Polar Polar Vantage M Review Polar Vantage Review Polar Vantage V Review PolarVantage Review Tech vantage

▷ The Polar Vantage Bible

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review

This Polar Vantage Evaluation seems intimately at each the Vantage M and Vantage V fashions. Each are full of numerous true sports-related capabilities and market-leading improvements.

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review

While the Vantage fashions do have sensible talents deliberate, their important focus will all the time be that of a multi-sport/operating watch. The Polar Vantage V is a alternative for the Polar V800 and thus competes with the Suunto 9 and Fenix 5/5 Plus/935 vary.

The Polar Vantage M is a decrease priced and absolutely featured operating/multi-sport watch which is an improve for Polar M400/M430 house owners but in addition the direct competitors to the Suunto Spartan Coach, Garmin’s 735XT and Coros Tempo,

Polar’s realise that they’ll by no means match Garmin on the entire variety of sensible, non-sport options provided. They aim the wants/options of the ‘pro’ market (aka Elite+Age Group athletes) by management in chosen areas of product competency. Particularly:

  • High quality hardware, good aesthetics;
  • An athlete-focussed platform (FLOW – app/net);
  • Deep integration with Operating Energy;
  • Superior coaching load & restoration;
  • The greatest wrist based mostly optical HR sensor (Precision Prime); and
  • Correct GPS/GNSS.

Polar Vantage V Assessment, Polar Vantage M Evaluate

I’ve been utilizing the Vantage since September 2018 and, due to prolonged sporting journeys, have over 100 hours of utilization with them. A lot of that hands-on time was with beta units which have been usually strong. This evaluate attracts on that have however is predicated on remaining manufacturing software program. Will probably be up to date all through 2018/19.

I had a few conferences with Polar in addition to and e mail exchanges and my opinions on this evaluation move from these conferences and from my time with the product(s).

For as soon as this can be a product that’s focused at ‘me’ the athlete, which I’m stupidly enthusiastic about. Wouldn’t it make ME change from a Garmin 935 or Suunto 9?

This can be a lengthy evaluate. There’s EVEN MORE element within the quite a few hyperlinks in most of the following chapters to different detailed Polar Vantage posts. Now’s your probability to skip ahead to the part(s) that curiosity you. In any other case, seize a latte and a biscuit, sit again, and benefit from the experience.

You get the watch and a bespoke USB charger. In addition to quite a few bits of paper you might also get the Polar H10 chest strap should you purchased that in a bundle with the Polar Vantage V.

Additionally included is a free iOS/Android app; an internet dashboard referred to as Polar FLOW; and desktop syncing software program referred to as Polar FLOWSYNC.

In a nutshell: these are two new Polar watches slightly than incremental updates to the V800/M430

  • Polar Precision Prime is a super-impressive wanting optical coronary heart fee providing that helps swimming. It accommodates improvements that embrace the power to compensate for the HR sign high quality, work throughout many sports activities varieties and enhance the accuracy by post-processing the HR recording. It’s made by Polar (not Valencell or anyone else)
  • Polar now give Vantage V house owners a operating energy determine which doesn’t want some other sensor. This leverages the Vantage V’s inner barometer.
  • Operating energy zones, and different running-with-power options, are supported by way of exterior pods by each Vantage fashions and by Polar’s personal energy calculations on the V.
  • Full-screen knowledge fields: There’s a new full-screen knowledge subject for energy, altitude, or HR.
  • There’s a new USB charging cradle.
  • There are prolonged coaching load metrics and insights for each Vantage fashions and additional RECOVERY insights for the Vantage V. The physiological algorithms are made by Polar (not Firstbeat)
  • The new tremendous low-powered GPS+GLONASS chip is made by Sony (in all probability CXD5603GF just like the Suunto 9 and Coros Apex) and allows a superior battery life with out needing a big battery.
  • There’s new COACH performance which supplies season planning for athletes and coaches. This additional integrates with Polar’s present talents to create a number of complicated exercise varieties.
  • Navigation performance is lacking as of 26Oct2018 however is on the official roadmap for Q1.2019 and route steerage is already listed formally as a product function on Polar.com.

Take Out: There’s some previous stuff lacking that was on the V800 however there’s loads of new stuff. There are a number of gaps round navigation and some peripheral gaps elsewhere like not with the ability to use energy zones for complicated structured exercises.

In a nutshell: the Vantage M differs from the Vantage V as a result of it has: a shorter battery life; no onboard operating energy meter; and fewer of the peripheral stuff which may rely as ‘minor feature’ to some (and a ‘key pro feature’ to others).

Let’s take a look at that in additional element:

  • 40-hour battery life for the Polar Vantage V and 30 hours for the Polar Vantage M – every clearly has greater than sufficient juice for an Ironman. Maybe sufficient for many extremely runners? And sure that’s full GPS and per second recording with oHR.
  • The Vantage V has a barometer which is used as an enter into the onboard operating energy meter
  • The Vantage V has a touchscreen. Nevertheless, buttons can carry out nearly each motion besides scrolling via the high-level watch-face screens. The touchscreen is disabled when executing a exercise.
  • Operating Energy – STRYD/RunScribe compatibility is sustained IN BOTH VANTAGE MODELS. BUT, to save lots of you shopping for a type of third social gathering models the Vantage V has a built-in energy meter…extra information right here

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review

  • Solely the Vantage V has Restoration Professional which seems at day by day restoration in addition to properly as your stability between coaching stress and the restoration from it. (Polar H10 required for Orthostatic check inputs). Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M ReviewPolar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M ReviewM & V each have Coaching Load Professional which encompasses the load out of your exercises based mostly on HR (Cardio load utilizing TRIMP); the sports-specific bodily masses positioned in your muscle mass throughout exercises (Muscle Load – measured by energy in operating and biking); and your Perceived Load (like RPE).
    • Coaching Load LEVELS are additionally produced and it appears like these are utilized in an adaptive means – nonetheless based mostly on TRIMP but in addition in your current exercise performances.
    • A number of the new metrics launched are comparable with these from Firstbeat eg Cardio Load Standing. Nevertheless, different insights like Damage Danger are revolutionary and typically helpful.
  • The Vantage M has simply 22mm interchangeable straps.

