Polar Vantage M Vantage V, V800 M430 Specifications Comparison

Polar Vantage V Review, Polar Vantage M ReviewThe new Polar Vantage M and Polar Vantage V have finally hit the communications channels on the net…if not quite yet the shops (late October). A Polar Vantage Review will not follow until late October and that will be with a proper production model not this beta unit.

This post gives a detailed, tabular comparison of the V and M models compared to the M430 and V800. It’s mostly GREAT news but not if you like navigation. I’ll start off with some headlines first.

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Vantage VVantage M
DesignPremium, stainless steel, gorilla glass, bands only changeable in repair type situationsPlastic, metal bezel, easily interchangeable 22mm bands
DisplayAlways on, touch screen, 5 buttonsAlways on, 5 buttons
Size46mm  dia, h 13mm @66g46mm  dia, h 12.4mm @45g
Training Time40 hours GPS+GLONASS+oHR per second recording30 hours GPS+GLONASS+oHR per second recording
New FeaturesTraining Load Pro (requires power internally or 3rd party source for a complete picture)

Real-time running power from wrist

Precision Prime oHR

Recovery Pro

Training Load Pro (requires power internally or 3rd party source for a complete picture)

3rd party unning power support

Precision Prime oHR


Lack of navigation will be worrying for some. The 240X240 display looks better in reality than those specs suggest. This info comes from the Polar website. I  have made some corrections to it but there could still be errors, please point them out. Thank you. Some of the ‘blanks’ against the Vantage V and Vantage M are effectively covered by new features and included in them – especially the new physiology stuff.


Vantage VVantage MV800M430
Continuous heart rateNo
24/7 Activity Tracking
Sleep Plus
Activity Goal
Active Time
Steps and Distance
Activity Summary
Activity Benefit
Inactivity Alert
Sleep Duration and Quality
Recovery ProNoNoNo
Running power from wristNoNoNo
via 3rd party sensorNo
Running Program
Training Load Pro (cardio load, muscle load, perceived load)NoNo
Speed and distance from the wristNo
Running cadence from the wrist
Route importNoNoNo
Wrist-based heart rate measurementNo
Heart rate
Heart Rate zones
Speed/Pace zones
Power zones
Strava Live SegmentsNoNo
Orthostatic TestNo
Polar Fitness Test
Running Index
Jump Test
Smart Calories
Training Benefit
Training Loadin Flow web service
Recovery Statusin Flow web service
Back to StartNoNo
Altitude, ascent/descent
Sport profiles
User-adjustable training displays
Multisport training
GPS Power save mode
Race pace
End Time Estimator
Route guidanceNoNoNo
Training targets
R-R Recording test
Training history
Training diary
Interval Timers
Laps, manual
Laps, automatic
Swimming Metrics
Tap gestures
Training reminder
Personal Bests
Countdown Timer
–Cadence sensor Bluetooth® Smart features
–Speed sensor Bluetooth® Smart features
Incline measurement
–Stride sensor Bluetooth® Smart features
Average stride length
Jump Test
Setup via mobileNoNo
Battery life
Training time40h30h
Color touch displayNoNoNo
Water resistanceWR30WR30WR30WR30
Rechargeable battery
USB cableCustomCustomCustomCustom
Bluetooth Smart + GymLink (5kHz)NoNoNo
Bluetooth Smart
Smart Notifications
Audio alertsNo, but the vibration is faintly audible
Vibration alerts
Button lock
Date and weekday indicator
Time of day (12/24h)
Bike settings for three bicycles
Firmware update
Running Index analysis
Season Planning
Map view
Social feed
Instant activity and training analysis
Advanced activity and training analysis
Training planning
Sport profile settings
Progress follow-up
Compatible with PC Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and later
Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7, OS X 10.8, and later
Compatible with Polar Flow web service
Compatible with Polar Flow mobile app via Bluetooth Smart
Data export
Training history export (from polarpersonaltrainer.com to Polar Flow)
3rd party compatibility


