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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 is visible both in the new model and in the accompanying software (and will also reach the rest of the range). COROS is no longer that brand that “resembles” Garmin. The first COROS PACE was “too much” inspired by the Garmin Forerunner range in many respects. Now they have their own identity, but above all 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.

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 - Dial digital

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 in this range. What is ABC? It stands for “Altimeter, Barometer, Compass.” However, the COROS PACE 2 does not offer mountain profiles for trail run or ski modes, COROS wants to focus this model for road runners. And by the way, it doesn't have route navigation even though it has a digital compass.

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.

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  • 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 - Colores

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€.

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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  1. Hola Eduardo! viendo las imágenes el Coros seria un reloj para llevar en la mano izquierda si quieres acceder cómodamente a la corona y al botón no?
    Por lo demás, parece que lo van a petar con este Pace, lo veo como un nuevo M400, supercompleto y de precio muy bueno (de momento ).
    Thank you and a greeting.

    1. Es cierto que tiene más sentido usarlo en la izquierda y manejar la corona con la derecha, que hacerlo a la inversa. De todas formas también te digo que la inmensa mayoría de las veces que utilizo el APEX Pro lo he llevado en la mano derecha y lo he manejado sin ningún problema.

      La verdad es que tengo ganas de exprimirlo, creo que puede ser un modelo muy interesante y tiene funciones para cubrir los requisitos de una inmensa cantidad de usuarios.

    2. Hello!

      Creo entender que tu duda tiene que ver con que la colocación del reloj en la mano derecha implicaría que la corona quedaría por dentro (a la derecha de la esfera). No es así, puedes configurar el reloj para que la corona quede a la derecha o la izquierda (se invierte la pantalla) y también puedes configurar el desplazamiento de la pantalla según el sentido de giro de la corona.

      Por cierto, la corona es cómoda en parado, en carrera es quizá un mecanismo de accionamiento demasiado sensible y hay que acostumbrarse.

      Greetings.

      1. Sí, es a eso a lo que se refiere.

        Es una opción, pero personalmente no me hace mucha gracia porque, en modelos de dos botones, los invierte también. Es decir, el de volver atrás se convierte en el que pone “Light” y viceversa.

        De todas formas vuelvo a repetir, uso el APEX Pro habitualmente en la muñeca derecha y no tengo ningún problema con el manejo de la corona con el pulgar.

  2. Hello.
    Solo una duda, en ningún momento se habla de su utilización para ciclismo de carretera o montaña. Se puede utilizar? Donde se puede comprar. Gracias.

    1. Sí, ciclismo de cualquier tipo sin ningún problema, incluyendo soporte para potenciómetro.

      Ahora mismo sólo se puede reservar en la página oficial. De aquí a un mes estará disponible en nuestro país en distribuidores habituales de COROS. Cuando estén por aquí facilitaré enlaces de compra.

  3. Good afternoon:
    Lo primero de todo quisiera darte la enhorabuena por la web, es de lo más completo que he visto. ¿Tienes canal en YouTube?
    Estoy interesado en este reloj y la verdad es que no tenía conocimiento de esta marca. Me gustaría tener tu opinión porque estoy dudando entre varios modelos: Suunto 7, Garmin ForeRunner 245 y el Stratos 3. Cuento con un presupuesto como máximo en torno a los 400€.
    Valoro fundamentalmente la sencillez en el manejo, la comodidad y sobre todo la autonomía. Habitualmente corro unos 10km 3 veces por semana y hago algo de CrossFit.
    Gracias anticipadas por tu interés.

    1. Hola. Si quieres una opinión de usuario, vete a por el 245 sin lugar a dudas. El Suunto 7 tiene una batería de 2 días máximo, es más un smartwatch que un reloj deportivo. Como anterior poseedor de un Stratos, te diré que la interfaz es un desastre, la batería no es como la pintan y ahora han mejorado el sensor de pulso pero antes no daba pie con bola. Es una marca muy enfocada en el precio y aunque te ofrezca algún plus (música con cascos bluetooth) no merece la pena. Tuve dos Stratos y al medio año la pantalla empezó a amarillear por los bordes de una forma desagradable.
      Con el presupuesto que tienes, puedes irte al 245 Música. No te decepcionará ni en batería, modalidades de deporte, seguimiento de ruta, natación, etc. Eso sin contar que Garmin y Polar son los únicos con una plataforma web como dios manda. En Polar tienes sobre ese precio el Vantage V o el Grit X (el primero más de asfalto y el segundo más de montaña, pero da igual). O un Coros Apex Pro, una marca que se está poniendo muy interesante y en ese margen de precios tienes cristal de zafiro, cosa que verás que se agradece.
      Yo cambié a un Garmin Fēnix 5X y no pienso cambiar. En parte por la inversión. Un saludo!!!

      1. Muchas gracias por tu contestación. Me ha resultado de gran ayuda. Si no es abusar mucho de tus conocimientos, ¿sabes si el Pace 2 tiene posibilidad de cambiar las esferas del reloj? La estética de la actual no me convence demasiado. Gracias!

          1. Aún no está disponible en ninguna tienda, tan pronto como COROS tenga disponibilidad internacional pondré enlaces en la web. Según me indicaron, sería para finales de este mes aproximadamente.

  4. Hi, Eduardo,
    ¿Como ves a este modelo respecto al Apex en cuanto a funciones? Estaba pensando seriamente comprarme el Apex. Sería para un uso de montaña, tanto trail running como hikking.
    Gracias como siempre por tus reviews
    Alfonso

    1. El COROS APEX ha recibido actualización con las mismas novedades que ha anunciado el PACE 2, así que si lo que quieres es tener esas novedades en un reloj que te sirva para montaña, las puedes tener sin problemas.

  5. Muy interesante el coros paces 2,
    Su peso y batería me atrae la atención y que decir del precio, mi pregunta es si funciona para natación tanto en alberca como aguas abiertas y si se ocupa de un censor de pecho para nadar,?? Y cuál sería el ideal para el reloj ??

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