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COROS Pace 2 vs Garmin Forerunner 245 - best running watch?

COROS Pace 2 vs Garmin Forerunner 245 - best running watch?

Published by Fitness New Zealand on 10th Dec 2021

Well, here we go. The topic of which device is best between the Garmin Forerunner 245 and the COROS Pace 2

For the runner that wants to get the best bang for their buck, I would have to say hands down the COROS Pace 2 wins - not by a small amount but by a huge amount.

Things in Common: COROS Pace 2 & Garmin Forerunner 245

  • Display Size: Both devices have the 30.4mm (1.2" display)
  • Similar Common Activities: Run, Run Indoors, Track Run, Bike, Pool Swim
  • Fitness Stats: Steps, Heart Rate, Sleep Tracking, VO2 Max
  • Advanced Training Metrics: Training Load, Race Predictor, Recovery Time
  • Basic Smartwatch Features: Calendar, Messages/Notifications

The COROS Pace 2 is lighter than the Forerunner 245, has built in barometer & gyroscope, the battery is approx 20 days in smartwatch mode as opposed to the 7 days on the 245. The other part that the Pace 2 has over the Forerunner 245 is swimming, the COROS fully supports Open Water swimming and multi-sport activities as well, whereas you have to upgrade to the Garmin Forerunner 745 to get that ability (and still with a 7 day battery in smartwatch mode...)

Size wise, they both have a 30.4mm display and gorilla glass for their screens. Garmin's screen is a MIP (memory in pixel) while the COROS Pace 2 has a LCD display. Both are easy to read in the sunlight.

Weight wise, the COROS Pace 2 is down to 35 grams, while the Forerunner 245 is 38.5 grams - so both are very lightweight there.

COROS Pace 2 vs Garmin Forerunner 245 - Battery Life
The Garmin 245 has a battery that will last "up-to" 7 days, and that's in smartwatch mode. If you are someone who goes for a couple of runs a week, you will find that 7 days getting less and less depending on how long you have GPS on.

The COROS Pace 2 on the other had, the battery is a beast when it comes to smaller devices. With roughly 20 days in smartwatch, and 30 odd hours in full GPS - you will find yourself having to charge the PACE 2 less than the Forerunner. The Pace 2 also supports UltraMax mode for GPS, which will give you tracking for approx. 60 hours (GPS will turn on every 2 minutes for 30 seconds) and then maths calculates the distance travelled using the on-board sensors. This mode is ideal for those who like hitting the trails for those extended missions.

COROS Pace 2 vs Garmin Forerunner 245 - Price Point
The COROS Pace 2 is priced at $369 and the non music Forerunner 245 is priced normally at $549

Final Thoughts

Ok, so if you are a mad keen Garmin fan, or after those crazy sales some stores have, you might be tempted to get a Forerunner 245 - however if you want a watch that will do almost as much as the Forerunner 745 - then sorry the COROS Pace 2 is the way to go.

Activities that the PACE 2 supports over the Forerunner 245

  • Multisport
  • Open water Swimming

So that makes the COROS Pace 2 a watch more than suitable for triathlons and recording those ocean swims - for a retail price point of $369 it really is a no brainer.