GPS: Garmin Forerunner vs. Garmin Foretrex

For my birthday my wife bought me a Garmin Foretrex 201 GPS unit. From what I’ve read I think that the Garmin Forerunner might be more applicable to unicycling.

Garmin’s website has done little to clear up my confusion as to the differences between the two models.

Does anyone here have some practical advice regarding the pros/cons of each?



I’ve had the Foretrex 201 for some time now and use it mainly for unicycling. I’ve been very happy with it but like yourself I’m not sure of the difference with the Forerunner 201 other than price and the Garmin website doesn’t help. I decided on the Foretrex 'cause it was on offer and was cheaper than the Forerunner at the time I bought it.

If I were buying a GPS today I’d go for the Forerunner 205 or 305 as they have cycling modes (unlike the 201/301 I believe) and they look nice too.

I bought the fortrex model because it supports WAAS which provides a more accurate position fix. I don’t think the forerunner supports WAAS.

I like the fortex model 201 with the rechargeable battery.

I don’t now much about the forerunner.

I have just purchased a Foretrex 201, and kington99’s brother uses a forerunner 301 I think, as part of his running training. Most of the special features of the forerunner assume you are actually running, not cycling, so they are pretty much useless for distance unicycling. If (as unicus says) the newest model forerunners have a cycling mode and maintain the same features (virtual partner, etc) then they might be more suited to road-based distance riding. I got the foretrex because I’m going to use my GPS for Muni as well as distance, so I liked the mapping features.