Polar Vantage V & V650 get KOMOOT Support

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Today’s BIG news is the launch of the Polar Grit X (review), which is a souped-up Polar Vantage M that almost has all the features on the Vantage V, except Grit X is cheaper, more rugged and has some neat new outdoorsy functions too – one of which is Komoot support.

Fear not, Vantage owners. Komoot is already working on your Vantage V ie right now! and I’ve been using it on my Vantage V for over a day.It also looks to be working on the Polar V650 as well but I’ve not tested that.

You can see a little test route, above, that I created on Komoot yesterday cleverly called ‘Up the road‘ and you can guess where that went too 😉 I was checking if Vantage V also supported the TBT instructions from Komoot but sadly not – TBT is only on the Grit X ie You just get the synchronisation to the Vantage V of your favourite breadcrumb routes with no TBT instructions nor, I believe, elevation either.

Polar Grit X Review Specifications

Polar Grit X Review Specifications
Compass – Most long-winded calibration I’ve ever experienced. But it works eventually.

What is Komoot? It’s a pretty-looking routing service. In the UK it is quite lacking in public rides/runs that you can use but it does seem to have a good (popularity?) routing engine that works well for the few trips I’ve planned on it. It is easy-to-use, perhaps more so than STRAVA or RwGPS and certainly worth a look.

Somebody could try loading up a TBT enabled route file manually to the Vantage V…but I don’t think you will see anything TBT-wise. Let me know if you do please!

Are you a Polar V650 owner? Don’t worry you get Komoot support too.

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Stefan Vukman

Any chance that FuleWise is also present on the vantage?

Christian

FuleWise would be just great on the V, since the V800 already had some simple reminders during workout…

Chris

Not even just simple time based reminders on the V800, actually fuelling/gel reminders based on the number of kcal burned… Sounds like most of the functionality of fuel wise right there. I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t already in the VV and honestly expected it to turn up in a firmware update. Seems like it might be arbitrarily limited to the Grit though, which is annoying.

Bernard

Tried it today and Komoot works pretty good. Easy to make routes and easy to sync to the watch.

I think it will be a matter of time before also other features will come to the Vantage V. The price difference would then only be to get Recovery Pro, that is not enough to convince people to but a Vantage V I suspect.

Christian

That make sense to me too…

Bernard

W’ll see. Polar’s comment on all these questions is that it is not planned right now. So they leave it open for the future. Problem with these features is that if they introduce it, you want it, but if you have it you might see how useless they are (I have use Fitspark a few times and realized, it is better is to have a custom set of exercises and a timer….) Hill splits is nice, but I live in a flat country . FuelWise , I had the reminders on the V800 and it gets annoying at some point, so switched it off again, listen to your body instead of your watch… And having the weather on your watch is just a waste of resources, a phone will give much more info on weather. And for the battery use. I understand that the 40 hours is extended by reducing GPS connection and switching of the optical HR by using a BT HR monitor. The last we can already do on the Vantage. That is what I see when I use the OH1., the OHR on watch is disabled. I understand that would give the Grid X 35 hours more.… Read more »

Bernard

This is what I read on DCR on the battery of the Grid X
Up to 40 hours: 1-second GPS recording, optical HR enabled, normal screen update rate
Up to 60 hours: 1-minute GPS update rate, optical HR enabled, normal screen update rate
Up to 65 hours: 2-minute GPS update rate, optical HR enabled, normal screen update rate
Up to 100 hours: 2-minute GPS update rate, optical HR DISABLED (but using Bluetooth HR strap instead), screensaver mode enabled

So you get 53% more when HR is disabled, using a BT HR strap + screensaver mode.

Will

£400 for an Ultra watch without maps will be a tough sell IMHO.

But on the positive side the screen looks very nice.