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A few weeks ago Decathlon introduced a model that none of us were expecting. The "new" Kiprun 500 sold under the Decathlon brand is the first watch that COROS launched on the market, the COROS PACE.
But this is a very smart move because it allows Decathlon to have a mature watch with a competent application for only 119€, certainly a tremendously interesting price for all that this watch is capable of.
Logically not everything is rosy. We must not forget that this is a watch with a few years behind it, with an aesthetic that is already quite outdated and making use of materials that I can define as "honest".
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After several weeks of testing with the Kiprun 500 I am now in a position to comment on all the details that can offer this watch that is new in the range of Decathlon, and that far exceeds any of the watches they had in catalog to date, quite deficient in many respects.
In this review you can see all the details and features about Decathlon's Kiprun 500, but if you prefer the quick version you can press play below or go straight to YouTube. go directly to YouTube.
- Use the COROS platform
- Autonomy of 25 hours with use of GPS
- Only 119€.
- Very economical materials (what is expected for the price)
- No specific lighting button
- Aesthetics taken from Garmin
Kiprun 500 Specifications
As the Kiprun 500 is basically a COROS PACE 1, its specifications are the same. The only difference with respect to the model that COROS released a few years ago is the absence of barometric altimeter, a decision that has undoubtedly been taken to reduce the cost of the watch and poder offer it at such an aggressive price.
- 1.2″ color display
- 47mm diameter, weight 48 grams
- Connectivity with ANT+ and Bluetooth sensors
- Compatible with GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou
- Autonomy of 25 hours in GPS use and up to 30 days in clock mode
- Mobile notifications on the screen
- COROS EvoLab in the mobile application with training load information
- Sleep and rest analysis
- Supports advanced workouts, including downloading them from TrainingPeaks
- Strava compatible platform (you can sync workouts directly with Strava)
- Customizable watch faces
- 119€ price
In general these are standard functions for GPS watches in 2021, but many of them quite remarkable for a watch when we consider its price. It is a watch intended for the access range and as such does not have "major new features", but many of them are unusual for watches in its price range.
Kiprun 500 basics
Decathlon makes no secret of the fact that the Kiprun 500 is a COROS watch. On the watch lens itself we see the inscription "POWERED BY COROS".
Aesthetically it does not change too much with respect to the original COROS PACE. Here you have them face to face, so play the game of the 7 differences.
The Kiprun 500 looks like a cheap watch, which is basically what it is. It's made entirely of plastic and that's the feel of it. The silicone strap also has a clunky feel to it, but Decathlon isn't fooling anyone. You're paying 119€ for a watch with a higher level of performance at that price, you can't expect it to also use noble materials.
The clock is operated with four buttons. On the right side we have two scroll buttons while on the left side we find the accept and enter menus and back. A specific button for illumination is missing, and it is strange to have the confirmation or menu entry button on the right side.
The illumination turns on when it recognizes a twist of the wrist. Overall the response is good, but sometimes I miss that specific button.
Press the main button to access the training menu, where pod can choose from the different sport profiles offered.
There is also a quick access menu by pressing the upper left button (the back button).
Both menus can be configured from the mobile application, adding or removing options that we are not going to use, or ordering them the way you prefer.
Although the watch software and UI are already fully adapted to be used with the typical COROS crown, using it with the buttons themselves is no problem at all. In fact, it may even be preferable for many of you.
From the main screen and by pressing the scroll buttons podhen display the different widgets that are present on the watch: metrics of EvoLabThe data includes the following information: HR, daily metrics, sunrise and sunset times, and phone notifications.
Most of these widgets allow you to click on the main button to access more data.
If you don't want to see the activity data on the small screen of the watch you have nothing to worry about, you can open the COROS app and take a look at those daily metrics there.
You can click on any of these metrics to enter the data and see it in detail. For example here you have the rest data (because the Kiprun 500 also analyzes sleep).
As for the customization of the watch, the watch allows us to switch between different display dials. COROS has a good number of them. However, we cannot create any of them ourselves or edit the ones that are already created.
There are no multimedia functions beyond displaying notifications on the watch screen. That means no music control of the paired phone.
Having reviewed the Kiprun 500 in general, it is time to talk about sport.
Kiprun 500 for sport
If you buy a Kiprun 500 is going to be to practice sport, certainly its aesthetics does not invite anything else. And let me tell you, in this sense it is a watch that considering its price shines with its own light.
There are many sport profiles available. We may miss some (such as trail or strength in the gym), but they are more than podemos find in watches of similar price.
These are the ones you can select and edit:
- Run (outside and on treadmill)
- COROS Track run mode
- Cycling (outdoor and indoor)
- Swimming in a pool
- Open water swimming
- Triathlon (or multisport, we can choose up to three sport profiles to go one after the other)
- Cardio (with or without use of GPS)
We can delete or add some of them, as well as modify the order in which they are displayed. This is done from the mobile application.
