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.
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
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 & details
- 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 Coach
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.
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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