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The Coros Apex is an impressive do-it-all watch designed to appeal to a wide range of athletes while offering a refreshing touch of style. This is a watch you won’t want to take off.

Advantages: Incredible battery life, wide range of training modes, one of the best designed watches we’ve tested with an excellent smartphone app

Disadvantages: Weak screen, digital dial caught on coat sleeves, causing accidental mode changes

If you’re looking for a GPS watch that can do it all, the Coros Apex is for you. Originally designed with three main focuses – running, cycling and swimming – aimed squarely at triathletes, Coros has added a host of new modes to the Apex since its launch, making it suitable for a wider range of sports.

For winter sports in particular, the watch is a great tool as it offers alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and ski touring modes, logging a wealth of data for those looking to stay active during the colder months. Overall, the Apex offers nearly two dozen workout modes, including fitness cardio, mountaineering, hiking, and customizable strength and training modes that you can use to create your own workouts.

However, where the Apex really shines is in ultrarunning, thanks in part to the watch’s excellent battery life and its dedicated Trail Run mode. I also found it to be one of the best designed GPS watches I’ve tried and it’s surprisingly stylish too.

The Apex comes in two options: a 46mm version and a 42mm version. The 46mm watch costs $50 more than the smaller watch, but it’s worth the extra price as it gives you better battery life, a larger 1.2-inch color LCD screen, and a snazzy bezel Titanium alloy compared to the domestic stainless steel bezel offers the 42mm watch. Overall, I liked the classic round design of the watch and the sapphire crystal surface that prevented scratching.

The watch’s black silicone strap is basic but fits snugly and comfortably around my wrist thanks to the stretchy elastic. However, those with small wrists will experience significant choking on the band. For my average sized wrists, I had to use the fourth from the tightest notch to get the right fit, leaving some excess slack that had to be tucked in.

The Apex has ease of use not dissimilar to the Apple Watch, with just a clickable digital watch face and one button for making adjustments. (Unlike the Apple Watch, there’s no touchscreen.) It took a bit of trial and error, since the included quick-start guide is nominal, but once I got the hang of it, the spartan control of the watch was changing settings and viewing the extensive data pages a touch.

The dial would occasionally snag on coat sleeves, leading to accidental mode changes, although there’s an auto-lock setting that prevents this. I also felt that the screen was dim and difficult to read indoors, so be sure to enable gesture controls, which illuminate the display when you turn your wrist.

Setting up the Apex and pairing it via Bluetooth with my iPhone was also a breeze thanks to Coros’ well-designed app, which neatly displays the extensive data the Apex records. My only gripe is that you can only delete activities longer than a minute from the phone app, not directly from the watch, which is odd.

The Apex offers GPS, GLONASS or BDS to capture your location and track distance. I achieved an initial position lock in about a minute from my backyard with a few overhanging trees. On the following days, however, it took less than 15 seconds from the same place. During test runs on the same four-mile course, the Apex said I ran about 10 seconds per mile slower than the other watches I tested, although the measured distance was fairly accurate even during runs on a course. Coros’ Track Run mode, which uses a proprietary algorithm to provide more precise results on a track, seemed to help.

The watch features a wrist-based heart rate monitor, as well as an accelerometer, barometer, altimeter, and compass. My heart rate readings were fairly consistent when tested with a finger heart rate monitor, which I find to be more accurate than wrist sensors. The Apex is water resistant to 100 metres/328 feet and offers both pool swim and open water modes, making it suitable for swimmers, although I found the 46mm size to be a bit large for long swims.

However, it didn’t bother me for long runs, and the impressive battery life means it’s safe to use for ultra runs (i.e. anything longer than 26.2 miles). The battery life of the 46mm version is up to 100 hours in UltraMax GPS mode, up to 35 hours in full GPS mode and up to 30 days with regular use. The longest run I’ve used it on was ten miles, which barely affected the battery life, reducing it by just 3%. During a week of daily 4-5 mile runs and some shorter distance work, the battery dropped just 25%.

The Coros Apex is packed with so many additional features that I could write these separate reviews alone. As a running clock, it shines; and as a multisport watch, it’s hard to do much better.

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