Polar Vantage V2 Review – GPS Sports Watch

polar vantage v2 review

Polar Vantage V2 Review: Recently, Polar has announced its new Vantage V2 smartwatch, joins Polar’s multi-sport line up above the Polar Vantage M & Polar Grit X. Currently, it is Polar’s flagship device and one of the most expensive option in their line up.

The Polar Vantage V2 is combined with all of the features that they have come up in all of their watches & they have tried to put them in this one watch. The Vantage V2 aims to improve some of the limitations of the original Vantage V.

Check out our Polar Vantage V2 Review to know if this is the one for you.

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Quick Specs

Rating

Best Price

  • Extended Battery Life

  • Turn by Turn Navigation

  • Lightweight

  • Fitness tracking

  • Health Monitoring

  • Water Resistant 10 ATM

Quick Opinion

The Polar Vantage V2 is a premium looking smartwatch that comes with six different colour options. Moreover, it has Precision Prime™ heart rate sensor for monitoring your heart rate with its advanced fusion technology.

It also includes various fitness testing and training features to make your daily workout more convenient. Besides, it provides you with accurate wellness data such as steps count, calories burned, active time, distance travelled and more.

Monitoring your sleep becomes interesting as it provides you with a sleep score every time you wake up in the morning. You can get insights into various data such as sleep stages, sleep quality and more.

The Vantage V2 supports over 130 different sports profile. You can add your custom sport and customize what you see on your watch during each sport.

It includes GPS, GLONASS, QZSS & Galileo support that makes this watch great for outdoor dweller. For water-resistant, this watch has a 10ATM water-resistant certification that makes it suitable for swimming.

In short, if you are a road runner, triathlete, trail runners or outdoor enthusiasts and looking for a smartwatch with most in-depth health metrics, biofeedback, fitness tests and a great software ecosystem, then you should go for it.

Pros
  • Great looks & feels comfortable and premium.
  • Solid GPS accuracy.
  • Decent heart rate accuracy.
  • Access to polar flow ecosystem.
  • Shows accurate wellness data such as steps count, calories burned and more.
  • Comes with different types of fitness test which is nice.
Cons
  • Notifications gets automatically turned off when you are on an activity.
  • Little bit laggy interface.

Polar Vantage V2 Review

Design & Display

polar vantage v2 design and display

Design

The Polar Vantage V2 has a premium-looking design whose body is made out of aluminium. This model comes with six different colours to choose from:

  • Black
  • Green
  • Grey-lime
  • White
  • Red
  • Light-pink

In Polar Vantage V, the removal of the strap was not that easy, but in this upgrade polar has now changed the whole design. They have added a little pin that you can pull out easily with your thumbnail. The band comes in two sizes, Small-Medium & Medium-large for different wrist sizes.

The Polar Vantage V2 weighs nearly 52g which makes it light in weight. And even though it is 47mm in diameter still feels small. The buttons on it are tactile & clicky. They are not just round buttons but they do have some surface area to them.

Around the back, you get Precision Prime™ heart rate sensor for monitoring your heart rate with its advanced fusion technology.

Display

The Display of Polar Vantage V2 is the same as Polar Grit X. It features a 1.2-inch transflective display. You will find this watch to be not that bright, it is kind of similar to Garmin’s smartwatches. But that’s not a con because it is super readable in direct sunlight.

In dark, there is a gesture-based backlight that works when you raise your wrist. Also, you get a dedicated button to do the same.

For protection, the display has a Corning Gorilla Glass protection that makes your watch scratch-resistant, but don’t consider it as scratch-proof. So, be careful with it.

Activity & Fitness Tracking

polar vantage v2 activity and fitness tracking

The Polar Vantage V2 comes with a whole bunch of built-in activities such as running, trail-running, hiking, downhill skiing, treadmill, aerobics, triathlon, swimming and more. It basically covers any activities you think of.

You can also set your custom activity & track it with Polar Flow Mobile app.

In every Polar watch, notifications gets turned off while you are on activity. Meaning, you won’t be getting any type of notifications while you are busy with your activity. I consider it as a quirk because if there is any emergency text, you won’t be getting that on your wrist.

There is a Fuel-wise nutrition reminder that reminds you for activities like ultramarathons or Ironman Triathlon. You can set up a manual carbohydrates interval so that you get reminders to take in some carbohydrate every hour or so.

For fitness testing, Polar Vantage V2 has included different types of tests:

  • Orthostatic Test (NEW): to measure how much your body has recovered from your last activity.
  • Running Performance Test: to track your progress and personalize your heart rate, speed and power zones.
  • Cycling Performance Test: to personalize your power zones and tells your personal functional threshold power. (power meter required)
  • Leg Recovery Test (NEW): tells you to stand straight up with your hands on your hips and then it tells you to jump as high as you can. based on your high jumps it come up with a metric on how much you have recovered your legs.

For fitness training, Polar Vantage V2 has two tools that helps you in your training:

  • Training Load Pro: separates your cardio load from muscle load & perceived load. This gives you an idea about how your body is reacting to increased volume in your training.
  • Recovery Pro: tells you whether your body is ready for training and offers you recovery feedback right on your watch.

The Polar Vantage V2 also collects every day’s wellness data such steps count, calories burned, active time, distance travelled and more. Besides, it monitors your sleep and gives you a sleep score every time you wake up in the morning. In addition, it also record different insights of your sleep such as sleep time, stages, quality and more.

