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Garmin Forerunner 201 Waterproof Running GPS (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Garmin

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Garmin Part #010-00328-00
  • Waterproof, wrist-mounted training device/GPS receiver for tracking lap times, distance, and calories burned
  • Integrated GPS receiver displays your progress on favorite routes and saves up to 100 locations
  • Virtual Partner mode sets time, pace, and distance goals and races you against digital competitor
  • History function breaks down workout statistics by day or cumulative weeks; includes serial PC interface
  • Adjustable wristband and AC desktop charger; measures 3.26 x 1.71 x 9.69 inches (W x H x D); 1-year warranty
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Technical Details

Size: Garmin Part #010-00328-00 | Color: Black
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Product Details

Size: Garmin Part #010-00328-00 | Color: Black
Product Manual [402kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 3 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0000CFYCH
  • Item model number: 010-00328-00
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 1, 2001

Product Description

Size: Garmin Part #010-00328-00 | Color: Black


Finally, an alternative to awkward pedometers and cycling computers. The Forerunner 201 offers athletes an easy-to-read display and integrated GPS satellite receiver that provides precise speed, distance, and pace data--all in one compact unit that straps to your wrist. It’s a lightweight, accurate training assistant with performance tracking, auto-lap, auto-pause and more. And because it is a high quality Garmin GPS device, you get many of the features GPS users have come to rely on, such as precise latitude, longitude, altitude data. Choose either the 201 model for rechargeable power or the 101 if you prefer to use 2 AAA batteries. The Forerunner 201 is easy to use right out of the box and delivers the benefits of GPS technology at an affordable price.

To please folks who are passionate about their exercise and training, Garmin has added something special to the Forerunner 201 called the Virtual Partner. The feature allows you to set your training goal by configuring your Virtual Partner’s pace and workout distance. You'll get a graphic perspective of your performance by viewing your pace in relation to your Virtual Partner’s pace, so you can always see at a glance if you're keeping up or falling behind.

Almost as important as the training device itself are the accessories to integrate it with your active lifestyle. If you're into cycling, the best way to keep an eye on your GPS while you ride is with a bike mount bracket that straps to the handlebars of your bike, motorcycle, or whatever you're traveling with for easy viewing.

Other Forerunner 201 features:

  • Mark specific locations, and then look-up and navigate to these points using an electronic map.
  • Retrace your steps to a starting point or reverse your normal route for routine variation.
  • Amount of calories burned can be tracked and calculated over the course of a workout.
  • Lap history--such as lap time, lap distance, and average pace--can be stored for up to two years.
  • Performance data can be automatically archived and calculated to provide an accurate record.
  • Automated stopwatch provides auto-lap and auto-pause features.
  • Lap timer indicates when a certain speed is reached or when you’ve fallen below a pre-set level.
  • Pace whistle sounds alert when you begin traveling slower or faster than your desired pace.
  • Distance whistle sounds when you reach a specified duration or distance in your workout.
  • Download free Garmin software to transfer data from your Forerunner 201 to your PC for storage and analysis.

What's in the box:

  • Forerunner 201 unit
  • Wrist strap
  • A/C desktop charger with serial interface

Customer Reviews

Well, rather than giving up, I sent it back to repair now twice.
She had been running with a friend of hers for a while and loved that she could track her pace and distance with her friend's Garmin Forerunner.
Battery life is very good and I use it several times between charging.
Harold S. Jackson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

292 of 307 people found the following review helpful By Michael Khaw on March 14, 2004
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Garmin Part #010-00328-00 Verified Purchase
Overall the Forerunner 201 works well for bicycling, although I wouldn't discard my conventional bike computer for several reasons:

1. In Speed mode (vs. Pace mode) there's no option to average out the readings, and the unit is too sensitive to motion. With the GPS mounted on a bike and the bike at a complete stop, tiny motions of less than 1 cm continuously trigger the autostop/autostart, so it keeps beeping and accumulating elapsed time and distance. Setting the Auto Pause threshold to a non-zero value mitigates this problem at a slight risk of false pauses.

