Product Review – COROS PACE Multi-Sport GPS Watch, Hangin’ Tough! (New Kids on the Block)

Disclaimer: I received a COROS Pace GPS Multi Sport Watch to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

As a BibRave Pro, I get to try out all KINDS of things. I’ve tried food, I’ve tried shoes, and now I’ve tried fancy GPS watches! If you’re a runner and you like socially interacting, running races (and reviewing them) and STUFF you should feel free to apply here and feel free to tell them Randy sent ya.

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When I found out I’d have the opportunity to test out the COROS PACE, my first action was to quickly Google COROS. I’d never heard of them. They specialize in technology based athletic gear and sports wearables (like smart cycling helmets, pretty cool) and now the Pace.

Coros Pace

COROS is a newcomer to the world of GPS watches, so I think it’s important that they bring some big things to the table and I believe that they did.

  • The watch has a lightweight design that feels more like a “regular” watch than other fitness related watches that I’ve seen and worn.
  • COROS claims that the battery life on the Pace will perform up to 30 days in standard mode and will run up to 25 hours in GPS mode. Based on my use for just over a month so far, I’d say their claim is reasonable. I’ve charged the watch twice so far. My ultra running buddies will be happy to hear that news.
  • The Pace has a built-in optical heart rate monitor. I verified the resting heart rate to be accurate and I believe that the heart rate during activity has been accurate as well, based on how it trended across my runs and the level of effort that I was giving.
  • The Pace uses a barometric altimeter, unlike most smartwatches which use GPS to measure elevation changes. My profiles have looked both precise and accurate.
  • The Pace tracks running, biking AND swimming activities and even has a triathlon feature.
  • The craziest part to me is how fast the Pace UltraSync technology can sync. This is not a huge deal for some but if patience isn’t your thing this will blow you away.
  • Yes, it DOES sync to Strava. 🙂

I mainly took the Pace out for running workouts, but I did get a little swimming and riding in as well. In all cases, the distances were accurate. I’m REALLY new at swimming, so I had to look up what some of the data meant. When it comes to running stats, I’m a HUGE NERD and was happy with what the Pace will tell you. The app has a good layout with clean visuals.

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Maybe you can explain how bad of a swimmer I am. 🙂

All in all, I’ve been very impressed with the Pace so far. The Pace is a new product and has had a few minor areas that can be improved upon and we the testers have been able to provide our input to COROS to help with firmware and app updates. They have been extremely responsive so far and I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with.

At a current price of $299.99, the Pace is priced comparably to other brands with similar features and is worth a look.

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