These are a number of the on-watch screens that you will notice outdoors of a exercise. So right here we see a few of the higher-level coaching standing screens, the orthostatic check outcomes and exercise standing screens. Additionally proven are a number of the screens you see earlier than and after a exercise.


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Take Out: It’s all good sufficient and I don’t assume notably higher or worse than discovered on different merchandise.

Earlier than taking a look at a number of the pages you may see while exercising let’s take a fast step again to FLOW the place you configure your exercise screens for these all-important exercises.

It’s an virtually de-facto normal throughout many spherical watches that you would be able to comfortably have as much as four knowledge fields per display – Polar does this too. Polar additionally lets you might have 10 (ten) screens per sport, which is greater than sufficient.  Maybe extra apparently there’s a new sort of ‘GRAPH’ full-screen knowledge subject.

In The Triathlon Sport Profile


Exercise Screens

Listed here are pictures of these screens from FLOW proven on the Vantage.

The full-screen GRAPH is accessible to point out; energy, elevation and HR. Whereas the Zone Pointer is just out there for HR.  You may also show the clock face throughout a exercise and there’s an intriguing ‘Interval Timer’ choice (not proven, not but working 26Oct2018 – to be added in function launch 2).

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Take Out: It’s all fairly and readable with LOTS of knowledge choices to show on a lot of screens.

In a nutshell: Polar FLOW is arguably, and with caveats, the most effective platform for athletes by any sports activities watch producer.

The FLOW app and on-line FLOW dashboard are good. FLOW doesn’t look fairly as slick, trendy and fancy as Garmin Join however FLOW might be better-geared in the direction of your system admin and post-exercise stats than Garmin Join.  FLOW merely has LESS gumph and muddle to cope with. Each are good however, as an ‘athlete’, I’ve a slight private choice to FLOW. On the similar time if you wish to do DEEP analyses of your exercises then neither Garmin Join nor Polar FLOW has what you want and you’ll take your knowledge elsewhere.

That is NOT a evaluation of Polar FLOW however Polar FLOW *IS* an necessary a part of what you’re shopping for in to. So I’ll spotlight some key factors for these of you considering of switching to Polar, particularly as a result of there look like commonly-held views that Polar lack sure varieties of exercise performance.

Polar FLOW App

Let’s begin with some chosen pictures from FLOW for Android; iOS is very comparable.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

These few slides shortly offer you reassurance that Polar FLOW has actual substance.

Polar FLOW On-line

There IS extra performance out there on-line than on the app, together with season planning, exercise creation and exercise scheduling.

Polar FLOW’s dashboard appears fairly easy at first look however, as you’ll be able to see from the pictures under, there’s a WEALTH of data and private understanding available whenever you discover deeper.

Present Polar customers MAY not see these screens till a Vantage is linked to their account.


This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Take Out: I’ll hold it easy. FLOW is a complete platform for athletes. I might undoubtedly advocate the FLOW platform.

I’ll cowl a few of the inner technical elements and exterior sensors that  the Vantages can hyperlink to. Exactly how a few of these perform could also be essential for a way YOU exercise.

Polar Vantage M Review RunScribe PlusPolar Vantage M Review RunScribe Plus

‘0’ is the facility knowledge area

third Social gathering Sensors, Polar Sensors

Both Vantage mannequin helps Bluetooth SMART sensors and the next are ALL equally supported by BOTH Vantage fashions: dual-sided bike energy meter (eg ASSIOMA); dual-sided operating energy meter (ie RunScribe); coronary heart price screens; cadence sensors; velocity+distance+incline sensor; and footpods.

  • Polar will now NEVER help ANT+. Let’s transfer on. Most of you’ll have dual-band sensors in any case. I do.
  • By default, GNSS (GPS+GLONASS) is the supply of tempo and distance. An lively and paired footpod makes no distinction until GPS is turned off within the sports activities profile. THIS IS NOT HOW IT SHOULD WORK IMO.
  • A footpod will NOT be the supply of PACE/SPEED for the Vantage V energy calculation.
  • STRYD/Runscribe are all the time the supply of energy and in addition work on treadmills.
  • An influence meter calibration icon seems on the sports activities profile earlier than you begin the exercise. It’s a neat place to simply allow PM calibration with out having annoying/helpful calibration prompts popping up.
  • The H10 chest strap does cache exercise HR knowledge capabilities (solely by way of BEAT app for now although). At present, the Vantage has no strategy to retrieve such knowledge.
  • A number of third get together sensors of the identical sort could be saved in a ‘sensor pool’. I didn’t see what occurs if two of the identical sort are current and lively.
  • Twin-sided sensors just like the ASSIOMA bike energy meter can typically be paired as two separate sensors fairly than by way of a single ‘master’. Pair to a single Unified BLE channel, if out there.
  • Any Bluetooth SMART chest strap ought to pair. IIRC from the V800, Polar treats RR knowledge specifically and solely accepts it from a Polar HRM ie the H7 or H10. RR/HRV knowledge is certainly utilized by the Vantage within the Orthostatic exams. I might be stunned if RR beats aren’t recorded throughout exercises and sync’d by means of FLOW – though when subsequently exporting type FLOW there isn’t any assure that HRV knowledge might be despatched (not examined).
  • While the Vantage fashions have firmware up to date by way of FLOWSYNC or the FLOW app, Polar BLE sensors just like the H10 want firmware updating by way of the Polar BEAT app. The BEAT app can even allow choices for Polar sensors like, for instance, enabling the H10 to concurrently ACTIVELY PAIR to 2 receiving units or enabling the H10 to cache exercise knowledge for the FLOW app.

Official Compatibility with third Social gathering Sensors is right here: hyperlink to Polar.com

Polar Vantage M Review RunScribe PlusPolar Vantage M Review RunScribe PlusBattery Points

Battery life is excellent at 30 hours of GPS recording time with oHR and per second operating for the Vantage M. It’s 40 hours for the Vantage V. That’s sufficient for the overwhelming majority of athletes.

The battery life can be prolonged through the use of a chest strap. It will be additional prolonged in case you turned off GNSS/GPS in FLOW in your sports activities profile. There isn’t any lowered GPS/GNSS replace frequency choice. Keep in mind that the GNSS chip IS usually an enormous energy shopper however the brand new SONY GPS chip is frugal with its battery necessities. So I’m unsure if there are materials positive factors in battery life to be achieved by turning it off. Perhaps an additional hour or so is perhaps a great guess.

