|Item Weight||3 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||1.7 x 0.9 x 2.9 inches|
|Item model number||010-00776-00|
|Display Size||1.7 inches|
|Display Resolution||100 x 64 pixels|
|National Stock Number||5825-01-580-1035|
Garmin Foretrex 301 Waterproof Hiking GPS
- Features high-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix for improved performance and reception in heavy tree cover or deep canyons
- Keeps track of routes, tracks and waypoints
- TracBack feature retraces user's path on the easy-to-read LCD display
- Features trip computer, sunrise/sunset times and hunting/fishing information
- Supports dual position readout so user can view current location in multiple formats, including latitude/longitude
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Foretrex 301 is a slim wrist-mounted GPS navigator perfect for outdoor activities that require the use of both hands. It combines a high-sensitivity GPS receiver, rugged, waterproof design, and USB interface into a lightweight device ideal for hikers, skiers and campers.
Retrace Your Steps
You'll never worry about getting lost with Foretrex 301. It keeps track of your path and displays it as a dotted trail on the screen. Turn on the TracBack® feature and you can retrace your path back to where you started. You can save locations in memory as waypoints (up to 500 of them), so you can always find your way back to any important place, such as your campsite or vehicle. And it boasts up to 18 hours of battery life and replaceable AAA batteries.
Track Your Data
Foretrex 301 lets you combine several waypoints to create and store routes to all of your favorite places. It also provides other helpful information to help with navigation, including a trip computer, sunrise/sunset times and hunting and fishing information. To keep track of your trip, connect your Foretrex to your computer with USB to store your waypoints, routes and tracks on your computer.
With a simple connection to your computer and the Internet, you can get detailed analysis of your activities and send tracks to your outdoor device using Garmin Connect™. It allows you to view your activities on a map using Google™ Earth. Explore other routes from more than 12 million customers and share your experiences on Twitter® and Facebook®.
Plan Your Next Trip
BaseCamp™ lets you view and organize your maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks and send them to your device. It displays topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer, including contour lines and elevation profiles.
Top customer reviews
For the 301 there is a better design to hold the strap onto the GPS. It uses screw in pins, so I think that problem is fixed and it shouldn't pop off. However, the strap length is still too short or too long. I am going to just buy a case where you can take the GPS and put it inside of a clear case and that has a Velcro strap.
I used the 101 on every mission in Afghanistan and it was really great to get quick grids of your location. Projecting points on the 101 and the 301 isn't that easy though. You can only choose distances at 100 meter intervals, so that's as accurate of grid as you will get. It's also not very easy to navigate the menu to get at the project waypoint screen. I just used it to quickly find out where I was, and for that it was fantastical.
The sensitivity of the receiver is awesome. You can pick up signals when it's sitting on the passenger seat of your car or when your in the woods walking. I ride mountain bike, and it seemed to work OK when I was under moderate cover at all speeds. When you get into really thick cover and you are going pretty fast the accuracy degrades a little, but it still tracks satellites. Your speed won't be that accurate though.
Hooking it upto a computer is easy too. It just loads as a USB mass storage device, so you don't need serial ports anymore. For military, I'm not sure if it will still be compatible with moving map on Falconview, haven't tried it.
I definitely recommend this. The only problem is the crappy strap that's not meant for human-sized wrists. On a bike mount, in a different case or attached to your body armor or whatever it's awesome.
After using it for a couple of weeks I really like it. The strap was the right size for my wrist, though as others have said it's a close thing and it might not fit over clothing. Build quality overall seems to be top-notch and it is lightweight. I use energizer ultimate lithiums in this and they work fine; there is an option in settings to select battery type to whatever version you prefer (alkaline, lithium, etc).
Using the GPS is pretty straightforward, though I wish it had maybe one more button that they could offload some of the functions to. Each button ends up doing a lot. The user interface is good but some of the ways they nest various functions confuses me. It's workable, but I definitely wouldn't take this on a backpacking trip without the manual. Speaking of which...
The manual kinda stinks. You get a quick-start guide which actually isn't bad, but I then went online hoping to find a complete manual and what Garmin offers isn't much better than the quick-start guide. It explains where many functions ARE, but not what they DO. For example, I can set something called "spanner" to show, or not. Great, but what is spanner? Another example is battery modes. It has a number of options, but doesn't explain what the difference between each is. How much extra life will I get by using "battery saver" mode? What is "WAAS" battery mode? The manual tells me where I need to go to change all this stuff, but doesn't say what each thing does. Also, the manual only mentions 2 battery type options (Alkaline and NiMH), while the GPS itself has a setting for lithium batteries as well. This tells me that the manual is probably out of date.
Plus, as others have said, they don't always tell you what things are only available with the 401, which shares the same manual. So the jumpmaster setting, for example, isn't on the 301, even though there is no indication of that in the manual.
So in short, great GPS, but the instructions need work. Be prepared to do some searching around on the internet for answers to questions, because you probably won't find what you seek in the manual. Fortunately I was able to answer all my issues online, either at Garmin's site or elsewhere, but it's annoying to have to do so.