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Warrior East 2017 – Garmin Foretrex 601/701 with Applied Ballistics LLC Engine 


At the Strohman Enterprise booth we got to check out the new Garmin Foretrex 601 and 701 with Applied Ballistics LLC Engine, wrist mounted navigators. The 701 combines three capabilities in a single device.

-Applied Ballistics
-Garmin GPS Navigator

Additionally, they both use signals from GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellite systems with simultaneous display of two coordinate systems. They also include a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis compass and a barometric altimeter. The user can store up to 500 way point, 20 routes and 10,000 track log events.


With the 701, Applied Ballistics has implemented Sight Scale Factor, and the entire bullet library onboard. Everything can be done directly on the device. This device is also a part of the AB Connect System. So FW updates to this device will always contain the latest bullet library. The software has also demonstrated its accuracy for Extreme Long Range shooting, with solutions past 10,000.


What’s more, battery life in navigation mode exceeds 48 hours and lasts up to one week in UltraTrac mode and the backlight has an ultra low NVG mode.

The Foretrex 601/702 features a 2 inch display and weighs just 80 grams (2.8 ounces).


Finally, they’re offering Berry compliant loop bands. Other options include Quick Fit wrist bands.


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18 Responses to “Warrior East 2017 – Garmin Foretrex 601/701 with Applied Ballistics LLC Engine ”

  1. Steve says:

    Shut up and take my money!

  2. DISTOFF says:

    This is a very neat piece of gear, I’m trying to talk myself out of getting it.

  3. mike says:

    Whats the MSRP

    • Airborne_fister says:

      Available July 27th. On applied ballistics. On garmin.com for 599.99

  4. Richie says:

    Mother of god….

  5. Mike Nomad says:

    Oh. Hell. Yes. Looking forward to handing over my money.

  6. redbeard says:

    Any idea if it can link up with a Kestrel?

    • JJ says:

      Not seeing anything about Kestrels, but did find this…

      15. Internal Sensors for Ballistics – Pressure, Latitude, Direction (Compass)
      16. Live Feed from External Sensors (Optional) – Can be connected to a Garmin® Tempe for live temperature readings. It can also be connected to other Garmin® Accessories like the Heart Rate Monitor, Cadence & Speed sensors.

      • SSD says:

        I spoke with Kestrel and as of right now there is no compatibility between this device and the Kestrel.

  7. Thomas says:

    Is this going to run on regular batteries? Or will it have some sort of internal battery?

  8. Dan says:

    About. F##@ing.Time.

    I had feared Garmin was never going to release another conventional wrist mounted, battery powered Nav orientated GPS, and here we are with 2 models!

    These are going to sell like hotcakes!

  9. Diddler says:

    So I’m admittedly not a tech guru, but this seems to do everything the Kestrels with AB can do, with the addition of extra Garmin features (and smaller), for less money. In my mind that means Kestrel either needs to drop in price big time, or watch sales of ballistic models drop.

    I’ve been on the fence about getting a Kestrel to replace my old PDA. My mind is made up. I can wait a few weeks for this.

  10. Stephen says:

    Does anyone know if this is the same size as the older 301/401 models?

  11. Jon says:

    odd question- would this mount in the troy GPS stock? I saw one online (stock) and thought it was an interesting piece of kit.

  12. Pete says:

    Whoah, that jump from $250 to $600 msrp is a bit rich for my blood on the ballistics. I hope that comes down in time. That 601 looks interesting though – might have to upgrade my 401 soon here. Glad to see they’ve added a dimmer mode, longer battery life, and the wrist straps. I just wish they’d give to a single AA instead of the size was going to change anyways. My Garmin is literally the only thing I have that still uses those damn AAA’s.
    Does Anyone know :
    1. Do these have a dummy cord loop anywhere?
    2. Can you manually set this thing to read either barometric or gps elevation? It’s a minor quibble, but I always hated that the 401 will ONLY read the barometric.

  13. Paul says:


    Flat Dark Earth Coyote Brown? Maybe?