For a watch of this type, profiles such as track race (that allows you to run on the track by adjusting the distance to the millimetre), open water swimming or triathlon. These are not at all common for a watch in this price range.
Each of these profiles can be configured with the data you want, that's the interesting thing about having different profiles. You can configure some screens for running and others totally different for the pool. And obviously that pool profile will measure the lengths that we have run.
This configuration, like everything else, is done through the COROS application. Displays can be up to 6 data, another configuration that is unusual for a €119 watch.
What changes can be made to the watch? Just set alerts (pace, distance, cadence, HR) or set the automatic pause. Additionally you can also podemos create basic intervals.
We also have the possibility to perform interval training, either individually (because one day you want to do a series) or because you are following a training plan.
You can create a workout that you can do one day or have it on the watch to do on more than one occasion. It can be done from the COROS application.
From the sports selection menu, podrás find it under the "Trainings" option.
Also 1TP10We can create a complete training plan, receive it from a third party or download the workouts you have in your Training Peaks account. The watch will remind you if you have any workouts for the day, or podrue see it in the workout plan menu.
COROS offers a series of training sessions to which you can resort. You have different plans from beginner to marathon, don't want so much hassle? In the watch also podemos set basic intervals, selecting number of intervals and setting time or distance for each of them. What podemos not do is set a target pace, heart rate or power.
Once the workout is finished, you can see the summary of all the details on the watch screen itself. The information is quite standard but it is true that everything is shown in a more visual way, especially compared to Garmin.
After you sync your watch with your phone, you can also see all the workout details in the app (and if you've set it up, it will be sent to third-party apps like Strava).
But the app isn't the only place to 1TP10You can review your training and activity data. This past week COROS announced a new online platform that can be accessed from your computer.
COROS Training HUB is still in beta mode and not yet available to all users, but that will come in the next few weeks.
Finally, let's talk about sensors. Although the Kiprun 500 has an optical pulse sensor (which I will show you later how it works), the watch is compatible with all types of sensors. There is no limitation, neither of technology used for transmission (1TP10We can use Bluetooth Smart and ANT+ sensors without problems) and type. That includes potentiometers, something that is not common in watches in this price range. In that sense COROS has not cut software functions in any way, something that for example Garmin does in its cheaper models.
GPS and optical HR sensor performance
Let's go with the specific performance of the internal sensors of the Kiprun 500, both GPS and optical pulse sensor. As you know, I do the GPS comparisons with the watches accompanying me in my regular workouts. Wearing both the Kiprun 500 and other watches and checking where the problems appear.
I don't have any defined route to establish a score for the simple reason that there are other external factors that we should never forget. Things like clouds, tree leaves or simply the position of the satellite can alter the GPS results from one day to the next. It is for this reason that I prefer to do this type of comparison instead of having a predefined route and evaluate it based on this.
I'll start with this workout that I did earlier today. Along with the Kiprun 500 I had with me the COROS APEX Pro and the Garmin Forerunner 745. A long workout at gentle paces in which I mixed asphalt with mountain up and down a couple of firebreaks.
In general the performance has been good, but the Kiprun 500 has had a quite important mistake for a long time. The truth is that it has been a long time since I have seen such an error for so long in a GPS comparison, it is something that belongs completely to the past. But of course, we must not forget that this watch is an old model.
Here you can see the satellite view from closer. Both the FR745 and the APEX Pro have plotted perfectly along the road, but the Kiprun has gone far to the right, passing over fields and houses. And as I say, that error lasted for a couple of kilometers.
However, once he got back on the right path, the register was perfect, even in the most complicated area, such as the descent of the firebreak through the forest.
Let me show you the heart rate graphs for this workout. The sensor of the Kiprun 500 has a tremendously simple design, much more than what we see in other brands. It simply has the optical sensor accompanied by two green LEDs.
Just because it's simple doesn't immediately mean it's bad. That's what the tests you're about to see below are for. But before I show you comparisons of different sensors, I'd like to remind you of some basics of optical sensors.
Keep in mind that a wrist heart rate monitor does not work the same way on all bodies. We're all different, and if we put things in the equation like skin tone, tattoos, body hair... the difference from person to person can be quite big.
In my tests it is not that the spectrum of users is very broad: it is me, myself and I. So what works well for me might not do it for someone else, or it might be better.
But the most important thing to keep in mind is that you have to follow some guidelines to wear the sensor. It should be tight (but not cut off your circulation), enough to keep the watch from moving freely on your wrist, leaving a separation of approximately one finger from the wrist bone. By following these details you will ensure that you get the best results that your conditions can offer.
