Polar Vantage Shipping NOW – USA

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Some units were sent TODAY to PowerMeterCity in the USA from Polar, and the rest should be sent tomorrow for despatch in October. Those of you who ordered with the discount code THE5KRUNNER10 will get yours shipped first.

I’ll update this with the situation in the UK when I get the info.

There’s plenty more info at the following link if you need it and if you want to get one…click the image further below. FWIW: I like it.

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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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I’ve used them too much (some duplicates shown from V&M…some workouts not shown in daily summary as too many on one day)

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I saw GPS test results of Beta Vatage V in your Test Results dropbox file and at 58% it looks pretty bad…


I’m not sure Garmin level of good is a great recommendation. I have a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus and its a great watch overall. But HR monitoring is, for me at least, is overall poor. Sometimes it works great – but then it has not infrequent moments of madness. My lungs are fit to burst, sweat pouring off me, my heart about to expire and my Garmin says HR 100 BPM. I don’t think so!

And same in reverse – a gentle stroll and the watch tells me I’m exercising to the max!

I find a lot of the time ( 80% ) its probably accurate – but I need something that’s 95% accurate 95% of the time.

I was hoping the Polar Vantage might be it but not so sure.

Markus G

As far as I understood they were talking about GPS accuracy. Of course it’s the same “Garmin level of good” is for sure not an argument to switch (for me at least).
Anyway they were not talking about oHR, so you still stand a chance that the Vantage might be better. Only time will tell. Currently I’ve the impression that too man people got caught by Polar’s marketing campaign that they are more accurate and by repeating this mantra over and over again, it seems to be taken for given. But who actually had access to the final watch to test it?

Before I decide to switch over from my current eco-system (Garmin) I’ll see what real-world results will show. I’ve enough time to do so because one important feature (for me) will be available next year anyway. So no rush more me.


Hi! I have two questions about the watch (I think I’m getting the M, but I guess for the OHR and the GPS the results are going to be quite similar).

1) How’s the OHR when swimming? The OH1 works great (for me at least) but I’m not sure about an OHR on the wrist…

2) Has the GPS accuracy improved since you got the unit? I’ve read (also in the DC website) that it is not that good (being polite).

Thanks in advance!


Happy to hear that! Specially given that it is not possible to pair neither a OH1 nor H10 for swimming…

For the M being better at GPS accuracy, may it be the case of the metallic bezel impacting the signal? Just guessing, but if I’m not mistaken, it wouldn’t be the first time this happens in a GPS watch.



Received my vantage V today, can you check one thing on yours ?, the bottom right button click sound is different from the other 4 buttons, is it the same on yours?



Bottom right button? Does it bother you?

Also have you managed to lock the screen/buttons? it´s stated you should long press light button but it is not doing anything

Marti Bergmayr

jep, same here – bottom richt button is louder


Has it been confirmed by now that the Vantage and the Suunto 9 are using the same GPS chip? If so, has the GPS performance of the Suunto 9 improved since it was launched? And, tangentially: could Glonass — and/or Galileo — eventually become available on the Suunto?

My main reason for asking is that with initial reports about the Sony GPS chip being less than stellar, I’m wondering whether I might not be better off giving it a miss and going for a watch with a different chipset (i.e. one of the Spartan Sport models) if a nice deal pops up on Black Friday.


If I go for it, it’ll likely be the Sport WHR (or WHR Baro, still on the fence about that) which your review says “performed excellently” on your tests and “is up there with the very best”:

Unless something has changed in the interim? I’d really rather avoid extra devices to fiddle around with; while I’m sometimes tempted by a footpod for the purpose of instant pace that’s actually usable, it might not be important enough to me to warrant strapping on an additional gadget every time I run, and if I do bite the bullet a Scosche Rhythm+ might be more useful for my purposes. So good GPS would take priority.

In general I’m a bit spooked by the initial performance reports on the Sony chip. I have a paranoid itch that it’s too new and the teething troubles might not be fully fixed until the second generation, and if that’s the case I’d rather take a rain check on the first watches using it.


Guess it’ll be Baro for me then! Vantage M is not an option because it won’t, apparently, be getting route navigation.

Out of curiosity, what’s your “main” watch and why? If I may ask?


What it’s coming down to for me right now is whether I will move from swim bike run as separate cross training activities to the realm of actual triathlon training and racing. If I do, my AW4 which performs very well with Stryd for the run, and very well in pool (based on lap distance OHR), will become my secondary device. I am curious if you’ve had any dropouts on the M or V with your Stryd foot pod?