • Current or selected date
  • Time of sunrise and sunset at the current position at the selected date
  • Time of moonrise and moonset at the current position at the selected date
  • Moon phase at the current position at the selected date

Data fields on pages with user selectable data fields:

No Name Explanation
1 AMB PRESS Ambient pressure: Uncalibrated current air pressure.
2 AVG ASCENT Average ascent speed since last reset.
3 AVG DESCNT Average descent speed since last reset.
4 BAROMETER Barometer: Calibrated current air pressure.
5 BEARING Direction from the current location to the destination.
6 CADENCE Revolutions of the crank arm per minute (requires optional speed and cadence sensor).
7 COURSE The direction from the starting location to the destination or from one waypoint to the next waypoint.
8 ELEVATION Current elevation above sea level.
9 FINAL DEST Final destination: Name of the final destination (last waypoint on the current route).
10 FINAL DIST Final destination distance: Distance from the current location to the final destination (straight line).
11 FINAL ETA Estimated time of arrival at the final destination.
12 FINAL ETE Estimated time en route: Estimated time required to travel from the current location to the final destination.
13 GLIDE RATIO The ratio of the horizontal distance traveled to the change in the vertical distance.
14 GR DEST Glide ratio destination: The glide ratio required to descend from the current location and elevation to the elevation of the final destination.
15 HEADING Current moving direction.
16 HEART RATE Current heart rate (requires optional heart rate monitor).
17 MAX ASCENT Maximum ascent rate since last reset.
18 MAX DESCNT Maximum descent rate since last reset.
19 MAX ELEVTN Maximum elevation since last reset.
20 MAX SPEED Maximum speed since last reset.
21 MAX TEMP Maximum ambient temperature during the last 24 hours (requires optional temperature sensor).
22 MIN ELEVTN Minimum elevation since last reset.
23 MIN TEMP Minimum ambient temperature during the last 24 hours (requires optional temperature sensor).
24 MOV'N AVG Moving average: Average speed while moving since last reset.
25 MOV'N TIME Moving time: Elapsed time while moving since last reset.
26 NEXT DEST Next destination: Name of the next waypoint on the current route.
27 NEXT DIST Next distance: Distance from the current location to the next waypoint on the current route.
28 NEXT ETA Next estimated arrival time: Estimated arrival time at the next waypoint on the current route.
29 NEXT ETE Next estimated time en route: Estimated travel time from the current location to the next waypoint on the current route.
30 ODOMETER Overall travelled distance.
31 OFF COURSE Distance between your current location and the original course (straight line between start and destination or between the last and the next waypoints).
32 OVER'L SPD Overall speed: Average speed including time while not moving since last reset.
33 SPEED Current speed.
34 STOP TIME Stopped time: Elapsed time while not moving since last reset.
35 SUNRISE Time of sunrise at the current location.
36 SUNSET Time of sunset at the current location.
37 TEMP Current ambient temperature (requires optional temperature sensor).
38 TIME Current time.
39 TO COURSE Direction to travel to return to the planned route.
40 TOT ASCENT Total ascent: The total elevation distance ascended since last reset.
41 TOT DESCNT Total descent: The total elevation distance descended since last reset.
42 TOTAL TIME Time elapsed since last reset.
43 TRIP ODOM Trip odometer: Travelled distance since last reset.
44 TURN The angle difference between the direction from your current location to the destination and the direction you are current heading.
45 VERT SPEED Vertical speed: Rate of altitude gain or loss over time.
46 VMG Velocity made good: Speed closing on a destination along a route.
47 VSPD DEST Vertical speed destination: Measurement of the ascent / descent rate to a predetermined altitude.
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Price:

GARMIN Foretrex 601 Add item to shopping basket CHF 258 | EUR 225
The package includes the following items:
  • GARMIN Foretrex 601
  • Wrist strap with hook and loop fastener plus extension strap
  • USB cable for data exchange with PC
  • Quick start manual in various languages including German and English
  • We will install the most recent version of the firmware available at the time of shipment
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Options:

Power supply for GPS with mini or microUSB connector Add item to shopping basket CHF 36 | EUR 31 [Picture and details]
Power supply without USB cable Add item to shopping basket CHF 22 | EUR 19 [Picture and details]
USB data cable with micro-USB connector
(one such USB cable comes with the Foretrex 601)
Add item to shopping basket CHF 18 | EUR 16 [Picture and details]
12 USB charger Add item to shopping basket CHF 29 | EUR 25 [Picture and details]
Powerkit including rechargeable battery, charger and foldable solar panel plus various adapters Add item to shopping basket CHF 119 | EUR 104 [Picture and details]
Mounting kit for handlebar Add item to shopping basket CHF 22 | EUR 19 [Picture and details]
Premium chest belt with heart rate monitor (soft fabric strap for more comfort) Add item to shopping basket CHF 79 | EUR 69 [Picture and details]
Replacement strap for premium heart rate monitor Add item to shopping basket CHF 65 | EUR 57 [Picture and details]
Speed sensor Add item to shopping basket CHF 59 | EUR 52 [Picture and details]
Cadence sensor Add item to shopping basket CHF 59 | EUR 52 [Picture and details]
Speed and cadence sensor Add item to shopping basket CHF 79 | EUR 69 [Picture and details]
Wireless Tempe temperature sensor Add item to shopping basket CHF 44 | EUR 38 [Picture and details]

All options for the GARMIN Foretrex 601 in detail.

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Downloads:

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