Coros Apex – New Running Watch

Coros have just sneaked out a new running watch. The Coros APEX

The details are somewhat thin on the ground right now but this looks like a rather sweet-looking, nice-screened running watch with quite a few nice features. (Ty @PeteA for the heads up)

BACKGROUND

Coros do smart helmets and recently the bizarrely well-performing GPS on the Pace. The Coros Pace is a triathlon watch akin to the Garmin 735XT.

The Pace is/was a specifically sport-focussed device. None of those smart niceties that sometimes get in the way AND that are hard to build and deliver.

Coros ApexThe new Coros APEX comes as something of a surprise. Both the timing (christmas!?!) and the slight change of tack from Coros.

I don’t know much right now but let’s start of with specifications that include 100 hours of GPS usage

 

#GULP

 

The Apex has an UltraMax GPS setting which periodically records GPS and can record a workout for up to 100 hours (it uses the new low-powered Sony GPS chip). That should be long enough. ‘Normal’ GPS mode is still an extremely respectable 35 hours and ‘tell-the-time’ mode is 30 days.

There are some great looking screens which show aerobic TE, anaerobic TE and Stamina, the latter of which reminds me of a chest strap from GoMore from a couple of years ago.

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So the Stamina data field together with the 100 hours may well suggest the Ultra runner as a target market. Maybe.

There is a titanium alloy or ceramic bezel finish and sapphire glass. The Apex also comes with interchangeable bands for the fashion conscious and perhaps that single button (two?) might not appeal to some more serious runners? Although as a way to scroll through screens…”why not?”

It looks to have different training modes; Interval, Aerobic, and Anaerobic Training modes. Which, if you think about it, might signal some special kinds of functionality for different kinds of workout.

MODELS

There are two similar but differently sized models. The larger model has more superior construction and is probably slightly larger because of a physically larger batter (and hence better battery life and slightly extra weight)

 

SPECIFICATIONS

We are also tempted with these potentially fine-looking specifications.

  • Titanium alloy bezel finish with sapphire glass for APEX 46mm
  • Ceramic bezel finish with sapphire glass for APEX 42mm
  • Multisport functionality
  • COROS Trainer for advanced training and analysis
  • Intelligent Stride model that learns your running form
  • Wrist-based heart rate monitor
  • UltraMax battery setting
  • 100m water resistance
  • Digital knob
  • Built-in barometer, altimeter, and compass
  • Pre-load breadcrumb trail maps
  • GPS and GLONASS satellite connections
  • ANT+ and BLE connections
  • Interval, aerobic, and anaerobic training
  • Fully customizable home screen
  • Ultra comfortable silicone band
  • Connect to 3rd party applications STRAVA and TrainingPeaks and automatically upload workouts
  • Post-workout advanced analyses to include VO2 max, recovery advisor, threshold pace, last-7 days training load, personal fitness index and more.

THOUGHTS

Details are thin on the ground right now. But this looks like a sport-capable multisport watch of the Fenix 5 mould but without the niceties and without the price tag of the Fenix 5 – ie a proper sports watch and not one that says its a sports watch. Coros REALLY HAVE already demonstrated their competence with the earlier Coros Pace. This COULD be good.

#VeryExciting

Ships in November 2018 $299 (42mm) -$349 (46mm) from coros.com

 

 

PRESS RELEASE INFO BELOW

Tustin, CA ─ COROS Wearables is now announcing its premium-style GPS multisport watch. The concept behind APEX was to design a watch that allows you to train harder, safer and much more efficiently every day and to be ready for the complex outdoor world. Exploring innovative ideas and putting them into action is what drives COROS each day. Their team of researchers and engineers worked with numerous athletes from around the world to identify areas of improvements to their extreme training needs. The result is a premium watch with our exclusive COROS Training software, specifically geared towards enabling your inner inspiration.

APEX is designed with an exclusive personal trainer that will precisely predict your stamina level, aerobic/anaerobic training effects, and recovery time. These calculations are based on COROS’ ability to obtain your lactate threshold, which is 97% accurate stacked against their extensive real-world lab testing. Allowing the COROS Trainer to structure a complete workout specifically geared towards your fitness level and training needs.

