POLAR Vantage M –Advanced Running & Multisport Watch with GPS and Wrist-Based Heart Rate (Lightweight Design & Latest Technology)
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Track your workouts, analyse your progress and achieve more with Polar Flow – your complete training platform available on desktop and mobile. Create season plans, share your data with your coach and connect with your favorite online sports communities, such as Strava or TrainingPeaks.
Polar Vantage M
Challenge your limits with Polar Vantage M, an all-round multisport GPS watch for anyone who loves setting new records. This slim and lightweight training companion provides you with all the data you need to improve your performance in all your favourite sports.
- Advanced wrist-based heart rate
- Integrated GPS
- Training Load Pro
- Swimming metrics
- Changeable wristbands
Train smarter with Polar Smart Coaching features
Optimise your training and quantify the strain your training puts on your body.
Training Load Pro
Advanced wrist-based heart rate
Track your heart rate accurately even in the most demanding training conditions with Polar Precision Prime, our new sensor fusion technology.
Integrated GPS & Glonass for accurate speed, distance and route tracking. Assisted GPS for fast fix times.
When you swim, Polar Vantage M automatically detects your heart rate, swimming style, distance, pace, strokes and rest times. Distance and strokes get tracked also in open water swimming.
Polar sports watches support over 130 different sports. Add your favorite sports to your Polar Vantage M and customise settings for each sport in Polar Flow.
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1. I do like the button layout since this is the standard (or has been) for Polar so if you’ve been using Polar, it’ll be much easier to adapt.
2. I’m not a fan of touch screen watches. I train to train, not to play around with watch faces. I completely get the fitness enthusiast that wants a fitness/smart watch they can wear all the time. I probably like this watch’s button navigation process because it’s what I’m used to in prior HR watches.
3. It has a clean look. Much better looking than the older Polar watches or those space-age looking watches. It might be a little big on someone with thin wrists.
1. HR measurement is not accurate. I did multiple comparison tests with my Polar M400 strap watch, with several different types of training modes, and readings were erratic. HR readings were closer to what the strap gave when there was less distal movement or wrist movement. At rest it was close (most of the time) but once I started to increase my movement and exercise intensity, the readings were inconsistent. For performance based training, this would NOT be a good choice.
2. Kcalorie expenditure was off by at least 20% (lower than strap monitor). This makes sense if the HR readings were off. For those trying to gain or lose weight, it would NOT be a good choice either.
3. In my opinion, the size of the watch is fine for a man’s wrist, but may be large for a woman’s. Of course, this is completely subjective since I do know some women that now like larger watches. Keep in mind that most comparable watches from other competitors are similar.
4. The sync and customization options are limited, even when you use the computer app, which has slightly more options than the watch and phone app set-up. I would love to be able to lock the screen so I don’t inadvertently hit a button that might pause the session, or whatever.
5. I’d love to have a brighter screen and a way to keep the light on. It does turn-on with a flip of the wrist, but it’s not always reliable and I don’t always need to turn my wrist to want that.
6. The charger is horrible. Rather than a straight forward wall-to-watch plug, its some fancy magnetic connector. The USB cord from the wall extends to a magnetic attachment which easily detaches from the watch if its not laying on the watch face. Hard to explain but you'll have to look at some of the online videos to get it.
Just a note: I did the same comparison testing with the Garmin VivoActive 3 (versus Polar M400), and it was just as bad. In fact, for fun, I got my hands on a FitBit Alta HR and it actually had better readings than the Garmin or Polar; but still not accurate enough for me. Either way, I don’t think they’ve perfected this wrist based technology yet. I questioned it's accuracy when it first came out but after reading an article saying it was very accurate compared to the "old strap" monitors, I thought I'd give it a try. I was really hoping this would be it; I REALLY want to ditch the chest strap...but not willing to sacrifice accuracy. Perhaps the watches at a much higher price-point work better, but I’d guess it would be the same. My next step is to test the arm strap.
Some Pros: I think it is a good looking watch. The interface is easy to use, and I love all the sport profiles that are available. My favorite thing so far has been the ability to buy this in a small. I have very small wrists, and it's a luxury to be able to get it tight enough with out a long tail on the wrist band.
Cons: My only con is that it does not track my heart rate correctly for all sports. It works just fine for weight training, pilates and indoor cycling. But when I wear it to walk or do the elliptical it is wildly inaccurate. Based on reading another review, I think it has trouble reading it correctly when I have a lot of arm movement. Therefore, I will be buying a strap to monitor my HR during these activities. Admittedly, it would have been convenient if the HR tracking via my wrist worked 100% of the time. But I was skeptical about this from the beginning, so I'm not shocked there are issues.