Polar Vantage V & M released with improved HR, running power

Polar Vantage released

After weeks of speculation and teasers, the Polar Vantage M and V have finally been revealed with some key headline features. The 2 watches Feature an improved heart rate monitor, advanced performance metrics and smart coaching. The Vantage V is aimed at serious athletes and the Vantage M is stripped back version with a lower price point.

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Polar Vantage V and M details, release and price.

  • What is it? Its the successor to the V800 and it will come in 2 variants the Vantage V and the Vantage M
  • When is it out? You can pre-order today from Polar and it will ship around October 2018
  • What will it cost? The Vantage V will cost £439.99/$499 and the Vantage M will cost £249/$279

Polar Vantage specs and features

Whilst the Vantage series is seen as a natural successor to the V800, the Vantage M and Vantage V appear to be fitness watches that have been totally built from the ground up with some new features.

Polar Vantage M and V features

Polar Vantage M Release

Vantage M will come in 2 different sizes. and will be available in black and white colours.

  • GPS with barometer
  • 30-hour battery life with GPS
  • Polar Precision Prime heart rate monitor
  • Water resistance 30m
  • Training load.
  • Gorilla glass for both models


Polar Vantage V Specs & detailsPolar Vantage V release

  • Water resistance 30m
  • Up to 40 hours of battery life with GPS and Optical HR sensor running, wow
  • Measure running power from the wrist
  • Polar Precision Prime optical HR monitor with both red and green LEDs (9*)+ 4 electrodes
  • Training Load & Recovery Pro
  • Gorilla Glass

Vantage V will come in 2 different sizes. and will be available in black and white colours with a special edition Orange version.

Polar Vantage key features

Polar Precision Prime

Vantage V and Vantage M come with improved heart rate accuracy with a new feature called Polar Precision Prime.

Precision Prime uses three different methods to improve heart rate tracking. This includes nine channels which use several colours, 3D acceleration and an electrical sensor that measures the quality of sensor-skin contact.

Running Power – Vantage V only

The more high spec Vantage V will benefit from a new metric called Running Power which is a first to have power built into the watch without a need for an external sensor.

The promise is that Running Power will help you tweak your pace allowing you to go strong without hitting the wall and using the same principles of training with power on a bike like on the Vector 3.

Polar Flow CoachPolar-Flow-Coach-Vantage

The Vantage M and Vantage V will come with free access to the Polar Flow for Coach online service. As its name implies, this is geared towards coaches to help them analyse their clients’ performance. The service has been around for a while now, but it’s been upgraded with seasonal training calendars and more.

Training Load and Recovery Pro

Polar is introducing a number of other Smart Coaching metrics to take your training to the next level. One of these is called Training Load which is similar to training status on the Fenix 5 series. This uses the date like muscular load, perceived load and cardiovascular load into a single number that lets you know how hard you are working out. The metric also measures the balance between strain and tolerance in the long-term to help you recognize your personal limits.

Vantage V also comes with something Polar calls Recovery Pro. This metric provides an understanding of the balance between training and recovery by measuring daily and long-term recovery, thus letting you know when its time to rest when to push hard.

In addition to the headline features the Polar Vantage M and Vantage V come with a few more bells and whistles.

Running Index: This is really just Vo2 max, but Polar has called it running index.

Polar Sleep Plus: Provides detailed sleep metrics including the time you went to sleep and woke, amount of sleep and quality of sleep.

Daily activity and continuous heart rate: The watch uses the heart rate sensor to provide you with accurate stats. about daily activity and you’re all day heart rate.

Running Program: Similar to Suunto and Garmin, Polar has included training program which offers tailored workouts and coaching for all distance, from 5k to marathon.

Swim Metrics: The Vantage V and Vantage M can track indoor and outdoor swimming sessions.

Training Profiles: Polar Vantage V and Polar Vantage M come with over 130 sports profiles to choose from, meaning you won’t run out of sports profiles

Screen: The Vantage series also features an always-on colour display with gorilla glass

Polar Vantage V pictures


Polar Vantage release date

You can preorder the Vantage M and Vantage V today with a shipping date around October time.

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Polar Vantage price

Based on a number of retailers the Polar Vantage M will retail for £249/$279 and the Vantage V will sell for £439.99/$499.

Polar Vantage V Price and Models

  • Polar Vantage V – Black – £439,95
  • Polar Vantage V – White £439,95
  • Polar Vantage V – Orange exclusive – £439,95

Polar Vantage M price and models

  • Polar Vantage M – Black M/L – £249
  • Polar Vantage M – Black S/M – £249
  • Polar Vantage M – White M/L –£249
  • Polar Vantage M – White S/M –£249

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  1. Little “lame” using and copying all the information from appelmoessite and gpsrumours.com without mentioning the usage of their info.
    Very simple, without their sites you would have no information so a very little credit would be fine.

    • If you read the full article Mr appelmoessite, I have fully credited you at the bottoms. We all get information from various sources and just like my Fenix 5 Plus information and included pictures I edited in photoshop appeared on your website (You know which ones, without any credit) SO don’t cry to me about the use of information.

      But if you was so in the know, you would not be saying the new Heart rate is coming with the Vantage M!

      • To be fair I didn’t see anything here from my site. I did send a takedown request to another site that literally took my pics and published them with no link back though! I think most sites like this understand the courtesy of providing a link to send traffic back to the source, especially when there are ads making money from that original content.

        • I always provide links back or credit and most do the same, however, I did have a few instances when I put together some Fenix 5 Plus pics appearing on other sites. We only have to wait for tomorrow now

      • Strange? i did a search on “apple” and couldn’t find a hit (still can’t find it). I’m just trying to avoid creating a circle of rumours based on each others site. I’m happy if other use the information on my site. (i never send a takedown or ask a person to remove a picture)
        As of the F5+ pictures, that should NEVER happen. If i use a picture i used from another site (like yours) and the owner didn’t ask me not to name the site (that happens) your name should ALWAYS appear somewhere in the post. If the pictures are from a manufactures site (direct of cache) they wouldn’t appear. To avoid this i took al look at my two F5+ posts but i can’t see which picture(s) it could be. First post only one picture was send by mail and the other (unique) collected an other way. Second post pictures where all from a Dutch shop site.
        If you see it again please leave a comment and your link will be added directly.
        As already said i only came to you site via a google search an i am only trying to avoid the circle of rumours.
        Keep up the good work !!

        • Sounds like we may have cross wires. However happy to work with you on stuff like this and share information.

          Keep up the good work also

  2. Thank you very much for the information! I have been waiting for the polar for ages. Almost even bought myself a fenix 5.. Cause my 4yo v800 got me bored.. And almost lost hope for hi end polar model..

    Do you think the v model will have some kind of maping built in like fenix 5x? And what excactly is the difference between the polar gorrila glass and garmin sapphire glass? Which is better? I asked today the polar dealrship about the bew vantage.. Their faces when i asked were very funny.. It’s probably hard to withold that information so close to the launch.. Lol

    • I can’t see them having mapping like the Fenix 5 Plus series. The key difference between gorilla and sapphire. Gorilla will scratch, but it will take some hammer. If you own an iphone or smartphone then its the same glass. Sapphire, however, is very tough and I have never had a single scratch

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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I cover Wearables, tech and smart home. My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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