Monday, 24 September, 2018

The New Polar Vantage V Fitness Tracker Measures Your Running Power

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Samantha Long | 15 September, 2018, 19:55

Along with all the standard metrics like distance, pace and heart rate, the Vantage V will also measure your running power, making it the first wrist device to do so.

A veteran of the sports training market, the company tried its hand at a modern Android Wear smartwatch a couple of years ago, returning closer to its roots with the Polar Vantage V and Vantage M Global Positioning System "multisport" watches today.

The Polar Vantage V incorporates the new Precision Prime heart rate technology that uses nine optical sensors in two colors and wavelengths to extract data from different layers of your skin. The watch's heart-rate sensing isn't made to be EKG-accurate, but it's created to work with multiple sports. Skin contact sensors are also used to help Polar achieve accurate, timely, and reliable heart rate measurements.

Successors to the Polar V800 and Polar M430, respectively, the company indicates that both will feature its new proprietary heart rate technology - Polar Precision Prime - which uses three methods to provide accurate heart rate.

New coaching features include Training Load Pro and Recovery Pro (in Vantage V only) to let athletes know when they're under-training, have a productive session, or are at risk for over-training/injury.

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Polar is taking pre-orders for the wristwear today, although you may need to brace your wallet for impact depending on what you're buying.

However, there are some differences to be aware of with the Vantage V (shown below) and Vantage M. Since the former is replacing the more advanced V800, this takes over as Polar's sports watch flagship. Training Load Pro and Recovery Pro are two tools to help you train with a free Polar Flow for Coach service for those working with coaches to follow and manage training plans. The two wearables also ship with an improved Polar Flow for Coach app that now offers seasonal training calendars and better performance.

The Vantage V will be available for $499.99 with black, white, and orange color options available.

The Vantage V will cost £439 and the Vantage M £249.

The Vantage M will be available in black, white, or red for $279.99.

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