Coros Announce 2022 Feature Updates
This is getting silly. I’ve jokingly said on a number of occasions, “Another month, so it’s time for another new Coros major feature release“.
But it seems to be true each month…so. No Joke.
Coros beat Garmin once again.
It beat Garmin on track mode. It beat Garmin on native power and now Coros is the first company to announce native support for Core Body Temperature.
Having just released the excellent Fenix 7 and Epix Gen 2, I doubt that Garmin will be in the slightest bit worried. But I would bet that Suunto and Polar are becoming increasingly worried at Coros’ rate of innovation.
Native Core Temperature Support
Must Read: Core Body Temperature by GreenTEG – A Review
Coros now support the following metrics on all models:
- Core Temperature (real-time)
- Max Core Temperature
- Min Core Temperature
- Avg Core Temperature
This requires a Core sensor that works with a chest strap and is best clipped on one for that reason. You can see from the picture above that a small, black plastic clip stops the CORE sensor from detaching.
thisisAnt.com is the place where ANT+ standards for core body temperature are in beta. However, the announcement today from Coros provides support over BLE. As regular readers will remember, the top-end Vertix 2 models don’t support ANT+.
Must Read: Coros Vertix 2 Review
This is not an especially useful sensor for most of us. Core temperature is one of those things you might only want to monitor in extreme climates or if you are a pro-level athlete or if you just like lots of workout data. However, in my opinion, it is a highly newsworthy event as it emphasises the part of the Coros strategy to focus precisely on elite athletes as well as the rest of us. Brands realise that their association with the best athletes pays dividends when we want to try to emulate our heroes and role models.
Fun Fact: Skin Temperature, Quality Index, Core Reserved, and the state of heart rate connection are also transmitted by CORE over both the BLE and ANT+ connections.
Must Read: Coros Pace 2 Review
Like running power, this gives a useful analysis metric that considers the pace-changing effects of uphills and downhills. However, it is just the angle of slope that is accounted for.
Fun Fact: Pace 2 has a data field to let you view Grade Adjusted Pace in real-time…ideal for pacing in hilly training or racing.
Virtual Run Support – Zwift & Rouvy
OK, Coros copied this one from Garmin’s Virtual Run mode from two years ago!
This is a nice but simple sport profile that ensures what you record on the watch is also displayed and recorded on Zwift (or Rouvy). Rather than Zwift recording from your smart treadmill, it receives pace, cadence and heart rate from the Coros Watch. You can now pair COROS watches with software like Zwift and Rouvy. This feature allows users to start a virtual run activity with only a treadmill and COROS watch.
Fun Fact: Supported by Vertix 1/2, Apex Pro & Pace 2
Optimized Workout Creation Process
There is some tidying up going on allowing the workout steps to be more easily and more independently created.
Fun Fact: There is now support for 400m Lap Notifications in Track Run Mode.
Activity Summary in 3D
Suunto has done some nice work on overlaying routes on 3D maps and Coros is starting off here by doing the same on your activity summary.
Pool or OWS Water Temperature
This is a neat piece of data to collect that will be especially useful to test the honesty of the open water swim venues when they start to open in the coldness of an early Spring morning.
Vertix 1/2, Apex Pro and Pace 1/2 all support this and it does require a 30-minute calibration for more accurate results.
GoPro Connection Optimization
Fun Fact: The GoPro connection is optimized.
This is not a massive update but nevertheless, it is still pretty big, containing some useful, interesting nuggets as well as an impressive first.
I have been somewhat sceptical of the ability of Coros to continue to take their platform forwards in leaps and bounds. I guess the Pace 2 started to change that for me as it is an outstanding watch. This release has tipped me over the edge and I now think that Polar and Suunto really do have something to worry about.
That said the Flow app/platform and the Suunto app are both more polished than the Suunto app and EvoLab but the gap is closing.
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