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COROS announces today the first renewal of a product in its catalogue, the COROS PACE 2. It is an important thing to consider because we can no longer consider that it is a new brand in the market presenting new products. COROS has already reached maturity and is now renewing products within its catalog, something that is a remarkable milestone in a brand that began its journey just over 4 years ago (and with a cycling helmet, no less).

This maturity can be seen both in the new model and in the software that accompanies it (and that will also reach the rest of the range). COROS is no longer that brand that "reminds" of Garmin. The first COROS PACE was "too" inspired by Garmin's Forerunner range in many ways. They now have their own identity, but more importantly a product agenda and vision of where they want to go beyond being the shadow of other brands.

COROS PACE 2 specs

If you like, let's go first with a complete list of features so you can take a complete look at everything it offers, and then go into all the details that I want to highlight about this new model.

  • 42mm diameter. Quite smaller than the original COROS PACE which had 47mm.
  • 1.2″ and 240×240 pixel display, which means reduced frames. The lens comes with Gorilla Glass.
  • Only 29 grams of weight with nylon strap.
  • 30 hours of battery life, up to 60 hours with Ultra mode (reducing GPS accuracy).
  • Up to 20 days using optical heart rate sensor.
  • Faster processor than the original model (COROS says 1.5X) and with more memory space (from 16MB to 64MB).
  • Compatible with GPS, GLONASS and BEIDOU. Later it could be compatible with Galileo via software update.
  • Adopts the digital dial control system, like all other models in the range.
  • Barometric altimeter.
  • Magnetic compass.
  • Thermometer.
  • ANT+ and Bluetooth sensor compatibility.
  • Redesigned charging cable, no longer using a clamp but with COROS proprietary connector.

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PACE 2 CHORUS

That's about hardware specifications. Before going to the software, I want to comment on a few things. The first of them is the weight. With only 29 grams (using the nylon strap), the COROS PACE 2 becomes the lightest watch on the market. To put other references, a Garmin Forerunner 45S (smaller) weighs 32 grams. Or the Garmin Forerunner 245 with 38.5 grams.

That very low weight does not keep the watch from having a fantastic battery life, as has always been usual in COROS. Honestly, I don't know how they get it, but it's something to doubt about. My experience with COROS is that the watch hardly consumes battery, and it is something even more noticeable in 24/7 mode.

Where I am sure we will also notice that lightness is in how the OHR works, one of the things that I most want to check when the test unit arrives.

The maturity I was talking about at first is also visible in the watch design. COROS has already made the digital dial its hallmark (the control crown that we can see on the side). It is certainly a somewhat more expensive and complex element than simple buttons, but it fits perfectly with the software that the manufacturer has designed for their watches.

COROS PACE 2 - Digital Dial

What also stands out is how the bezel got smaller. A 1.2″ display in a 42mm watch diameter means a small bezel. And it's remarkable because the original COROS PACE had the same screen size and were 47mm, so the new model has a 5mm narrower bezel, which is quite noticeable.

And finally, full ABC and thermometer. Something very unusual in watches of this range. What is ABC? It stands for "Altimeter, Barometer, Compass". Of course, the COROS PACE 2 does not offer mountain profiles for trail running or skiing modes, COROS wants to target this model for asphalt runners. And by the way, it doesn't have route navigation either, despite having a digital compass).

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Then why did they put a barometric altimeter on the watch then? For one of its main claims at the software level, which is what we will see next.

Software features in COROS PACE 2

So far I have focused all the attention on the hardware of the watch, which is frankly fine for a model of this range. But there are also important developments in the software section.

  • Running power estimation right on the watch without the need for external sensors. (New)
  • New collaboration agreement with Stryd, with full integration and support. (New)
  • Calendar to create a training plan with exercises for different days. (New)
  • Web platform for analysis, in addition to the mobile app. (New)
  • Support for structured workouts (intervals, etc.).
  • Possibility to create strength workouts with the different exercises to be performed (latest update by COROS).
  • Strength training profile, with possibility of counting repetitions.
  • Track run profile (as in the COROS APEX Pro).
  • VO2Max estimation.
  • Training load and training effect metrics.
  • Recovery indicator.
  • Triathlon multisport profile.
  • Open water sport profile.

COROS continues to give importance to estimating race power. Two of its new features are focused on it.

COROS PACE 2 - Running power

The COROS PACE 2 adds to the Polar Vantage V and Polar Grit X and will deliver estimated power without the need to pair any external accessories. COROS already offered power data, but COROS POD was needed.

Now the watch can do it directly, that is why COROS has equipped the new model with the barometric altimeter, which is necessary to perform the estimated power calculations.

But COROS wanted to go further by offering complete integration with Stryd. It is the best-known running power meter and the one with the better distribution (just like all others, it is an estimator and does not measure real power).

