The Coros Vertix 2 comes in a rugged, Action Man-esque plastic flight case that you’d more expect to find a small firearm inside of. I personally haven’t found a use for it beyond housing your watch in transit or perhaps a small tool kit. It seems a little excessive, but Coros encourage getting creative in repurposing it.
This watch is pretty large, which is perhaps indicative of just how many features it packs in, but for me personally, I feel that the lack of alternative sizes available actually makes the Vertix 2 a little excluding of folk with slimmer wrists. It feels bulky, though the adjustability of the strap and slight stretch to the silicone mean you can get a good, snug fit. Aesthetically it’s super-cool, with a titanium alloy bezel, and the screen upon getting it up and running is super-sharp, bright and colourful. It feels as rugged as it looks, and the sapphire glass screen makes me feel a little more at ease with putting it through its paces, which takes me neatly into…
Climbing. Tommy Caldwell is a recent addition to the Coros athlete team which means climbing is a prominent theme in the brand’s marketing. Personally, I don’t like to wear a watch while I climb because of their propensity for snagging on rock features and gear, but I’m interested to try out the features on offer, particularly the ‘multi-pitch’ mode. Coros make a handy carabiner clip for the Vertix 2 to eliminate this issue, and I can certainly see the appeal of that.
Connecting the watch to your phone is streamlined by a QR code that appears when you first turn the watch on, and the whole process is quick and easy.