Happy New Year to you if you’re reading this today.
Polar’s Vantage V just received the latest firmware update as of 1st January 2020 and there are 3 key features.
Firstly, there’s the FitSpark which was introduced with the Polar Ignite a few months back. If I recall right, I did read about this feature being a unique offering for the Ignite and wasn’t intended to be updated for both Vantage V and M.
Basically, you get recommendations on 3 tracks of workouts; core, cardio, strength. The recommended workouts will change daily and takes into account your recovery, fitness levels, and training history. Experienced athletes may have little use for this feature but it is a nice upgrade nevertheless.
The other feature which is available only for the Vantage V is the Strava Live segment. And it requires the user to also have a Strava Summit Analysis Pack subscription.
The last big feature is race pace. When you go for runs, you can now set the distance and time to complete within the sport profile, on the watch or within Polar Flow. Then, start your runs once the GPS is acquired. The Vantage V watch will then show you how far behind or ahead you are of your target.
Interestingly, the update also brought about a few cosmetic tweaks. The watch no longer emit the “tweet” sound and battery indicator appears directly on the watch face, albeit for a short duration only.
I had tremendous difficulties trying to carry out the update and found it way easier to plug the Vantage V to the computer. You can try that if update via mobile device fails repeatedly.
You can read the full list of updates here.