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Coros Apex 2 Pro Review: For Outdoor Realists


I can not the only one with this problem. When I was skiing, I move. I sat down to clamp, and flipped to stand. I fell off the rocker, removed the clamp to go back and shot at the chute, and fell halfway down the pipe while shouting Jon Secada. When I tested very large, expensive Garmin watchesI often accidentally hit the side buttons or the touch screen with my crap, accidentally stopping or starting the recording.

coros watch lock up. You hold down the center button to start recording your activity, then hold it down for three seconds to stop recording. Clever! This is one of the small but appreciated features that make Coros watches a number my favorite right noweven more expensive sports watches from other brands.

The company hit something that most manufacturers haven’t done: Sports people (especially me) don’t always care about looks. To me, a large, bright, sharp display doesn’t mean as much as not having to charge the watch every night. I am willing to pay a lower price for a watch that is more comfortable, convenient, and easy to wear.

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Apex 2 came out late last year and comes in a basic or Pro version. I tested the Pro, which is $100 more expensive, is slightly larger, and has dual-frequency GPS for more accurate location tracking. And it has my favorite nylon strap, the kind that won’t sweat like a silicone strap. At 46.5mm wide, the Pro is larger than the base model, but not as big or heavy as the Coros’ Peak 2 (50.3mm).

Dual-frequency GPS positioning is important because Coros now uses EvoLaba personalized sports science platform and a direct competitor to Garmin Connect. (Free to use with all Coros watches, unlike Premium Fitbit.) The company has carefully targeted serious runners with celebrity ambassadors like Des Linden, Kilian Jornet, and Eliud Kipchoge. Moreover, you can only unlock EvoLab by tracking the running sessions on the road. If you’re interested in making progress as a runner, programs like EvoLab are better than what you get with Apple Watch. Sure, Apple now measures a range Useful running statsbut it still doesn’t give you an actionable overall picture.

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It took me about two weeks of running three to four times a week (and sleeping my usual hours, which I’m not good at) to unlock EvoLab. Once I was done, I went over the suggested training plans, in a word. (You can see training plan example online.) I’m currently working on developing my pace, which helps you run faster and easier by alternating longer aerobic runs at an easy pace with short anaerobic intervals and difficult.

One of my workouts required me to run a fast 0.1 mile repeat with 0.4 mile recovery. That means I run at my threshold pace for 0.1 mile and then jog 0.4 mile. Apex 2 Pro notifies me when it’s time to start a quick shard, notifies me when I’m out of target speed range, then notifies me to stop and go back to recovery speed. To visualize this technological feat, I can run 0.1 miles in the time it takes you to read this passage. During that time, Apex 2 Pro sends dozens of signals up to space and backfast enough to guide me in real time.

It’s not nearly as accurate as a trainer standing on a track with a stopwatch, but it’s a lot more convenient and cheaper. For more running metrics you can also add Coros Pod 2 ($99), which is slightly more expensive than the equivalent Garmin running group. When it comes to speed and heart rate monitoring during my daily activities, I didn’t notice any difference between the Apex 2 Pro and the Apex 2 Pro. Apple Watch Ultra, also has dual-frequency GPS navigation. It’s possible that the Apex 2 Pro locked the GPS a bit slower when I started running.

Wrist navigation

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons to own a Garmin is its navigation capabilities. If you’re like me, an impulsive and scattered outdoorsman with no sense of direction, having maps is easy to use even when your phone has no signal. is extremely valuable. Here, there is simply no comparison. Garmin started out as a marine companyand even now, the map and its software are a lot easier to use.

The Apex 2 Pro is much more difficult to use to navigate. There are preloaded landscape maps that are relatively easy to view and scroll through on the LCD screen, but you have to download the topographic maps. I especially noticed this while skiing. I may have accidentally turned on and off activity recording on Garmin Epix, but Garmin has ski resort maps preloaded on all Garmin watches for all the resorts near me—I never have to do anything! You’ll have to manually download topographic maps on the Apex 2 Pro, which comes with 32GB of storage. That’s about enough for 10 routes to be stored as GPX files. Since there’s no integration with music services, you’ll have to share that space with MP3 files, if you still do.

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