Price, Availability & Discount

The Polar Vantage M retails at $260/GBP250/Eur280,

The Polar Vantage V retails at $499/GBP439/Eur499

The Polar Vantage now has general availability. There do not seem to be widespread discount yet in the EU. I’ve included the Amazon international link below but you will find a better deal at New Running Gear and Power Meter City. New Running Gear (NRG), below, were also bundling in GBP50 of running freebies. Help support this blog with the great deals below:

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Best Amazon price is linked to. Prices could fall below existing level from 2019 onwards £249/$259/Eu279. Buying from Amazon supports this site.

Best Amazon price is linked to. Prices could fall below existing level from 2019 onwards £439/$499/Eu499. Buying from Amazon supports this site.

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I hope they bring back race pace for the Vantage V. I like that feature on the V800. The Strava Live Segments were pretty cool too, better for cycling than running as a mad sprint to beat a PB half way through a 10k training run was never ideal. Hopefully a lot of these issues will be addressed with firmware updates over the (hopefully) long product life.

Luís Pinto
Luís Pinto

Sorry, i discover one error in headlines. you putted 43 hours for two models. One thing i didn’t understand. You don’t have intervals repetition program (simple) in watch, but there will be structured intervals from Flow?

Matthew Longbottom
Matthew Longbottom

Ordered but….
1/ Disappointing they dropped the GymLink (5kHz) and the R-R Recording test
2/ How often is Continuous heart rate monitoring when not in training mode? Every second?
3/ Would love to see Strava live segments make a return
4/ Be interesting to see if you can now set different power zones (1 thru 5) for running and cycling. Up until now, same power zones have been used for both which clearly makes no sense.
5/ GPS accuracy was always the V800 strength so let’s hope they have got that right here
6/ No temperature measurement is disappointing – although it was never accurate on V800. Maybe they can get a web service to import this data in to Polar Flow.
7/ Personally I don’t care much for smart notifications but I know this is a big thing for other people.
8/ How strong are the vibration alerts? A370 vibration is unnoticeable.
9/ I guess Polar Fitness Test is redundant with the new Recovery Pro metrics?
10/ 3rd party compatibility – would love to know what this means e.g. Humon?

Great articles there mr5k. Thanks for your efforts.

Oscar van de Leur
Oscar van de Leur

Thanks for all the info!

Disappointing that the connectivity options have been reduced instead of increased.
GPS accuracy will never be good enough for instant pace and power measurement from wrist will probably also not be very accurate so I still need a footpod (Stride).
But as there is still no Ant+ and the gymlink has been dropped I will have to use it without a heart rate strap.
The wrist heart rate reliability should be very good to consider that…


Think it looks really good…I currently have a Garmin Vivoactive 3 & was looking for an upgrade…due to multiple issues I have seen with the garmin firmware upgrades, was keen to jump ship & good to see Polar have a great device

Curious that they decided to drop some of the nice to haves like interchangable bands which I would have thought is quite basic & strava live segments. I suppose they have taken a call to just focus on the pros & not try to be everything to everyone.

Wonder if it will still come with basic bells & whistles of alert notifications from phone so that an average weekend warrior like myself can still make most of it.

Like the price point though especially when comparing against the $1,000 fenix plus models..appreciate your discount code as well..wish they shipped them out sooner though, looks like they have a terrible procurement/sales cycle…2 months waiting time for ship out in this day & age is a bit silly, IMO


Are the M and V watches compatible with the polar hr7 as well as the 10? Great intro to the watches.


