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Polar Vantage V Multi-Sport GPS watch – User Review | GadFit Singapore

February 15, 2018

The Polar Vantage V ($549 bundled with Polar H10 belt) was known by a few rumored names before its official release – think V850 and V900. At one point, there was even talk on some online community sites that Polar has thrown in the towel for the premium wearables race since they haven’t announced any product update to the venerable V800 since 4 years back – the equivalent of forever in the world of wearables.

polar vantage v in box

The lead up marketing for the Vantage series was covert and hinged heavily on teasing and even more teasing. But alas, the announcement date clashed with the unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 4 and thunder was stolen, somewhat.

polar vantage v unboxing

Polar Vantage V was to be Polar’s all-in-one solution for athletes. Kick ass optical HR sensors, training and recovery feedback, native running power, all packed in a decent looking package.

I was lucky to get my hands on both the Vantage V and M end October but ultimately decided to just focus on the Vantage V for this review. After close to a month of use with the Polar Vantage V, here’s what I have to say from sunny Singapore!

POLAR VANTAGE V LOOK AND FEEL

The Polar Vantage V is a breakaway from Polar’s mostly geometric shaped watches in recent years – think Polar V800, M430, M400, A360 and so on. The Vantage V is clean in appearance and exudes a sense of robustness as reflected by the weight of the device and also the punchiness of the buttons.

Polar Vantage V multiple views

The back of the watch case is mildly textured, similar to that of the watch strap. You can hardly feel the transition from watch case to strap due to the faultless fit.

Perhaps the markings on both watch case and strap serves to reduce incidences of a perfectly smooth surface sticking to skin, allowing breath-ability to a certain degree.

polar vantage v back

The Precision Prime optical heart rate sensors are housed in the back of the watch and you can see both red and green lights.

polar vantage v precision prime

The electrodes serve as charging points as well as skin contact measurements that supposedly “rule out any motion artifacts that might disturb the heart rate signal and produce unreliable readings.” The heart rate sensors will not turn on when the watch is not worn.

polar vantage v and polar m200 comparison

The display has an adequate display to “bezel” ratio which enhances the appearance of the watch rather than making it look ridiculously small; as is the case with the Polar M200.

The inscriptions on the bezel serves its purpose when the watch is placed in analog mode instead of digital. On a side note, the inscription does elevate the aesthetics of the watch to a certain degree.

polar vantage v multiple displays

The watch display views great under bright sunlight. However, visibility in low light, especially during night runs, can be a pain. By default, wrist flick triggers the back light to turn on, albeit at a miserable illumination level. I almost always had to further bump up the brightness by pressing the top left-hand button to activate maximum brightness. Polar has promised more improvements to backlight in future updates though I don’t see why this should have happened in the first place.

*Update 12th Dec: Back-light illumination level has been bumped up in a firmware update and is now just a notch lower than manual activation of the back-light via the top left hand button.

5 textured buttons control the functions of the watch along with a touch display and only 2 of the 5 buttons have pre-fixed long press functions. These are the functions of the 5 buttons.

Top left: Brings up maximum backlight. Access additional settings in training mode. Long press to lock display.

Bottom left: Access settings. Long press initiates manual sync. When in sub-menu, long press brings you back to watch screen. During workout, short press pauses recording while long press cease recording.

Top right: Scrolls up

Center right: Functions as select button. Long press brings up training profiles. During workout, short press functions as lap.

Bottom right: Scrolls down.

In my opinion, some of the buttons are under-utilised while others are over-used.

Touch display response is prompt, even faster than the physical buttons. This might be due to the fact that there's limited scrolling at present. User interface is a tad cumbersome. For example, touch display allows you to scroll left, right, up, down, and select. But, it doesn't allow you to go back which you'll have to depend on the heavily used bottom left hand button.

Do take note that the touch display is rendered near useless with wet fingers. Furthermore, touch capability is deactivated during exercise recording mode.

I found it a pity the watch doesn’t ship with quick-changeable options, something I know a lot of people will appreciate. Just look at Apple’s gamut of accessory strap options and the numerous strap options for Garmin, Suunto, and Fitbit. Ironically, the less powerful and cheaper Vantage M has quick change straps.

polar vantage v battery

Based on my own user experience, the watch lasted slightly more than 6 days on a full charge with:

  • Continuous wrist HR turned on throughout
  • Daily orthostatic tests
  • About 4 hours of GPS enabled workouts
polar vantage v feature 1

The Polar Vantage V deserves high marks in the aesthetics department and is a respectable upgrade from Polar's previous offerings.

