Coros Pace 2 vs Coros Apex

Coros Pace 2 vs Coros Apex

The Coros Pace 2 is an affordable yet feature-rich GPS triathlon watch. 

The Coros Apex is the direct upgrade on the Pace 2, offering more sports modes, better build quality, and basic navigation features. It’s definitely the better watch, but you will have to pay a fair amount extra in order to access these additional benefits. 

Now that you know a bit more about each watch, it’s time to dive into the details. 

Key Similarities - Coros Pace 2 vs Coros Apex

Coros Pace 2

Coros Apex

Display Type

Always-On Memory LCD

Always-On Memory LCD

Strap Material

Silicone/Nylon

Silicone/Nylon

Quick Release Band

20mm

20mm

Physical Size

42 x 42 x 11.7 mm

42 x 42 x 11.75 mm

Connectivity

Bluetooth/ANT+

Bluetooth/ANT+

Charging Time

Less than 2 hours

Less than 2 hours

GPS/GLONASS/BEIDOU

Optical Heart Rate Monitor

Underwater Wrist HRM

24/7 HR Monitoring

Barometric Altimeter

Accelerometer

Gyroscope + Compass

Sleep Monitoring

Smartphone Notifications

Structured Workouts & Training Programs

Running Power From The Wrist

V02 Max Estimates

Training Effect + Training Load

Threshold Pace

Recovery Time

Indoor + Outdoor Running

Indoor + Outdoor Cycling

Indoor + Outdoor Swimming

Indoor + Outdoor Rowing

Triathlon Tracking

Key Differences - Coros Pace 2 vs Apex

Coros Pace 2

Coros Apex

Screen Material

Corning® Glass

Sapphire Glass

Bezel Material

Fibre Reinforced Polymer

Stainless Steel

Cover Material

Fibre Reinforced Polymer

Aluminum

Weight

35 grams

49 grams

Waterproof Rating

5ATM (50 Meters)

10ATM (100 Meters)

GPS Battery

30 Hours

25 Hours

UltraMax GPS Battery

60 Hours

80 Hours

Smartwatch Battery

20 Days

24 Days

Backlight Always-On Mode

Breadcrumb Navigation

Back-To-Start Navigation

Winter Sports Mode

Mountain Climb Mode

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Kayaking

Reasons To Choose The Coros Pace 2

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1. Great Value for Money

The one and only reason to consider the Coros Pace 2 ahead of the Coros Apex is price. With a recommended selling price that is generally about $150 less than the Apex, it is arguably the best value for money GPS triathlon watch that you can buy. 

Ultimately, the Pace 2 is a good choice if you just want a simple triathlon watch that won’t break the bank.

1. Running Power From The Wrist

It’s worth clarifying that both the Coros Pace 2 and the Coros Apex offer running power from the wrist. This is something that Garmin still doesn’t offer, with only the Polar Vantage V/V2 and Polar Grit X offering the same technology. 

This is a big win for both watches, given that running power is one of the most coveted stats in endurance sport. Instead of having to buy a 3rd party accessory, this particular metric is simply baked into the watch. It’s a nice bonus, regardless of whether you choose the Pace 2 or the Apex. 

Reasons To Choose The Coros Apex

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1. Better Build Quality

It should be pretty clear that the Coros Apex is a more reliant watch than the Coros Pace 2. It has a Sapphire Glass screen, Stainless Steel bezel and Aliminum cover. Collectively, these material are significantly stronger than the Corning Class + Fiber reinforced polymer found in the Pace 2. 

Ultimately, if build quality is a concern for you, the Coros Apex is a better choice. 

2. Navigation Capabilities

The Coros Pace 2 doesn’t include any navigation features. This isn’t the end of the world if you tend to train in the same areas, but it can be a dealbreaker when exploring foreign terrain. 

In contrast, the Coros Apex has two key nagivation features namely: 

Breadcrumb Navigation: This will provide a breadcrumb trail on the screen of the watch, indicating the direction that you need to move in order to stay on the route. It’s worth noting that in order to use this feature, you need to use pre-loaded GPX maps. Fortunately, these can be downloaded to the Apex via the Coros app. 

Back-To-Start Tracking: This feature also utilizes breadcrumb maps that are displayed on the screen of the watch. It makes it easy to track back to the beginning of the route. Again, you will need to download a pre-loaded map in order to make use of this feature. 

3. Better Waterproof Rating

There’s no need for lengthy sentences in this instance. Simply put:

  • Coros Apex Waterproof Rating = 10ATM (100 meters)
  • Coros Pace 2 Waterproof Rating = 5ATM (50 meters)

4. Additional Sports Modes

Both the Pace 2 and the Coros Apex have enough sports modes to keep endurance sports people happy, with running, cycling, open water swimming and triathlon support. However, the Apex includes a few additional activities, which are clarified below. 

Coros Apex Sports Modes

  • Indoor Running
  • Outdoor Running
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Outdoor Cycling
  • Indoor Swimming
  • Outdoor Swimming
  • Indoor Rowing
  • Outdoor Rowing
  • Triathlon Tracking
  • Gym Cardio
  • GPS Cardio
  • Strength Training
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • XC Skiing
  • Ski Touring
  • Track Running
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Hiking

Coros Pace 2 Sports Modes

  • Indoor Running
  • Outdoor Running
  • Indoor Cycling
  • Outdoor Cycling
  • Indoor Swimming
  • Outdoor Swimming
  • Indoor Rowing
  • Outdoor Rowing
  • Triathlon Tracking
  • Gym Cardio
  • GPS Cardio
  • Strength Training

Final Thoughts

In the end, it should be pretty clear that the Coros Apex is the better sports watch overall, while the Coros Pace 2 can be considered better value for money if you’re on a tight budget. 

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