As for the training calendar, it is to continue working on the path they opened in the last update by supporting structured series workouts. The difference is that instead of having a collection of workouts, you can now see them on a calendar and set a workout for each day, thus creating a complete training plan.

All these new features are announced today for the COROS PACE 2, but will be available for the rest of the COROS range from 7pm, time of presentation.

COROS PACE 2 price and availability

The COROS PACE 2 will be available in less than a week, and will be offered in two different colours: navy blue and white.

COROS PACE 2 - Colors

Despite the major improvements that exist in the second version of the PACE, COROS has decided to keep the price of the original model: 199€.

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COROS PACE 2 opinion

COROS has had a fundamental problem, at least in Europe: the price.

Their models have offered quality finishes, the manufacturer has constantly worked on updates and increasingly offered greater functionality in their watches.

However, its pricing policy is to keep the MSRP price on launch without offering rebates as time passes. That affects in Europe because, for example, the launch price of a COROS APEX Pro may be interesting if we compare it directly to that of the Garmin Fenix 6, but as time goes by and Garmin reduces the price of its model, APEX Pro is out of the game.

But that maturity I've been talking about from the beginning is also evident in the strategy that COROS has put forward for this model. I'm counting on the price of 199€ to remain unchanged, but the starting position is very different.

Right now at that price, PACE 2 would be rival for models like Forerunner 45 or Polar Ignite, but it offers very specific features that outweigh both. Things like power estimation or track run profile. And we can even compare it with more expensive models, such as the Polar Vantage M, Garmin Forerunner 245 or Suunto 5. The situation is the same.

COROS may be a new player in the market, but they are knowing how to move very well. They already have their own identity and above all a very defined plan of what they want to be and where they want to go. I am sure that the COROS PACE 2 will be a model that I will talk about in the future on many occasions and, after the in-depth review, it is a strong candidate for entering the best GPS watch recommendation guide.

And with that... thanks for reading!

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51 Comments

  1. Hi Eduardo! looking at the pictures the Coros would be a watch to wear on the left hand if you want to comfortably access the crown and the button, right?
    Otherwise, it looks like they are going to hit it big with this Pace, I see it as a new M400, super complete and very well priced (for the moment).
    Thank you and a greeting.

    1. It is true that it makes more sense to use it on the left and operate the crown with the right, than the other way around. Anyway I also tell you that the vast majority of the times I use the APEX Pro I have worn it on the right hand and I have operated it without any problem.

      The truth is that I am eager to squeeze it, I think it can be a very interesting model and has functions to meet the requirements of a huge number of users.

    2. Hello!

      I think I understand that your doubt has to do with the fact that the placement of the watch on the right hand would imply that the crown would be on the inside (to the right of the dial). This is not the case, you can set the watch so that the crown is on the right or left (the display is reversed) and you can also set the display shift according to the direction of rotation of the crown.

      By the way, the crown is comfortable when stationary, when running it is perhaps too sensitive and takes some getting used to.

      Greetings.

      1. Yes, that is what you are referring to.

        It is an option, but personally I don't like it because, in models with two buttons, it inverts them as well. That is, the back button becomes the one that says "Light" and vice versa.

        Anyway I repeat again, I wear the APEX Pro regularly on my right wrist and I have no problem with the thumb operation of the crown.

  2. Hello.
    Just one doubt, at no time does it mention its use for road or mountain biking. Can it be used? Where can I buy it. Thank you.

    1. Yes, cycling of any kind without any problem, including potentiometer support.

      Right now it can only be reserved on the official website. A month from now it will be available in our country in usual distributors of COROS. When they are here I will provide purchase links.

  3. Good afternoon:
    First of all I would like to congratulate you for your website, it is one of the most complete I have seen. Do you have a YouTube channel?
    I am interested in this watch and the truth is that I had no knowledge of this brand. I would like to have your opinion because I am hesitating between several models: Suunto 7, Garmin ForeRunner 245 and the Stratos 3. I have a budget of around 400€ at most.
    I value simplicity in handling, comfort and above all autonomy. I usually run about 10km 3 times a week and do some CrossFit.
    Thank you in advance for your interest.

    1. Hi. If you want a user opinion, go for the 245 without a doubt. The Suunto 7 has a 2 day max battery, it's more of a smartwatch than a sports watch. As a previous owner of a Stratos, I will tell you that the interface is a mess, the battery is not as painted and now they have improved the pulse sensor but before it did not give foot with ball. It is a brand very focused on price and although it offers you some plus (music with bluetooth headphones) is not worth it. I had two Stratos and after half a year the screen began to yellow around the edges in an unpleasant way.
      With the budget you have, you can go for the 245 Music. It won't let you down in battery life, sport modes, route tracking, swimming, etc. Not to mention that Garmin and Polar are the only ones with a proper web platform. In Polar you have about that price the Vantage V or the Grit X (the first more asphalt and the second more mountain, but whatever). Or a Coros Apex Pro, a brand that is getting very interesting and in that price range you have sapphire crystal, which you will see that is appreciated.
      I switched to a Garmin Fēnix 5X and don't plan to change. Partly because of the investment. Best regards!!!