Polar Vantage V2 App Preview

Polar Vantage V2 App Preview

The Polar Vantage V2 uses its official app called Polar Flow to pair it with your smartphone. You will find the app in both Apple’s AppStore and Google’s PlayStore.

By pairing, you can see all your training and activity data directly from your phone. With the help of the Polar Flow app you can:

  • Overview of your training
  • Analyze every detail of your training session & maximize performance.
  • Create structured workouts and training targets.
  • See your training data with weekly calendar summaries.
  • Add and modify sport profiles easily. Choose from over 130+ sports.
  • Follow your activity 24/7.
  • Receive inactivity alerts encouraging you to get up and move.
  • And More…

Features & Functionality

Polar vantage v2 Features & Functionality

Music Player

Polar has added a Music Player in this watch which you can enable by swiping up the bottom of your screen. As this watch has no storage, you can’t store music in it & you need to have a phone with you. This basically controls any music on your phone through Spotify, Google Music or YouTube Music.

GPS & Sensors

The Polar Vantage V2 comes with integrated GPS & GLONASS. And also it does support QZSS & Galileo. The GPS & Sensors in this watch makes it a perfect fit for outdoor dwellers. Therefore, if you ever plan for hiking trips, then this watch would be a perfect companion.

What about the Navigation features?

Navigation Features

In Polar Vantage V2, you get access to navigation features via a GPX file import or Komoot Navigation Software. With Komoot Navigation, you can plan routes & sync them into the Polar Flow mobile app and then into the watch.

However, there are some limitations to this navigation feature.

  • You can’t zoom in to the map.
  • You won’t get a big picture of how your map looks like.
  • You can’t pan around.

Water Resistant

The Polar Vantage V2 has a water-resistant certification of 10ATM (up to 100 meters) which makes it suitable for swimming and other water sports except diving. It is always recommended to use diver’s watch for water activities like Deep-sea diving or scuba diving.

Battery Life

polar vantage v2 battery life

For battery life, Polar Vantage V2 can serve you up to one week on a single charge in smartwatch or standby mode. It can go up to one week even if you use continuous heart rate tracking from the risk based heart rate sensor.

If you want to get the most out of battery, then you can disable continuous heart rate monitoring.

In training mode, battery life can go up to 40 hours. Moreover, you get Multiple power saving options that you can play with.

How to pair your Smartphone with Polar Vantage V2? – Mobile Pairing Guide

To pair your smartphone with Polar Vantage V2, you need to install its official app called Polar Flow. You will find the link above in the post.

Before you pair, make sure your Polar Vantage V2 has its battery charged. And have an active internet connection.

1. Turn Your Bluetooth On

First, turn on Bluetooth of your smartphone. Note – Do not connect the fitness tracker via Bluetooth directly.

2. Open the official Polar Flow app & Sign Up

You need to complete the sign up process by fill up details like your name, location, city and more. Also, you have to fill up physical details, activity level and training background because it helps you in getting more accurate guidance and interpretation of your training session.

Make sure you enter the details precisely.

3. Tap Join Now

When you have define all your settings tap on join now.

4. Recognize Your Device

Then it will recognize your polar device near by and will prompt you to start pairing.

If that doesn’t happen for some reason, In Polar Vantage V2 go to:
Settings> General Settings> Pair & Sync> Pair & Sync Phone
& sync manually.

5. Done

Once you have paired it successfully, your personalized settings gets transferred to your Polar Vantage V2.

If it prompts you to update firmware, then definitely do it for better experience.

POLAR Vantage V2 vs V vs Grit X – Comparision

Specs

Polar Vantage V2

Polar Vantage V

Polar Grit X

Dimension

47 x 47 x 13 mm

46 x 46 x 13 mm

47 x 47 x 13 mm

Weight

52g

66g

64g

Display Size

1.2”

1.2”

1.2”

Material

Aerospace aluminium alloy with glass fiber reinforced polymer.

Extreme high strength stainless steel case. Glass fiber reinforced polymer back cover.

Extreme high strength stainless steel case (with DLC coating on black color version). Glass fiber reinforced polymer back cover.

Battery

7 days

7 days

7 days

GPS

Integrated GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS

Integrated GPS, GLONASS, Galileo & QZSS.

Integrated GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS.

Connectivity

Bluetooth Low Energy. Custom USB cable for charging and data synchronization.

Bluetooth Low Energy. Custom USB cable for charging and data synchronization.

Bluetooth Low Energy. Custom USB cable for charging and data synchronization.

Compatible OS

Android/iOS

Android/iOS

Android/iOS

Compass

NO

NO

YES

Swim Ready

10 ATM

5 ATM

10 ATM

Sport Ready

YES

YES

YES

Durability

Tested against military standards (MIL-STD-810G).

Tested against military standards (MIL-STD-810G).

Tested against military standards (MIL-STD-810G).

Price

Final Verdict

The Polar Vantage V2 offers enough new features, updates and improved performance to really attract someone who bought the Vantage V. If you’re using Vantage V and your battery is working fine, then there is no reason to upgrade it.

So, Who is it for?

Here Polar is actually targeting new users who don’t have a polar yet. Therefore, if you are a road runner, triathletes, trail runners or outdoor enthusiasts and don’t have a Polar watch, then you should surely consider it. And also if you are more into Garmin, Suunto and looking for the most in-depth health metrics, biofeedback, fitness tests and a great software ecosystem, then also you can go for it.

Hope this Polar Vantage V2 Review was helpful!

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