Product Reviews - October 19, 2018

Polar Vantage Initial Review

Polar have now released their greatest watch EVER! It has been the better part of five years since their last major release of a multisport watch (Polar V800). With significant updates to the line up the Polar Vantage features an amazing new display, 9 heart rate sensors built in and a much more modern software (user interface) experience.

The software from Polar includes all the necessary programs and activity modes to get you going. With over 130 activities on offer there is a sport mode for pretty much everyone. If you can’t find what you’re after you can add up to 20 custom sport profiles. Also included with the Polar Vantage V is running power metrics. Running power allows you to measure how much energy your muscles are using. This can be useful to help discover if your weeks of training are paying off. And this metric doesn’t require any external sensors, it’s all packed into the Polar Vantage V.

Compared to other GPS running watches on the market, the Polar Vantage series offers great battery life considering its size. The Polar vantage M provides up to 30 hours battery life in GPS mode, while the Polar vantage V delivers up to 40 hours of battery life in GPS mode. These test are performed with the GPS set to one second intervals, the most accurate setting.

Another new addition to the Polar Vantage series is the screen. Both Vantage M and Vantage V feature colour displays with 240 x 240 pixel resolution. The screens in the Polar Vantage are sharp and display colours beautifully. It is one of the best displays found in a GPS running watch.

One of the biggest new additions with the Polar Vantage is the amount of sensors used with the optical heart rate. A total of 9 LED sensors are used. There are different LEDs used to measure different layers of the skin. With more sensors, the optical heart rate is more accurate and reliable. The Polar Vantage also features magnetic skin contact sensors.

The Polar Vantage Series will start from $399 with expected high demand. If you would like to get your hands on one ASAP, please place an order now!

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