It is also important that you understand that while a heart rate sensor on the chest performs effective measurement, the optical sensor estimates our pulsations. In this post I explain all this more broadly.
Below I show you the heart rate data of this mountain training. It has not been a high intensity training, but it has been a training of constant changes and even doing some stretches walking, in which the heart rate has dropped more noticeably.
The three sensors (two optical and one pectoral, the Polar H10) have coincided practically during the whole training. The only time when the Kiprun 500 has failed in a punctual way is the one I mark with the arrow around the 40th minute.
There is some other difference that I have marked in the heart rate dips below, but it is common to see these differences because when lowering the cadence and heart rate the algorithm does not quite understand the situation correctly.
I'm going now with another type of training, with higher intensity intervals. This time the Polar Verity Sense enters the fray.
The Kiprun 500 has a slightly slower start, but this is common for all models.
Both during the warm-up and during the intervals the three sensors coincide completely, also in the rises and falls of intensity. I have pointed out two points where there are differences, but it is in the recovery of the intervals and for the same reason as the previous training.
A very similar result to the one you can see in this other series training. At the beginning you can check a common failure in the chest sensors in winter: with cold and until sweating begins, the pulse reading is difficult because there is no proper circulation of electricity.
Around minute 15 there is a small spike on the part of the Kiprun 500, but it quickly returns to the correct values. I will expand on the last three intervals of the training.
Here you can see better the usual behavior of the optical sensors. Both in the rise and fall of heart rate is somewhat slower than the chest sensor (because the optical sensor makes an estimate, not a direct measurement), but it is common to this type of sensor and happens in all brands.
The Polar H10 sensor, which is paired with the Wahoo ELEMNT RIVAL always responds sooner to changes in intensity. As I say, it is usual.
This is the GPS plot of that training.
I'm going to delete the Wahoo chart, because I hadn't used the watch for a while and it took a long time to find GPS signal, so after being cold waiting for it to triangulate position and give me the OK I ended up leaving before it did. The result was a track of very bad quality, so for the sake of clarity I'll just leave the Kiprun 500 and Garmin FR745.
For most of the training the tracks have been correct. The differences are due to the fact that I wear the Garmin on the left wrist while the Kiprun is on the right.
But in this area of Puerto Banus you see below both have gone quite astray. Depending on the day it is more or less common, as you run under a row of trees and with buildings on both sides that bounce the GPS signal.
Another mountain training? Let's go with it. The start by the swamp is in a clear area, but the rest of the workout is under a fairly lush forest.
From a distance everything looks correct, but let me zoom in.
In this area you can see how the trail is barely visible under the trees, but the three clocks have marked practically the same track. There is an occasional difference that separates it from the other two charts, but nothing too striking.
At this point there is some major difference on the part of the Kiprun 500, but I insist that given the circumstances it is totally within the normal range.
The summary of all this is that the performance is good overall. Not perfect, because no watch is perfect all the time, but there is not too much to highlight.
Yes, the GPS has failed in the first training that I have shown you, but it has not been a usual behavior that I have podido appreciate in the other trainings performed. It is true that it has been years since I had seen a failure of that caliber, but we must not forget that this is a model with a few years behind it.
With respect to the optical pulse sensor there is not much to note. The performance is comparable to other models on the market. In fact it is the same sensor that COROS continues to use for the PACE 2 CHORUS.
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Opinion Kiprun 500
In the Kiprun 500 I found what I expected. A watch with basic quality materials and that gives the feeling of a very cheap watch. But that's what it is, no more and no less. But in terms of its software (both the watch and the application) is a fully mature watch, and that is what should be emphasized.
The agreement reached by Decathlon and COROS to sell this PACE 1 as Kiprun 500 certainly benefits both brands. And in parallel also to the end user (which is what we are interested in).
For COROS it is a perfect opportunity to make the brand known to a very wide general public. That audience surely knows Garmin or even Polar, but has never heard of COROS. Everyone who buys it and starts using their ecosystem will start to know the brand and realize what they are using, because neither Decathlon nor COROS are hiding this relationship.
Now that buyer who may have bought his first running watch, the day he wants to upgrade to a new model, he will have COROS as a reference.
Decathlon for its part has the luxury of offering a really complete product at a lower price than the competition, and it does so without spending a single cent on development. It's a cheap watch that is sure to have very little margin, but they can make money from the first day they sell it and offer a product that customers will be happy with, something that can't be said for other Kiprun watches.
If you are looking for a watch that is inexpensive but still offers all the features you need, the Kiprun 500 is a good choice. As long as you know that aesthetically and in terms of quality of materials it is quite far from what 1TP10We can expect from a watch in 2022 it is a round purchase.
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