Polar Vantage V & M Smartwatches Promise Smarter Fitness Tracking

Polar's latest watches know if you're maximizing your workouts

Polar's newest GPS heart rate smartwatch lasts for 40 hours

Running power is the big difference between the two devices, though the V also has a better battery life (40 hours of training vs 30 hours) and the Recovery Pro feature.

Both the Vantage V and the lower-end Vantage M have all-new heart rate sensors, using a green and red LED array and new metal contacts that use skin contact to help maintain heart-rate accuracy.

Electronics manufacturer Polar on Thursday announced the Vantage V and Vantage M, its latest smartwatches designed for athletes which offer up to 40 hours of intensive training time, new heart rate monitoring technologies, and a wide variety of other features meant to deliver a premium fitness tracking experience. That number, of course, represents the power that the wearer produces when running. Spring for the Vantage V and you'll also get running power data (a first on the wrist, Polar said) that helps you pour more work into every stride.

New coaching features include Training Load Pro and Recovery Pro (in Vantage V only) to let athletes know when they're under-training, have a productive session, or are at risk for over-training/injury.

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Add this to the Running Index (Polar's way of estimating your VO2 Max), sleep monitoring, continuous heart rate tracking, swim metrics, free running programmes and more insights and planning available through Polar Flow, the Vantage V, on paper, appears to be one of the most advanced running watches we've ever seen.

The new watches will also integrate neatly with the Polar Flow website and app, which can provide training plans with the workouts guided by heart rate. It also doesn't have the Recovery Pro feature, and its battery lasts up to 30 hours of training time (including Global Positioning System and heart rate monitor use), while the Vantage V lasts up to 40 hours. The Vantage V and Vantage M are now available for purchase in Europe, priced at the equivalent of around $580 and $300, respectively.

The new multi-sport watches can be pre-ordered now: the Vantage V is $499.90 Dollars and the Vantage M is $279.95 USD.

The Vantage V will be available for $499.99 with black, white, and orange color options available.

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