Review of Refurbished Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS Navigator

A GPS device is a great tool for kayakers, bikers, hikers, and campers on their long and tiring adventures. It saves a lot of your time and stamina by providing the coordinates, waypoints,  direction, altitude, time, shortest routes, and your path trails so that you can never get lost. But finding the best GPS device within your budget and desired functionalities can be very difficult among the crowd of huge varieties of GPS devices on the market. That’s why we have picked the Garmin Foretrex Refurbished 401 GPS Navigator for review that can serve more than your expectation at a decent budget.

First Look:

This is a rugged and lightweight wrist-mounted GPS navigator that is very slim and perfect for outdoor activities where you . Its dimension is 2.9″ x 1.7″ x 0.9″ and weighs only 87.3 gm with battery included. It requires 2 AAA batteries to power up with 17 hours of battery life. This is a waterproof device with the IPX7 rating. Inside the box, you will find a wrist expansion strap, a USB cable, owner’s manual on disk and a quick start manual.There is a mini USB port under the weather cap.


Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS Navigator
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Garmin Foretrex refurbished 401 GPS navigator features a black & white LCD display of 1.4″ x 0.9″. Its screen resolution is 100 x 64 pixels. The display is very bright and easy to read in sunlight. All the fonts and digits are very large and perfectly readable. Since this is not a touchscreen, sweats and water have no effect on its display. It also features a backlight so that you can use it at night or dark very clearly. It continuously shows trip data such as speed, distance, data, time etc. on its display from its trip computer.

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It contains 2 sensors- barometric altimeter and electronic compass. With the help of barometric altimeter, it shows your current altitude and elevation in your preferred unit. Since you can also know about the air pressure from the barometric altimeter, it will help you plan for various weather conditions. You can change the unit from the interface by pressing buttons. The electronic compass shows the direction (North, South, East, West) to which you are facing or moving in order to enhance your navigational abilities while hiking or camping.

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This GPS device has a very simple and smooth user-friendly interface. It contains 5 dedicated buttons ( Enter/Mark, GoTo/Page, Up, Down, and Power). Garmin Foretrex refurbished 401 GPS navigator is built for single-handed use. The buttons are highly responsive and act without delay when pressed. You can mark any point or coordinate on the map using the mark button and save it as a waypoint. The interface of this device is very easy to learn and you can also switch its language to your native one. You will be prompted to choose your desired language when you turn on the Foretrex for the first time. It also offers full clock functionalities and timer.

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Memory & Operations:

You can store 500 waypoints/favorites/locations with 20 routes and 10000 points of track log in this device. Besides, you can also save up to 10 tracks of your adventures. Foretrex 401 will show you the sun and moon Information on its display such as daily rise/set time. It also shows the best time for hunting and fishing at the at your selected waypoint based on the recent data it received while you connected to the Garmin Connect™. It continuously updates its hunt/fish calendar and Points-of-Interest (POI) on the map for your utmost convenience. There is no memory card facility for this device, but the built-in storage should be enough to store all you need.

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Navigation Features:

If you have a Foretrex 401 mounted on your wrist, you won’t have to worry about getting lost in your adventure ever again. Because it allows you to retrace your steps back to where you started. The TracBack® feature displays your path as a dotted line on the screen from the beginning to your current location. If you feel lost or want to go back the way you came so far, following the dotted trails on the screen will lead you to the place where you started tracking your waypoints. The usual GPS accuracy of this device is 15 meters or Less in default mode. But you can increase its accuracy to 3 meters or less by enabling the WAAS mode (Wide Area Augmentation System). The GPS sensor with Hotfix is capable of providing precise location data in heavy tree cover or deep canyons. In the GPS mode, there is Sky view that shows the location of the satellites from which you are receiving a signal. You can also view the signal strength of each and every available satellite.

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The refurbished Garmin Foretrex 401 GPS navigator has a lot of connectivity features. It comes with a USB interface. With the help of a USB cable, you can connect to a computer and store your routes, waypoints, and tracks very easily. You can also share your navigation data with certain Foretrex, Montana® and Oregon® devices wirelessly. This device is also compatible with Garmin cadence sensors and heart rate monitors. Unit-to-Unit Transfer (sharing data between similar units) is very easy. Moreover, with the help of Garmin Connect™, from any computer with internet connection, you can view detailed history, analysis, and records of your activities. Thus you can also view your last trips or tracks on Google Earth.

Pros and Cons
  • A lot of connectivity features at a very low price.
  • Decent display with bright backlight.
  • Improved GPS reception with the hotfix.
  • Portable, lightweight, and waterproof design.
  • Very long battery life.
  • Includes 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Batteries are not included, you have to buy those separately.
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Final Words:

Although we are talking about the refurbished model of Garmin Foretrex 401, it doesn’t differ a single bit from a new one. Not a single complaint regarding any defect of this device has been reported yet. It would be really a great companion and a life-saver in your adventure.