Barometer, Altimeter

Each Vantage fashions have an altimeter and may give you altitude/elevation.  Nevertheless, the Vantage M derives that from 3D GPS+GLONASS positioning whereas the Vantage V additionally makes use of a barometer.

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review


The new Sony Chip is all the time GPS+GLONASS. GPS could be turned off both within the sport (by way of FLOW) or by selecting an indoor sports activities profile. This can enhance battery life.

Predictive A-GPS is utilized by the Vantage to get an preliminary repair – that is NOT uncommon. Nevertheless, the Vantage does appear somewhat sluggish to me, typically taking greater than a minute to get a lock (underneath investigation Nov2018).

Technical Specs

Full, comparative, Polar Vantage technical specs and additional commentary are given on this hyperlink, handily in comparison with the V800 and M430 in case you have been considering of upgrading.

Polar Vantage M Vantage V, V800 M430 Specs Comparability


I’ll cowl the primary triathlon sub-sports plus weights, looking at a number of the practicalities and niceties of utilizing the Vantage in every sport. ‘Special Features’ of the Vantage are coated in subsequent sections

Run Utilization

Both Vantage is very appropriate as a runner’s watch. Until you’re coaching 5/6 days/week or need an inbuilt energy meter, then the Vantage M shall be completely high-quality. Certainly the lighter weight and lower cost of the Vantage M might be a clincher for a lot of.

Vibrations and audible alert ranges are adequate for the aim when operating. Vibration suggestions can moreover be disabled. The Vantage V additionally permits sound to be disabled or 1 of three quantity settings chosen. The M doesn’t have sounds  though the vibration is faintly audible. Listed here are another operating options that can be key to a few of you and unimportant to others:

  • There’s a ‘tap the watch’ function which triggers a guide lap on the Vantage V’s touchscreen. That’s a lot simpler than urgent a button. It typically wants extra of a whack.
  • Autopause might be disabled or set to a tempo of your selection for it to kick in.
  • Predefined or freeform Zones might be set for HR, velocity/tempo and energy.
  • Zone Lock is just not out there on the Vantage till Spring 2019 (you’d usually press and maintain the START button to activate HR/tempo Zone Lock on the V800).
  • Coaching reminder – for instance on a marathon you possibly can set a reminder to inform you to drink or eat at sure occasions/distances with out triggering a LAP occasion. This isn’t (but) supported on Vantage.

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M ReviewOperating on a treadmill with POWER from the Vantage V’s algorithm shall be problematic because the algorithm at present requires GPS. ie the Vantage V at present gained’t produce Energy on a treadmill even when you’ve got a traditional footpod. Nevertheless, STRYD or RunScribe will work with both Vantage on a treadmill to supply energy, velocity and distance. Polar ought to permit non-power footpods to be an enter to their very own energy calculation, even when solely to make it extra correct!

Laps and auto-laps work nicely. Polar treats phases of coaching/guide laps and auto laps in a different way and may document two layers of ‘laps/phases’ – that’s totally different/higher to how Garmin works. Circulate additional permits custom lap distances to be seen on FLOW.

All knowledge metrics that I incessantly use can be found. Some seem lacking like LAST LAP.

When operating outdoor with GPS, the moment tempo that’s proven is considerably variable to the purpose the place it will probably’t be relied on (widespread throughout many manufacturers), though after you have progressed via a lap/autolap then the lap/autolap tempo turns into correct.

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review

Bike Utilization

When biking, a watch is greatest worn both on the handlebars or on the underside of your wrist. In both of these situations the oHR won’t work (properly or under no circumstances) and the GPS antennae shall be dealing with the flawed’ method. Certainly a watch is NOT nice to take a look at when the textual content is comparatively small and if you find yourself going at some velocity. Thus a bigger, handlebar mounted biking gadget is all the time a greater choice for frequent cyclists.

Nevertheless, for infrequent or non-competitive use, a wristwatch is completely nice.

The similar varieties of sports activities performance can be found as with operating.

We’ll see later that oHR accuracy is decreased when biking on bumpier roads however good for turbo coach modes.

While ‘Route Guidance’ is just not initially obtainable I might think about that, when out there and while biking, it is going to be tough to make use of due to the small display and a scarcity of turn-by-turn directions.

Most knowledge metrics that I might use can be found, the necessary ones can be found.

Swim Utilization

OWS swim utilization seems completely nice with the Vantage (not but examined). We’ll take a look at OWS GNSS accuracy later.

Pool Swimming performance can also be good. We’ll take a look at POOL oHR accuracy later.

The Vantage lacks a number of the extra peripheral swimming performance when in comparison with Garmin’s pool swimming providing. The capacity to deal with drill lengths (I don’t use that) and the power to deal with presenting knowledge in relaxation durations between units (I do use that) aren’t offered on the Vantage. Stroke price, SWOLF, stroke sort and the like are proven on FLOW – should you can;t see that knowledge attempt the POOL SWIM sports activities profile subsequent time 😉

Polar’s lack of relaxation interval stats actually will make about zero distinction to me utilizing the Vantage much more in 2019. So it has all I want for swimming. One additional bonus over the Suunto is that the Vantage is much less chunky and fewer likley to catch a wetsuit.

M430, Vantage M, Garmin 235

Fitness center / Weights Utilization

The flexibility of the WEIGHT/GYM sports activities profiles is considerably restricted. There are higher apps and watches if the fitness center is your factor that you simply take significantly…I don’t. Such apps can rely reps and guess on the train you’re performing.

I used the STRENGTH TRAINING profile a couple of occasions and nothing was recorded aside from HR and therefore cardio load was additionally recorded which, by definition, can be low. No muscle load figures have been recorded in FLOW..

Coros Tempo,, Vantage M, Suunto Spartan Coach, Garmin 735XT (235 Proven)

Triathlon / Duathlon / Brick Utilization

Plenty of non-serious, non-data-driven triathletes will discover both Vantage watch completely advantageous for triathlon.

For a choose few, nevertheless, some necessary however area of interest performance is lacking right here.

