Garmin Forerunner 55 vs Coros Pace 2 – Comparison

Garmin Forerunner 55 vs Coros Pace 2 – Comparison

The Garmin Forerunner 55 is the latest entry-level unit in Garmin’s line-up, and it offers and an impressive array of features for runners specifically. 

The Coros Pace 2 is a super light and super affordable GPS triathlon watch that packs a mighty punch given the price tag. You could argue that it is the best value-for-money multisport triathlon watch currently available. 

Key Similarities - Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Coros Pace 2

Forerunner 55

Coros Pace 2

GPS + GLONASS

Optical Heart Rate Monitor

24/7 Activity Tracking

Sleep Tracking

Running Indoor + Outdoor

Cycling Indoor + Outdoor

Pool Swimming

Accelerometer + Compass

Gyroscope + Thermometer

Bluetooth & ANT+ Connectivity

Quick Release Band

Stryd Compatibility

Display Size

1.2" (30.4 mm) diameter

1.2" (30.4 mm) diameter

Display Resolution

240 x 240 pixels

240 x 240 pixels

Waterproof Rating

5 ATM

5 ATM

Key Differences - Garmin Forerunner 245 vs Coros Pace 2

Forerunner 55

Coros Pace 2

Price

Less Expensive

More Expensive

Physical Size

42 × 42 × 11.6 mm

42 × 42 × 11.7 mm

Display Size

1.04" Diameter

1.2" Diameter

Display Resolution

208 x 208 pixels

240 x 240 pixels

Weight

37 grams

29/36 grams

Screen Material

Chemically Strengthened Glass

Corning® Glass

Satellite Systems

GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO

GPS/QZSS, GLONASS, BeiDou

Smartwatch Battery

Up to 14 Days

Up to 20 Days

GPS Battery

Up to 20 Hours

Up to 30 Hours

Max GPS Battery

Up to 60 Hours

Total Sports Modes

11

15

Running Power From Wrist

Open Water Swimming

Triathlon Tracking

Barometric Altimeter

Running Coach Training Plans

V02 Max Estimates

Safety/Incident Detection

Body Energy Score (Body Battery)

Stress Tracking

Sports Modes Comparison

Garmin Forerunner 55

  1. Running
  2. Treadmill Running
  3. Track Running
  4. Indoor Track Running
  5. Virtual Running
  6. Cycling
  7. Indoor cycling
  8. Pool Swimming
  9. Cardio Training
  10. Elliptical Training
  11. Stair Stepping
  12. HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training)
  13. Pilates
  14. Yoga

Coros Pace 2

  1. Run
  2. Indoor Run
  3. Track Run
  4. Bike
  5. Indoor Bike
  6. Pool Swim
  7. Open Water
  8. Triathlon
  9. Gym Cardio
  10. GPS Cardio
  11. Strength Training

Reasons To Choose The Forerunner 55

Garmin Forerunner 55 Features

1. Excellent Choice For Runners

The Forerunner 55 excels as a budget-friendly GPS watch for runners. If running is your primary sport, the FR55 could be the perfect partner for training sessions and race day. On this point, it’s worth mentioning that the Forerunner 55 offers the following running specific features: 

  1. Running
  2. Treadmill Running
  3. Track Running
  4. Indoor Track Running
  5. Virtual Running
  6. Distance, Time & Pace
  7. Cadence
  8. PacePro Pacing Strategies
  9. Run Workouts
  10. Race Predictor
  11. Foot Pod Compatible

 

2. Better Activity Tracking Features

Both watches can tracking your activity 24/7, while offering sleep tracking features as well. However, the Forerunner 55 also offers body battery technology together with stress tracking. This puts it a notch above the Coros Pace on the activity tracking front. 

Body Battery Energy Monitoring: Track your body’s energy levels so you can find the best times for activity and rest.

Stress Tracking: Find out if you’re having a calm, balanced or stressful day. Relax reminders will even prompt you to do a short breathing activity.

3. Better Build Quality & Design

While the design of the Coros Pace 2 is super light, it has a ‘cheap’ look and feel that you can’t really shy away from. 

Conversely, the Garmin Forerunner 55 offers a simple yet attractive design, together with excellent build quality. This could be a dealbreaker for some people.

Reasons To Choose The Coros Pace 2

Coros Pace 2 Banner

1. Open Water Swimming

Both the Coros Pace 2 and the Forerunner 55 support pool swimming. However, only the Pace 2 can track open water swimming, which is obviously important if you participate in triathlons. 

2. Triathlon Tracking

In addition to open water swimming, the Coros Pace 2 also offers full support for triathlon tracking. If you’re a triathlete looking for a budget-friendly GPS sports watch, the Coros Pace 2 should definitely feature on your shortlist. This is arguable the biggest advantage that the Pace 2 has over the Garmin FR55. 

3. Running Power From The Wrist

Polar was the first tech company to introduce running power from the wrist. With the Pace 2, Coros is the second tech company to do so. 

The obvious benefit here is that you don’t have to use an accessory like Stryd or the Garmin Running Dynamics pod in order to unlock your running power stats. It’s also worth noting that the Forerunner 55 doesn’t have a barometric altimeter, which means that it doesn’t support Garmin running power. 

Final Thoughts

In the end, this product comparison should make it clear that the Coros Pace 2 actually trumps the Garmin Forerunner 55 as a sports watch. It has a very compelling unique selling point for runners (running power from the wrist), it’s an affordable option for triathletes, and it offers all the most important sports modes for most people. 

On top of all this, it manages to fit all these extra features into a package that is basically the exact same price. 

With that being said, if you prefer the Garmin brand and running is your primary sport, the Forerunner 55 is a very good choice, offering plenty of running features in a sleek and attractive design. 

Garmin Forerunner 55

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