Polar Vantage V unveiled as sports watch successor to Polar V800

Joanna Estrada
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.

Professional athletes, as well as those training like pros, can get pretty much everything they need from the $549 and up Polar Vantage V, including something called Recovery Pro, which monitors the balance between training and recovery to recommend different types of workouts at different stages in a user's preparation towards achieving various goals. 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.

An interesting feature of the Vantage V is that it uses both buttons and a touchscreen interface for the best of both worlds.

It also doesn't have the Recovery Pro feature, and its battery lasts up to 30 hours of training time (including Global Positioning System and heart rate monitor use), while the Vantage V lasts up to 40 hours.

The Vantage V also provides running power, which is generally a measure provided for cyclists or those using a footpod such as Stryd.

The Polar Vantage M has numerous same features but lacks the ability to track running power.

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. Still offering the above features and Polar Precision Prime heart monitoring, the M430 replacer instead foregoes the wrist-based Running Power feature (though wearers can still sync up a compatible third-party power meter) and focuses on providing tracking for the same 130+ sports as the Vantage V and give insights through Training Load Pro, Recovery Pro and Polar Flow.

The Vantage V will be available for $499.99 with black, white, and orange color options available. You can also add the Polar H10 heart rate strap for an additional $50 if you prefer this over wrist-based measurements. There's also "Polar Flow Coach", which is designed to let coaches create training calendars.

It's probably not very wise to unveil a wearable device mere hours after the latest generation of the world's number one watch (no, not just smartwatch), but then again, Polar obviously has no intention to compete directly against Apple.

The Vantage M will be available in black, white, or red for $279.99.

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