IMHO, Polar want so as to add further sports activities profiles that help prolonged coaching bricks and fewer traditional multisport occasions like Otillo, Pool Triathlon, swim/aqua-bike and aquathlon. Pool triathlons are widespread, all triathletes do brick periods and superior multisport athletes do Otillo. Even AquaBike is now an ITU Age Group occasion.

Having stated that, the Vantage has a generic ‘MultiSport’ profile and that EASILY permits consecutive sports activities to be manually chosen. That’s OK for coaching however not when racing.

NB: A knowledge-driven, age-group triathlete can be extra more likely to ALSO use a biking particular pc for the bike leg. The triathlon watch then turns into relegated to merely a exercise logger while biking (that’s completely OK, I do this). Polar H10 particularly helps this utilization. I should check if a Vantage paired to a H10 data oHR within the OWS swim leg of a race.

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M ReviewPolar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M ReviewDifferent Utilization

Utilizing ZWIFT concurrently logging the identical session on any Bluetooth watch shall be problematic as POWER METER sensors won’t transmit BLE for the Vantage and BLE for ZWIFT. In case your sensors additionally transmit ANT+ then you’ll be able to seize that for Zwift by way of a BLE dongle, while the Vantage takes the only BLE sign for itself. Polar’s H10 will, most certainly, help HR for each Vantage & Zwift – not examined.

The Polar Vantage has a number of ‘special’ options. To me a variety of these are WOWs. However I absolutely recognize a few of you’ll be extra within the ‘meh’ camp. Every to their very own.

Polar’s implementation of Operating Energy is superior in lots of respects (besides that elements of it proven on FLOW will not be working at launch on the Vantage!). For me, RUNNING POWER is likely one of the causes I’m planning to make use of the Vantage critically in 2019.

In a nutshell: Each Vantage fashions help exterior operating energy meters. The Vantage V additionally calculates energy on the wrist in the event you favor that choice. Operating energy is dealt with natively with separate operating zones and operating energy alerts (by way of Zone Lock in 2019).

Polar has completed the unthinkable right here. They’ve launched two Vantage fashions and but BOTH help energy. It’s uncommon that the ‘lower’ mannequin would additionally get energy help. So this deserves a particular thumbs up for Polar.

This may backfire on Polar (albeit in a pleasant method) in that I might plan to proceed my use of STRYD however with the cheaper, LIGHTER Polar Vantage M. The Vantage M does all the things I want it to and would simply final for an Ironman distance race. Thus, cleverly, Polar supply a decrease value watch-upgrade to present customers of RunScribe Plus and STRYD who need probably higher, native energy integration.

On the similar time in case you don’t have already got a operating energy meter then you might go for the top-end Vantage V mannequin. That makes use of an algorithm and inputs from its inbuilt barometer to provide you with Polar’s model of energy.

Native help for operating energy just isn’t presently provided by Garmin eg Garmin doesn’t have energy zones for operating.

Operating energy ‘just works’ on the Vantage V, there isn’t a want so as to add apps or additional knowledge fields in an effort to hyperlink to sensors. Operating energy knowledge fields are already constructed into FLOW/VANTAGE and are simply chosen.

Polar has separated out operating energy zones from biking energy zones, which was beforehand a problem ie the two units of zones are separate and dealing each on FLOW and the watch.

Polar’s energy zones for operating are both custom-defined or based mostly on MAP, which is corresponding to FTP and FTP is used for biking energy zones.

Energy alerts will come when Polar implement the Zone Lock settings (2019) – the Zone Lock choice initially appeared in FLOW however is just not presently enabled on VANTAGE.

Operating Energy : Polar Vantage M, Polar Vantage V

Take Out: As soon as Zone lock is enabled VANTAGE/FLOW shall be a superb platform for operating with energy. In all probability the most effective one. In the long run Stream would additional profit from CP-related analyses and operating energy coaching packages – in actuality, these two areas can be low on the present precedence record of latest performance.

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review

If seems have been something to go by then the Precision Prime array on the rear of the Vantage would clearly be the most effective on the planet.

The headline design parts are 5 GREEN mild LEDs and four RED mild LEDs making a complete of 9 LEDs and it appears like there are four or 5 sensors that obtain the sunshine again. Nicely-spaced, multi-coloured LEDs ought to give the potential for an correct sensor (see accuracy part later). This is identical sensor on every of the Vantage fashions.

Nevertheless, Polar has taken oHR tech a number of steps additional:

  • The four metallic sensors on the rear are how the system is charged however additionally they double-up as sensors to find out pores and skin contact. I’ve quite a few non-Polar units that fireplace away endlessly with the optical HR unit once I’m not sporting it. Polar flip it off inside a number of seconds of the gadget being eliminated out of your wrist. This each saves battery and in addition minimises the danger of the Vantage looking for a HR sign within the ether (they typically do)
  • The high quality of contact and different elements are utilized by Polar to find out the standard of the oHR studying they’ve made and exhibited to you. Publish-processing of the HR by the Vantage will then additionally enhance the HR monitor for once you get again house to load it as much as your favorite evaluation platform.
  • The Vantage delivers 24×7 HR by way of Precision Prime, this may be disabled.

Polar has now joined Suunto (NOT Garmin) by enabling optical HR while swimming. The outcomes are usually not good and the system must be worn particularly tightly. Nevertheless, Polar are assured that oHR from swimming can nonetheless make a significant enter right into a triathlete’s general coaching load (I agree).

For the Orthostatic check to work on the Vantage V (not M) you’ll need a Polar H7 or Polar H10 chest strap. Nothing else will work. With out that, Polar’s Restoration Professional won’t work absolutely.

The V800 might present reside HR while swimming by way of the 5KHz sign from a chest strap however notice that the 5KHz sign can by no means work with the Vantage. As an alternative, you employ oHR or cache a separate HR monitor by way of the Polar OH1.

A few of these themes are expanded upon in additional element by way of this linked submit.

Polar Vantage M & V – Precision Prime oHR – A Detailed Look and different new HR tidbits

Take Out: The idea of Precision Prime is sensible and, dare I say, virtually breath-taking in some points of its novelty. I used to be tremendous impressed by the idea. All it has to do now’s ship the outcomes.

