The Polar Vantage V Titan is Polar’s top-of-the-range multisport watch. The Titan suffix does not denote any extra functionality when compared to the existing Vantage V model and instead reflects a more premium strap and casing, the latter of which is made of slightly lighter titanium metal (Polar Vantage V Titanium Spec info here).
- Q: Why the “first run” post…when you’ve already run with the Vantage?
- A: I wanted to revisit any updates to the Vantage’s GPS accuracy since launch. For example, SBAS has been introduced along with some other tweaks. Maybe also the titanium casing makes a difference to the GPS reception? That might sound strange but I found the Vantage M to have better GPS reception than the V at launch so, maybe, the case material does make a difference? Perhaps also a slightly lighter watch might improve the oHR?
The Vantage V Titanium is a great-looking device. I like how it feels when I wear and use it and I like the looks of this premium, yet sporty-looking watch. It’s got an excellent, wide-ranging sporty-feature set and, whilst it will never have Garmin’s PAY and MAPS, when you further consider the features offered by the FLOW ecosystem then the Vantage is a compelling SPORT-offering. The GPS and oHR accuracy of the Vantage I had at launch could have been better (see review below) but those aspects of the Vantage don’t bother me too much as I will always use a (superb) Polar H10 HRM and STRYD footpod. Unfortunately for me, I’m still waiting for the STRYD footpod manual calibration feature to be added to the Vantage and, along with STRAVA Live segments, that’s scheduled for later in 2019. [Existing Vantage Owners: I’ve heard a few rumours of unannounced Vantage features to be added before then].
First OWS Swim & Run
Here was a nice GPS track for swimming around Shepperton Lake with the Garmin 945. That track was certainly what it should be. The HR track wasn’t too great but it averaged the same as the Garmin HRM-TRI.
I followed that swim with a couple of running laps around the same lake and the GPS track looked good when zoomed out but it started to look like it meandered a little on the 3rd zoomed-in image (below) but it’s hard to say with two watches which one is correct.
Next is a quick run around the grid. This time I also used a Vantage V (non-Titan) as well as the Vantage V Titan and I then compared both to the Garmin 945+HRM-TRI on GPS-only – Garmin’s GPS should be stable whereas GLONASS and GALILEO are still being worked on.
This was mostly an easy, steady-state run and the HR tracks on this warm day were all awesome.
The GPS tracks are a little more interesting than the HR ones. The Vantage V Titan is definitely the better of the three on this day: the V Titan is notably more on-track than my original Vantage V, furthermore the Garmin 945 was >5m off the real track at several times and just about managed to stay within +/-5m most of the rest of the time. The 945 perhaps did handle the corners better by producing a nice, crisp 90-degree turn but that’s no good if you’re doing it in the wrong place.
Edit: I’ve added in some HR tracks from later runs/rides with the TITAN and they all look EXCELLENT…even better than the 945 (which I just wrote a review on and said it was the best I’d ever experienced from the wrist…#Sigh)
Polar Vantage V Titan Review?
Product Name: Polar Vantage V Titanium
Product Description: Premium Multi-Sport GPS Watch
Price - 85%
Apparent Accuracy - 85%
Sports Features, Including App - 95%
Build Quality & Design - 95%
Openness & Compatability - 90%
With the Feb 2019 updates, both Vantage V & M models now have most of the features for most people. The feature set on the watch and support on the Polar FLOW platform is impressive and tailored towards the more serious athlete. On the whole, the watch itself works well as a training and racing watch.
GPS and oHR accuracy do not stand out from the competition.
Vantage M is priced competitively for the impressive feature set, yet the Vantage V’s pricing for even more features struggles when comapred to Garmin’s more expensive 935 or 945. The Vantage V Titan nicely compares to the sporty side of the Suunto 9.
- Very good and extensive sport features & platform that are continually improved.
- People generally like the aesthetics of this good-looking SPORTS watch
- Great sport format – lightweight, easy to use and generally readable screen.
- STRYD integration good – but Q4.2019 will see the final pieces of the running power jigsaw fall into place (ZoneLock and manual calibration)
- oHR and GPS accuracy are improving from the levels noted at launch
- RRPs are a little high but have already fallen to sensible levels (try the Wiggle & PMC links)