We were impressed with COROS 2020 release, the Vertix Icebreaker when we reviewed it for our Outdoor 100 product guide last year. Now for 2021, the brand has unveiled a refreshed version, called the VERTIX 2, and it comes with some seriously impressive updates.
I brought the VERTIX 2 out with us on a recent hiking and climbing trip in Switzerland and have been left impressed with the improvements COROS has made to this already successful GPS smartwatch. Before I dive into my thoughts, let’s give you a rundown on what’s new with this timekeeper.
The previous watch in the VERTIX series was built to withstand some of the most rugged terrain on the planet and this new version takes things to new levels. The titanium bezel, for instance, is now three-times more scratch-resistant than the one on the original. There’s also a premium sapphire glass screen that’s 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), while other forms of coatings can only reach up to 1,000 – 4,000HV.
This screen has not only had a boost in durability, but also screen size. Now sporting a 1.4 inch screen, the COROS VERTIX 2 brings 16% more screen resolution to the table compared to the previous design. This extra screen real estate gives you the option to pack more key training statistics on your wrist for incredibly detailed training sessions.
To support the increase in screen size, COROS has designed a new battery for the VERTIX 2, one that promises two-times longer GPS battery life than the original (which already offered industry-leading levels of GPS battery life). You can now expect 60 days in standard mode, 240 hours with the UltraMax GPS mode, 140 hours in standard GPS mode and 90 hours with all systems on.