I’ve been utilizing near-identical ideas to elements of Coaching Load/Restoration Professional for a number of years and the next is predicated on: my historic information of comparable ideas; my time with the Vantage; AND info from Polar. Right here goes…

Amongst different issues, Coaching Load and Restoration Professional boil right down to answering “How exhausting can I practice immediately?“

On the one hand Coaching Load supplies a holistic view of the coaching stresses to your physique and, however, Restoration Professional is making a view on how nicely you might have recovered from these stresses. These two are then introduced collectively and you’re given actionable, personalised suggestions.

By taking a look at tendencies of the underlying knowledge you’ll be able to guarantee that you’re regularly and progressively stressing your physique AND additionally figuring out danger elements in your coaching the place the state of your physique may make it extra vulnerable to damage/sickness.

Polar provides you with suggestions to all of this in ‘Plain English’ in your watch/app in addition to giving the inquisitive amongst you the power to delve deeper into the small print on Polar FLOW.

If you wish to delve deeper then you definitely may need to perceive all the data within the following part. If not, skip the remainder of this part NOW and do what the watch tells you to 😉

Let’s begin with some phrases…

Polar’s Complete Coaching Load is three algorithms that are based mostly on cardio load, muscle load and perceived load

The inputs come from: coronary heart fee knowledge from exercises; energy knowledge from energy meters; and subjective suggestions on the watch by you after exercises.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


The Restoration Professional algorithm provides suggestions in your load and in your recovered state. It’s based mostly on waking HRV (Orthostatic) checks and subjective suggestions in your sleep high quality, muscle soreness and general fatigue.

The coronary heart fee knowledge from exercises and coronary heart fee (HRV) knowledge from Orthostatic checks are the elemental conditions for Coaching Load and Restoration Professional respectively. All the opposite elements refine Polar’s algorithms fairly than being important for them to work.

Coaching Load – V & M

Your Complete Coaching Load is predicated on Muscle Load, Cardio Load and Perceived Load. Every of those three elements are rated on a scale of 1 to five.


Additionally manually enter for perceived load

Let’s look in additional element on the constituent elements of coaching load.

Muscle Load


Muscle load is measured within the sense that it’s derived from ‘power’ knowledge that you simply may need out there from operating and biking.

It is going to be proven in numerous locations AFTER your exercises corresponding to in a exercise abstract on the watch or on the exercise abstract in Stream.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Muscle load may ALSO seem in FLOW when it may be based mostly on biomechanical formulae, probably after weights periods. Though I’ve not seen that behaviour after the weights periods I carried out.

My understanding is that it isn’t absolutely the energy degree that’s necessary however slightly relative ranges over time – thus it doesn’t matter which POWER supply you’ve got ….so long as you all the time have the identical supply.

Perceived Load

Perceived Load is optionally estimated by you and entered manually on FLOW. I assume the next calculations are based mostly on RPE-TRIMP.

From my information of ‘normal’ TRIMP: regular TRIMP falls over considerably when taking a look at staff sports activities and weights. I consider RPE TRIMP is utilized by Polar to fill the hole left by regular TRIMP as clearly such sports activities DO place a load on the physique despite the fact that your HR could also be low. Firstbeat do one thing comparable for workforce sports activities.

Polar cite McGuigan (2004), Lagally (2002), Soligard (2016)

Cardio Load


Cardio Load is an important LOAD of the three. Fortunately for endurance athletes it’s simply measured, well-understood and there are extensively used implementations of this based mostly on TRIMP. I’ve used TRIMP for a few years.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

You will notice Cardio Load because the purple dots on exercise summaries and in your Vantage (proven above) and on the high-level calendar view in FLOW.

It’s value wanting into CARDIO LOAD & TRIMP slightly extra as it’s utilized by Polar for a couple of various things.

Cardio Load is the measured type of TRIMP based mostly on a weighted common of time in coronary heart fee zones – eg three minutes in zone 5 is value much more TRIMP factors than from three minutes in zone 2. Polar advised me that their algorithm additionally seems to be at Cardio Load in relative phrases to your exercises within the final 90 days.

This chart on FLOW has a vertical RED BAR representing TRIMP factors based mostly on my coronary heart charges for every exercise. Polar use HR assessed by way of HRmax, HRrest and age – so they’re essential to be right. Cardio Load is NOT based mostly in your freeform HR zones (which I feel is improper, however there we go).

Then my pressure/fatigue is the purple line (7-day m.avg TRIMP) and my tolerance/health because the blue line (28-day m.avg TRIMP). Usually you need the blue line to development upwards. When the blue line is larger than the purple line there’s a superb probability of higher performances; certainly within the interval (26Sep-4Oct), above, I did three power-duration PBs. That is (successfully) the identical as CTL/ATL/TSB which is extensively used elsewhere.

Comparable Cardio Load info is obtainable on the FLOW app.

Full Coaching Load

Nevertheless, as we’ve already stated, Cardio Load just isn’t the complete image of your Coaching Load

Under we see the outcomes of the complete load calculation.  This cardio load standing curve is just like the cardio load buildup from above.

Cardio Load Standing

This can be a easy calculation of pressure/tolerance (or fatigue/health). Polar current this info in your watch color coded based mostly on the next scale.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.



I used to be lately VERY NAUGHTY and virtually managed to interrupt the Cardio Load Standing dial…virtually. However not fairly. And sure you do win a prize for those who share a picture under displaying over 1.7 AND you not being injured 😉

You scroll down on the watch to a plain English description of what your present standing means and what to do about it.

Cardio Load Standing – Damage Danger

A element of the Cardio Load Standing is your damage danger standing. It’s the identical calculation as for Cardio Load Standing, it’s simply that when the Cardio Load Standing outcome exceeds 1.5 you’re within the ‘Injury Risk Danger Zone’ (Gabbett, 2016).

This simply means that you’re given an extra, modified warning in your elevated probability of damage. From my private expertise with the TRIMP-based metrics, I’d say that it will be clever to be aware of such a warning.

Restoration Professional – V Solely

Click on

Restoration Professional is simply obtainable on the Vantage V.

The key items of actionable information you get are your day by day perception to your restoration standing which features a short-term and long-term element in plain English. See the picture to the correct with short-term restoration on the prime and longterm restoration beneath. Additional under that is a sign of the accuracy of the info underlying the suggestions.