PRECISION PRIME WRIST HEART RATE

To test the new Polar Precision Prime optical heart rate sensors, I’d compare the recorded HR data versus that as captured by a Polar H10 chest strap HR monitor over 4 types of activities.

  • Intervals
  • Long run
  • Strength training
  • Swimming (Added this because Polar claim that the Vantage V can measure HR in water)

I don’t do triathlon but I guess most readers to this blog run, swim, and perhaps strength train so hopefully the 4 activities listed above sufficiently tests Polar Vantage V's Precision Prime sensors.

polar vantage v vs polar h10 hill intervals

I’d be surprised if the readings weren’t decent for hills intervals since I’ve have had pretty good experiences with the Polar M430, M200 and even the M600. No complaints here.

Update 17th Feb 2019:

I've observed a gradual deterioration in the OHR performance of the Vantage V ever since Polar rolled out firmware update 2.0. This is the latest wrist HR comparison I did on 16th Feb 2019 after the Vantage V received 3.0 firmware update.

It could just be me and that you will get an experience different from mine. This isn't once off. For the record, I'm usually a good candidate for wrist HR wearables.

To provide some context, I work out in sunny Singapore where temperature can hit 31-34 degress celsius easily with humidity perpetually high in the 80s and 90s range.

polar vantage v vs polar h10 swimming

I’ve used wrist HR monitors that claim to measure HR underwater but I’ve yet to meet one that works properly. Until the Polar Vantage V that is.

I’m skeptical of wrist-based HR readings in the water because of the challenges but the Polar Vantage blew my socks off completely.

For those of you who are concerned whether your Polar chest straps can transmit real time HR readings to the Polar Vantage V, it doesn’t. But, it does offer a decent measurement of your HR during swim activities in real time.

polar vantage V vs polar h10 strength training

Here's the strength training HR as recorded by the Vantage V and compared versus the Polar H10.

I'm less harsh on the performance of optical HR sensors when it comes to strength training simply because the constant flexing of the muscles really doesn't help with sensors trying to read heart rate from the wrist.

In my opinion, the Polar Vantage V put up a decent performance again.

Polar Vantage V vs polar H10 10km trail

I had issues with Polar Vantage V on my trail runs so I actually repeated the same 10km trail run and the issues seem to persist; that the Vantage V had problems reading HR at very high intensity in my own experience, 90-100% max HR range. This run should be recorded in February 2019.

This graph above shows the Vantage V's HR recording performance on another 10km trail run recorded on 17th May 2019, after a few firmware updates from Polar, and there are definitely improvements compared to the reading in February 2019

The Polar Vantage V’s HR recording prowess is impeccable in swimming but in all other aspects, I wouldn't say it's the best optical HR sensor I've come across.

POLAR VANTAGE V GNSS ACCURACY

The Polar Vantage V is both GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS supported as of firmware update 4.0 in October 2019.

Polar Vantage V GNSS updates

You still can't choose GPS as your sole GNSS to date. Nevertheless, I'm sure Vantage V users are happy with Polar's move.

I have a few places where I normally run and it involves Singapore’s famous MacRitchie trail and a nice 6.7-6.9km loop near where I reside. So here goes:

polar vantage v distance

I completed 4 loops of the Mac Ritchie 10km trail but only 3 was recorded in full. One of the trail run was cut short because battery on the Vantage V was very low and apparently went into low power recording mode. GPS was cut off leaving the optical HR sensors running. Strange as I assume runners would’ve preferred leaving the GPS on and the optical HR sensors off.

This low battery recording mode was confirmed by Polar Support who stated that "Vantage will begin to disable features to conserve battery life, including GPS." 

Here are the four 10km trail runs and the distance as recorded by the Vantage V.

10km trail run polar vantage V

10km runs on 4 separate occasions.

  • 9.60km
  • 9.56km
  • 9.42km

This is the 6.7-6.9km route where I normally do my hill intervals as measured by Google maps and the subsequent distance recorded by the Polar Vantage V.