“APEX, along with COROS Trainer, is simply the most incredible watch for multisport training and races. We are very excited to enable athletes worldwide to effortlessly track the stamina level, lactate threshold speed, training effect, recovery time and many other key fitness metrics. So, you can train more efficiently to meet your personal goals. Meanwhile, we’ve extended the battery life to the next level by offering up to 35 hours in normal GPS hours, which has never been seen in any other type of watch in this class. Lastly, we are now offering two sizes of APEX watch with many different watch band options, to give athletes more flexibility of picking your favorite style.” – Lewis Wu, CEO, COROS Wearables

APEX Key Features

Your Complete Training Guide

The COROS Trainer dials-in your training based on calculations from your heart rate. It will be split-up into three different stages: Warm Up, Training, and Cool Down. The COROS Trainer will then provide the duration and target hear rate throughout each stage. This is available for Aerobic and Anaerobic Training modes.

Training Efficiency Without Injury

To prevent injury, there’s nothing more crucial than training correctly. COROS is able to accurately determine your overall effort, broken down into stamina level (0-100) and training effect (0-6). Exerted way too much stamina?  COROS Trainer will notify you it’s time to rest up. “Goal Achieved! Time to cool down.” Now, who doesn’t love hearing that.

What’s even more important is recovery time. Based on the effort level and training history, you will then be able see an advised recovery window before you begin your next activity. This is available for Interval, Aerobic, and Anaerobic Training modes.

Advanced Training Analysis

Once you’ve finished your workout, the best part begins. The COROS App will give you a complete graphical analysis of your training – including: VO2 max, recovery advisor, threshold pace, last-7 days training load, personal fitness index and plenty more. Additionally, you can connect to your favorite 3rd party applications such as STRAVA and TrainingPeaks and automatically upload your workouts.

Premium Build Quality

Being able to transition from the workplace, into your training element is made much easier with the quality build and design. COROS manufactured the APEX 46mm with a titanium alloy bezel finish and APEX 42mm with a ceramic bezel, complete with a sapphire glass for extreme protection.

Easily swap-in and out the silicone watch band to a color or material that matches your personality. Not to mention, the watch band will also sit comfortably on your wrist, allowing for more accurate heart rate readings.

Simplicity at its Finest

Using buttons to change screens can be overwhelming at times, especially in the middle of a workout. With the digital knob, you can easily navigate through the APEX inside and out with a single turn of the knob by using only a single finger.

Ultra-Durable Battery Life

Make constant charging of your watch a thing of the past. With APEX, you will have a watch that is built to last above and beyond your workout. In UltraMax setting, the APEX 46mm battery is carefully engineered to last up to 100 hours using GPS.  While using normal mode will yield up to 35 hours, and regular usage up to 30 days. See a detailed battery performance chart below.

Normal GPSUltraMax GPSRegular Use
APEX 46mm35 hours100 hours30 days
APEX 42mm25 hours80 hours24 days
PACE25 hoursN/A30 days

One Size Does Not Fit All

A watch should not only fit your lifestyle, but it should also physically fit to your liking. The APEX 42mm does just that and is designed for those who prefer a lower profile, smaller watch bezel.

The APEX Premium GPS Multisport watch is available via COROS.com, at an MSRP of $299.99 for APEX 42mm and $349.99 for APEX 46mm. The contents of the box include the APEX multisport watch, USB charging clip, quick start guide and warranty registration card. COROS will start shipping APEX to consumers from mid-Nov.

 

 

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Potentially interesting option for those considering the Polar vantage for trail and ultra running.

If this pairs with Stryd, and allows for the composition of complex interval sets with power zones it would make a good option.

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I was wondering when you might notice it there. 🙂

Had it on my Friday round-up list. Been there about a week now. Fwiw, the new metrics are not FirstBeat unfortunately, but also not directly COROS, rather, another unnamed 3rd party company.

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Coros copied the buttons of the Apple Watch4?