Sunday, June 3, 2018

Product Review: Coros PACE Multisport Watch

Product Review:  Coros PACE Multisport Watch

Disclaimer: I received the Coros PACE Multisport watch to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review find and write race reviews!

I was extremely excited when the Coros Pace watch showed up on my doorstep.  The watch I was using prior to the Coros was very very simple.  It showed me mileage and time.  I was excited to have a watch with a few more bells and whistles.
From the moment I put this watch on, I was excited.  It felt light as air compared to my other watch.   The band is not stiff at all and nicely molded to my arm.  I was also surprised that with two pushes of a button, I was ready to go.   No standing at the end of my driveway for several minutes for the GPS to catch up.  I started running and realized that the default was set to kilometers.  The watch was fairly easy to figure out how to change the default presets.  The lap counter was also set to kilometers by default and after the first run, I was tired of trying to do math while running and I changed that to miles as well.

There are so many things that I appreciate about this watch after using it for the last month.
1.  Mileage vibration:  At each mile, the watch beeps AND vibrates a little letting you know that you have hit the mile mark.  I would routinely miss beeps with my old watch so I have appreciated this feature, even though it is a feature that I would not have searched out if I had been shopping for a watch.

2.  Syncs to my phone via Bluetooth technology:  When I get back from a run, I open the Coros app on my phone and my run immediately syncs.  No digging in the drawer for the USB cord to connect my watch to the computer to upload to a website platform.  INSTANT. DATA.TO.MY.PHONE.  The app in turn instantly syncs to Strava.  So many instantaneous updates, which has saved me a lot of I can rest in my hammock:

3. Battery life.  Coros claims that the watch lasts 25-30 hours between charges.  I would say it may even be more than that in "real life".  I love how long the battery lasts in this.  I charged before leaving for my Ragnar race, ran 3 legs, and have not re-charged since.  By and large, I think the battery life is the most stand-out feature of this watch.

4. Built-in Heart Rate Monitor.  I haven't ever done heart rate training nor do I really know anything about my heart rate, other than my resting heart rate is low, which garners questions of "Do you run?" from every medical professional that has ever taken my heart rate.  The heart rate data is the thing that I have been most excited about in the last month and I look forward to learning more about heart rate training this summer. 

Here is a run that I did today (easy 7 miles) compared to one of my 10 mile tempo runs:

These are screen shots from within the app.  The app also provides data on cadence, elevation and heart rate over time. 

5.  Step counter:  Yesterday I wore my watch the whole day and realized that the watch doesn't stop tracking data when you are not running.  I had a days worth of heart rate data, step count, exercise time and active energy time.  Because I am a nerd, I think these things would be fun and helpful to track for a period of time.

While I have only used the watch for running in the past month, it is a true "multisport" watch, ideal for triathletes.  One can track swimming and cycling events with the watch, which has a 5 ATM Water Resistance rating.

If you are interested in the Coros Pace Multisport watch, tune into BibChat on Twitter (follow @bibrave for more info) on Tuesday, June 5 at 8 PM CST.

You can also check out some reviews from my fellow BibRave Pros who also tested this watch:
Kevin - I just learned that the watch has a compass from reading this! So cool! Thanks Kevin!

Corey - Corey tested it swimming and has a few videos about his experience

Angie - Walks through the set up of the watch and also shows you the "medals" you can earn within the app

The watch retails for $299 and you can find it on Amazon.

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