Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof Hiking GPS

And now for something different… The Garmin Foretrex 401 differs from the rest of our choices thanks to its design. It’s not handheld like the rest of the pack, but made for the wrist which gives it a few distinct advantages. Who likes to dig in their pockets while they hunt? No one we ever […]

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Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof Hiking GPS

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And now for something different… The Garmin Foretrex 401 differs from the rest of our choices thanks to its design.

It’s not handheld like the rest of the pack, but made for the wrist which gives it a few distinct advantages.

Who likes to dig in their pockets while they hunt?

No one we ever met...

And the Garmin Foretrex 401 eliminates that problem entirely.

Think of it as an oversized smartwatch--you’ll have all the information you need right in front of you. The controls are kept to a minimum with only four buttons and a recessed power switch.

Overall, the tracker module measures 2.9” x 1.7” x 0.9,” and the total weight with batteries is only 3.1 ounces.

Having your position and altitude at the ready is handy, but not without its drawbacks when you’re dealing with a wrist-sized device.

The Foretrex 401 doesn’t have a touchscreen, and there are no in-depth color maps anywhere to be found. It has a simple black and white LCD display that measures 1.6-inches with a resolution of 100 x 64.

The panel is far from fancy but performs as advertised.

The simple design allows you to access statistics like elevation and max speed quickly.

It also looks great in direct sunlight as you can clearly see in the video below.

Despite its diminutive size, this tracker is well built and doesn’t feel cheap.

It’s waterproof to boot.

We love the band as well which is built for the weather and expandable to suit any sized wrist.

While you may think the battery life would be outstanding in a smaller gadget, that’s not necessarily the case this time around.

Depending on your usage, you can get up to 17 hours (with the GPS on) from the Foretrex 401.

That’s not bad and will get you through the day in most cases but a far cry from some high-tech wearables today.

On the plus side, you can swap them out at will as it uses two AAA batteries.

As you might suspect, you’re not going to get a million maps on this one. It does have a basemap and lets you save 500 waypoints or 20 routes.

The track log is par for the course at 10,000, but there’s no microSD slot. You’ll have to rely on the USB port when it’s time to expand its capabilities through updates or load new maps.

The Garmin Foretrex 410 comes with the usual bells & whistles.

That means you can expect a compass, altimeter, sunrise and sunset times, and information along with hunting and fishing info.

While you won’t get GLONASS, it uses the GPS standard and has HotFix prediction.

If you just need the basics when you’re on the trail and want something simple, the Foretrex 410 should definitely be on your radar.

It has a 1-year warranty and comes with a wrist expansion strap, USB cable, and a user manual. You can get a sneak peek of the features beforehand through the online owners guide as well.

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  • Audible tones
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Point-to-point navigation
  • Hunting and Fishing information
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