6.7km vantage v run

6.7-6.9km run

  • 6.58km
  • 6.54km
  • 6.62km
  • 6.21km
  • 6.60km

I also did a few sessions of 5km run where the Vantage V recorded accurate distances on all occasions even though the tracked route differed somewhat.

vantage v 5km run test

5km stadium run

  • 5.07km
  • 5.08km
  • 5.08km

Distance aside, the tracked route seems to follow where I’ve run when after review. There were hiccups as should be for most GPS wearables but on the whole, Vantage V's GPS performance is consistent even after months of usage and firmware updates.

As the Polar Vantage V also features A-GPS, remember to sync the watch to Polar Flow before your GPS workouts to ensure prompt GPS signal acquisition.

NIGHTLY RECHARGE, TRAINING LOAD PRO, AND RECOVERY PRO

I personally think it’s great that Polar is paying so much attention to recovery, targeting an area that is both essential yet receiving very little attention – the right balance between training load and recovery ~ Daniela Schaefer Olstad, Senior Researcher Ph.D. Polar.

The purpose of the Recovery Pro is providing an estimate for your training versus your recovery efforts in order to stave off injury for the user. This is in line with the IOC's statement on training load in sport and injury risk.

This metric shows how recovered your body is, presumably from the last workouts and daily stress from work, and then provides feedback specific to the individual.

There are two Recovery Pro readings you can access:

A short version which you get after every orthostatic test.

A lengthier version which is embedded within the training load display.

polar vantage v final feature

Recovery Pro is unique to the Polar Vantage V and not the Vantage M. In order for the Recovery readings to appear, the user must enable “recovery feedback” in settings and thereafter do the orthostatic test for at least 3 sessions combined with a week of workouts. That’s what I did before I got my first reading.

vantage v orthostatic test

The orthostatic test measures your heart rate and heart rate variability in order to derive your daily cardio recovery level.  Upon completion of each test, you’ll be asked 3 questions:

  1. Level of muscle soreness
  2. Body strain level
  3. Sleep quality

The latest update has removed the audio beeps from the orthostatic test when the Vantage V first launched.

The watch only beeps upon the completion of the test but it'll prompt the user via vibrations when test commences or when the user is required to stand up.

vantage V notifications

You can pre-set the days to do the orthostatic tests and a reminder will pop up on the watch when it’s time for the test. Sadly, this is also the only form of notifications you can receive on the Polar Vantage V for now.

vantage v recovery pro feedback

The Recovery Pro feedback goes into detail what the user should or shouldn’t do; such as to train light and rest for the day or that the day is good for cardio training and so on.

Here are the standard readings you’ll see based on your body recovery levels. I’ve extracted the screen shots off Polar’s YouTube video on Recovery Pro.

polar recovery pro feedback types

Despite the upgrade of the optical HR sensors in the form of Precision Prime hardware, Polar still defers to the chest strap heart rate monitor for the orthostatic tests.

polar flow recovery feedback

Users can access the Recovery Pro feedback in the Polar Flow app or the web platform even though the results are the same.

So, is it accurate?

I like to think Polar has done the necessary homework before delivering both Training Load Pro and Recovery Pro. Nevertheless, the most accurate litmus of recovery is really how you feel. And when complemented with science, such as Polar’s or Firstbeat’s, helps make training and recovery more of math than an art.

Update 17th Feb 2019:

Since firmware 3.0, I noticed that the Recovery feedback Pro questions will appear even when I don't do orthostatic tests. Because of that, I was able to receive Recovery Pro results. I've emailed Polar to check if this is a glitch or if the company now deems its OHR performance good enough to accurately read HRV.

Update October 2019:

Since firmware 4.0, users are now allowed to choose between Recovery Pro or Nightly recharge as their main source of recovery metrics.

polar vantage V nightly recharge

The nightly recharge feature was originally a key measurement of the Polar Ignite watch but has since made its way to the Vantage line. And for very good reasons.

Instead of the hassle of wearing chest strap HRMs for Recovery Pro measurements, users can now conveniently rely on the Nightly recharge readings which come in two forms; ANS and sleep recharge.

Lastly, Polar has enabled fitness testing directly from the wrist!

Polar vantage V fitness test

Again, this feature was first seen on the Polar Ignite but is now available for the Polar Vantage V models. The results are comparable to that produced with a chest strap HRM with the Polar Beat app, and in the same range as measured by Firstbeat metrics on a Forerunner 945 and a Suunto 5.

POLAR VANTAGE V RUNNING POWER

Polar Vantage V is the first wrist wearable to feature native running power.

