The wearable tech company’s latest multi-sport watches, the Polar Vantage V and Polar Vantage M, offer new advanced features.

Polar has unveiled its Polar Vantage V, a premium multi-sport watch for athletes serious about performance, and its sister product, the Polar Vantage M, an all-in-one sports watch with advanced heart rate technology for goal-oriented athletes.

The Polar Vantage V is the company’s most advanced watch to date and the Polar Vantage M, offers serious athletes advanced performance metrics and new Smart Coaching features at an affordable price.

Both watches introduces Polar’s new Precision Prime wrist-based fusion heart rate technology for enhanced accuracy. The company says its new unique sensor fusion technology and customised smart algorithm delivers a new standard for wrist-based accuracy.

“We’re thrilled to introduce Polar Precision Prime, which is the only heart rate technology that integrates three sensor types to deliver leading wrist-based heart rate,” says Sanna Merio, Segment Manager at Polar. “Precision Prime uses nine optical channels that deploy two colours and wavelengths of light to extract data from different layers in the skin.

“In addition to the 3D accelerometer, we’ve also incorporated new electrode sensors that measure sensor-skin contact. These advancements mean a faster response time, more sensitivity for readings, and much higher accuracy and reliability for wrist-based heart rate.”

The new devices also come with Training Load Pro, a new Smart Coaching feature that guides athletes to reach the ideal amount of training to perform at their very best. The new feature monitors training load from each training session and helps athletes recognise personal limits by informing them when they’re overtraining, undertraining or training just right.

Some additional features of both watches include:
– Running Index: A straightforward number that scores running performance. Running Index automatically provides an estimate of a runner’s Running Vo2max score based on their submaximal or typical runs.
– Running Program: Polar’s free, personalised and adaptive training program offers guidance on completing anything from a 5k to a marathon.
– Polar Sleep Plus: Automatically detects the timing, amount, and quality of sleep and provides feedback for improvement.
– Daily Activity and Continuous Heart Rate: Intelligently combines activity and heart rate data to calculate daily calorie burn outside of training, offering a comprehensive view on everyday life, accurate calorie consumption and activity data.
– Swim Metrics: Tracks indoor and outdoor swimming sessions with metrics such as stroke rate and distance.

The more advanced Polar Vantage V also comes with features such as Running Power, Recovery Pro and Polar Flow for Coach.

Running Power

Running Power lets athletes train with a level of convenience and effectiveness that hasn’t been possible without a separate sensor before Polar Vantage V.

Polar’s running power unifies several running metrics into one, easy-to-understand number that represents the power that the runner produces during running.

Wrist-based running power also has the added benefit of no need for external sensors. As the trusted brand for heart rate accuracy, Polar now provides both metrics to enable athletes to train smarter and more effectively, so they can reach performance goals.

Recovery Pro

Recovery Pro, exclusive to Polar Vantage V, provides a holistic understanding of the balance between training and recovery by measuring daily and long-term recovery.

Together, Training Load Pro and Recovery Pro offer personalised training guidance to help ensure athletes are improving personal performance while avoiding injury.

Polar Flow for Coach

Polar Vantage V provides Polar’s free Polar Flow for Coach online service. The service allows coaches to develop robust training plans that sync with an athlete’s Flow account and Polar Vantage V.

Athletes can follow daily training sessions on their watch, with coaches able to view data, compare actual training sessions to original plans and make adjustments.

Polar Flow for Coach includes advanced seasonal planning features, providing easy-to-use tools and visualisations that offer an annual overview as well as a detailed look at weekly and monthly training sessions.

Release and cost

Both watches are available for pre-order now on Polar Vantage V costs £439, while the Vantage M will cost you £249.

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