Renown for being pioneers in the wearable technology market, Polar has introduced two new multisport watches, the Vantage V and Vantage M, which offer new technology including a new wrist-based heart rate sensor said to be more accurate than other similar products. The watches also offer battery life of up to 40 hours or training time, new training load and recovery features and the ability to calculate running power with no additional sensors.
According to Polar, the Vantage V, whch retails for $499.90, is geared toward elite athletes while the Vantage M, at $279.90, is an affordable option for the recreational user.
Both feature Polar’s Precision Prime, a wrist-based HR technology that integrates three sensors, nine optical channels, a 3D accelerometer and four electrode sensors to measure skin contact.
The Vantage V offers battery life for 40 hours of training time (with full heart rate and GPS usage), while Polar Vantage M is limited to 30 hours.
Additionally, there’s a new coaching feature that include, the company’s Training Load Pro and Recovery Pro (in Vantage V only) to let users know when they’re under-training, have a productive session, or are at risk for over-training/injury.
Lastly, Polar’s Flow for Coach feature has been updated to allow coaches the ability to develop seasonal training calendars, along with structured workouts that can be add them to the athlete’s training calendar. Moreover, athletes can upload daily training sessions, follow along via the watch, and sync with Flow to share data back with their coach/trainer.
Both the Vantage M and Vantage V are available for pre-order through Polar’s website.
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