“For COROS it’s all about outdoors, mountains, and a passionate active lifestyle. We combine high-grade hardware with innovative technology to provide endurance athletes with the gear they rely on…when you use a COROS product, you know you are getting a tool that has been designed, tested and perfected for the athlete, by athlete.”
Making waves in the wearable technology sector is young Californian sports tech company, COROS. Founded in 2016, its first product was a ‘smart cycling helmet’ and it now boasts an inventory of products to rival the most established players in the market, including four different premium multi-sport GPS watches, the COROS Pod for all you running data lovers and a host of accessories to customize to your style.
Although COROS is now the official sponsor of some of the world’s best trail athletes and mountaineers, it wasn’t until February 2020, that it signed-up its first group of professional road and track athletes. This impressive roster includes, Desiree Linden, the 2018 Boston Marathon Champion and two-time Olympian, Parker Stinson, 9 time NCAA D1 All-American and, of course, Reed Fischer, 20th fastest American ever over the half-marathon, and a member of the illustrious Tinman Elite.
However, the newest athlete to the roster is none other than Eliud Kipchoge. Despite the already big athletes involved with Coros, Kipchoge being added to the mix really seems to heighten their reputation. Being affiliated with elites, obviously improves the brand image, but what matters most is actually the quality of the watches.
As its popularity grows, we took a look at the current COROS products to see what makes them tick…pun intended.
COROS Pace 2
The COROS Pace 2 is their entry-level sports watch and can claim an impressive battery life of 20 days (!) in regular use and a full 60 hours in GPS mode. It’s USP however, is its weight. Claiming to be the lightest sports watch in the world, it weighs just 29 grams when worn with the COROS nylon strap.
It’s HR monitor includes unique algorithms for each different activity to give you more accurate stats, it has an array of different modes depending on your sport of choice and is water proof to 50m. At £179, it is price is highly competitive and, I know what you’re thinking, most importantly of all, it looks great! You can find out more about the Pace 2, here:
Moving up, their next product is the APEX. A premium watch which facilities a smooth transition from work to the gym, the roads, the track or the hills. With an insanely long battery life of up to 100 hours in GPS Max mode and a unique feature which constantly monitors your training effort to give you tips on how to optimise your training, it truly represents some of the best wrist-based technology available.
Finish options include titanium alloy, steel bezel and sapphire glass for your most extreme adventures. At £269.99, it prices competitively against its competitors like Garmin’s Forerunner 935 and offers some unique features too. You can find out more about the APEX here:
COROS APEX PRO
The Apex Pro is classed as their most versatile sports watch ever and, in addition to the features on the APEX, it boasts: Pulse Oximeter, Altitude Advisory feature and touch screen technology.
With a titanium frame and waterproof to 100m, it’s durable and robust and appropriate for any adventure whether you’re running a trail or exploring the mountains. And those of you who use a lot of juice, it has 14% more battery life than its sister, the APEX.
The built in oximeter makes real-time assessments of the oxygen in your blood versus the altitude you’re at to determine whether you need to head back down or whether you’re good to keep climbing. All of this, plus every multi-sport watch mode you could ever dream of. What’s not to like, even at the modest £449.99.
The VERTIX is COROS principal watch and it really is ‘Rolls Royce’ of sports watches. At £599.99, you would be forgiven for wanting it to make you a cuppa, never mind tell you the time.
This watch though is not for your average road or even trail runner. Their premium offering is for the most extreme of mountaineers and adventurers. Whether you’re in the relatively flat wilderness of the Northern Hemisphere or in the peaks of the Himalayas – you’ll want this on your wrist. It bills itself as the most durable GPS watch on the planet with a featherlight, corrosion free, titanium frame and virtually scratch-proof sapphire glass with diamond-like screen.
On regular use, the battery lasts for 45 days. Forty five! Even in conditions of -20C. And, if the depths of the ocean is your thing, well it’s rated up to 150m, the only GPS watch to boast such protection.