Polar launches running 'game-changer' - Polar Vantage V

The Polar Vantage M

The Polar Vantage M

As well as Polar Precision Prime, which has been created to offer a new level of heart rate accuracy and reliability, the Polar Vantage V can also measure power, without the need for external sensors.

A whole host of cutting-edge sport technologies have been integrated into this new sleek wearable, which offers advanced metrics and coaching features such as Training Load Pro, Recovery Pro and wrist-based running power - it's the world's first watch to offer this.

Professional athletes, as well as those training like pros, can get pretty much everything they need from the $549 and up Polar Vantage V, including something called Recovery Pro, which monitors the balance between training and recovery to recommend different types of workouts at different stages in a user's preparation towards achieving various goals.

Running Power is another advanced technology unique to the Vantage V, using Global Positioning System and barometer data to complement the gadget's heart rate monitor, helping you maintain a steady effort level during a long run. The color touchscreen is used for daily wear, but when you train the touchscreen is deactivated and you can control the experience with the physical buttons.

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 highlight is probably its ability to track your running power from your wrist, with a measurement in watts. Training Load Pro and Recovery Pro are two tools to help you train with a free Polar Flow for Coach service for those working with coaches to follow and manage training plans.

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Polar running power is based on speed, how fast that speed is changing and altitude gradient (based on barometer), displaying the information as a number representing the power that the user's muscles are supplying during running - in real time. The Vantage V is also available for $499.90£439, coming with black, white or orange straps.

Another highlight of the Vantage V is its "Precision Prime" heart rate monitor, which incorporates nine optical channels, a 3D accelerometer and four electrode sensors.

Training Load Pro, Polar Flow for Coach, and most of the same metrics (running index, running program, etc.) are also supported. The battery is advertised to last up to 30 hours on the Vantage M.

The Vantage M will be available in black, white, or red for $279.99.

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