Today, COROS has introduced their latest flagship watch, the VERTIX 2 adventure watch.
This is specifically marketed as an adventure watch, not sports watch, due to the premium build quality and materials used to achieve extreme durability.
The press release is a little thin on the ground, but the original VERTIX was the only GPS watch that was rated for 15 ATM, allowing it to withstand pressures equivalent to a depth of 150 meters.
It uses a titanium shell and sapphire glass screen and would work down to -4°F/-20°C with less than a 30% depreciation in battery performance.
Battery life was also exceptional with 45 days regular use, 60 hours full GPS mode and 150h UltraMax mode. When exposed to -22°F/-30°C the GPS performance drops to 21 hours, you don’t see that stat listed for a Garmin watch.
This mountain/ice climbing focus also means this is one of the few watches on the market that will make use of the blood oxygen monitor properly. This has a 24/7 monitor and will provide daily acclimatization evaluation and suggests when it is safe to climb higher.
The new COROS VERTIX 2 does much the same but more of it. One criticism the last watch received was a lack of storage that has now been fixed with 32GB of internal storage, including onboard music storage allowing it to compete better with the Garmin Fenix series.
You then get:
- Equipped with Dual-Frequency GNSS Chipset for best-in-industry accuracy
- Communicates with all 5 major global satellite systems simultaneously
- Global Offline Maps including Landscape, Topography and Hybrid Views
- 140 hours – full GPS battery life
- 60 days daily use battery
- Insta360 Action Camera integration
- 1.4-inch sapphire glass screen with touch screen capabilities
- New and Improved user interface
- Special reusable hard/protective water-resistant case.
- Unique watch carabiner available for climbing and other activities (sold separately)
COROS VERTIX 2 vs Garmin Fenix Price
The downside to the premium build quality and durability is you pay a premium for it. This comes in at a massive $699.99/£599
That’s the same RRP as the Garmin Fenix 6X Pro (standard model) and $50 less than the Fenix 6 Sapphire. With the Garmin watch being on the market for a while now, you can also get them lower than RRP. In the UK the Fenix 6 Sapphire is just £539 or the Solar model just £489. The Garmin Fenix 6X Solar Titanium is £670.
However, if you specifically need the durability and endurance of the COROS VERTIX 2, is about your best bet and will be available now from selected retailers in either Obsidian and Lava
COROS VERTIX 2 Full Specification
|COROS VERTIX 2 Spec Sheet|
|Model||COROS VERTIX 2 GPS Adventure Watch|
|Display Size||1.4 inch|
|Display Resolution||280 x 280 (64 colors)|
|Display Type||Touch Screen Always-On Memory LCD|
|Screen Material||Sapphire Glass|
|Bezel Material||Grade 5 Titanium Alloy with PVD coating|
|Cover Material||Titanium Alloy with PVD coating|
|Watch Band||26mm Quick Fit Band|
|Physical Size||50.3 x 50.3 x 15.7mm|
|Weight with Silicone Band||91g|
|Battery Life||Standard Full GPS (every second) (GPS/QZSS): 140 Hours|
Standard Full GPS (every second) with Music Playing (GPS/QZSS): 35 Hours
All Systems On (GPS/QZSS+GLONASS+Galileo+BeiDou): 90 Hours
All Systems On with Music Playing (GPS/QZSS+GLONASS+Galileo+BeiDou): 30 Hours
All Systems + Dual Frequency On (GPS/QZSS+GLONASS+Galileo+BeiDou w/ Dual Frequency): 50 Hours
(GPS+PDR): 240 Hours
Daily Use: 60 Days
|Wireless Connection||Bluetooth® 5.0 Dual Mode, Wi-Fi®|
|Satellite Chipset||All-Satellite Dual-Frequency GNSS Chipset|
|Sensors||Optical Pulse Oximeter Optical Heart Rate Sensor Electrocardiogram Sensor Barometric Altimeter Accelerometer|
|Compass Gyroscope Thermometer|
|Water Resistance||10 ATM|
|Working Temperature||-22°F to 122°F (-30℃ to 50℃)|
|Storage Temperature||-22°F to 140°F (-30℃ to 60℃)|
|Charging Time||Less than 2 hours|
|Map/Navigation Support||Global Offline Street and Topographical Maps|
Touchscreen and Digital Dial-enabled Breadcrumb Navigation Checkpoint
Back to Start Elevation Profile
Distance to Destination GPS Coordinates Storm Alert
|Music Support||Internal Storage and Bluetooth Streaming for Offline Content|
|Supported Workouts||Run, Indoor Run, Trail Run, Track Run, Hike, Mountain Climb, Bike, Indoor Bike, Pool Swim, Open Water, Triathlon, Gym Cardio, GPS Cardio, Ski, Snowboard, Cross-country Ski, Ski Touring, Multisport, Strength, Training, Speedsurfing, Windsurfing, Whitewater, Flatwater, Rowing, Indoor Rower|