      1. Thank you very much for your reply. I found it very helpful. If it is not abusing too much of your knowledge, do you know if the Pace 2 has the possibility to change the watch faces? The aesthetics of the current one do not convince me too much. Thank you!

          1. It is not yet available in any store, as soon as COROS has international availability I will put links on the web. According to what I was told, it would be by the end of this month approximately.

  4. Hi, Eduardo,
    How do you see this model compared to the Apex in terms of features? I was seriously thinking of buying the Apex. It would be for mountain use, both trail running and hikking.
    Thanks as always for your reviews
    Alfonso

    1. The COROS APEX has received an update with the same new features that the PACE 2 has announced, so if what you want is to have these new features in a watch that can be used in the mountains, you can have them without any problems.

          1. And the Coros Apex is worth the 100 euros more than the PACE 2?
            It seems to me that it is better finished, but I do not know if it is worth it to be an older product... what do you think? For me, the mountain profiles are cool, they are not essential, but the navigation could be interesting to forget about the cell phone once and for all.

            joe, if there was stock of the PACE 2, I wouldn't have eaten my head off and I would have bought it a month ago, haha.

          2. Today, both provide the same, because COROS has been adding the same updates to all the models in its range (except for the original PACE, which was too small for it).

            That is, better materials, navigation and specific mountain profile. You must assess whether it is worth the 100€ for your use. Although it should be noted that the 42mm has a slightly smaller screen (but in return the crystal is sapphire and steel bezel).

  5. Very interesting chorus 2,
    Its weight and battery attracts my attention and what to say about the price, my question is if it works for swimming both in pool and open water and if it takes care of a chest sensor for swimming,?? And which one would be ideal for the watch?

      1. Thank you Eduardo, I appreciate your time and response,
        Is it good or bad that I can't use it? Would you advise me to look for one with sensors, thinking about half triathlon and pool training?
        Greetings...

  6. Hi, Eduardo.

    I have the coros pace 2 and I am finding it to be a good watch.
    I use it with the H7 band.

    If I used it with garmin HRM RUN, it would give me more metrics like TCS vertical oscillation, etc... that it gives with garmin?

    Thank you!

    1. No, you would get the metrics only using the COROS POD. With the Garmin HRM-Run you would not have that data (it is an exclusive channel, it is not within any standard).

  7. Trying to leave a comment? I think I posted one this morning, but I don't know if there will be a problem.

  8. Well, if I see that I have podido from this computer, I have not podido from work today, well it was to tell you that in the end I bought the Coros Pace 2 and I have mixed feelings with it and I even consider whether to return it or not, I'll tell you:
    - Its illumination leaves a little to be desired, but on the other hand, its battery is very good, but podria improve the brightness, it is quite low.
    - It does not have any web for poder to visualize in conditions the statistics or prepare workout/training etc. All from the mobile app.
    - The training plans or predefined workouts are very few preset by Coros and also you have to go to the web, you can not do it from the app, contrary to the previous point.
    - The widgets are very brief, it also has a temperature widget that I still find it hard to understand why, because it is not a weather widget, nor is there a sleep widget, something that I liked to manage with my honor band 4.

    The truth gives me that I see it very fair, I love the option to prepare the workout and as it has that map of the human body to check what parts of the body you have trained and is what made me opt for it, but I do not know ... I do not get to convince me for the rest of its shortcomings, and is that as much as I've looked Garmin or Polar, does not have the same system ... what courage!

    1. Well, no, the one this morning did not arrive.

      You should keep in mind that in the end they all have their pros and cons. COROS does not have a website where you can do the analysis/management, although you can export to other platforms such as TrainingPeaks.

  9. I have the Pace "1" since June 2020 and I can only rave about it. About the Pace 2, I can't speak, since I have the previous version, but I guess it will be more complete according to what I have read.

    I was looking for a gps at a good price, with good battery life and that could record my activities (outdoor and indoor cycling, outdoor and indoor swimming, running, trail and walking). Other than that, I also wanted poder receive notifications from my cell phone.

    After several months of intense use (+/- 10 hours/week of varied sports activity), I can only rave about it. It meets my "needs".

    On the subject of training plans, data etc. I can't give my opinion since I'm not a user of this type of functions. I go out to do sports, but not to train...

