Gear Review – Coros PACE Multisport Watch
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The Coros Pace Multisport watch is brand new to the market and as a BibRave Pro, I get to try it out!
The watch arrived in a cube shaped box, everything was compactly packaged. It already had a charge, but I plugged it in anyway. There was a USB charging cord in the box.
I received the red watch, which meant the face has red accents and the band is red. In addition to the charging cord, there were some materials to get it set up and a tool to change the band.
The watch face is round and similar in size to many other GPS watches. The band is flexible. The whole device is light weight. There is a built in hear rate monitor on the underside on the main face.
I added my Road ID to the watch band and followed the steps to get it set up. It was basically ready to use, but I wanted it hooked up to my phone for “all the stats” and so it would sync to Strava. *I use this app to help keep track of my overall mileage.
To get it set up with my phone, there is a QR code that appears on the watch face, which you scan with the photo app on your phone, this is how you get the app. There was no app store process. Then just like that it was connected to my phone.
Next I needed to calibrate it, first with the GPS and second with the elevation. With some touches of the buttons that was done. I like how this is easy and simple to find, and can be done at any time.
I then finished the set up by adding my personal information – height and weight and setting my daily fitness goal. This will make the heart rate more accurate and help you achieve medals in the app.
Time to use it
There are 4 buttons around the watch face. One is red, this is what starts and stops your activity or selects the prompts on the screen. There is a button to go back, and then there are 2 buttons to scroll up and down.
I am a runner. The activity settings on the watch are as follows: indoor run, outdoor run, outdoor cycle, pool swim, open water swim and triathlon.
I set out for my first run, I just needed to get the feel of using it. It really isn’t different from my other watches, except the buttons are in different spots.
I put it on auto pause, I was not getting used to the buttons being in a different place from my other watch. Auto pause is awesome, you don’t have to ever stop or start your watch if you are waiting on a train, or to cross the road. The only thing is that there is a few seconds delay.
I ran with the watch at a prison 5k. This meant I needed to turn off GPS or any outside communication, so I put it on indoor run mode. The watch did not sync to Strava, which really isn’t that huge, as I can manually enter my data.
I ran with it at the track a couple of times, I liked using it here for the data. We did an 800 work out and I was able to push the lap button to keep track of my splits. I like how the watch says the track has a tiny elevation gain.
I raced with it at a couple or races and didn’t have any issues. Pushed the buttons and it connects to a satellite quickly, and even if it hasn’t connected you can still push start.
I think my favorite feature, besides the heart rate on your wrist is the elevation stats. I like to know what the elevation is at the bottom of a hill and what it is at the top. Then I realize what I thought was a huge climb, was only 50 feet.
What sets this apart from the competition?:
1.) The battery life, I had this last 2 weeks with no charging. I wore it every day and ran a total of 50 running miles. I am a slacker… I did run about 38 miles this weekend and the watch still has half of it’s battery life.
2.) This has a combination of GPS, GLONASS and BDS which allows for increased performance in challenging areas or rural environments to connect to the satellites.
3.) The Barometric Altimeter is built in, allowing the most accurate elevation readings.
4.) Price. This watch costs $299. – https://coros.com/pace.php
Looking forward to what’s next:
The watch is very new, so many things are still getting updates. It will be able to sync to more training apps, and the ability to have the indoor workouts sync properly.
I am hoping they add more activities like walk, trail run, or hike. If it’s a multisport watch, it should include multi amounts of sports.
I do like that this is simple and no frills, there are no watch faces to change. It’s a watch for the stats and has a battery life that lasts.