The Polar Vantage V HR is the world’s first watch that features a wrist-based Running Power metric and is aimed at professional athletes (and anybody else that trains like one).
The lack of smartwatch options undoubtedly results in longer battery time, so it can be considered good or bad, depending on your preference. The watch is innovative, durable, and with the functionalities that are expected to these days.
The Optical HR Sensor is why the Polar Vantage V has the ‘HR’ in its name – the new and advanced Optical HR sensor fusion technology called the Precision Prime eliminates the need for using the brand’s own H10 chest strap for heart rate monitoring. The watch itself is enough to give you a decent amount of precision in measuring your heart rate, compared to manual tracking as well as the Polar’s chest strap. The Vantage V HR utilizes a combination of 9 LEDs total – green and red, to increase the accuracy of the optical sensor, while the skin sensors improve the tracking accuracy during water sports.
Another advanced feature worth mentioning is the Training Load Pro, which offers feedback on how and in what ways an individuals training session has strained the body. This metric is measured by calculating the consumption of carbohydrates and proteins during an exercise, and it provides you with an option to monitor your progress long-term.
The Recovery Pro feature is especially useful for cardio lovers, because it measures your daily and long-term level of recovery, indicating if your body is recovered from the previous cardio session and ready for another one. Additionally, this feature offers training recommendations based on your short and long-term recovery balance. In essence, the Training Load Pro and Recovery Pro act as your personal coaches with constructive textual feedback and advice.
Lastly, the Swimming feature is aimed at helping athletes with analyzing and improving their swimming performance, pace, distance, and cardio load, basing this info on your swimming style, strike rate, pool length as well as the improved open water GPS.
As for the GPS, it’s proven to be accurate, despite some users having some minor issues with it. While the GPS can mistake the distance for a few meters, it’s nothing noteworthy, and most users have been more than satisfied with the GPS’s performance. One customer even stated that the GPS on the Vantage V HR was as good as on any Polar device and better than most Garmin ones.
● GPS, Smart Calories, Training Benefit, and Sleep tracking
● Comes with Running Power, Training Load Pro, Recovery Pro, and Swimming features
● Optical HR Sensor
● Accurate GPS, fairly accurate HRM
● Polar Flow, Strava, TrainingPeaks sync
● Bluetooth connectivity, no WiFi
● 1.2in or 30.5mm and 240x240 pixel resolution Gorilla Glass face
● 66g, 46mm x 46mm x 13mm
● Comfortable silicone strap
● 320 mAh lithium-polymer battery, 40h battery time