Summary: This device is terrible are dealing with tree cover, even light tree cover. On certain points on my run, I am in wide open places with a single row of trees far off to one side, and this device loses the signal.
Summary: I bought my first Forerunner 201 2 months ago. It had so many wonderful functions, I purchased 3 more immediately for our running team. After 2 weeks, one went dead. Then, one by one, three went dead. Amazon is excellent in replacing new ones. But even the replacement broke down after a few weeks.
Summary: First let me say that I am not an avid runner and to be quite honest I have hated the sport of running. (sorry) Because I am in the military we are required to run so I have had to take up the sport. The biggest problem I had though was finding a way to pace myself and train.
Summary: That being said, I only give it 4 stars because I kind of miss the ability to link to my computer (I'm an ultra geek). Still, Lion batteries ONLY have a life of 3 years max - don't let anyone tell you otherwise - and 3 years it won't be NEAR it's original life.
Summary: I really like this GPS. I use it mainly for hiking and backpacking and it has taken a lot of abuse. It isn't totally waterproof... just water resistant. I have worn it in the rain and it was fine although water did get into the battery compartment during a particularly bad downpour.
Why AAA Batteries (101) Best Internal Batteries (201)
Matthew Harris, Amazon
11 April 2006
Summary: I chose to buy the Forerunner 101 rather than the 201 precisely because of its power system. First, rechargeable AAA batteries are relatively cheap, and they last forever. They are also small, and while traveling I'd rather lug around two extra small batteries than a recharging cord.
Unbeatable for Walking - A Fantastic Piece of Technology
Ed Osworth, Amazon
11 April 2006
Summary: This thing is an excellent product at a very reasonable price. It is lightweight and has an ingenious strap system so you can wear it on your wrist or even over a jacket (It get's cold here in Oregon). The batteries last a Long Time, just be sure to turn it off when you are done using it.
Summary: I have owned my Forerunner for a year now. I absolutely love the item. First, it is fantastic to know exactly how far I've run, no matter what roads, trails, or bike path I run on. I am no longer confined to my 'measured routes'...I can explore! The Forerunner also gives the current pace.
Summary: The 205 / 305 are about $50-$70 more than this but if you can afford to swing it, here is why you should buy those instead... The 101 is identical except that is uses 2 AAA's instead of having an internal rechargeable battery.