Quite a few technological sports brands have landed in Israel in the last two years, and one of them is Coros, a company of the type that starts with crowdfunding projects that are also successful. In the case of the Corus the start was in 2016 with a smart riding helmet, and later it evolved into sports equipment and mostly watches for athletes . The company recently launched Pace 2, the second generation of its first watch, and this is what I am reviewing this time.
Light and sporty
When I first wore Pace 2 I was surprised to find out how easy it is. It weighs only 32 grams, which is about a third less than most watches on the market. And there is a reason for this: the watch body is made of plastic and its diameter, 42 mm, is relatively small. It comes in a dark blue color and with a matching silicone strap – although also available in white – when you can combine additional straps and easily replace .
Its design is very sporty, simplistic and without luxurious elements like a metal frame, and I think it’s a bit of a shame that with a light polish it could have looked more elegant. On the other hand, its appearance is not flashy but solid, and the finish is pleasant to the touch.
Like other professional sports watches Pace 2 is controlled using a pair of buttons: the most important of these is a rotary button that allows for quick scrolling between menus and options while the lower second button is designed to go back and access a quick shortcut menu. So that the buttons are not accidentally pressed, especially during training, a lock is activated which is released in the rotation of the top button. Useful and convenient.
At the back is the heart rate sensor as well as the USB charging connector which consists of three recessed pins and the connection to it is made with a dedicated cable so that it sits well without moving. In addition, the kit comes with silicone covers to seal the charging connector, although it is not clear why – the watch is waterproof and dust in the strict 5ATM standard.
The Pace 2’s round screen is protected by Gorilla glass and is based on Memory-In-Pixel technology, which, like electronic ink, is very energy-efficient when a static image is displayed. It supports up to 64 colors and a resolution of 240 × 240 pixels and looks just great and readable even in direct sunlight. The screen is not flickering and very pleasing to the eye, it can also be viewed from an angle and the text is very readable.
It also has a backlight that is activated automatically with a gesture of hand movement, but most of the time this is not necessary except for use in dark places. There is also a night mode that allows continuous operation of the backlight but with a minimum brightness that is not dazzling, this is for use at night during sleep or sports activities.
Fitness tracking and more
By definition, Corus is a sports product company so Pace 2 does not offer entertainment and media content, play music through the clock or install apps like on the Galaxy Watch or Apple Watch. It’s more like Fitbit or Garmin watches. The selection of themes and backgrounds is not very large either, but you can download and choose from several different styles from the mobile app. Beyond that it is also possible to change the leading color, but it more or less ends here.
It is able to operate completely independently without the need for an attached telephone as it keeps within it all that is required. It has a built-in GPS that uses GLONASS and BEIDU satellites, as well as GALILEO, and together with a dedicated algorithm it ensures high accuracy levels for tracking the route on the map – and of course alongside a heart rate monitor, pedometer, thermometer, acceleration and motion.
Fitness modes include outdoor running, treadmill, track running, cycling, outdoor riding, swimming in the pool, swimming in open water, triathlon, gym and strength training. It does not have all types of training and in particular when it comes to off-track activities like hiking or mountaineering, and apparently the company has left this to its more expensive models.
There is also a mode called AI Trainer where you can watch all the latest workouts and their various data in order for the watch to recommend a suitable recovery time. In other words, when planning to do another workout you should take a look there and see that you are not putting too much effort into the body than necessary.
I used Pace 2 for a little over two weeks during which we tested its various capabilities and the results were quite accurate in terms of step count, compared to the counter on the treadmill as well as against other watches.
The Pace 2 user interface is easy and convenient to use. Navigation with the top pulley makes the craft very easy and once you learn the buttons and movement everything works smooth and comfortable. The main functions in scrolling directly spread out the data of the day such as the amount of steps, calories burned, pulse on the timeline, body temperature and more. Pressing the top button allows you to access the various training modes and pressing the bottom button for one step back.
But it is not intended for use only in sports. Those who wear it throughout the day will enjoy regular monitoring of personal activities such as heart rate and effort monitoring at regular intervals, sleep monitoring and daily, weekly and monthly fitness level analysis. In addition to connecting to the phone, it also offers receiving messages, alerts from the apps and the option to watch the caller directly on the watch – and also in Hebrew.
(This section was updated on 23.1.20 after the Hebrew update): In the last update in version 2.36.0, support for Hebrew was added, so that the alert is displayed in full Hebrew so that alerts can be read in Hebrew. However, the interface is aligned to the left and when there is a lot of text it is not always displayed in the correct order. On the other hand one should keep in mind that it is still a sports watch and that means it is not its main designation as in Wear OS watches. This mainly means that the alert is displayed for a moment and then disappears and to get to it you have to dig into the interface.
The Corus mobile app allows you to synchronize all the data from the watch and view it extensively with a broad view of the timeline of hour, day and month, including tracking the map using Google Maps. Here, too, the interface is easy to use and simulates that of a watch divided into four tabs – daily data, fitness training, personal profile and advanced settings. Nice that you can sync the data to third-party apps like Strava or Runalyze and more.
Pace 2 is designed for use in prolonged sporting activities and as such, it is possible to activate all its sensors including GPS for 30 consecutive hours. It is good for those who do mountaineering, hiking or even a combined activity like triathlon. It is also possible to activate a more economical mode in which the GPS samples once every 120 seconds and thus the continuous use time is doubled.
When used daily and in sports activities 3 times a week it can hold about two weeks of use without having to encounter a charger.
The bottom line
As a sports and fitness watch, Pace 2 offers a considerable variety of options. It has a built-in GPS, it measures activity throughout the day, it does not require a close-fitting phone and a particularly long battery life. However we were happy with a slightly more luxurious design and a more convenient notification interface so that we could get the most out of it.
The price of Pace 2 is 999 and is sold directly at the importer U.Sports Ltd. with a two-year warranty.