Coros Vertix 2 review – the battery life of this smartwatch is insane

An rugged adventure-ready smartwatch with an astounding battery life

Image shows Coros Vertix 2.
(Image credit: Tom Epton)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

If you're after an adventure-proof smartwatch with a massive battery life, the Coros Vertix 2 manages to undercut the price of some its rivals from Garmin and Polar. If your training doesn't take you quite so far afield, it might be worth checking out Garmin's Forerunner 955 Solar – it's less rugged, but it is a little cheaper and comes packed with the latest tech.

Reasons to buy
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    Huge memory for music

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    Maps and navigation are clear

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    Continuous firmware updates keep it up to date

Reasons to avoid
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    No solar charging

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    A little bulky

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If you head to the Coros website, the Vertix 2 is described as a watch “For adventurers who go to the extreme”. It’s a beast of a watch - with a 1.4inch touch screen and it feels heavy in the hand compared to other, 'normal', GPS watches.

Relative to watches of its size, the Coros Vertix 2 is actually quite light. It is very large on the wrist, which is fine if you have big hands, but if you’re not blessed with these as I am then it’s possible you’ll find this watch a bit funny looking. Once you get used to wearing it though, it’s as close to the ultimate adventure watch that I’ve ever worn. 

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