Why we chose it: Excellent battery life, vital health statistics, tough, lightweight and waterproof.
COROS, the newer kids on the block within the outdoor GPS watch world, have been consistently releasing interesting designs and technologies to their ever expanding range of timekeepers. They bring with them a refreshing approach to producing these wrist-top computers, representing David fighting the Goliaths of Suunto and Garmin.
Who Is The COROS APEX Pro For?
The COROS APEX Pro is like having your own personal trainer on your wrist. Anyone who spends time working up a sweat in the mountains – whether that’s ski touring or trail running – will love what’s on offer. As you’ll learn later on in this review, there’s an all-new feature that’s designed to keep an eye on vital health statistics while you’re high in the alpine.
Sporting a large LCD touch screen that’s protected by sapphire glass reinforcement, the COROS’ screen gives a clear and crisp display, similar to that of the impressive Coros Vertix Icebreaker which we tested last year.
Surrounding this LCD screen is a toughened, yet lightweight, titanium alloy bezel that manages to provide protection while not adding too much chunkiness to the watch face. The fabric strap keeps things pretty lightweight at 59g, while providing a relatively secure velcro fasten.
“By far the biggest selling point of this new and improved APEX Pro is the battery life”
There’s no worries in the waterproofing department, either, with 100 metres of waterproof protection on offer. That’s more than enough to handle anything that all but the most serious divers would be taking on.
By far the biggest selling point of this new and improved APEX Pro is the battery life. COROS now claim that they’ve managed to squeeze 40-hours of full GPS use into the APEX Pro – that’s a 14% increase over the original APEX. Now 14% may not sound like a lot, but that’s the difference of having to switch into a lower power mode or keeping full GPS capabilities going when you’re 80 miles into a 100 miler.