Polar Vantage V2 Gets Power Updates

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Polar Vantage V2 Review Specifications

Polar Vantage V2 Gets Power Updates

As promised, Polar has delivered new Power functions that complete the running power offering on the recently-released Vantage V2.

The newest feature that more of us will use will be the zone pointers for power and speed zones, these are mixed-format charts with numbers and a gauge to show you current zone for running/cycling. This feature works well alongside the existing Zone Lock capability and merely adds new metrics to the HR ZONE POINTER that was already available.

The more important but less widely used new feature will be the addition of phased training targets based on POWER. This provides credibility to Polar’s seriousness. Initially, this is only available to configure via the smartphone app with the desktop side of it coming on stream early next year.

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It’s a little disappointing that the desktop side of power target creation isn’t ready now but, for me, the app-based workaround is fine. Putting that to one side, this new feature effectively fills the gaps in Polar running-with-power offering. It’s now complete, although lesser features will hopefully continue to be added.

Vantage 1 owners will likely be fuming that their watches haven’t got this update and rightly so, in my opinion. They bought a top-end watch and it’s not unreasonable to expect a feature set to be properly completed.

 

More: Polar Vantage V2 Detailed Review

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In other Polar new, the Flow service is discontinuing the FEED in January 2021. #Shrug

 

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The H10 also has a minor update which improves connectivity with Polar BEAT and cached workouts.

 

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You can now share training sessions with friends as a link from FLOW.

Here are the full details of that firmware release

Polar Vantage V2 – Firmware Version number: 2.0.6

Detailed Improvements/fixes in this release:

  • Create simple training targets based on power
  • ZonePointer for power and speed zones (Power limits data field or Speed/pace ZonePointer data field)
  • Last lap details training views
  • Turn off watch and Reset all data and settings (factory reset) functions added
  • Your name watch face view added
  • You can now manually skip a phase during a phased training session
  • You can see your distance covered and time elapsed when pausing a session
  • You can silence a phone call from the watch
  • Other bug fixes and quality improvements

Polar Vantage V2 – I Never Knew That – Frequently Asked Questions

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Jacob

Still no drills added(pool swim), was in app prior to release and then removed, some country polar branches claimed it would return with this update… guess it wont come ever

Jakub

When ? 🙂

Tom

Adding insult to injury, the Polar Flow app doesn’t prevent you from creating a power based training if you don’t own a V2. I just created one and synced it to my Vantage M. As expected, it doesn’t work. It shows up as a regular no limits run. 🙁

ChrisTexan

Also works the same on a v800 (shows up, but no limits so just a phased workout without zones)… I was shocked it loaded at all, and it does cause the watch to freak out a bit (have to “restart” each time a workout with/without power is loaded to it (even when removing, it still has to restart) or it won’t go into the activities screen until the restart. My secret hope, is there are a horde of v800 “Polar devs” still there that are like some of us that really want to keep using it, that might sneak in a new firmware update, but right now, it’s a bit too much to expect, compared to the earlier Vantage gens which are in the same base OS and sensor driver stacks now essentially as the v2, unlike the v800 which was totally different sensors/support stack. One can hope, at first I thought I’d bricked my watch when it refused to go into activities, but the reboot fixed that, and then it looked like it REALLY wants to cooperate with the workout, but as with the Vantage gen1s, it just shows up no limits (but since it WILL sync the data… Read more »

tfk, the5krunner

dim indeed !

Dulko

With adding power updates and removing some bugs, what do you think about future updates? What features will Polar focus on?

Dulko

Good point. Also a connection with zwift would be positive with so many people training inside.

Jakub

Manual FIT file upload to Flow would be nice

Jacob

just wanted to upload my zwift ride 🙂

Jakub

Yea it does( you have power and cadence from trainer ) but I mean riding in erg mean distance and speed will be wrong plus in vv2 you cant set wheel size less than 100

MikeMiers

wsw

Stefano

According to you, what are the three most accurate watches for GPS accuracy right now?

Justin

“Turn off watch and Reset all data and settings (factory reset) functions added.”

We’re about to hit 2021, and it has taken them this long to allow you to turn the watch off.

Brilliant.

Jacob

it was some restart, used on early vv1 softwares when some bug occured

Justin

It’s a restart and not a power off. Once you turned that watch on, there was no way to turn off, other than letting the battery die. Every polar I have ever encountered did not have a way to just power it off. Suunto is the same way.

At least Coros had the sense to have a power off button from the get-go.

tfk, the5krunner

ah yes, ty

Kuifje777

This basically makes the V2 feature complete for me:
– V2 does now record power correctly from my Kickr Core which has been a problem with previous Vantage models
– With the running test, there is a way to determine running power zones
– I also really like the Power and Pace gauges (= this update)

Maybe, it is only me but switching between workout views with two gauges (e.g., HR at the top and pace at the bottom) is super slow for me (= approx. 3s).

Also, swimming is still a little buggy for me and sometimes does not record any distance. Hopefully, Polar will clean that one up next.