The Polar Vantage V2 is here: “Now everyone can train like a professional athlete” - Women's Running

The Polar Vantage V2 is here: “Now everyone can train like a professional athlete”

Author: Esther Newman

Read Time:   |  October 15, 2020

We get a closer look at the new Polar Vantage V2

We’ve just seen the latest watch from Polar and we’re a bit giddy with it. Earlier this year we went hands on with the Polar Grit X – a big bear of a watch designed for big, outdoorsy, gritty sort of things. The marketing involved lots of pictures of people scrambling over rocks, you know the kind of thing. It was chunky and reassuringly heavy – you could tell it would withstand the knocks.

But now Polar has gone and released the Vantage V2. This slinky little number looks worlds apart from the Grit X. It’s all shiny aluminium and sleek buttons as opposed to the Grit X’s more rugged charms. But – and here’s the thing – under the lid you get pretty much the same deal.

The features

So what’s it got? Here are just a few of the bits and pieces that will have running stats nerds getting sweaty just thinking about it.

– Personalised heart rate, speed and power zones with new running and performance tests that make it even easier to monitor your progress.

– Optimised training with the new Leg Recovery test that can be performed without any additional sensors and complements the existing features Training Load Pro and Recovery Pro to help you understand how your body is responding to training

– Free access to the Polar Flow ecosystem, with tools for planning and following up on your training, activity and sleep. This includes the Test Hub that gathers all your data in one place for easy analysis

– Essential smartwatch features including music controls, weather and phone notifications

What else?

Ooh it’s light. At just 52g, this is one of those bits of kit you can chuck on, rely on it to do its job, and forget you’re wearing it. Its sleek design means it won’t get in the way of your sleeves or thumbholes, and the weight won’t get on your nerves either.

The battery life has had a bit of an upgrade too. It offers 40 hours of continuous training time – long enough to tackle an ultra without a single charge ­– and up to 100 hours of power saving options.

The important stuff

All these features come at a price – the Vantage V2 is £449, or £489 bundled with a heart rate sensor to drill down into those stats even further. Is it worth it? Eilish McColgan certainly thinks so, saying: “I’m really impressed with it. For me it’s really important, having something that fits naturally, feels comfortable and obviously looks good too. Now everyone can train like a professional athlete.”

If it helps us run like Eilish, then count us in!

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Esther Newman

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