    Someone was asking about cycling use. Well, I wear it on my wrist in cycling mode, since I have a cyclocomputer on my bike. The Pace detects the cadence and speed sensor with ant, so I also use it for rolling. I wear a heart rate monitor strap with ant as well.

    I have to say that the more sensors you have paired, the more autonomy you notice, but it is still very good.

    A negative point that I do not know if it has been updated with the new version of the Pace 2, is that in training mode, smart notifications do not work. In watch mode yes, but in training mode no...

    It's a very basic watch, but as I say, I have more than enough functionality. I just want it to record activities.

  10. Hello again! I tried to buy the Coros Pace 2 through your links, but I see it is out of stock. do you know when it will be available for? Thanks

    1. First of all thank you for wanting to support the site, it is appreciated!

      Right now there is a stock out, COROS also has no availability of any of the PACE 2. I have the impression that it is due to the lack of some component because of the whole situation with COVID.

  11. Hi, I had seen this watch had metrics such as stride length, ground contact time and so on, but is it without using the pod or do you have to use it to get this data? Thanks!

    1. You don't need the pod, it analyzes your stride, maximum cadence, stride length, heart rate and others such as elevation, power, etc.

    2. From advanced running metrics, without pod you will only have stride length and power. With POD you will have running efficiency and running power analysis (you can see it in the COROS APEX Pro test).

  12. Hi. I am looking for a heart rate monitor for running. I have been looking at the 245 from Garmin, the Coros pace 2 among others. For 800 and 1500 with training in track series and shooting, often some of these series with watch in hand, what model would you recommend? It is also true that I usually escape and do routes in the mountains and nature, in addition to training sometimes with bike. Any other option that I have not contemplated? I currently have a Suunto Spartan Sport Wrist HR but I'm not comfortable with it. What should I consider?
    Thank you very much.

    A salute!

    1. If the reason for the Suunto being uncomfortable is the size, you will have no problem with either the Garmin or the COROS, both of which are significantly smaller and lighter.

      Both models will perfectly cover this type of training, so perhaps what you have to value the most are their main differences: the Garmin has route navigation and training load metrics. The COROS has power estimation and barometric altimeter.

      Today, the Garmin is going to be much easier to locate because the COROS is difficult to find in stock.

      1. Aside from the size, I find it impractical for my modality. I was looking for a watch that would satisfy those needs, and that I wouldn't have to spend a lot of money. For price I had seen those, but I don't know if for a little more I'm going to have a watch that is worth it.
        It is my understanding that the Garmin platform is better than the Coros platform.
        For availability, both two podría acquire them since I have them located. I do not know either regarding external platforms type TrainingPeaks if they are compatible, and as for the power estimator, being stryde, I do not know if they are at the same level. On the other hand, regarding training load metrics, having a coach, I don't know how it can help. The truth is that I have read quite a lot of things about both, and I have more and more doubts.
        Thank you so much for the help you are offering me!

        1. Both support Training Peaks workouts.

          Stryd has more metrics, but in terms of power estimation COROS and Stryd offer similar data.

          If you work with trainer and Training Peaks, effectively, the load metrics will be of no use to you.

  13. Good morning! I have 3 days with the coros pace 2 and the truth is that it is not bad at all. What is clear is that it will depend on the use you want to give it. There is an option that for me can be a reason for return if it can not be reversed. When you start an activity, after a few seconds the screen locks and to unlock it you have to turn the screen several times. When you finish a run or shoot you want to go directly to the finish button, not having to be turning the snood. As much as I search and search, I can't find the way or the option to not lock it. Can anyone help me?

      1. Thank you so much!!! I couldn't find it!!!! I appreciate it. I'm still with him and every day more adapted to the change and very very c9ntento.

  14. Hi, I have a Fenix 5 and I would like to buy one to run mainly on asphalt, although I do not rule out selling the Fenix and that the new watch would be the one I would use also to go to the mountain. The reason for the change is that the Fenix is too heavy and I would like something more comfortable, as I have a thin wrist. My dilemma is whether to try to get a garmin fr 245 to continue with the Garmin platform that today for everything it offers you I think it is the best, or look at another brand. The coros pace 2 has seemed very interesting to me. I have also seen that the vantage v with some offer can be interesting. What do you recommend me, also considering the performance of the app, as I had a Suunto and the app left much to be desired. Thanks in advance.
    A salute.

    1. I'm finalizing all the details of the test of the PACE 2, so soon the pod will be available on the web. Personally I find it a great option, although you must take into account that with respect to the Fenix 5 you will lose performance (training load and navigation mainly). But with what it costs you can't put any drawbacks.

  15. Hello, too bad you don't have navigation....
    My Stratos 2 and TomTom Runner 3 have it, and they were cheaper watches than the Coros.
    Let's see if Coros comes out with a moderately priced navigation watch.

    Greetings

    Pascal.

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