There are three inputs to Restoration Professional. Firstly there’s the quantitative knowledge from the Orthostatic check, secondly there are the qualitative responses that your give to MOOD questions every morning and thirdly the longterm cardio load standing. These are all factored in when calculating complete restoration.

The key enter into complete restoration is a fast 2 minute check, three (or extra) mornings every week. You MUST use solely a Polar H10 coronary heart price strap (or Polar H7, nothing else). The Orthostatic check requires you to lie down for 90 seconds after which rise up for 90 seconds. Straightforward. You’ll be able to even set a reminder schedule on the Vantage. Tremendous Straightforward.

The different inputs to complete restoration are your responses to questions like “How well did you sleep last night?” and “Do your muscles feel more strained than normal?”

Restoration and coaching load historical past are mixed on the system the place suggestions is given however there are additionally some extra fascinating insights obtainable on FLOW, akin to these:


This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Orthostatic Check


The Orthostatic Check makes use of HRV/RMSSD/RR knowledge and IMO does an excellent job of flagging up ‘stress’. This may be stress from overloading due to an excessive amount of coaching or ‘life stress’. The two can’t be distinguished however, both means, you’ll want to tackle the reason for hostile readings as both impacts your restoration out of your exercises.

The check outcomes are proven in your watch, as under, and schematically on the picture to the suitable.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

On FLOW you’ll get these outcomes trending over time, like this:



I’ve a nagging doubt that the RMSSD knowledge might have been higher introduced in FLOW. Nevertheless it DOES do the job.

Restoration Professional Icons

Polar have realised the complexity of a few of this info and have improved a few of the suggestions with, for instance, visitors lighting in your watch within the every day suggestions display.

After three or four exams and temper inputs you need to begin to get extra correct suggestions however over eight checks in 28 days are required for full accuracy. Certainly one of these colored icons (to proper) will seem in your watch’s principal display with a plain English rationalization.

If you actually need extra knowledge factors then an asterisk will seem on the icon, as proven under

Take Out: There seems to be some actually superior stuff right here however don’t get too slowed down by the small print. The awesomeness of it’s considerably let down by the interface to the outcomes. However you get the cling of all of it quickly sufficient.

There are numerous gems hidden away on Polar’s in depth FLOW platform, these embrace: the season planner (new); complicated WORKOUT creation; and adaptive TRAINING PLANS (operating).

Coaching Plans – Operating

Polar’s present adaptive coaching packages for 5k to 42okay are sync’d by means of to the Vantage. I didn’t check these to completion with the Vantage however they appear to work. The ‘race time’ goal for the top of the plan appears believable.


Instance of a phased interval exercise as a part of Polar’s HM plan for me

Clear omissions are POWER based mostly operating plans and biking plans

Coaching Plans – Scheduling with the Season Planner

For these of us who comply with our personal plans or who need a coach to do it for us, the season planner can be a neat and useful gizmo.

Picture Supply: polar.com

I’ve solely had a fast play with the season planner for an hour and it’s a highly effective device and straightforward to make use of.

On the overview degree, it’s a spreadsheet-like software to stability and construction the varied features/themes of your coaching over the yr. Within the above instance, this may be the place you propose your straightforward weeks, arduous weeks, base coaching and so forth.

Coaching Plans – Scheduling Favorite Exercises

You or your coach will then go on to construct the construction of every week and assign particular exercises to particular day/occasions. In the event you or your coach have already got a library of such exercises (as favourites) then it’s a easy case of drag, drop and sync these pre-existing exercises to your Vantage.


Coaching Plans – Creating Exercises

Click on for goal varieties

Polar name the varieties of particular person exercise they help: Race Tempo; Phased; Interval; Calorie; Distance ; and Period.

A few of these are DEFINITELY what others name ‘complex structured workouts’.

Creating Exercises – Particular Case: Complicated Structured intervals

These are intervals exercises the place particular phases (teams of intervals) may also be repeated. Alerts are given on the watch on the finish of phase-periods/intervals and in addition if you end up not within the right zone however keep in mind than the Vantage M has no audible alerts, so that you solely get the vibrate alert from the M – it really works properly sufficient.

These exercises will go well with many athletes however the exercises don’t help POWER.

I’ve not examined this performance by means of to following exercises by way of to completion on the Vantage. ‘Test’ exercises DO sync to the Vantage and could be began. They seem to then comply with the time durations used within the creation of the custom exercise.

Creating Exercises – Particular Case: Race Tempo

One of many extra helpful ‘pro’ exercise options is ‘Race Pace’. I’ve not examined this in anger however this exercise was sync’d to the Vantage and might be began.

Take Out: there’s some nice stuff right here for coaches and the extra organised amongst us who’re self-coached athletes. With just a few minor exceptions this seems to be like a really highly effective set of instruments for the planning and execution of (complicated) exercises.

Polar have made an enormous play about eager to be the perfect sports activities gadget for oHR and GPS accuracy. I’ve undertaken loads of testing with each Vantage units and the detailed take a look at many respects of accuracy is linked to under. I’ll first simply summarise the variations

  • Elevation Accuracy – Good
  • OHR Accuracy – Nearly as good as Garmin/Suunto’s present tech and hopefully with additional enhancements to return from PRECISION PRIME. Swimming HR is included and is OK. The ordinary suspects have an effect on oHR accuracy particularly bumpy roads and free weights. I discovered sporting it tight and holding my forearms heat improved accuracy.
  • GPS Accuracy – Not good on the Vantage V. Wants work.
  • GPS Accuracy – Acceptably good on the Vantage M and on par with Garmin 935. Hoping for much more!

Polar Vantage M Accuracy | Polar Vantage Accuracy


Your watch syncs to iOS and Android simply sufficient and the charging cradle/disk additionally allows the PC-based FLOWSYNC to sync by way of a pc.

Totally different flavours of Android will possible have their very own connectivity nuances.

Polar Vantage Review - Polar FlowPolar Vantage Review - Polar Flow

Hyperlinks to exterior providers

Polar now has greater than sufficient methods of getting your knowledge out of FLOW and on to some place else, most COMMONLY to STRAVA. FLOW would profit from a DROPBOX hyperlink for these of us who work with different software program similar to Golden Cheetah or SportsTracks (desktop).

