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GARMIN Foretrex 201

Small wrist top GPS receiver with easy to read display and serial interface.

The GARMIN Foretrex 201 is very easy to use, supports multiple languages and has an extremely sensitive antenna. It is the perfect partner for any outdoor activities. It helps to navigate and displays and records information about your movement, such as the current heading and speed, the travelled path (track), maximum and average speed etc. The built-in serial interface supports data exchange with a PC.

Note: The Foretrex 201 has all the features and functionality of the Foretrex 101, including PC interface capabilities for downloading waypoints, tracks and routes, but operates on a built-in, rechargeable battery and has smaller unit dimensions.

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GARMIN Foretrex 201


  • Wrist top device, robust, very handy
  • Easy to read display with background illumination (100x64 pixels)
  • Multilingual user interface in Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Swedish
  • Integrated 12 channel GPS receiver with very sensitive built-in antenna
  • Powered by built-in, rechargeable battery (lasts about 15 h), battery charger included
  • Short time to first fix (TTFF¹: 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 the following protocols for data exchange with PC: NMEA 0183 with 4800 Baud, GARMIN, GARMIN DGPS, Text, RTCM IN, RTCM/NMEA and RTCM/TEXT
  • DGPS (Differential GPS) ready (GARMIN differential receiver available as an option)
  • Supports more than 100 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 .. 60°C (-4° .. 140°F)
  • Serial interface RS-232 (connection cable available as an option)
  • Dimensions: 83x43x18 mm (3.26x1.71x0.69 inches)
  • Weight: 78 g (2.75 ounces)
  • Water resistant up to approx. 3 feet (1 meter) for about 30 minutes (IPX7)

¹) TTFF: Time To First Fix, time until the first information about the local position is acquired.

Information for navigation:

  • Stores up to 500 waypoints with name (up to 6 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 in up to 10 tracks (travelled path)
  • Time of sunrise and sunset
  • Supports metric, nautical and U.S. units

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GARMIN Foretrex 201 overview:

Buttons and connectors of the GARMIN Foretrex 201

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Main pages of the GARMIN Foretrex 201:

Menu Setup Satellites Map
GARMIN Foretrex 201 main menu GARMIN Foretrex 201 setup GARMIN Foretrex 201 satellites GARMIN Foretrex 201 map
  • Manage Waypoints
  • Manage Tracks
  • Manage Routes
  • Setup (time format, language, units etc.)
  • Timer (on/off, time interval, automatic restart on/off, tones)
  • Time (format, time zone, daylight saving)
  • Display (background light, contrast)
  • Units (position format, datum, units for distance, speed (horizontal / vertical), elevation)
  • Heading (angle, north reference)
  • Interface
  • System (GPS mode, beeper for keys and messages, language, owner information)
  • Status
  • Signal strength
  • Accuracy of position information
  • Map with waypoints and travelled path (track)
  • Scale


Navigation Sun / Moon Waypoint Timer
GARMIN Foretrex 201 navigation GARMIN Foretrex 201 sun and moon GARMIN Foretrex 201 waypoint GARMIN Foretrex 201 timer
  • Final destination
  • Direction to final destination
  • Distance to final destination *)
  • Current speed *)
*) The content of these data fields are user configurable, see table below.
  • Date
  • Waypoint to which these information relate
  • Sunrise
  • Sunset
  • Moonrise
  • Moonset
  • Phase of the moon
  • Symbol
  • Name
  • Elevation
  • Coordinates
  • Timer, counting up or down


Trip Computer
The page "Trip Computer" consists of 7 data fields, split into 4 views. The content of these data fields are user configurable, see table below. You may select the same content for multiple fields.
GARMIN Foretrex 201 trip computer view 1 View 1:

4 single data fields, in this example:
  1. Current speed
  2. Estimated travel time until arrival at the final destination
  3. Travelled distance
  4. Maximum speed
GARMIN Foretrex 201 trip computer view 2 View 2:

2 single data fields and 1 double data field (these are the same fields as in the lower row of view 1 and in the upper row of view 3), in this example:
  1. Travelled distance
  2. Maximum speed
  3. Coordinates of the current position
GARMIN Foretrex 201 trip computer view 3 View 3:

2 double data fields, in this example:
  1. Coordinates of the current position
  2. Current elevation
GARMIN Foretrex 201 trip computer view 4 View 4:

1 quadruple data field, in this example:
  1. Current time

Available content for the user configurable data fields:

No Name Explanation
1 Bearing The compass direction from a position to a destination measured to the nearest degree; also called an azimuth. In a GPS receiver, bearing usually refers to the direction to a waypoint.
2 Course The direction from the beginning landmark of a course to its destination (measured in degrees, radians, or mils) or the direction from a route waypoint to the next waypoint in the route segment.
3 Elevation Current altitude above sea level.
4 Final Destination Name of the final destination.
5 Final Distance Current distance to the final destination.
6 Final ETA Estimated arrival time at the final destination.
7 Final ETE Estimated travel time to the final destination.
8 Heading The direction in which you are moving.
9 Lat/Lon Latitude and longitude (coordiantes of the current position)
10 Location Location (coordiantes of the current position)
11 Maximum Speed Maximum speed since last reset*).
12 Moving Avg. Speed Average speed without the time with no motion since the last reset*).
13 Next Destination Name of the next waypoint (turn, crossing etc.).
14 Next Distance Current distance to the next waypoint (turn, crossing etc.).
15 Next ETA Estimated arrival time at the next waypoint (turn, crossing etc.).
16 Next ETE Estimated travel time to the next waypoint (turn, crossing etc.).
17 Odometer Total travelled distance since last reset*).
18 Off Course The distance you are off the desired course.
19 Overall Avg. Speed Average speed including the time with no motion since the last reset*).
20 Speed Current speed.
21 Sunrise Time of sunrise at the current position.
22 Sunset Time of sunset at the current position.
23 Time of Day Current time.
24 Time - Moving Time with motion since last reset*).
25 Time - Stopped Time without motion since last reset*).
26 Time - Total Total time since last reset*).
27 To Course Direction to the planned course.
28 Trip Odometer Travelled distance since last reset*).
29 Turn The degrees which must be added to or subtracted from the current heading to reach the course to the intended waypoint.
30 Vertical Speed Current ascending or descending speed.
31 Velocity Made Good The rate of closure to the destination, based upon your current speed and course.

*) You may reset the trip-counters, the odometer and the maximum speed independently of each other.

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Quick release kit Add item to shopping basket CHF 19 / EUR 18 [Picture and details]
Mounting adapter for larger handlebars (25..32 mm) Add item to shopping basket CHF 11 / EUR 11 [Picture and details]
Replacement wrist strap Add item to shopping basket CHF 14 / EUR 13 [Picture and details]

All options for the GARMIN Foretrex 201 in detail.

MapSource, various CDroms with world or country map (requires a Windows PC and a cable for data exchange)

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Here we provide additional documentation and software updates related to the Foretrex 201.

1) The firmware upgrade V2.70 does not provide any enhancements for the user, it only supports manufacturing.

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