Coros’ Kiprun GPS 500 is Decathlon sports retailer’s first own brand Sport watch. It’s designed and made by Coros and is based on the brand’s pace model, so it has a good GPS watch lineage behind it, but like most things Decathlon, it’s the price point that’s the biggest draw, as which is one of the cheapest GPS running watches on the market. To find out if the performance matches its value, we analyze it for a few months. This is what we found.
look and feel
It’s a fairly simple watch to operate: there are four buttons (select, back, up, and down) that allow you to easily navigate through menus and operate the watch on the go. The 2.4cm color screen is just the right size to be easy to read without looking like a wall clock on your wrist, while the display is sharp without being super bright (which helps with battery life, next). The rubber strap has lots of grooves and a bit of give, which, combined with the 48g weight, means it’s comfortable and you don’t feel it once you’ve got it on. There are many home screen and data customization options available through the Coros mobile app, which the watch pairs with.
Good GPS power
The watch uses three systems (GPS, GLONASS and Beidou), which means it can use more satellites for its signal, so your position can be fixed faster and more accurately. In testing, the signal was acquired quickly (typically less than 15 seconds) and was rarely interrupted. Distance measurements were accurate and consistent. The watch gives you an alert when the signal is lost, but during the test, this only happened when completely cut off from the sky, such as when running through a tunnel or under bridges; otherwise the signal was solid, even under heavy tree cover. .
You might not expect a watch at the lower end of the price range to be packed with features, but the GPS 500 has enough for the vast majority of running needs: it measures distance, swingspeed, cadencestride length, VO2 max, training load and features a wrist-based sensor heart rate sensor. It also has track and indoor racing modes, as well as multisport options that include indoor and outdoor. swimming (it is waterproof), cycling, triathlon Y hiking. You can set alerts for distance, pace, cadence, heart rate, and also a nutrition timer, which was an easy way to remind me to take gels regularly during a marathon.
The GPS 500 can also be used as a daily activity tracker, recording your steps, distance, active time, calories, and measuring the quality of your sleepAlthough, realistically, you probably won’t wear a watch of this size, no matter how comfortable, overnight. The watch allows you to receive notifications from applications, text messages and calls.
Impressive battery life
Stated battery life is 30 days in standard mode and 25 hours in GPS mode, making it suitable for runs up to most ultras, in the absence of ultra crazy distances or epics of several days. Wearing the watch for running most days while marathon trainingI usually only needed to charge it once a week, and it was great to strap it on and go without worrying about the charge level. It takes 2.5 hours to fully charge the watch from empty, which is certainly acceptable if you only do it once in a while.
Compatible with Choirs app
The watch transfers its data via a reliable Bluetooth link to the excellent Choirs app. In addition to storing your routes and running data, the app offers a host of useful features, such as estimates of your running performance, fatigue and training load level, and a race time predictor. The app also allows you to create and download workouts and plans, and it’s also simple to create a basic interval workout using just the watch. The app is compatible with a selection of third parties running applicationsincluding Strava, Apple Health and adidas Running.
The range of run tracking features, strong GPS signal, excellent battery life, reliability, and price make this a strong contender for the best value GPS watch on the market right now.
Sure, it doesn’t have everything: there’s no altimeter function to measure elevation on the run, but you can still check that on Strava afterwards thanks to GPS mapping. Likewise, it doesn’t have route mapping or advanced running metrics like power or vertical oscillation, or smartwatch features like music or payment. But these are really the cake features that are usually included in watches that cost two or three times the price, so this feels like a touch. And while it’s light and comfortable, it’s also a bit clingy, which could be a factor if you want to wear it all the time and use it as a daily activity tracker.
Billed as a running watch you wear for exercise rather than an all-day smartwatch or activity tracker, it’s hard to beat. I used it for all my London Marathon training and it did everything I needed it to, even during the race itself. Whether it’s right for you depends on your running needs (for example, ultra and trail runners should probably look elsewhere), but for most, this is all the running watch you need, at a price that’s hard to beat. .