Polar Vantage V2 – If you’re a serious fitness enthusiast, you want a sports watch that will keep up with you. So that means you need a Garmin or Polar on your wrist. And that’s not forgetting the Apple Watch or all Fibits, but the aforementioned heavyweights are the best the sportswatch world has to offer.
Polar has come along with the Vantage V2 and it’s a wonderful sportswatch if you’re big on running or cycling for miles. Furthermore, if you’re interested in your metrics and insights, the V2 has got you covered. Finally, this watch will do more than give you data, it’ll act as your coach, too. A clever one at that; it’ll tell you if you need to work harder or have a rest day.
This is all folded into a reasonably priced package.
Polar Vantage V2 Design
First thing to remember is that Polar wasn’t trying to create a brand new design. So not a lot has changed since the first version of the Vantage. So you get a round, aluminium back with an interchangeable silicone band. Notably, it doesn’t look at all heavy on the wrist and nor is it. Meaning, you can go running or for a swim without being held back (or being mistaken for a Garmin).
Similarly to the original Vantage, you get 1.2 inch touchscreen with buttons on the side. Before you judge, those buttons actually add a great texture to the overall sporty look. Also, they add a wonderfully satisfying operation to the watch.
Polar Vantage V2 Features
The Polar Vantage V2 wants to take your training to the next level. And it does this by offering detailed data that experienced runners and cyclists will love. Yet this data might be seen as too much for some, if you’re in the know, you can make improvements to your training.
The Vantage V2 offers everything a runner, cyclist and/or swimmer will want in their sports watch. Specifically, accurate GPS, fitness and health metrics from heart rate to energy levels. What’s more, this is all presented in an easily-digestible format of graphs in your Polar Flow app. Naturally, it’ll play nicely with Strava, too.
Firstly, the V2 knows how your body feels before a big training session. Also, they made improvements to the cycling performance test which helps you to assess how hard to pedal over a period of time, using the power meter.
Secondly, for runners, you get a leg performance test which will prompt you to jump on the spot sometimes to asses if you’re fit and ready for a high-intensity session. Suffice to say, it’s a step ahead of the simple heart rate monitor. Furthremore, it can assess readiness and recovery.
Polar wants you to take the Vantage V2 on your adventures. And there’s no better friend to have with you than someone who can help navigate the trails or help you decide if your body can handle a few more miles.
Before heading off, you can upload a route to your watch. Unlike with Garmin, you get a feature called FuelWise smart assistant. You can use this to set up reminders to take in some water or food on the basis of your heart rate during your activity. So it really does cater to the marathon runners of the world.
Perhaps you’re looking at the V2 because you’ve got a heavy training schedule and you need something to help keep on track. You’d be making a great choice.
Unlike Garmin, the Polar V2 doesn’t bend to the demand of sportwatches to be smartwatches at the same time. Although you do get your notifications and a snapshot of the weather. What’s more with this version is music controls. So, no, you can’t load it with Spotify playlists and it doesn’t offer onboard music storage, but you can control a playlist. Maybe not a wow factor feature, but it’s handy.
You can wear a Vantage V2 to bed and get some of the best insights into your sleep quality the smartwatch world has to offer. Not only will it give you a breakdown of your sleep stages (as with most sleep tracking watches) it’ll also give you a good idea of how well you recovered from your previous day during your night’s sleep. Indeed, this rivals the likes of the Fitbit Sense.
Polar Vantage V2 Battery LIfe
Poloar boasts decent 40 hours when the V2 is used in training mode.
Otherwise, it offers seven days in smartwatch mode.
Polar Vantage V2 Verdict
The Vantage V2 is a kind of watch that appeals to someone who loves their data. There’s plenty of it, too. You’ll soon learn the numbers that matter and how to use the information to improve your training. So if that’s what your goal is, to get more from your training; the Vantage V2 is a serious contender.
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Last Updated on December 13, 2020