I have a bit of spare time on my hand — for a RARE (bloody) treat. So, I am gainfully using it to see what is new on the smartwatch front.
I started by looking at Coros — which is trying hard to be a Garmin competitor.
I looked at their latest — the $599 Vertix.
I was struck fairly early on that its working temp. does not go below -20°C (-4°F). That is NOT good. In my youth I used to ski in -20°F up here in New Hampshire. -4°F is not uncommon in a normal February in New Hampshire. So, that had my antenna up.
They make a BIG DEAL about breadcrumb navigation. So, I looked into that. Then I discovered that breadcrumb trails have to be MANUALLY loaded in. Did more digging. NO MAPS.
No built-in topo maps? Ah?
I didn’t believe my eyes.
So, I joined the Facebook Coros group and asked. Yes, I was right.
No THANK YOU. I am not going to bother looking at Coros anymore. What a JOKE.
$599. Hilarious. What clowns.