Yep same question here.
I’ve a h7 and wonder if all the functionality on the V work without the h10 (recovery pro,…)


Was looking to upgrade my V800 to the Vantage V (watch strap on V800 has broken and cannot get the pins out to replace with a new strap). However, there are a few functions on the V800 that I’d struggle to live without
Race Pacing – Great for marathons to hold pace in the first 20 miles.
Route Navigation – I create a lot of custom routes to makes the recovery & long runs more interesting

Polar has always been good with releasing new feature upgrades over time so hoping v800 functions will make a reappearance

Oscar van de Leur
Oscar van de Leur

Nothing personal towards you Darren but I find it intriguing how the reputation of Polar for bringing out an incomplete product (software wise) has changed into appreciation for them releasing new features. But let’s face it, software development just does not get enough attention within Polar: – It has taken them 5 years to come up with a successor of their flagship model and it’s still missing functionality. Polar might state this is due to the complete rewrite of the code, but one could also argue that the software team is just too small… – This is now the second time in their flagship line that they are pushing out a product that is incomplete considering the intended use (multisport watch), its users or what could be considered industry standard. I am not talking Go-Pro control, e-mail notifications, Strava Live Segments or other niche functionality. I’m thinking of the interval timer (introduced 4 months after release), speed and pace zones (7 months), open water swimming metrics (14 months), phased training targets (14 months), etc. – It also not only took many months for the improvements (gap and bug fixes really) to come out but the updates often introduced new bugs… Read more »

Matthew Longbottom
Matthew Longbottom

Agree on the frustration of the first few months with the V800 – although to be fair to Polar they have continued to improve it over the 5 years – adding Stryd compatibility and other functionality etc. They definitely supported the V800 well. Much better than some other manufacturers in other industries do.

Matthew Longbottom
Matthew Longbottom

Darren – I had the same issue and sent it back to Polar. They replaced the strap for me. Keep the V800 and use it for those times that you need the navigation. I mean the Vantage V will occasionally need charging.


I’m going to take the “Garmin owner” Perspective here, but everything about this watch left me underwhelmed. I had high hopes for this (bordering on unrealistic I know) but really, and after five years… Polar put out a subfunctional Fenix/Forerunner 935 watch that doesn’t even pace the pedigree that came from the v800. We can argue that Polar is the superior company when it comes to tight algorithmic metrics and delivery of meaningful information, but how consistent is that going to be with users forced to choose how many external sensors they can use. They removed some options that were on the v800. I’m never going to be convinced running power from the wrist is going to be not only accurate but consistently accurate, nor will wrist-based oHR measurements once you get beyond the equivalent of z2/z3 HR zones. And it doesn’t matter how many LED’s they throw in there; there are far too many hindrances on the wrist to make it worthwhile. I’m even worried about how effective the oHR is going to work with the additional magnetic charge ports that double as a skin sensor, so the oHR doesn’t needlessly stay active if not touching your skin. My… Read more »

Matthew Longbottom
Matthew Longbottom

Behind the curve for who? Potential purchasers have different requirements and therefore need to evaluate whether this device is for them. What is important for you is not as critical for me and what is important for me may not be for you. Let’s take being behind the curve on onboard storage for music. Really? This is 2018 and the age of streaming. I personally don’t want to go back to 2005 and be transferring music on to a device to listen to it. Life is too short. If somebody can get Spotify streaming working on a sports watch then I’m probably interested – otherwise bleh!! So I guess if I want to listen to music, I’m carrying my phone. Which also can make calls and do payments etc. Given the Vantage V is $600 cheaper than a 5S Plus, I guess that’s more than half the payment towards a new iPhone X. I personally like where Polar are focused on this device. Accuracy and indicators on training intensity and recovery. For me, they need to nail GPS accuracy, oHR accuracy when not training / sleeping and provide me some insight from all the data they collect to make meaningful… Read more »


Is vantage m supporting all external Bluetooth sensors like Powermeter? In the past the m series didn’t.


Are there any screws on the watch under the strap? It would be good if the battery could be replaced like on the V800 and M430.
Is it possible to switch off the Vantage models or they run continuously?
Thanks in advance!


The Vantage M does not have audio alerts. Only vibration alerts.