The Coros Pace 2 Is Amazing, Can The New Coros Pace 3 Be Even Better?

The Coros Pace 2 Is Amazing, Can The New Coros Pace 3 Be Even Better?

The Coros Pace 2 is a hard act to follow. It’s one of the best sports watches available, offering a wide range of features, long battery life in a lightweight design, and outstanding value at $199/£179, especially seeing as Coros continues to support it with new features.

So, can the new Coros Pace 3 live up to the standards set by its predecessor? On paper, all the signs are good. The price has risen to $229/£219, but the new watch offers some valuable new features to justify this.

Chief among these is the addition of multi-band GPS and music storage. It also now comes with a touchscreen, and the battery life has been extended to 38 hours of standard GPS or 24 days in watch mode (up from 30 hours/20 days on the Pace 2), which is excellent given the small size of the Pace 3. It’s similar in size and weight to the Pace 2, weighing just 30g with the nylon band, and has a 1.2in LCD screen.

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There are caveats to the multi-band GPS and music storage that are worth mentioning because you won’t find these features on other watches in the Coros Pace 3’s price range. On the GPS, having a multi-band mode doesn’t always result in vastly improved accuracy. It does on some watches, like Garmin’s range of multi-band devices or the Suunto Vertical, but on Coros watches I have often found the multi-band mode lacking, and that still seems to be the case after one run with the Coros Pace 3. It’s accurate enough, but not the step up in quality you get with multi-band elsewhere, even if it will probably be a modest improvement on the Pace 2.

The music storage is just for MP3 files, which you can drag and drop to the watch and then listen to via Bluetooth headphones. There is no support for streaming services, unlike on Garmin watches that link with Spotify among others, so unless you have the digital files for your music this new feature won’t do much for you.

Coros Pace 2 and Coros Pace 3

Coros Pace 2, left, and Coros Pace 3 (Image credit: Nick Harris-Fry / Future)

These new features do improve what is already an excellent package for the price, however. The Pace 3 has training analysis through Coros’s EvoLab software, with stats available to analyze on the watch and the partner Coros app and website. It also has breadcrumb navigation and added turn-by-turn directions through a recent beta software update, and you can create routes in the Coros app to sync to the watch directly.

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