Coros has launched a brand new running and outdoors watch – the Coros Apex Pro – which offers incredibly detailed stats, more tracked sports and a new touchscreen display.
If you haven't heard of Coros Wearables, that's fine. It's a relatively unknown brand, which is aiming to unseat the likes of Garmin by offering high-end sports tracking data on watches that don't cost the earth. It's done pretty well with its Coros Pace running watch – and is now upping the ante with the Coros Apex Pro.
The 46mm watch has a titanium bezel and aluminum body, with a big touchscreen display, with a 1.2-inch, 240 x 240 resolution sapphire glass display. The aluminium body brings weight down to 59g – which by comparison is lighter than the Fenix 6 (83g) although heavier than the Forerunner 945 (50g).
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So what does it track? Well, running, cycling and swimming are all part of the mix – and there's a mega 10ATM water resistance, so you can swim down to 100m.
It's not slouching on sensors either, with an optical pulse oximeter to measure blood oxygen – another Garmin key USP – and there's an atmospheric barometer that will measure altitude for the hikers.
The APEX Pro also focuses on recovery, with advanced metrics such as VO2Max and Lactate Threshold all measured. The company has previously worked with Firstbeat – the same company that Garmin gets to crunch the numbers on your workout, so you're not getting duped with sub-standard algos.
Coros is all about beating the competition when it comes to raw specs, so battery life is also a huge factor. The Apex Pro will go for 40 hours in full GPS mode, and 100 hours of tracking in the power-saving UltraMode. That's massive – and has not only has Garmin Fenix 6 but also the outrageously long-lasting Suunto 9 in its sights.
The Coros Apex Pro is available to buy from the Coros website for $499. That makes it slightly cheaper than the top-end Garmins – but you can grab a Fenix 5 for around the same price.