As an adventure watch, the COROS Vertix 2 is most capable as a GPS fitness watch. It supports All-Satellite Dual-Frequency GNSS, that is GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and Beidou. This provides accurate and fast location tracking. For general tracking, you can set checkpoints, back-to-start and use deviation alert if currently using a pre-chosen route. From the app, you can create a route, sync it to your watch and load it based off of your activity and have a steady route to follow. Alternatively for general scrolling of a map, you can pause your current activity enter the topo maps and scroll around the area. The All-Satellite support is great for traveling and remote areas to accurately see where you are at.
As a Fitness Watch, the Vertix 2 has a seemingly endless list of possible activities. From running and cycling to general cardio and surfing. Choose your activity and the Vertix will lock into your GPS location and prompt you to begin tracking. Activities will sync up on the COROS App and training hub as well as 3rd party apps like Strava.
What else can it do? The Bluetooth function of the Vertix 2 allows it to pair with other devices. From the COROS Pod 2 and Hear Rate Monitor to connecting to an Insta360 and wireless headphones. With the 32gb of internal storage, loading up the Vertix 2 with your favorite playlist or podcasts and pairing your headphones allows for really leaving your phone at home while you go out for an activity.
Upon receiving the COROS Vertix 2, my initial thoughts were hopeful. The Vertix 2 ships in a rugged tactical travel case, like a small Pelican case. Inside was the Vertix 2, band, usb cable, and instructions. If not for anything, this is the best presentation of a watch I’ve ever encountered and sets a high bar for how you would hope this watch to work.
Plugging it in for a full charge and download the COROS app to begin setup for use was quick and easy. The COROS app is really quite fantastic and easy to use. The app features a customizable snapshot page of weekly progress, a log of your activities, a map page to create routes, and a user profile page. The app is integral for syncing data from the watch and is where you can connect to different 3rd party apps like Strava.
Familiarizing yourself with the COROS App is quite a quick process much the same as the watch itself. There are three main pages that layout the different features of the watch. From scrolling the dial to see your daily data, pressing the dial to see the list of activities (which you can organize via the app for faster lookup), and holding the back button to access the “Toolbox”. The toolbox page displays the non activity features of the watch, which includes: music, camera control, find my phone, compass, topo maps, and various heart rate features.