Summary: This is a great product. Hands down. Please feel free to send me a message if you want to talk about it. Moving forward...I chose 5 stars because it does everything I need it to do. It is simple, small, and highly effective. I take care of all of my equipment and unless I get blown up or this gets shot off my hand, there is no need to test its ruggedness. It already has a rugged feel to it. The back-light already installed is simple and easy to use.
Summary: Indestructible. Waterproof. Dust-resistant. Runs for a long time on a single set of batteries. What more could you ask for ? Definitely recommend. Coords in either lat/long or MGRS. Trip calculator. Waypoints. Computer accessible. Wristband (with extension). LIghted. I can't think of a way to improve this. Except to maybe have an iron man suit deploy from this ? But that might drive up the price a bit.
Summary: I've had these issued by work a few times and they are great. I finally bought my own so I can leave it mounted on my kit. Excellent for quick reporting of your location and for uploading waypoints prior to going out on missions/hiking.
Summary: I bought this for my warrior marine to use in Afghanistan and he and the other Marines who used them said they worked great especially over there. I am thankful for this product and my son is still using it. Hoorah. I spent 36 years in the military most of it in Special Operations and this item does what it says and does it well! Very rugged.
Summary: I regret buying this Garmin. The altimeter is inaccurate, the compass continually needs to be reset and now Google Earth cannot find my Garmin to upload my tracks (it used to be able to do that).
Summary: I bought this for my husband for Christmas. He is in the Army and goes to the field often. He always complains about the military GPS because he has to go to another office to barrow it. He really likes this GPS because it is easy to use and it's a good size. Of course it doesn't do everything the military GPS can do but he doesn't need all of those extra functions right now.
Summary: Bought this to use on my Appalachian Trail hikes. Worked fantastically well. The battery life was my biggest concern and i was able to get 18 hours per set. That's two days hiking for me and since the AAA are small it wasn't a big deal to pack backups. I found the accuracy was spot on even in tree cover. I'm very glad i bought it and i recommend to others.
Summary: It took me a few minutes to learn to navigate the menus, but they are logical and handy. The screen is very clear and zooms in or out so you can see a small local area or a larger map. Pushing one button two times creates and confirms a "waypoint". Later you can select that way point and the compass will guide you back.
Summary: You get a lot for the size of this GPS. I have used it several times, including flying and the coolest part is it takes alkaline batteries instead of having to recharge it. Great accessory if you want small yet capable GPS.
Summary: I have been using the Garmin Foretrex 401 extensively over the course of three years, primarily for hiking and backpacking. It has endured years of dirt, sweat, water, and mud, and it keeps on working. See the attached photo of me using the Foretrex during a Zombie obstacle course mud run. It survived. I did not. And neither did my HTC phone I forgot in my pocket.