Coros? Never heard of it, there isn’t even a Wikipedia entry for the American company. Coros was founded in the United States in 2016 after a successful Kickstarter campaign for a bicycle helmet, settled two years later in California and launched its first GPS sports watch in 2018. In quick succession, the start-up developed a whole range of other watches, currently there are six models.
We became aware of Coros through the cheapest model, the Pace 2 for 200 euros, which has some spectacular features: It is incredibly light with a weight of just 29 grams including the nylon strap. It has an extremely long battery life. If you log a daily sports program and continuously record your heart rate, you can expect a one-week run time. The Pace 2 not only records everything that a significantly more expensive Garmin measures, but it is also one of the few watches that even measure performance without any other accessories; the mileage is given in watts. If you couple the Coros with a Stryd footpod, you can also use all of the running metrics and running efficiency measurements from Stryd.
The Pace 2 comes in a plastic case with an interchangeable silicone strap and with a diameter of 42 millimeters is rather smaller than its rivals. Thanks to a thickness of only 11.7 millimeters, it can still be worn under a shirt sleeve. On the back, next to the heart rate sensors, there is a charging adapter with three pogo pins that looks amazingly similar to the one from Garmin. Inductive refueling of the battery is therefore not intended. The watch is operated with the digital crown at the top right and a button below. The display with 240 × 240 pixels and 64 colors only uses an LC display, no OLED, but it always remains switched on and can be illuminated at the push of a button.
That is all upscale equipment
To start up, you couple the clock with the Coros app on your smartphone and make further settings there. There is no web interface for evaluating the sports units on the screen. In the app you can select dials and set your favorite workouts, with the Pace 2 only recognizing eleven activities. You can then create detailed training plans for running, cycling and swimming. That is all upscale equipment.
The individual training sessions, including GPS data, maps for outdoor activities and various metrics, are displayed very nicely, and when running you actually see the running power in watts over the time axis with maximum and average value. Fascinating. Thankfully, you can export individual training units, for example in Fit or GPX format.
The accuracy of the heart rate measurement is good to very good, we would describe the precision of the GPS route recording as very good. If you are looking for a sports watch with professional metrics and analytics and only want to spend 200 euros, you can confidently strike at Pace 2. The fact that you have to do without some extras such as music playback, contactless payment and others should not be concealed. After all, the watch also shows push messages from the smartphone.
In addition to the Pace 2, we also took a look at the start-up’s top product, the Vertix, which comes with a titanium case at a price of 600 euros, but which is coated with a lot of plastic on the sides. The interchangeable silicone strap that comes with it looks unreasonably cheap and the display is identical to that of the Pace 2, which is really no longer possible in this price range.
The large Vertix with a diameter of 47 millimeters and a weight of 76 grams has more space for the battery and therefore lasts even longer, the manufacturer speaks of 45 days. There are no differences in terms of app and operation, but the Vertix supports more sports programs and it also measures oxygen saturation. In this price range, however, we would rather recommend a Garmin.