COROS Vertix 2 outdoor sports watch review: Challenging Garmin with longer battery life, lower price, dual GNSS support

Pros

  • ✓High quality materials, fit, and finish
  • ✓Digital knob for navigation
  • ✓Extremely long battery life
  • ✓Brighter, larger display than Vertix 1
  • ✓Dual GNSS frequency support

Cons

  • ✕Very large watch
  • ✕Limited support for indoor/basic activities
  • ✕No support for subscription music

Over the years, Garmin has been my primary platform for exercise, sleep, and activity tracking. A couple of years ago I reviewed the COROS Vertix and then purchased one due to the extreme battery life, high end materials, and active support. COROS lived up to its potential with regular software and feature updates, continued excellent performance of the Vertix, and battery life that never let me down.

A couple of weeks ago COROS announced the Vertix 2 GPS adventure watch with a few new features and an increased launch price. When you compare it to the Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire then you realize the $699.99 price of the Vertix 2 is $100 to $200 less than the similarly specified Fenix 6. We’ve spent a couple of weeks with the Vertix 2, including using it for tracking the three legs I completed in the recent Ragnar Trail Rainier event.

In addition to my trail race, I’ve been road running, trail running, track running, biking, sleeping, and commuting with the COROS Vertix 2. I fully charged it up when it arrived, but haven’t connected the charger since then and even after all of these activities the battery shows 51% remaining. A couple new features arrived on the Vertix 2 that make it a compelling outdoor GPS sports watch, but I also want a GPS sports watch that I can wear to track basic activities like walking, elliptical, and other recreational activities.

Specifications

  • Display: 1.4-inch 64-color display, 280×280 pixels, sapphire glass
  • Materials: Titanium bezel and high-grade fiber watch body with silicone quick release 26mm watch band
  • Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, and GLONASS/GPS/Galileo/BeiDou with dual frequency support
  • Onboard storage: 32GB for data, workouts, and MP3 audio files
  • Sensors: Optical pulse oximeter, optical heart rate monitor, electrocardiogram sensor, barometric altimeter, accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, thermometer/li>
  • Water resistance: 10 ATM waterproof rating (100 meters)
  • Battery life: Up to 60 days in watch mode, up to 140 hours in GPS mode, up to 35 hours with GPS and music playing, and up to 2400 hours in UltraMax mode
  • Dimensions: 50.3 x 50.3 x 15.7 mm and 89 grams

The COROS Vertix 2 is available now for $699.99 in Lava or Obsidian colors. COROS also offers four other color bands for $29.99 each, including black, yellow, green, and navy blue.

Vertix vs Vertix 2

Before we get into the details of the new Vertix 2, let’s take a quick look at the differences between the first and second generation watch. These are the primary differences between the two generations and as you can see there are quite a few differences:

  • Display: 1.4 inch 280×280 compared to 1.2 inch 240×240 pixels
  • Watch bands: 26mm compared to 22 mm
  • GPS support: Vertix 2 supports dual frequency GNSS
  • Connectivity: WiFi just for updates, but no ANT+ support. Upgraded from Bluetooth 4.2 to 5.0
  • Weight: 89 grams vs lighter 76 grams on Vertix 1
  • Battery life: 140 hours in GPS mode compared to 60 hours
  • Onboard music: MP3 support where Vertix 1 did not support music
  • Water resistance: 10ATM vs 15ATM on Vertix 1
  • Other: Vertix 2 supports Insta360 camera control

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