The makers of some of the most accurate heart-rate monitors in the game announce two much-anticipated new releases: the Vantage V and Vantage M smartwatches.
Polar fans have been waiting a long time for this. The Finnish brand that has made a name for itself as one of the original heart-rate monitors has continually offered excellent sensors but has been slow to release new models recently. Finally, after a few years of medium updates, we get to see the Vantage V and Vantage M.
Eschewing the trademark rectangular style that the brand has been known for on the majority of their watches, both of Polar’s newest models look far more similar to other wristwear in the smartwatch world. Aesthetic updates aside, both watches boast super-long battery life while in heart-rate-plus-GPS training mode—30 hours claimed for the Vantage M, 40 hours claimed for the Vantage V. Polar also continues its legacy of industry-leading heart-rate accuracy with three sensors working with nine optical channels, a 3D accelerometer, and four skin-contact electrode sensors.
The Vantage V will also be the first smartwatch to offer wrist-based running power metrics—a huge boon for athletes looking to train with power on the run without the need for a footpod or additional device. Both watches will offer Polar’s Training Load Pro function that combines muscular load, perceived load, and cardiovascular load into one statistic to help the wearer know if he or she is training properly. The Vantage V will also feature Recovery Pro—a function that tracks long-term and short-term recovery to give further training direction.
Polar also says both watches will function with swimming (open-water and pool), biking, running, and multisport metrics as well as offer sleep tracking and a long list of other ubiquitous smartwatch features.
The Vantage V is available for pre-order now at $500, the Vantage M is also available now for pre-order at $280 at Polar.com/vantage. Deliveries for pre-orders will begin in November 2018. Check back to Triathlete.com soon for an extended review.