Many would argue that you don’t need a smartwatch to go for a run. However, if you’re training with a specific goal in mind, a sports watch offers several convenient and helpful features.
While you could simply use a basic stopwatch for timing intervals on an already mapped distance, wearable devices with built-in GPS provide additional training data, such as your total distance and average pace.
Many GPS watches also allow you to program workouts so you don’t have to worry about manually lapping splits between hard and recovery intervals.
For many runners, Garmin watches have long been the gold standard when it comes to accuracy and functionality.
This has definitely been true for me, as I’ve been wearing Garmin watches for the last decade — ever since I decided to splurge and upgrade my $10 Timex stopwatch that I bought at Target.
However, other brands have started to give Garmin a run for its money over the recent years.
COROS watches, in particular, have gained popularity for their extended battery life and sleek design.
So, when the brand offered to send me a loaner unit of its PACE 2 — a lightweight watch with triathlon mode — I figured I’d give it a shot.
This article provides a thorough review of the COROS PACE 2, including my honest opinion as to whether it’s worth buying.