The key consideration is really the accuracy of the running power from the wrist at a reasonable price. For comparison, I pit the Garmin dynamics running pod against the Polar Vantage V's running power measurement and this is one of the test runs.

vantage v vs garmin dynamics running pod

Running power measurements from both sources seem to hover around the same range. Now this is based on post workout analysis. During the run, it was obvious the running power measurements differed between both devices; not by 1-2 watts but by quite a significant margin constantly.

Interestingly, the running power measurements was disrupted towards the end of the run. I had the “good” fortune of being caught in bad weather mid-run, over 2 separate occasions, and can confirm that the running power readings from the Vantage V are affected by the change in weather; both altitude and running power, and in a big way.




In both instances for the Vantage V, running power exploded by 200-300% and altitude dipped. I understand the barometric pressure drop with the coming of rain but I was surprised at the magnitude which the Polar Vantage V's readings suffered.

I did not experience such a prominent change with the Garmin running dynamics pod in the same situation.

According to Polar Support:"The Running Power feature on the Vantage requires a GPS reading. If the GPS is compromised due to poor weather, then it is conceivable that the power readings would be affected as well."

Here's another run where I pit the running power readings of the Vantage V and the Garmin pods for comparison. This run took place with no change in weather so the running power graphs appear more consistent throughout.

vantage v running power vs garmin pod

The running power as recorded by the Polar Vantage V can be 50 watts higher than that recorded by the Garmin dynamics running pod at various points of the run. This is consistent with the comparison above when the Vantage V also recorded higher peak running power.

If you're using a Stryd, it will overwrite the native running power measurements of the Vantage V. Here's the running power comparison between the Polar Vantage V and the Stryd running power meter.

vantage v running power vs stryd

Similar to the Garmin running dynamics pod, the Stryd running power meter clocks a lower running power reading when compared versus the Vantage V. Also it doesn't exhibit such wide fluctuations throughout the hills intervals.

One thing is certain. Without a standard benchmark, I can’t for the life of me judge if the Garmin dynamic running pod,the Vantage V is more accurate, or the Stryd is more accurate.

polar vantage v running power

Unlike metrics like heart rate or cadence where it can be quantified easily, running power currently lacks a standard measure when it comes to practical usage. In no way am I saying this metric is useless. On the contrary, if you’re running flats and stick to either Garmin, Polar or Stryd and use running power to train and subsequently pace, I’m pretty sure you’ll be running decent races. The issue I have is the lack of a standard across the various brands.

All I can say with regards to Polar Vantage V’s running power readings is that it seems to be in the same range as that recorded by the Garmin running dynamics pod.

Interestingly, you can't set a power zone to run in on the Vantage V. Also, native running power does not appear for treadmill runs on the Polar Vantage V. Polar Support can’t say for certain whether or not an additional variable will be added that will allow it to track power without GPS.

But, if you're skeptical about running power altogether, then the Vantage M might be a better value for money consideration. Plus that has compatibility with 3rd party running power sensors.

ALL DAY ACTIVITY TRACKING

polar flow all day activity tracking

Besides a multitude of sports profiles you can access and customise, the Polar Vantage V watch will also track all your activities throughout the day. Sleep is captured with Polar's proprietary Sleep Plus.

polar flow sleep

When the continuous HR option is turned on, the watch will also read and record your HR throughout the day. You can then see your lowest resting HR during sleep and your lowest HR during the day.

DATA ANALYSIS AND MOBILE APP

There are 2 ways to access all the data whenever you buy a Polar wearable. It goes by the name of Polar Flow and there is a web platform and a mobile app version.

Polar Flow web

The web platform offers more details compared to the app and allows you to export and edit workouts or subscribe to training programs.

polar flow web training summary

The mobile app has less details than the web platform but should suffice for that quick after-workout review.

polar vantage v training summary

Of course, you can also access the data directly from the watch but you'll get even less details, no access to editing options, and no map view.

CONCERNS ABOUT THE VANTAGE V

Polar has lined up a whole list of  upcoming and future updates. If you’re keen, you can refer to the firmware update schedule here.

  • Inactivity alert (Completed)
  • Route import
  • Strava Live segments
  • Back to start (Completed Feb 2019)
  • Route guidance (Completed Feb 2019)
  • R-R recording test
  • Interval timers, stop watch, countdown timer (updated 12th Dec 2018)
  • Smart notifications (Completed Feb 2019)

Some of the features are already present in Polar's aged wearables so it is perplexing, frustrating even, why buyers have to wait months for these updates. But to be fair , Polar has delivered with every update. Slowly but surely. The Vantage V is a totally different beast in October 2019 versus when it was initially announced more than a year ago.

polar vantage v bluetooth

The watch doesn't have ANT+ so you're resigned to a full suite of Bluetooth training accessories. This might affect those on the Garmin platform looking to jump ship.

