New Garmin Foretrex 401: get ready to jump!

Garmin is coming out with a new version of the Foretrex. The 401 is about 20% smaller than the original Foretrex 101 and 201, although the display is the same size. It has a 2-axis digital compass, barometric altimeter and a USB 2.0 port.

But, the most exciting features is the Jumpmaster function, designed for static, HAHO and HALO skydiving, with options including forward throw, windspeed and HARP to ensure a safe, well, safer landing. Sounds like a fun backup for your real altimeter.

The Foretrex 401 uses AAA batteries for up to 24 hours of use, and the ability to swap batteries on the road, and it will sell for $250 beginnng June 16th.

For the person who has everything, there's an optional pouch designed with Navy SEALs. If you're gonna jump out of a perfectly good airplane, having the Foretrex 401 on board might be a good idea.

Military Times via GPS News