Coros has gained popularity over the years through its range of affordable but feature-packed running watches. However, the company also offers GPS adventure watches with flagship specs. The Coros Vertix 2, in particular, brings enough upgrades to rival the Garmin Fenix 7, another premium multisport device. But Garmin’s latest Fenix isn’t on its own.
Like previous iterations, the Fenix 7 is available in different variants and combinations. But it’s fair to pit the standard Fenix 7 with Coros’s Vertix 2. Both have the same price point and several capabilities in common. Choosing between the two depends on what you need from a GPS watch. Below, we unpack these wearables’ pros and cons.
Coros Vertix 2 vs Garmin Fenix 7 Comparison Chart
Design and Build
The Coros Vertix 2 is bolder in appearance compared to the more discreet Garmin Fenix 7.
It’s clear at first glance that the Coros Vertix 2 and Garmin Fenix 7 are outdoor watches. Both are big, rugged devices with exterior casings designed for the elements. Coros uses titanium alloy with PVD coating for the bezel and cover. In contrast, Garmin employs stainless steel for the Fenix 7’s bezel. The rest of the case is made from fiber-reinforced polymer with a metal rear cover.
Coros’s Vertix 2 offers a bolder aesthetic. Its bezels feature screws, ridges, and more pronounced edges. With Garmin’s multisport device, you get a more discreet look and feel. The only screws you’ll find are on the case, keeping the bezel flat except for button label engravings.
Because of its size, you get more screen estate from the Vertix 2. It has a 1.4-inch touch screen LCD with 280 x 280 resolution. The Fenix 7 isn’t too far behind, offering a 1.2-inch touch screen transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display with a 260 x 260 resolution. Coros protects the screen with DLC sapphire glass, while Garmin uses Corning Gorilla Glass for protection.
Although the watches support touch gestures, they also have physical buttons to make navigation easier in challenging weather conditions. The Fenix 7 has more, five to be exact. However, the Vertix 2 boasts a rotating digital crown for faster scrolling.
You can get the Vertix 2 in two colors with either silicone or nylon bands. On the other hand, the Fenix 7 base model is only available in silver. Garmin does offer more strap options, including leather and metal.
The Coros Vertix 2 wins in GPS accuracy, while the Garmin Fenix 7 has the advantage in mapping.
Navigation is arguably the heart of GPS adventure watches. The Coros Vertix 2, for instance, can access GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, and QZSS. On the standard Garmin Fenix 7, you can connect with GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo.
Coros adds dual-frequency to the Vertix 2, allowing the watch to connect with all five satellite systems simultaneously. The feature brings huge improvements in GPS plotting. This is useful in locations where GNSS signals are weak. In contrast, Garmin’s base Fenix 7 is only single-band. You’ll have to get the Fenix 7 Sapphire editions if you need dual-frequency.
Compared to the original Vertix, the Vertix 2 comes with landscape and topo maps preloaded. You also get offline mapping support and a hybrid map mode. On the other hand, Garmin’s Fenix 7 maps are not preloaded for your region. Instead, you’ll have to buy and download them from the Garmin website, which can take a while if you’re using the watch.
Nonetheless, Garmin’s maps offer more than you’ll ever use. The downloadable TopoActive maps are extensive and detailed. They’re also categorized based on activity like on the road or the trail, lending users advanced navigation.
With Coros, the choices are fewer. Landscape maps provide current information on road networks and natural features. Meanwhile, Topo maps detail geographic positions and elevations, along with the shape of land areas using contoured lines.
Fitness and Health Features
Garmin’s Fenix 7 tracks more fitness and health data than the Coros Vertix 2.
Coros’s Vertix 2 supports 29 activities spread across seven categories. These include basics like Run, Hike, Swim, Walk, and Strength. It also tracks activities like Hike and Mountain Climb, along with special modes such as Triathlon and Multisport. Like its predecessor, users can create training plans and access advanced performance metrics via EvoLab.
For workouts, the Vertix 2 offers activity alerts. This feature tracks cadence, distance, heart rate, nutrition, and pace. Health tools, on the other hand, are limited, but standards like sleep tracking, pulse oximeter, and ECG are present. The watch also has a built-in thermometer that can measure body temperature using a compatible accessory.
Meanwhile, the Garmin Fenix 7 boasts support for over 50 activities. Of note are the outdoor recreation profiles like Paddleboarding, Tennis, Surfing, and Bouldering. Users will also find several gym modes like HIIT, Pilates, and Yoga, along with dedicated Golf profiles. Plus, the training and planning features of the Fenix 7 are unmatched in customizability and performance metrics.
Daily activity tracking is also comprehensive. Aside from steps, distance, and calories, you also get inactivity alerts and auto goals. As for health features, Garmin’s Fenix 7 offers more tools than the Vertix 2. The watch helps you monitor breathing rate, heart rate, and — for women — menstrual cycles. While it lacks an ECG, you do get Garmin exclusive metrics along with safety and tracking features.
Smart Features and Battery Life
Garmin’s Fenix 7 has more smart features, while Coros’s Vertix 2 boasts a longer battery life.
While the Coros Vertix 2 is no alternative to the Apple Watch, you still get great smart features. For instance, call and text alerts are supported. Watch faces are customizable, too. The device also doubles as an Insta360 remote control. And with 32GB of onboard storage, you can download, store, and play audio files on the watch.
However, Garmin’s Fenix 7 has the edge if you need more lifestyle features. Aside from smart notifications, the watch can also send text responses to reject phone calls. There’s also room to store up to 2,000 songs locally. Plus, the Fenix 7 supports Garmin Pay for contactless payments.
Battery life is where the Vertix 2 reasserts Coros’s dominance. In daily, regular use, the watch can last up to 60 days on a single, two-hour charge. With dual-frequency on, the numbers dip to 50 hours. You can extend this to 90 hours via an All Systems On mode. And if you want to save on power, the Vertix 2’s UltraMax GPS Mode offers up to 240 hours of use.
In smartwatch mode, Garmin’s Fenix 7 has a battery life of 18 days. It can be extended to 57 days in battery saving mode. With GPS turned on, battery life also varies. Standard GPS only provides the Fenix 7 up to 57 hours of use. On Max Battery GPS mode, the watch’s battery life increases to 136 hours.
Get the Coros Vertix 2 if you want long-lasting battery life and multi-band satellite communications. Opt for the Garmin Fenix 7 if you need more smart and lifestyle features.
The Coros Vertix 2 is a durable GPS adventure watch for people who want long-lasting battery life and dual-band satellite communications. The latter, in particular, will benefit those who need accurate GPS plotting without spending extra on a Fenix 7 Sapphire edition. It tracks fewer activities than most Garmin watches, but most outdoor and indoor recreations are covered. And while its smart features are limited, you get staple health tools like Pulse Ox and ECG.
On the other hand, the Garmin Fenix 7 standard edition leans toward being a jack-of-all-trades GPS watch. It boasts over 50 activity profiles, extensive training features, and a solid suite of health monitoring tools. But being a base model, it cuts some corners. This is evident in navigation (single-band only) and mapping (maps are not pre-loaded). However, next to the Vertix 2, the Fenix 7 does offer more lifestyle features. Plus, battery life comes close to its rival.
The Coros Vertix 2 can operate in temperatures ranging from -22°F to 122°F.
Garmin’s Fenix 7 comes with 16GB of onboard memory.
The Vertix 2 comes with 26mm Quick Fit watch bands.
Users can download apps, watch faces, and widges for the Fenix 7 from the Garmin Connect IQ app.