The default display background is black and that’s not changeable at present. A pity because it would have made visibility much easier on the eyes.

The wrist flick activated back-light is dismal and I always had to bump up the brightness by activating the illumination button. This needs to be fixed. *Improved as of 12th Dec 2018, still not excellent.

Swim workout needs a lot of work in terms of distance tracked for pool swims and presentation of data; the Polar Vantage V is consistently off in in terms of distance swam in my usage.

And running power does not appear for indoor workouts such as treadmill running.

POLAR VANTAGE V IN A NUTSHELL

$499 is a big price to pay for an yet-to-be-completed wearable. When I buy a product, I like it to be completed and improve with time, not nearly ready and improve over time. I’m using a retail ready unit and not a beta so what I get is pretty much what you’ll get as well.

The key selling point of the Polar Vantage series is the Training Load Pro, Recovery Pro, native running power, and the new Precision Prime sensors. I like to think those keen in performance will appreciate the Vantage V's features more than the recreational users. Perhaps, this is Polar's way of appealing to a niche group of users who value performance feedback rather than bells and whistles.

The million dollar question is really how long Polar will take to exploit the full potential of the Vantage V before the competition catches up.

polar vantage v main feature

Despite the numerous upgrades and features implementation Polar has executed on the Vantage V as of October 2019, I can’t deny that I do miss the convenience offered by Garmin’s wearables; the Connect IQ capacity, on board music, and contact-less payment especially. All of which the Vantage V will never be able to offer due to both hardware and software limitations.

Right now, I'm straddling between both the Vantage V and the Garmin Forerunner 945 with the Suunto 5 used only for bench-marking. That says a lot about the Vantage V given that it doesn't have all the features of the FR945.

Update 17th Feb 2019

After 2 rounds of updates, the Vantage V is looking more decent and catching up with the competition. That being said, other companies aren't necessarily sitting on their chairs and waiting; they are getting better. So Polar really cannot afford to take the foot off the pedal.

Thanks for reading and I hope you’ve enjoyed the review. If you’re interested in the watch, you can purchase the Polar Vantage V from Amazon where there’s usually a small discount, great return policy, and free delivery depending on where you reside. In return your purchase helps to offset the costs associated with the running of this site. Take care and train hard!

11 Comments

  • Reply the5krunner November 19, 2018 at 8:44 pm

    Nice work and good images as always. The Vantage is interesting in that everyone reviewing it does seem to agree on the major issues with it, although the extent to which they think those issues are important varies depending on the intended usage of the product.
    I think the key thing is for readers to realise that Vantage is aimed squarely at people wanting a sports watch, so if you are going to miss music and contactless payments then this is not your watch.

    Yes there is some unfinished business to make it their envisaged/complete sports watch – and when they have implemented those functionalities it WILL be market-leading, depending on the buyers specific perspective.

    But even where it is now, the Vantage is perfectly usable for many things. Sure there are some bugs but EVERY manufacturer has bugs on launch….even Apple…even Garmin. I’ve used mine for 2 months.

    • Reply Wolfgang January 7, 2019 at 2:38 am

      Yes, other watches also have bugs. That is not the problem here, but only because the bugs are not the problem in my point of view, because they are seldom and not many. However, the problem is that I have a $499 watch and can not disable the automatic backlight! For me the “feature” is useless because it is activating all day, even when I turn around in the night the watch is bright as a flash light. My former Garmin watch is better in that concern. You wrote: “and when they have implemented those functionalities it WILL be market-leading,”. Maybe. Probably. I hope. I think so. But it could also be that Polar does not make it. At the moment Vantage V is not worth $500. Compared to my last Polar V800 it is not much of a watch. I hope Polar changed that, though

      • Reply Michael S January 7, 2019 at 9:10 pm

        You made a good point. I’m still waiting for the Vantage V to impress me further so I’m really looking forward to the Feb 2019 update.

