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Coros Tempo 3 – Kipchoge Version Overview

I’ve been a Garmin woman nearly since I began working. The primary watch I purchased was an enormous previous Garmin that took up most of my wrist and positively couldn’t be worn at another time apart from working.

Fortunately working watches have come good distance within the final 12 years with many different gamers now available in the market. One of many largest of those, actually when it comes to quantity inside mass market runners is Coros.

I resisted making an attempt a Coros till I may not ignore the rave evaluations from mates on the battery life, GPS and reliability. This overview is my private opinion of Coros Tempo 3, with some comparability with Garmin Fenix 7S that I used to be sporting previous to testing the Coros.

It simply so occurred simply after I began sporting the Coros Tempo 3, my Fenix broke (one of many buttons stopped working) so after after a number of runs sporting each to check battery and GPS, I’ve solely worn the Coros for six weeks, testing it over lengthy runs, observe exercises, treadmill classes and simple runs throughout a number of timezones and places. I’m not techy, so should you’re searching for a really in-depth tech overview, I might recommend trying out DCRainmaker. That is the overview of a mean runner. utilising it for marathon coaching, stepcounts, swimming, biking and many others and erm…telling the time!


That is my first time utilizing a touchscreen working watch, and I’m unsure I’ll ever actually get used to it (though I’m by chance stopping my watch mid-run much less usually!). The touchscreen lets you swipe via knowledge screens shortly while the pink button on the aspect (apparently known as a digital crown) is used to scroll via the monitoring choices (together with totally different sports activities, historical past ….) in addition to begin and cease your run. One other button lets you manually lap your run – fortunately that is in the identical spot because the Garmin button – useful when you find yourself run/strolling! I’ve discovered the digital crown extra delicate on the Coros than Garmin, and discover that sporting lengthy sleeves on the run can imply I by chance scroll via knowledge screens with out which means to.

Maybe having used a Garmin for therefore lengthy, I’ve discovered it tougher to navigate and I positively haven’t utilised all of its options but.


The GPS is a fully sensible, I might think about due to the twin frequency GPS that I first examined within the Apple Extremely watch. While I haven’t examined the Coros Tempo 3 in a giant metropolis race but – I discovered the GPS far more dependable within the twin frequency Apple Watch working London and Chicago marathons in comparison with the Garmin Fenix 7S and I might think about I might discover the identical when evaluating the Tempo 3/Fenix 7S .

I’m very inpatient and infrequently stand nonetheless as instructed for the watch to seek out GPS, nevertheless even urgent GO immediately after travelling from London to Hong Kong, the watch precisely measured my distance and tempo nearly instantly (double checked the next day as soon as I’d let the watch familiarise itself with the place we had been).

You need to use the look ahead to navigation utilizing breadcrumbs model navigation (no I don’t know what which means both) However the gist of it appears to be that you simply create the route in app and ship it to the watch.

For these wanting to indicate off their runs or simply observe their distances and routes, I just like the map and knowledge produced by Coros in app, and it could actually simply be synced up with Strava and many others.

Battery Life

Wow, I used to be instructed the battery life was good nevertheless it survived two full weeks of marathon coaching together with each day put on, two lengthy runs, velocity classes and simple runs. My Garmin used to final a few week. This can be due partly to Coros’ use of Reminiscence in Pixel show – in non-technical phrases, which means the display screen show is just not very shiny to save lots of battery.

In response to Coros it can final you as much as 38 hours of GPS use, much less should you use the music and navigation techniques (which I don’t) and as much as 17 days utilizing it for each day monitoring.


It received’t shock many who know me that I’m not often organised sufficient to pre programme my exercises into the watch, preferring as an alternative to manually lap throughout exercises and lengthy runs. Should you do like having your watch beep out your reps then you’ll be able to create exercises within the app, set coronary heart price targets or hyperlink it with my coaching plan apps. You may mechanically sync your Coros with the Runna app (use code CHARLIE for two weeks free).

Each day Monitoring

In addition to monitoring your train, Coros Tempo 3 will observe your sleep, HR, “restoration”, coaching standing, step depend, flights of stairs climbed and many others though I don’t discover the extent of particulars of every of those is pretty much as good or straightforward to navigate as Garmin.

I take the HR monitoring with a pinch of salt when utilizing the inbuilt wrist monitoring, however am going to check out the brand new feminine targeted Coros HR quickly to see the way it compares. I sometimes simply attempt to keep inside the ‘straightforward’ zone on straightforward runs however not give it an excessive amount of of a thought on longer runs and more durable efforts. Nonetheless from evaluations I’ve learn the place runners have in contrast the watch readings to HR monitor, they readings had been very comparable.


The worth vary of the Coros watches are positively decrease when in comparison with Garmin with Coros topping out at £599 with the Vertix 2. And I feel. you in all probability get somewhat extra for. your cash with the mid-range Coros in comparison with Garmin. At £219/£229 (for the EK version) I feel the Tempo 3 is basically good worth for every little thing you get from it. The worth level is according to the brand new Forerunner 165 which I stay up for testing it!

The Look

Now I’m going to be sincere, that is the place the Coros Tempo 3 falls down for me (and I do know that might be as a result of I’ve the Kipchoge version) nevertheless it appears to be like like a sports activities watch. The massive run button makes it really feel extra like a stopwatch and the EK band doesn’t actually go together with my non-sports equipment! That mentioned, I’ve had fairly a number of compliments on it so it’s positively private style. The nylon strap annoys me as a result of it stays soggy when it will get moist and I think about will scent after heavy summer time efforts. Nonetheless. you should buy a silicone strap in white which might be extra fashionable… (in actual fact, I’ve simply ordered one to attempt!)

For these with a smaller wrist, the smaller face and simply tightening nylon straps could also be a winner, particularly in contrast with a few of the different cumbersome watches obtainable available on the market.

Personally I do assume the Garmin Fenix watches with the gold/rose gold {hardware} are extra enticing for working and on a regular basis put on even when in comparison with the Coros Apex Coral. I discover myself taking it off the Tempo 3 greater than I ever would with my Fenix 7S. It feels somewhat low cost, which can be as a result of light-weight nature of the watch.

Who can purchase it?

Should you’re searching for an inexpensive, dependable working watch that can precisely calculate your distance, time, tempo and see. you thru an extremely marathon – it is a nice choice. For runners that desire a watch that may double up for each day put on, that exhibits their standing as a runner even when wearing ‘regular’ garments, you might wish to go for one thing somewhat…prettier.

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