Garmin Forerunner 101 Review


  • Dimensions: 3.26 x 1.71 x 0.91 inches (8.28 x 4.35 x 2.3 cm)
  • Display: 1.44 x 0.92 inches (3.65 x 2.34 cm)
  • Resolution: 100 x 64 pixels
  • Weight: 2.6 oz (74 g)
  • Battery: 2 AAA
  • Battery life: 14-15 hours, typical
  • Water resistant: yes (IPX7)
  • GPS-enabled: yes
  • High-sensitivity receiver: no
  • RoHS version available: yes
  • Lap history: 5,000 laps
  • Waypoints/favorites/locations: 100
  • Routes: 0
  • Heart rate monitor: no
  • Bike speed/cadence sensor: no
  • Foot pod: no
  • Automatic sync: no
  • Garmin Connect compatible: no
  • Garmin Training Center compatible: no
  • Virtual Partner: yes
  • Courses: no
  • Auto Pause: yes
  • Auto Lap: yes
  • Auto Scroll: no
  • Multi-sport: no
  • Advanced workouts: no
  • Simple workouts: yes
  • Pace alert: yes
  • Time/distance alert: yes
  • Vibration alert: no
  • Interval training: yes
  • Customizable screen(s): yes
  • Unit-to-unit transfer: no
  • Sport watch: no


  • Error margin of 3 meters or less
  • Waterproof
  • Ergonomic design
  • Easy-to-read display
  • Easy viewing in low light


  • Batteries not rechargeable
  • No heart rate monitor
  • No PC interface


The Garmin Forerunner 101 GPS watch gives both professional athletes and leisure runners an advanced training tool with lots of features. It effectively provides accurate measurements of your overall speed, distance and the overall consistency of the pace that you are running. It also tells you how many calories were used during your workout

The Forerunner 101 weighs 2.6 ounces, it has dimensions of 3.26″ x 1.71″ x 0.91”, a display size of 1.44″ x 0.92″, the display resolution is 100 x 64 pixels and the required two AAA batteries can last for up to 14.5 hours.

The Forerunner 101 is very easy to use and can fit into your pocket when not in use. It uses the Wide Area Augmentation System to give you a margin of error of 3 meters whenever you are using the GPS. It can be utilized in different kinds of weather conditions and is waterproof.

The Forerunner 101 comes with a one of a kind training tool called the Virtual Partner. The Virtual Partner allows you to enter what goals you would like to accomplish during your workout such as speed, distance and pace. It will then show you during the workout how you are performing compared to your overall goal.

The Forerunner 101 allows you store up to two years worth of laps on the device’s memory in order to evaluate the progression of your workouts.

The Forerunner 101 contains an electronic breadcrumb feature that will allow you to find your way home, hotel or any specific place using the GPS system.

The Garmin Forerunner 101 is considered to be one of the best lower cost GPS enabled workout devices on the market today. If you are planning on storing trips or maps on the device it is advisable to consider something that has more memory than the Forerunner 101. Selling between $88.29 and $105.95, it has a reasonable price as well as many different features that you are receiving. Aside from the internal memory issue there really are no other drawbacks to the device. If you are looking for a GPS device that is reasonably priced and has many different features the Forerunner 101 is worth some serious thought.

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