FLOW presently does help inbound hyperlinks of STRAVA routes and segments. Nevertheless, none of this performance is out there to the Vantage in November 2018. Polar will introduce this in early 2019 as per their roadmap.

In contrast to with Garmin’s FIT information, Polar export operating energy or bike energy as the identical factor: ‘power’. This probably may cause points elsewhere however the different main platforms that interface with Polar now appear to know what they should do to keep away from the 2 a lot of energy knowledge turning into combined collectively of their techniques.

Polar retailer autolaps and guide laps individually. It seems to me like autolaps are exported from FLOW until there are guide laps/phases current.

I’ll add fascinating tidbits right here as they arrive to my consideration

  • The letters “V” and “M” don’t imply something as such (I requested). It’s only a continuation of the 2 ‘V'(800) and ‘M'(400/430) collection
  • Bulk export from Movement: https://flow-exporter.ddns.net
  • Export from Move (Android) http://syncmytracks.com
  • Official Polar Vantage roadmap:  hyperlink to polar.com
  • Vantage-related Polar communications: https://www.polar.com/blog/tag/polar-vantage
  • Polar help updates: https://support.polar.com/en/updates
  • Vantage V vs Vantage M vs V800: hyperlink to polar.com and vs M430 and V800 hyperlink to: the5krunner.com
  • 5KHz/gymlink is NOT supported
  • Faucet (Vantage V) motion helps take a lap however NOT change view and backlight.
  • H10 actually can ship your BLE coronary heart fee concurrently to a motorcycle head unit and the Vantage.
  • Customers of the Polar BALANCE Scale might want to sync weight values by way of the smartphone app NOT by way of the Vantage.
  • Polar Stability will have to be used by way of FLOW ie not on to the Vantage
  • Treadmill Utilization – Tempo and Cadence IS proven when operating indoors on a treadmill and is calculated from the accelerometer. A footpod will enhance accuracy. Nevertheless operating energy just isn’t calculated on the Vantage V – on a treadmill neither from a footpod nor from the wrist
  • Footpod Utilization on a Treadmill – A Polar Stride footpod (not STRYD) exhibits tempo and cadence from the pod. Nevertheless operating energy is just not calculated on the Vantage V
  • Operating Index is calculated when utilizing STRYD and GPS – wants 12 minutes of operating. This undoubtedly works within the generic RUNNING profile however different operating profiles could also be totally different.
  • Vantage M & V each have vibration. Solely the V has audio alerts. Nevertheless the vibration is audible to an extent.
  • Vantage M Guide – hyperlink to polar.com
  • Vantage V Guide – hyperlink to polar.com
  • Issues?: Reset your gadget suing the desktop FLOWSYNC. You shouldn’t lose your settings. I had a interval once I obtained loopy low oHR after a FW replace. A reset sorted it out.
Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M ReviewPolar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M Review

Pairing to energy meters – RunScribe Plus

Taking a look at Polar’s V800 we noticed many enhancements through the years. Usually talking, Polar invested within the product, though maybe not as shortly as some would have favored.

Polar has produced a roadmap for the Vantage and, based mostly on issues that have been hinted at in conferences with Polar, I hope and anticipate that the Vantage will see much more additions over the approaching months and years.

Smart recommendation is to purchase the Vantage based mostly on what is accessible now. However I might hope we’ll get these included sooner or later

  • Extra swimming stats
  • Energy-based coaching plans and exercises
  • Operating dynamics from the H10
  • Navigation (see roadmap)
  • Retrieval of cached HR knowledge from the Polar H10 chest strap
  • STRAVA integrations (see roadmap)
  • Maybe even a cut-down mannequin as a extra direct alternative to the Polar M430

We’ve seen from Suunto and Garmin in recent times that they function extra of a ‘replacement’ enterprise mannequin quite than investing in creating the sports activities watch. It’s unlikely your Vantage will probably be shortly outmoded, for my part. I anticipate it to be maintained and constantly improved over a number of years.

Outline: ‘best’?

Each Vantage watches are definitely candidates for the ‘Best Triathlon Watch’ in some class based mostly on their function set. I’ve linked to an in depth publish about that under.

Each ARE correctly capable of execute help for a triathlon race and, with solely minor reservations, help you totally although your coaching. If you would like a sensible watch with different fancy options (not sport associated) then there are lots of choices elsewhere…good luck!

▷ Greatest Triathlon Watch 2018 | Prime 10 – Tri Comparability Suggestion

Polar does lack some peripheral triathlon options that SOME of you may contemplate to be essential. These are

  1. No sport-profile help for Otillo, pool based mostly triathlons and different uncommon triathlon races (Polar’s Multisport mode DOES assist you to shortly change between custom sports activities)
  2. No prolonged brick profile run-bike-run-bike-run…and so forth (Multisport mode permits you to shortly change between custom sports activities)
  3. No help for H10 HR knowledge cached when swimming. No help for older 5KHz underwater HR alerts. (Polar would get you to make use of oHR for swimming)
  4. Some swimming options like swim exercises and the power to raised handle relaxation intervals
  5. No ANT+ help. Most new PMs are twin band. I can solely see the Zwift state of affairs the place this could possibly be an actual challenge (H10 does concurrently help a head unit AND the Vantage). Sure through the use of BLE to hyperlink to a PM will lose particular ANT+ energy metrics.
  6. Zone lock for HR, energy and PACE/SPEED

I’ll add some extra in if I can consider them however that covers the primary ones.

Simply as with the standards for the most effective triathlon watch you will discover a better, tech watch elsewhere. Might you discover a higher operating watch…I imply only for operating, not one of the different sensible stuff?

The Vantages tick LOTS of packing containers for the eager runner.

  • Different distributors have extra physiological metrics however, to me, Polar’s Coaching Load appears ‘about right’ and doubtless higher than my present answer. Polar’s Restoration Professional additionally appears ‘about right’ and is offered inside the similar, single general system as their TRAINING LOAD – in contrast to the mechanisms I at present use.
  • Footpod help,
  • Operating energy help
  • Polar does lack help for uncommon sensor varieties however I think none of you’ll have a muscle oxygen sensor. Aside from a temperature sensor that’s the one materials sensor lacking.
  • Polar has the correct focus, aiming for high quality sensors and high quality knowledge.
  • Polar has the appropriate metrics for coaching and efficiency, in addition to one of many higher coaching platforms (FLOW)
  • The watch has the right ergonomics of a operating watch – IMO.
  • Polar gives adaptive coaching plans from 5k to 42okay. These are at the least nearly as good as competitor choices from what I’ve seen prior to now. I’ve not absolutely examined the coaching plans on the Vantage.


