Let's start by saying that in the long run, the Polar Vantage V will, in my opinion, be an excellent fitness tracker, especially for avid runners and triathletes it targets. However, in the first few weeks with the Vantage V it made a mixed impression, especially because Polar accused and launched it, although it still has some rather rudimentary features.
The Vantage V is Polar's new flagship tracker, replacing the new V800 top of the list. It took a long time – the V800 is three years old – so I can say that we could expect the finished article. However, the Vantage V currently lacks things like an interval timer, basic route guidance, including a startup feature, and smart notifications. All of these are expected to arrive in the next few months, but still ̵
Although these features look so good Vantage V is expected to have some design issues that I do not think will please a premium tracker. Although the design looks much better than Polar's, it does not feel like a first-rate device, with stiff buttons and a surface that requires pressure to press a printer. Compared to the high-end Garmin and Suunto watches that are competing in the market, it feels a bit cheap.
Polar has always been able to compensate for the inadequacies of fashion by surpassing functionality, and fortunately that is still the case here. The Vantage V features comprehensive sports tracking and is the first device to offer mileage data from your wrist rather than a connected footpod. There is also a greater focus on the overall training load and whether you recover properly.
These are features that I will explore in more detail in our in-depth review of Vantage V, but also in the early weeks. I was impressed by the amount of data you receive at the end of each training session – not just the immediate information about them Session itself, but also how this affects your overall exercise load and your cardiovascular status.
I'm interested in seeing how many people contribute to this. Theoretically, this is an excellent metric that provides information on the intensity of your run that was more accurate than heart rate or tempo, so you can make the right effort during your workout and train your races perfectly. However, runners who used to focus on tempo could find it hard to do so, especially in races where they have a specific time target. If performance can turn out to be more effective, as you hoped, because you do not burn yourself too quickly at the beginning, that's great – but it takes some confidence to reach an energy-based PB. Read instead of trying, just keep up the pace required to obtain this PB. That is, even though it is not the majority that the majority immediately uses, Polar earns the recognition that he is the first to offer it as an option on the wrist.
You also have the heart rate to measure your effort, and Polar claims the Vantage V Polar Precision Prime sensor delivers the most accurate ticker tracking yet. However, I am not convinced because of my first training sessions with the Vantage V. During steady runs, my heart rate suddenly drops for a few minutes before returning to the correct level (according to a strap-on tracker). It is not dramatically bad and I would say that visual tracking of the Vantage V is accurate enough for my purposes, but if you only focus on your heart rate for your sessions, you'll want to have a chest strap handy – fortunately, the Vantage V will come with you Polar supplied H10 belt.
In addition to sport, Polar everyday activity and sleep tracking are pretty solid. I had some problems with the accuracy of sleeping when I broke off a couple of hours at the beginning of the night and added some in the morning, but it was revealing to show how fragmented my rest was, even when I felt better and better rested that this is possible because of my sleep quality.
Daily activity allows you to choose between three levels of goals. Be warned: Level three is pretty tough. For example, I took 10,550 steps today, including an 8-kilometer run, and I'm 51% of the target. A transition to level 2 is imminent.
The Polar Vantage V is a very good sports tracker, which I assume will become more useful over time as I have had the opportunity to build more training history, but it feels at the moment due to the lack of features and capabilities of the oppressive design a little half-baked. I am also worried that the Vantage V is not recommended for the cheapest trackers, including Polar's own Vantage M and M430, and the Garmins fleet that is in the wings ⭐⭐⭐ (4/5)  Buy at Polar | £ 439