For serious sports enthusiasts the Polar brand is synonymous with working out and recording the metrics of your workout accurately. The next devices in the Polar range include the Vantage M and Vantage V sports watches.

The Polar Vantage M is the entry-level model in the new Vantage range, priced at $399, while the Vantage V is the premium model designed for serious athletes with a price tag to match at $699.90. There’s a number of differences in spec between the two watches, but it’s the similarities in the Vantage range that are the key selling points.

The Vantage V and Vantage M include the usual specs including GPS, as well as a new take on Hear-Rate sensors with the Polar Precision Prime sensor fusion technology to more accurately record your stats.

The Vantage M and Vantage V include all the tools you need to take your training to the next level, with a focus on training and recovery with the new Training Load Pro feature which Polar says gives you a comprehensive view on how your training sessions strain your body in different way with a focus on cardio load, muscle load, perceived load using the heart-rate sensors and more. The Vantage V also offers insights into recovery with their Recovery Pro feature.

The Vantage V offers some additional benefits for athletes with a barometer and a touch-screen included, as well as the ability to record running power from the wrist. What is Running power? It’s a new feature that measures the external load of your running, using GPS, Barometer and Heart Rate Sensor to gauge the intensity of your running. The Vantage M also supports running power, but requires external sensors.

The Vantage M offers up to 30 hours of battery life on a single charge, while the Vantage V offers an extended life of up to 40 hours using the GPS, heart-rate monitor and more. For a quick comparison here’s a good look

Polar Vantage V Polar Vantage M
Polar Precision Prime™, wrist-based heart rate measurement X X
Speed and distance from the wrist X X
Training Load Pro™ X X
(Muscle Load via third-party sensor)
Recovery Pro™ X
Running power From the wrist Via third-party sensor
Running Program X X
Running Index X X
Sleep Plus™ X X
+130 sport profiles X X
Multisport mode X X
Swimming metrics X X
Waterproof X X
Barometer X
Battery life with GPS 40 hours in training mode 30 hours in training mode
Display Always-on color touch display, resolution 240 x 240 Color display, resolution 240 x 240
Measurements 46 x 46 x 13 mm 46 x 46 x 12.5 mm
Weight 66 g 45 g
Changeable wristband X

The Vantage M will be available in Black, White and Red with the ability to swap different bands with either Polars range of watch bands or any other 22mm watch bands on the market. The Vantage V will be available with Black White and Orange bands.

If you’re interested in the Vantage V or Vantage M you can check them out now on the Polar website where they are both available now for pre-order.

Source: Polar.