Polar launches running 'game-changer' - Polar Vantage V

Donna Miller
September 14, 2018

Polar has announced the Vantage V and Vantage M, a pair of running watches that bring running power and advanced heart rate tracking to the wrist. That means you don't need a separate sensor, and the Vantage V is the first watch to offer this. Polar's newest training watches could be ones to look for, based on their promised battery life alone: the new Vantage V lasts a whopping 40 hours with Global Positioning System and heart rate on, Polar says.

Running Power is another advanced technology unique to the Vantage V, using Global Positioning System and barometer data to complement the gadget's heart rate monitor, helping you maintain a steady effort level during a long run.

Created to complement heart rate, it helps to measure external work rate, for example how much leg muscle work is required and thus strained.

A veteran of the sports training market, the company tried its hand at a modern Android Wear smartwatch a couple of years ago, returning closer to its roots with the Polar Vantage V and Vantage M Global Positioning System "multisport" watches today.

But, of course, not every user needs to dabble with high-end features, which is where the Vantage M (shown above) comes in.

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Polar is very focused on coaching and providing support to help you achieve your goals.

But the advanced tracking doesn't end there for the Vantage V. Training Load Pro, which bands together muscular load, perceived load and cardiovascular load into one, helps users understand what state their body is in to exercise, while Recovery Pro gives and indication of the balance needed between training and rest.

Smart coaching provided as part of the Polar experience includes running index, running programs for 5K to full marathons, Polar Sleep Plus, swim metrics, and more. The Vantage V is also available for $499.90£439, coming with black, white or orange straps. You can also add the Polar H10 heart rate strap for an additional $50 if you prefer this over wrist-based measurements.

Another highlight of the Vantage V is its "Precision Prime" heart rate monitor, which incorporates nine optical channels, a 3D accelerometer and four electrode sensors. The major differences in the V and M are that running power and Recover Pro are not provided on the Vantage M and the interface is controlled with buttons since there is no touchscreen available on the Vantage M.

Polar Vantage M and Vantage V pre-orders are underway now, with deliveries scheduled to begin sometime in November.

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