Why We Chose The Coros Vertix Icebreaker: very outdoors focussed, durable, impressive battery
Despite having a name that sounds a bit like the main villain in Avengers: Infinity War / Avengers: Endgame (Thanos), Coros are actually a performance sports technology company that pride themselves on helping athletes to reach their full potential. Their high-grade hardware, loaded with innovative tech, is designed with outdoor enthusiasts, mountain lovers, and all-round active lifestyle folk very much in mind.
Who Is The Coros Vertix Icebreaker Watch For?
As the Coros website spells out in big, bold, font, the Vertix watch is all about “attitude” and “altitude.” The semi-rhyming marketing slogan might seem a bit ‘on the nose’ but dig a little into what this timekeeper has to offer, and it quickly becomes clear that the Vertix not only talks the talk but walks the walk as well. In a nutshell, the Coros Vertix is a watch for adventurous souls who like to get high in the mountains (vertically speaking, not the recreational drug thing).
With its titanium bezel and cover, with high-grade fibre watch body, and sapphire glass with diamond-like coating the Vertix Icebreaker is more than tough enough to handle itself in the world’s most extreme places. The watch’s band is made from silicone but you can actually swap this with other options, even those designed for the Fenix 6 Pro by Garmin. It has a touch screen though you’ll find most of your interface navigation will be done using its side buttons, including one twizzle one that makes for fast menu scrolling (this can actually be used while wearing climbing gloves). Fortunately it’s designed so that it can be set up for right and left handers.
The resolution is 240 x 240 pixels and uses 64 different colours. There’s a screen backlight, with the light activated at the press of a button or when you lift up your wrist. It’s not the brightest or most vibrant of screens we’ve seen but it’s certainly still visible on sunny days.
The last thing you want when you’re on a big mountain expedition is a watch that hasn’t got the ‘juice’ to go the distance. Fortunately this stacks up very well in regards to battery life: 45 days of regular use without using all the bells and whistles, 60 hours in full GPS mode, and 150 hours in UltraMax GPS mode. One of the longer lasting options out there then – so a definite crowd pleaser for any long-distance hikers out there, we reckon.