Product Review: Garmin Forerunner 201

Garmin Forerunner: Made for Runners But Great for Skaters

GPS Device Is a Handy Tool for Tracking Speed, Distance and More

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The device gets about 14 hours of juice from a single charge. It comes with a dock that allows you to recharge the unit without replacing the batteries. (This is the same dock that connects it to a PC.) Skating twice a week, I find I have to charge the unit once or twice a month.

In Summary

I like the Garmin forerunner. It's not too bulky, has no armband to worry about, and once it’s on, you really don’t notice it much.

The menus and settings are easy to get the hang of (although I wouldn’t throw away the instructions without reading them.)

It feels like a high quality unit and has held up despite being dropped numerous times. It even has a backlight for those Friday night skates.

The Forerunner does what it is supposed to, and it does it well. I really like that it records all of your skates and you can access the data without having to download it to a computer.

My only gripes are that the beeps could be a little louder, it's not Macintosh-compatible, and it won't give you your actual GPS coordinates.

Other than that, I highly recommend it.

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Travis Brown is a native of Orlando, Fla. He is currently a graduate student in integrative biology at the University of California-Berkeley.

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