Polar Vantage V2 Sports Watch Review – OkTrendz Reviews
The Polar Vantage V2 is a smart sports watch aimed at the sports training fanatic. The device is similar to the Garmin Forerunner 745 in its capabilities. With this watch you can track almost any activity and get a detailed analysis of the results.
The Vantage V2 will satisfy almost all the needs of most sports enthusiasts. But, there are several disadvantages here that do not allow advising this model to absolutely everyone. I will talk about them in the review.
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Polar Vantage V2 specifications
- 1.2-inch display 240 x 240 pixels
- Interchangeable straps 22 mm
- Water resistant up to 100 m
- 8-diode optical heart rate monitor
- 130 sports modes
- GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
- 40 hours of GPS battery life
- 100 hours of work in low GPS mode
- 7 days of autonomy in smartwatch mode
- Case 47 mm, weight 52 g
- – 45 000 р.
Design and workmanship
A sports watch rarely looks as stylish as a quality smartwatch. However, Polar Vantage V2 manages to hide its main purpose. Looking at the device, few will say that it is needed primarily for sports. At the same time, the tracker has military-grade MIL-STD-810G protection.
The dimensions of the round case are small: 47 × 47 × 13 mm. The thickness is especially impressive considering the number of sensors and functions inside. The body is made of aerospace-grade aluminum alloy with fiberglass for durability and good looks.
Weighing 52 grams, Vantage V2 is ideal for both sports and everyday wearable use.
One of the controversial points about the Polar Vantage V2 is the 1.2-inch touchscreen. On the one hand, it has an always-on mode, and the resolution of 240 × 240 pixels is enough to keep the text easy to read. At the same time, the display is covered with Gorilla Glass, which provides protection against shocks and drops.
On the other hand, the screen is surrounded by huge frames, when touch control is not the best way to interact with this type of device. The panel does not always read the key presses correctly, especially outdoors and in rainy weather.
Fortunately, the Polar Vantage V2 has several physical control buttons on the sides of the case. Their locations and functions are intuitive, especially if you’ve used a Forerunner or Fenix watch before.
The upper left key turns on the backlight, the lower one opens a menu with tracking body indicators and workouts. On the right side, the up and down buttons are used to navigate menus and screens with the required information. And the middle right key is responsible for the selection function.
The interface in Vantage V2 is fairly intuitive and highly customizable. You can set the order of home screens or add weather and recovery level widgets. There is a setting for notifications and music playback. The only drawback is that unlike the Garmin Forerunner, you cannot store and listen to music directly from your wrist.
Perhaps for those who like indoor workouts or regular walks, this is not a problem. But the need to always carry a smartphone with you for music is a strange decision for a sports watch of this level. The essence of a watch with built-in GPS is lost – the ability to track running routes and other sports without a smartphone.
Workouts and sports features
The Polar Vantage V2 is a great fitness tracker for sports, although some of the features don’t work very well here.
By default, the Vantage V2 doesn’t have as many workouts as the latest Garmin watches. You are limited to various types of running, cycling, swimming, and strength training. However, expanding the available set is easy via the Polar Flow app for smartphones and computers. In fact, Polar watches support over 130 types of sports activities.
The V2 does an excellent job with tracking features. When measuring distances, there are no deviations from the Forerunner 745. The built-in chipset supports GPS, GLONASS and Galileo navigation, it quickly establishes communication with satellites.
After strength training, you can get detailed information that contains all the necessary data for those who take training more seriously. Polar Vantage V2 will display your average lap time after a run, heart rate, cadence and more. You will also see a “workout performance” score that takes into account your heart rate zones and your past performance. Thus, you will understand whether the lesson was useful or not. There is also an estimate of the level of VO2 Max, which Polar for some reason called the “running index”.
There are Hill Splitter functions here, as well as a calorie burner counter. The first one allows you to see how the user went through the up and down sections while running. The second will be appreciated by those who are trying to lose weight and often do cardio workouts. The available algorithms and data on body indicators allow you to roughly calculate the spent proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
Health tracking and tests
One of the problematic features in the Polar Vantage V2 is heart rate monitoring. During exercise, the values are often inaccurate. In addition, the sensor is very sensitive to wrist movements, which makes the total information incorrect.
To solve the latter problem, the watch strap should be tightened tighter. Many heart rate trackers have similar errors, but the Vantage V2 has them especially pronounced. For more accurate readings, it is best to use a compatible chest strap.
On the other hand, the Polar sports watches differ from the competitors of Garmin for the better in their “testing” functions. This is a series of exercises that help you better assess your post-workout condition. This includes key metrics like VO2 Max, which will become more accurate. There are other tests on the wearable gadget: “Orthostatics”, “Recovery of leg muscles”, “Cycling”, “Running” and “Fitness”. You just need to follow the commands on the screen to get more detailed information about the state of your body.
The Orthostatic test requires a chest heart rate monitor to provide a detailed description of your body condition between workouts. Restoring leg muscles is a much simpler test. It measures the level of fatigue in your leg muscles with three fast standing jumps. This data is used to customize your FitSpark workouts and tell you if you need to take some time off before your next workout.
FitSpark is a virtual trainer that uses body measurements to form a workout program of cardio, strength and supportive training.
Cycling and Running – do exactly what their name suggests. You will get detailed heart rate zone data while exercising. However, such tests take much longer. In this case, the latter is completely a separate interval training, where you will have to gradually increase your running pace to find the peak value.
Fitness is a more relaxed regimen. You just need to lie down while the device measures your average heart rate. This will display the VO2 Max estimate, average heart rate, and a short description of your current status.
Many will think that these functions are not very important, although in fact they turn out to be very useful. For example, “Restoring leg muscles” – allows you to properly distribute the load and plan training. Overall, Polar’s Vantage V2 is a really good sports device. But, alas, there are a number of disadvantages here.
The Vantage V2 is supposed to show expanded routes, but its functionality is far from the Garmin Forerunner. Yes, you can sync routes via the Polar Flow app or Komoot, however, there is no support for the Strava service. Given how popular Strava is with runners, this is unacceptable for a gadget at this price point.
Also disappointing is the lack of “TOPO maps” containing information about the heights of the area. It also puts Polar behind Garmin’s devices. While you can control your music here, the Vantage V2 lacks internal storage or the ability to plug in wireless headphones. Sound prompts also have to be listened to only through a smartphone.
Polar Vantage V2 autonomy
The autonomy of the Vantage V2 is good, with a lithium-polymer battery 346 mAh installed here. Polar claims a full charge will last 40 hours with GPS or seven days without it.
These figures are slightly worse than that of the main competitor in the face of Forerunner 745, the watch from Garmin lasts 1–2 days longer. However, to keep track of your daily workouts, the autonomy of the Polar gadget under test is more than enough.
The Polar Vantage V2 is a sophisticated GPS sports watch designed to meet the needs of most sports enthusiasts. There are many functions here for almost all types of training, as well as tracking the state of the body.
However, the watch costs 45 thousand rubles, despite the fact that we will not get some of the capabilities of the main competitor Garmin Forerunner 745 – listening to music directly from the watch, more accurate heart rate tracking and advanced options for working with maps. If this is not so important to you, the Vantage V2 will be a great companion during any workout.
Should you buy?
A versatile multisport watch in an attractive aluminum case, the Vantage V2 is suitable for almost everyone who enjoys an active holiday. Health and exercise tracking features make it the most versatile wearable from Polar. However, smart features are still limited, and the touchscreen is slower than it should be.