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Anyone using a Foretrex 601?

Old 05-08-18, 03:35 PM
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Anyone using a Foretrex 601?

Key features for me are ruggedness, 40+hrs autonomy, on AAA replaceable batteries, Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity with speed/cadence support. The screen is large enough to make a viable navigation device.

I understand that it doesn't support maps and that navigation follows a breadcrumbs trail.

The idea would be to design routes on a smartphone (or computer). and to upload to the foretrex for navigation.

If you use it, please share your experience
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Yes, I know this is a reply to a four year old post

I've had a Foretrex 601 for about 2 1/2 years now and use it extensively for both hiking and cycling. My use is unsophisticated. It's basically a logging device that lets me keep a record of where we've traveled and associated metrics. My cycling partner makes photo books of our tours and I turn the gpx files into maps that show our tour progress over time. Of course, any GPS unit can do that but the long battery life, use of either commonly available AAA batteries (either disposable or rechargeable), small size and light weight makes the Foretrex 601 well suited to my undemanding needs. I have a drawer full of GPS units and prior to the 601, used a Garmin Oregon 550. The larger touchscreen of the 550 had some advantages but it required handlebar mounting and it is not as convenient as the wrist mount of the 601.

As I have something of a love-hate relationship with all electronic devices while hiking and cycling (actually, all the time), the simplicity of the 601 is appealing though the dark side of fancier modern units like the Edge series is pulling me closer to pulling the trigger on a purchase. :-) Hope this belated information benefits someone.

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