Garmin Foretrex 401 review

Check out the reviews and videos for the Garmin Foretrex 401 and you decide if it is good enough to become a part of your daily field gear.

The Foretrex uses triple AAA batteries which are easy to find in the local convenience store. If you want more juice for a longer period of time use the lithium batteries.

Garmin Foretrex 401 review by Crimson:
Used in Combat with excellent results. I am currently deployed in Afghanistan and have used the Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof GPS during my combat patrols for about two weeks now.

I have found that it performs perfectly. It is easily configured for MGRS, the metric system, and the compass can be set for Mils which makes calling for polar fire missions very easy.

I love the fact that I have a 10-digit grid on my wrist.

I purchased mine at a bass pro shop in Montana. I had read online several reviews and it got good ratings from military guys.

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More review of Garmin Foretrex 401 by Crimson:
It cuts down on weight, not having to lug a DAGR around, and as I am taking notes during Community Engagements I can grab the grid right off my wrist as I write. So far it has stood up to the insane temperature differences from day to night. It has stood up to the dust (which gets into EVERYTHING – and has ruined two of my digital cameras [including a so-called dust-proof one]) with flying colors.

The batteries last about 8 hours and it takes AAAs which are easy to carry. You can easily beam waypoints from one GPS to another. Several guys in my platoon carry the Garmin Foretrex 401 Waterproof Hiking GPS which makes it very easy. I am looking forward to using this when I get home to track my runs. So far I have found nothing wrong with this to speak of. I would definitely recommend it for whatever purpose you would use it for. It works just fine despite tons of sweat from my body – in light to hard rain and can even survive getting dunked in water briefly.

PROS:
It is lightweight and you can wear it on your wrist or put it in your backpack strap so you can look down easily and read it.

CONS:
I would like to see it as USB rechargeable so that you could have more options for keeping it powered in the field.

Questions from our readers online.

Question: Do Navy SEALs really use the Garmin Foretrex on missions? Yes, reportedly SEAL Team Six as well as other SEAL Teams use the Garmin. The Garmin Foretrex 401 was also used during the recent Turning Steel event in Montana.

Question: Can you use the Garmin gps for other uses than combat missions? Yes; of course. The Garmin Foretrex can be used for hiking, running and mtn biking. Any time you need to plot a course and get directions.

Question: When you are hiking and doing land navigation what is a good lightweight boot that you recommend?

We like the New Balance Tactical Men’s Bushmaster 6-Inch Utility Boot,Tan,12 D US as they are very light and cost less than $79. A very good value for the dollar for a lightweight well drained boot.

Question: What about the Garmin Foretrex vs Etrex?

Answer: I use the Etrex a lot on my long distance off road bike races and it works great for navigation. I load up a gpx file of the route I want to take and i can follow that course very easily.

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