The Polar Vantage V2 is the successor to Polar’s performance wearable, Polar Vantage V, from a year ago. Polar Singapore has priced the watch at a handsome $799 SGD for the wearable only and $879 SGD when coupled with a H10 chest strap heart rate (HR) monitor.
Let’s take a look at the key upgrades from the original Vantage V.
- Aluminium casing instead of stainless steel – weight reduction by 21%
- Multiple power save options (1 sec/ 1min/ 2min GPS intervals)
- Running test
- Cycling test
- Leg recovery test
- Control music on connected mobile device
According to Polar, the battery save option allows the watch to run up to 100 hours based on GPS intervals of 2 minutes, pitting it against other endurance-type training wearables from the likes of Garmin and Suunto – think Suunto 9 and Garmin Fenix 6 Pro series. The Vantage V2 also sports a slightly bigger capacity battery compared to its predecessor – 346 mAh vs 320 mAh.
The Polar Vantage V2 ships with 3 new performance tests. I wasn’t able to confirm if these upgrades will be trickled down to the Grit X. To be honest, it’d be a pity if that doesn’t happen given that Grit X is less than a year old.
The running performance test allows the athlete to assess themselves in order to find out their VO2 max estimate, heart rate, aerobic speed and aerobic power. You may refer to the screen captures below to get an idea of test protocols.
The cycling performance test (option of 20, 30, 40 or 60 min) provides functional threshold power (FTP), VO2 max estimate, and W/kg values. The Vantage V2 needs to be connected to compatible accessories, such as power sensors, to execute this test.
Lastly the leg recovery test is a novel one. By wearing the Vantage V2 and executing 3 counter-movement jumps as high as you can, the wearable can test if your leg muscles have recovered. So, you’ll know whether you are ready for speed or strength training.
Music is on the table this time round. I guess Polar had to cave sooner or later with their more recent devices given that nearly every big wearable player has a music-capable wearable in their lineup.
Interestingly, Polar’s rendition of music-capability, not counting the Android Wear M600, involves nothing more than the Vantage V becoming a remote for music playback on connected mobile device. The Vantage V2 does not support on board music storage.
The Vantage V2 will also be getting what any flagship wearable will receive – everything, including weather guidance, fuelwise, hill-splitter, navigation with Komoot and more.
The wearable tech scene hasn’t seen that many releases this year but Polar has forged ahead and announced 3 wearables in 2020 – Polar Grit X, Polar Unite, and now the Polar Vantage V2. I sense that Polar believes their wearable and data platform system can help athletes make better sense of their training even in these trying times.
The Polar Vantage V2 was officially announced on 7th October 2020.