Pros Gives you all the info you could want and easy to use. Beats re-driving a route to see how far you went.
Cons Could use longer battery life. I do ultra-walks of up to 24 hrs and don't like to deal with changing batteries while fatigued.
"Very Inaccurate"on by crosscourt2
Pros Easy to read. Keeps Time. Keeps History
Cons Inaccurate. Pace time not dependable. Distance is very inaccurate.
Summary This GPS is inexpensive for a good reason, it's inaccurate in keeping track of the most important things to a runner: Distance run and Pace. The higher end Garmin's use a better technology for calculating these. The GPS signal gets blocked frequently. I could never recommend this to anyone.
Pros Easy to navigate menus, easy interface and buttons. Large display and light weight unit.
Cons Can't hook it up to a computer or add additional memory. But it doesn't appear this will be a problem at all.
Summary I just got the forerunner for Christmas this year (2008). I'm using rechargeable batteries and it's been working great for the last 2 hours and still going. I saw a previous post had issues with using rechargeable batteries. It doesnt seem to be a problem for me. I did notice there is an option to change from alkaline to nihm.
Features I really like so far, snowboarding and hiking I've been packing my magelin gps. The garmin forerunner 101, you can set a custom screen which for me is a huge plus, showing elevation, calories burned and total distance along with the other screens showing speed, distance etc etc etc. Including the pace, and laps this will be a huge advantage for when I'm walking, jogging, running, hiking, backpacking, and snowboarding or skiing. Tons of features and super light weight and only uses 2 AA's.
I personally think this might be one of the best kept secrets out there for the price!!
Pros easy to use, has backlight
Cons Manual is acceptable but could be better.
Summary This is a way better buy than the 201. The 201 can be hooked up to a computer but only with a "serial" cable not usb. The watch stores years of data anyway. It uses regular AAA batteries but you could buy rechargables and have the other "advantage" of the 201.Updated
Tried to use rechargable in the Forerunner 101 and the device would not function for more than a few seconds. Confirmed with Garmin that rechargable NMHI batteries will not work.
Pros Great value for the money Easy to Use Useful Features Clear Display
Cons No Heart Rate Monitor