  • Reply Andrew November 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

    I agree that it is frustrating that features on older Polar devices don’t carry over as one would expect and this irks me more than a few bugs which are expected in any new device. I am surprised that users are not surprised by this. I hope their new software platform/OS will allow this for any future hardware developments just as Garmin are able to re-use their code on new hardware. The ground zero approach isn’t tenable if the competition are able to snowball features to each new generation of hardware and I hope (and expect) this is a once in a lifetime moment as it was for Suunto with the introduction of the SSU. If not they must progressively become less competitive. Time will tell.

    • Reply Michael S November 21, 2018 at 7:17 am

      Can’t agree more. The question is really whether Polar has the capacity and following to make the Vantage V a notch above the rest.

  • Reply Dipo Domys November 24, 2018 at 3:26 am

    Good review. Great features on this watch for sure, the best being the ability to set a baseline to observe running power, and getting a sense of swim HR without a strap. Overall, I think they released this a little too soon, there seem to be a lot of issues they need to address with firmware updates. One really bad one is that run pace in Triathlon mode is shown as min/100yards, yet swimming pace in shown in min/miles, so something was coded backwards there and that is just sloppy. But the worst is the maddening spikes of heart rate as soon as one starts sweating, i.e. the wrist starts getting really soaked in sweat and the HR measurement starts spiking and dropping every few minutes which completely ruins the ability to track HR averages for laps and segments during structured long runs/rides if one is not using the H10 strap. With all the investment in the new HR sensor to give athletes the option to avoid the use of a strap, this is just not acceptable. I have sent messages to Polar, and their standard response to everything is that they are working on all issues with future firmware updates.

    • Reply Michael S November 24, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      There’s a lot of work for Polar to do at present and they should not let their foot off the pedal.

      The competition will catch up quickly and if the Vantage V is still the way it is, or just slightly better, by mid 2019, it won’t bode well for Polar.

  • Reply Dipo Domys February 9, 2019 at 11:34 am

    I agree with other user reviews that it feels like Polar should pay me for testing their watch. Is this a beta test?

    – The biggest issue is that as soon as the wrist starts getting soaked in sweat on long or intense workouts, the OHR measurement starts spiking all over the place, which completely ruins the ability to track HR averages for laps, as well as accurate training cardio load, etc. With all the investment and marketing claims for the new OHR sensor to give athletes the option to avoid the use of a strap, this is just not acceptable. I have sent messages to Polar, and the standard response is that they are working on all issues with future firmware updates. I’m not even sure you can fix this issue with software.

    – More sloppy coding and buyer beta testing: running pace was actually showing up as min/100 yards in Triathlon mode and swimming was in min/mile!?! (they fixed that with the recent firmware at least)

    – another example, one recent firmware update showed a green sync check on the Polar Flow app and the data was transferred with no issue, but the watch beeped and says it couldn’t sync. Who is testing over at Polar? Took two months to update that with firmware

    -and more sloppy code on the swim metrics, meters works, but yards is totally off, some conversion is happening incorrectly there.

    – also, whats’ with the laggy screens? clean up the firmware code or get a faster processor, memory, screen hardware (?) when you make the Vantage V2!

    – It’s also poor marketing that the flagship product does not have features that other models have, e.g. can not quick exchange straps like the Vantage M.

    In summary, yes, there are good features, and it’s a more updated watch overall compared to the V800, but seems like Polar rushed to market before the holidays with a 65% product, and the OHR just does not work as advertised for long and intense sessions, so you still need the strap. Basically false advertising. No reason at all to spend money on this until the OHR is truly fixed (if possible at all). Sorry Polar, I used the V800 for years, you took too long to innovate and I switched to Fenix 935 which right now beats the Vantage on thoughtful design and firmware. I do prefer Polar Flow, but I can’t upload TCX files there, so you lose until you fix the OHR to match your marketing claims.

    • Reply Michael S February 9, 2019 at 11:50 am

      My thoughts are similar to yours but as I’ve stated in the post, I’m giving Polar more time to do something about it. And I’m hoping the February update brings some improvements, especially to the OHR accuracy for long and intense workouts. My expectations are measured though. We should know in a week or two.

  • Reply Alex February 19, 2019 at 2:35 am

    I have a Vantage V fm November and got much disappoints with HR sensor which was always dropped HR down at times and suddenly back to normal figures that confuse me. For this price better buy H10 sensor and use some thing more cheep on hand.

    • Reply Michael S February 19, 2019 at 6:49 am

      You’ll see that there are similar comments here and elsewhere on the internet with users listing OHR performance issues.

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