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Coros Vertix 2 Smartwatch | Review

We take a first look at the Coros Vertix 2; the first GPS watch fitted with all-satellite communication technology

Why we chose the Coros Vertix 2: All-satellite communication, long battery life, tough

Weight: 89g
Price: £600

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Coros first caught our eye when we spotted the original Vertix over on our friends at Outdoors Magic’s Outdoor 100 product guide. Its combination of a long battery life, feature-packed user interface and tough design made it a quick favourite for all outdoor goers. Now, for 2021, Coros has updated the Vertix range with some essential features to create the Vertix 2 – a watch that makes for a great timekeeper for us skiers.

Coros Vertix 2 Build

The Vertix series has always been built to withstand some of the most rugged terrain on the planet, but Coros has looked to improve this toughened build. The titanium bezel is now three-times more scratch-resistant than the original Vertix. A premium sapphire glass screen has been protected with a diamond like coating (DLC) for unrivalled scratch-resistance. To put this coating into perspective, DLC typically measures between 5,000 – 9,000HV (hardness rating); other forms of coatings can only reach up to 1,000 – 4,000HV.

“Built to withstand some of the most rugged terrain on the planet”

This screen has not only had a boost in durability, but also screen size. Now sporting a 1.4 inch screen, the Coros 2 now features 16% more screen resolution than the Vertix 2. This extra screen real estate gives you the option to pack more key training statistics on your wrist for incredibly detailed pre-ski trip training sessions.

To support the increase in screen size, Coros has designed a new battery for the Vertix 2. This new battery promises two-times longer GPS battery life over the Coros 1 (which, by the way, already offered industry-leading levels of GPS battery life). The boosted battery results in some impressive statistics: 60 days in standard mode, 240 hours with the UltraMax GPS mode, 135 hours in standard GPS mode and 90 hours with all systems on.

Coros Vertix 2 Features

An increase in physical size requires a boost in processing power. Coros has addressed this through a next-generation process that gives the watch a snappier response. We found this to be obvious when it was compared to the older Vertix 1. An impressive 32 gigabytes of internal storage has also been built into the watch to store more music, maps, routes and workout data.

Coros are the best of the bunch when it comes to GPS tracking (it’s the primary function of a GPS watch, after all). In fact, the Vertix 2 is the first GPS watch in the world that’s equipped with an all-satellite dual-frequency (GNSS) chipset. To the laymen, this means that the watch can talk to all five of the major satellite systems – GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and Beidou – at the sacrifice of a little less battery life. More satellites equals better GPS accuracy, which is essential stuff for us skiers.

The whole user interface has seen a bit of a redesign. It’s now centred around a digital dial that sits on the right-hand side of the watch. This dial lets you scroll through key information quickly and easily. One of these stats include an ECG, which tracks your heart rate throughout the day to not only provide some much needed information while you’re training, but also track your heart rate variability (a good way to keep an eye on your post-activity recovery progress).

“Coros has opened up the possibility of controlling your Insta360 camera from your wrist”

By partnering with the new kids on the block of the action cam world – Insta360 – Coros has opened up the possibility of controlling your Insta360 camera from your wrist with the Vertix 2. Strap your Insta360 action camera to your ski helmet, or any other hard to reach object, and with just a few taps of the watch face you can record with / stop the camera.

All in all, Coros has created an extremely hard to beat GPS adventure watch in the new Vertix 2. The watch is capable of joining you on your workout sessions before you hit the ski resort and enhance your time out on the mountains. To us, that’s a sign of an unbeatable GPS watch.

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