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Garmin Foretrex 601

Product Code: GARF601

Garmin Foretrex 601 GPS device is worn like a watch on your wrist - perfect if you need GPS information and don't have a free hand to pick up and hold a handheld system. Featuring a black and white 2.0-inch (diagonal) LCD (200 x 128 pixel) screen you can navigate your way back to any location as well as store waypoints along your route too.

You can also view the time/date, military time format, GPS time sync, automatic daylight saving time, timer, stopwatch and sunrise/sunset times.

The waterproof Foretrex 601 also includes a compass, altimeter, barometer and has a battery life of up to 48 hours in navigation mode. You can save various routes (up to 20) and up to 500 waypoints to the device. Plus the Foretrex 601 allows you to share route and waypoint information wirelessly with other compatible Garmin GPS products.



Garmin Foretrex 601 has been discontinued.

We do however have stock of the Garmin Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition:

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The Garmin Foretrex 601 enables you to navigate the world hands-free and wrist-mounted which is durable and manufacturerd to military standards (MIL-STD-810G). The Garmin device therefore offers thermal, shock and water performance.

If you are hunting (shooting range/lon-range shooting) you should consider the Garmin Foretrex 701 Ballistic Edition which also includes tactical features such as night vision google compatibility and Jumpmaster mode.

This Garmin device uses GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellite system which is more accurate and reliable than using GPS alone. GPS location, speed and distance can be calculated and viewed.

There are three navigation sensors known as 'ABC': including 3-axis accelerometer, barometric altimeter and a 3-axis compass. These offer ascent and descent information, weather predictions using short-term changes in air pressure and the compass provides directional information.

Furthermore smart notifications allow you to receive emails, texts and alerts from your smartphone. Simply use the Garmin Connect Mobile app to start-up and use LiveTrack feature so that others can follow your journey (within cellular coverage). You can also connect and upload to Garmin Connect (Garmin's online fitness community).

Battery life on the Garmin Foretrex 601 is over 48 hours in navigation mode, 1 week in UltrTrac mode and 1 month in watch mode.

Automatic software updates are also available when paired to a mobile device.

Handheld/Outdoor FAQs

Do you have a question about the Garmin Foretrex 601 or other handheld GPS related question that's not been answered on this webpage? Please see our handheld and Outdoor GPS FAQs page for questions from other customers.Plus if the answer to your question isn't featured, use the online form to ask us for the answer. Alternatively please telephone 01733 777623 Monday to Friday (9:30am-5:00pm) to speak to one of our sales team.

Garmin Foretrex 601 Features

‣Wrist mounted
‣Black and white 2-inch LCD screen (200 x 128 pixels)
‣High-sensitivity GPS receiver with HotFix for improved performance and reception
‣Rugged, built to military standards and lightweight
‣Unit-to-unit wireless data transfer capabilities for waypoints, routes and tracks
‣Electronic compass
‣Barometric altimeter
‣Waterproof standard: IEC 60529 IPX7
‣Over 48 hours of battery life in GPS mode, 2 AAA; NiMH or Lithium recommended
‣Weighs 87.8 grams with batteries
‣USB Interface
‣Personalise your Garmin Foretrex 601 with QuickFit 26 bands
‣2 year manufacturers guarantee

What's in the box? (when purchased from

‣Garmin Foretrex 601
‣Hook and loop wrist strap
‣Strap extender
‣USB cable

Garmin Foretrex 601 Accessories

Looking for accessories and spares for the Garmin Foretrex 601? Accessories available to purchase include a carrying case, mains charger and bike speed and cadence sensor. Along with these accessories, it is also possible to buy replacement parts such as micro USB cable. View all Garmin Foretrex 601 accessories.

Garmin Foretrex 601 Carrying Case


‣This zippered case holds your Garmin Foretrex 601 watch along with other Garmin Foretrex 601 accessories.

Garmin Foretrex 601 HRM-Pro Plus Heart Rate Monitor


‣Garmin HRM-Pro Plus trasmits real-time heart rate data to your Garmin Foretrex 601 wrist mounted GPS device.

Garmin Foretrex 601 Watch Bands

From £44.99

‣Choose from 15 different Garmin QuickFit 26mm watch straps for use with Garmin Foretrex 601.

Garmin Foretrex 601 Technical Specification

‣Technology: GPS
‣Display size: 2.0-inch diagonal
‣Display resolution: 100 x 64 pixels
‣Display type: Black and white LCD
‣Touchscreen: No
‣Electronic compass: Yes
‣Barometric altimeter: Yes
‣Data cards: No
‣Waterproof: IEC 60529 IPX7
‣Battery: 2 AAA batteries (not included)
‣Battery life: 48 hours
‣Dimensions: Width - 73mm, Height - 43mm, Depth - 22mm
‣Weight: 87.8g with batteries
‣Guarantee: 2-year
Garmin Foretrex 601 manual

This product is a sophisticated electronic device which requires that you read, understand, and act upon the information given in the instruction manual (usually available via the above 'manual' link). You will need internet access and, in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations, regularly seek out and accept all firmware or software updates offered by the manufacturer. All GPS devices need to ‘see’ the satellites in the sky. Therefore you will need to know that your vehicle does not have glass that will block or impede the GPS signal.

Updates to this product are via the internet. At this product page we state compatibility with specific versions of current internet connection devices, for example: PC, laptop, MAC, smartphone etc. The Consumer Contract Regulations allow you 14 days, from receipt of purchase, to check compatibility with your internet connection device/s. If you choose to replace or update your PC, MAC etc. neither we nor the manufacturer will be responsible if the new/replacement Operating System (OS) is not compatible with the purchased product.

Why buy from us?

We are official Authorised Internet Retailers for Garmin. We sell genuine Garmin products, accessories and maps. We purchase from assigned Garmin UK distributors. We do not buy on the grey market and we do not sell counterfeit products. You can rest assured that by purchasing from ActiveGPS you will receive the full support of Garmin.

Page updated: 16th April 2024

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