Greatest Operating Watch 2018 | Prime 10 | Information Evaluation, Suggestions & Comparisons

Polar’s notable omissions are:

  • Route Steerage: Breadcrumb navigation (on the roadmap for 2019) and associated navigational features
  • Favourites on the Vantage or the power to create intervals on-the-fly
  • Not enabling footpod to over-ride GPS a supply of tempo/distance while nonetheless recording a GPS monitor
  • Not enabling a footpod as a supply of tempo for Polar’s energy algorithm
  • STRAVA stay segments

There isn’t any different ‘great’ omission simply a number of smaller ones. IE some issues like direct Polar Stability Scale compatibility and Favourites have been on the V800 however not on the Vantage. Different issues too. You’ll be able to guess that the omission of ‘X’ will, for positive, annoy somebody who will then write a remark under saying that s/he gained’t purchase the Vantage due to that. Truthful sufficient.

However in fact, these omissions MUST be balanced with a great-looking watch that does have a number of necessary new bits of package (Precision PRIME, integral operating energy) and new bits of software program – Restoration Professional.

My future ‘bet’ can be that Polar will  embrace virtually every part that the V800 can do within the Vantage V.

“Exactly When?” can be a query that isn’t absolutely answered by Polar’s revealed roadmap and I don’t have any insights that I’ll share past that. I DO get the distinct impression that Vantage is strategically necessary for Polar. So if Function X doesn’t seem for some time there WILL be a great purpose for that.

All of the media who had a pre-release Vantage have had entry to new stuff on Polar FLOW (on-line) which present Polar customers can’t see. A few of what I’ve seen on FLOW just isn’t out there on the Vantage watch within the first retail firmware. Nevertheless, we should all take some consolation in that there are new options now on FLOW ready to be enabled on the Vantage

So. To reply the query “Is Polar the best running watch” then my reply would have caveats and say that “Sure, it’d transform“. ie the V800’s accuracy and options mixed with the brand new options and new seems to be can be a reasonably superior package deal.

As the youngsters say, “Are we there yet?”

Polar was variety sufficient to design this look ahead to the likes of me…so I’m going to make use of it 😉

I just like the Polar Vantage a lot that I’m undoubtedly going to race with it in triathlons in 2019. I’ve solely ever beforehand used Garmin watches in triathlon/duathlon races.

No matter no matter occurs with enhancements to Precision Prime and GPS accuracy I’m all the time going to make use of STRYD and a chest strap. It’s simply the best way it’s FOR ME. The present GPS accuracy for my post-race ‘pretty route picture’ on STRAVA is ok now.

What I might personally like from Polar is energy zone lock for operating, biking and therefore triathlon and cached swim HR knowledge from the H10. What I personally NEED from Polar is a footpod to be a supply for tempo with GPS nonetheless recording – I in all probability gained’t use the Vantage with out that.

I just like the FLOW platform and may advocate it. But, my ongoing use can be on SportTracks three.1 and Golden Cheetah as that’s the place ALL my historic knowledge is.

My private plan for 2019 is to make use of: Polar Vantage M, Polar H10, Wahoo ELEMNT, Favero ASSIOMA Duo, STRYD.

However this evaluate can also be concerning the Polar Vantage for YOU in addition to my experiences with a product that I clearly like.

If you’d like the GPS accuracy of the V800 then you’ll have to wait. If you’d like ROUTE GUIDANCE then you’ll have to wait. If you need one of the best oHR then at this time’s Vantage may ship that for you however not for the individual operating subsequent to you…oHR is a fickle factor from any vendor, Polar is probably YOUR greatest probability of oHR accuracy.

In case you are a Polar-lover, trying to improve your present M430/M400 or V800 then the Vantage collection WILL be the suitable choice for you sooner or later. There are many causes to improve NOW and a few causes to not…it’s your name. Hopefully, I’ve laid them out intimately so that you can make your personal determination.

In case you are new to Polar then there’s additionally a case to modify now. However clearly few individuals will change from a Garmin 935 to a Polar Vantage V.

The Vantage M makes a compelling case as one of many go-to tri watches at its price-point. Alternatively, if you need probably the most options then you’ll all the time get the identical Garmin that everybody else has. Think about the aesthetics, Polar Movement and energy help of the Vantage M earlier than making a hasty selection.

The case for the upper priced/greater featured Vantage V is trickier. On the one hand, the core sport performance in all probability does stack up fairly nicely towards the 935 (which I really like) and the Polar in all probability seems to be higher. Then again Polar first have to ship market-leading oHR, GNSS and a operating energy sport infrastructure (zones, zone lock, coaching plans). If they will do this shortly then the Garmin 935 does have one thing to fret about in a large chunk of its goal market. Polar have to make the argument “Quality Polar hardware and great, core features” vs “Adequate Garmin hardware and extensive features”.

This going to be a simple name for a few of you. And a thought-about name for others.

Worth, Availability & Low cost

The Polar Vantage M retails at $260/GBP250/Eur280,

The Polar Vantage V retails at $499/GBP439/Eur499

The Polar Vantage now has common availability. There don’t appear to be widespread low cost but within the EU. I’ve included the Amazon worldwide hyperlink under however you’ll discover a greater deal at New Operating Gear and Energy Meter Metropolis. New Operating Gear (NRG), under, have been additionally bundling in GBP50 of operating freebies. Assist help this weblog with the good offers under:

Polar Vantage 10 % off discount coupon promotion codePolar Vantage 10 % off discount coupon promotion code

Click on http://geni.us/PolarVantage to purchase in UK/Eu/USA

Greatest Amazon worth is linked to. Costs might fall under present ranges from 2019 onwards £249/$259/Eu279. Shopping for from Amazon helps this website.

Greatest Amazon worth is linked to. Costs might fall under present ranges from 2019 onwards £439/$499/Eu499. Shopping for from Amazon helps this website.