The Coros Apex Pro 2 watch has all the essential features of Coros’ flagship Vertix 2 watch but in a smaller, less powerful chassis and at a lower cost.
You also get a ton of features and functionality, all housed in a titanium alloy bezel. The dual-GPS and map functions are also helpful, particularly for people who like to get off course during their workouts.
Design Coros Apex 2 Pro
The Coros Apex 2 Pro is a rugged smartwatch, as expected from a wearable marketed as a sturdy outdoor watch. It contains a titanium bezel made of Grade 5, the most common titanium alloy.
Titanium grade 5 is claimed to be resistant to seawater, marine environments, and diverse corrosive media at temperatures below 300°C. The bezel is also PVD coated, and Coros claims to be twice as scratch resistant as its predecessor.
The case back is also made of titanium, and a sapphire glass lens protects the view on the front. The Apex 2 Pro is also water resistant, with a pressure rating of 50m. The Coros Apex 2 Pro is a high-end device.
Pricing and Availability
Coros Apex 2 Pro was released on November 3, 2022. Apex Pro 2 is a new product in the Coros lineup, even though it is going to be more widely available soon. Prices are now $499 in the US, £499 in the UK and AU$850 in Australia.
The music selection of the Apex 2 Pro is also missing as it does not connect to any streaming services and requires you to drag & drop MP3 files. This is not a function you will likely use if you’re using a streaming service and do not have any files. Coros intends to connect to streaming services by 2023.
Apart from music storage, there are just a few outstanding smart features in the Apex 2 Pro. First, it is a sports watch, not a smartwatch. This will reflect phone alerts but will not display weather predictions on the watch, presumably to save battery life.
There’s also an amazing set of map features that let you take advantage of routes anytime you want, even though they can be tougher to understand. This happens a lot if you are jogging and just want to look at the screen.
The watch monitors power flowing from the wrist, but Coros shifts emphasis from power to an “effort rate,” which replaces “adjusted speed” on the watch. Because effort speed takes gradient into account, it is going to be faster than your actual speed when jogging uphill, for example.
This should indicate that, as many strength runners do, you can use one statistic to come up with a constant effort reading in an uphill run.
There’s nothing wrong with the Apex 2 Pro’s exercise monitoring, which is supported by extensive EvoLab training analysis on the watch and within the Coros app.
The Coros Apex 2 Pro’s battery life is very long. For example, GPS battery life is meant to be 75 hours, even though it reduces to 45 hours in All Systems On mode. Even with regular training sessions, one should expect the Apex 2 Pro to last at least a few weeks.
Given Coros’ track record with software upgrades, we were expecting further Apex 2 Pro support for health and fitness features. Nevertheless, the Coros Apex 2 Pro GPS sports watch is an amazing buy. The $399 Coros 2 model is a pretty option for those on the go.