2. The % grade (custom) readout is highly erratic. If you're moving too slowly (less than 5 mph), even if you're burning your lungs on a climb, it may read 0% or even a negative number like -3%! Seems like there may be a math underflow bug in the algorithm when the vertical displacement is too small over successive readings.

3. The altitude reading is not credible when you don't have a clear view of the sky. The unit seems to extrapolate from the last trend it had to "update" the readout, rather than indicating that it's unable to read the altitude. I was on King's Mountain Road (SF Peninsula) under tree-cover, came out into an open spot and the altitude reading jumped by over 500 feet when the GPS got an actual reading from the satellites. There are 2 stretches like this on the climb, and it happened both times.

Enabling Auto Lap in the Training Assistant mode sets the GPS to record trackpoints (time, latitude, longitude and altitude), supposedly at fixed distance intervals, the finest preset value being 1 mile. At firmware version 3.40, the current track can hold 3000 points, with the oldest points being overwritten by the newest when you exceed 3000.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By CPSail on January 10, 2005
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Garmin Part #010-00328-00
The Forerunner 201 is proving to be very helpful in adjusting my runs without a training partner. While I prefer running with another person, it's hard to find someone at the right time who wants to run the same pace that day. Features on this unit like the virtual training partner help me overcome that issue.

NOTE FOR IMPROVED SIGNAL/ACCURACY: On my first several runs, the unit lost signal about ten times over four miles. The solution was to have the Forerunner "Autolocate" the satellites again.

To run Autolocate again, turn the unit on indoors and cover it with your hand to prevent it from finding any satellites. After a minute, the unit will ask if you are indoors. Answer "No." Then it will ask if you've moved the unit more than 100 miles since the last use. Answer "Yes." This causes the unit to reacquire all available satellites.

Take the unit outside and position it in an open area. This time I made sure that it was clear of any obstructions (30 feet from the house) and put it on a tree branch about eye height. After about 15 mintues it had acquired more satellites than the first time.

When I power it up now, it acquires the signal in about a minute and I have yet to lose signal on a run.
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106 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 30, 2004
Color Name: BlackSize Name: Garmin Part #010-00328-00
After giving it a full charge, 3 hours, I took it out for a test drive. For the first 30 minutes I could not pick up a signal in Miami. I did a hard reset and it picked it up within 3 minutes. Went for a 3 mile run around a local 9-hole golf course, heavily ligned with trees, and to my amazement never lost contact with the signal. Was extremely accurate in measuring the distance and having a pace time allows you to really push yourself. Backlight can be kep on during the whole run - great feature for night running - or 2, 1, .5, .25 minutes. Much smaller than I expected. Love the display. Would recommend to anyone who runs, jogs, walks for exercise.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 22, 2004
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With a favorable review in the WSJ last week I purchased the Forerunner 201. While I already owned the Timex Time + Distance system (sans Heart Monitor) I wanted to see it a smaller package would be as good. I'm happy to report the product is as good if not better than the Timex system.
When compared to the Timex system here are the pro's:
1) Lith-Ion battery. No more carrying around AA batteries with a less than 10 hour life (usually got 5-7 hours). The Garmin system hold a charge for 10+ hours.
2) Single unit as opposed to the 2 unit Timex system. Also much less weight in total.
3) Large and easy to read numbers on the unit. Screens are customizable (calories, miles, pace, time, elevation - some 20 different units can be shown)
4) GREAT downloadable software from the Garmin web site logs each run, maps the course, elevation changes and all sorts of info.
5) Haven't gotten the chance to try the virtual partner yet, but I'm sure going to love that feature.
The Cons:
1) You really cannot use the device indoors. The Timex system can operate as a standalone watch, but the Garmin system is a bit large for indoor use. And you sure cannot use it while walking down the street (geek alert).
2) Like the Timex system you need a clear line of sight. However, with the Timex system I could swivel the unit on my arm to make sure I had a clear LOS. With the Garmin system not as much freedom to move it. I had to modify my route to ensure that I always has a clear LOS.
All in all great system and I would recommend. If you live in a city make sure you can return the unit if you cannot keep the GPS signal.
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