Po­lar re­lease ground-break­ing de­vice


Athletics Weekly - - News -

WEAR­ABLE sports and fitness tech com­pany Po­lar has launched the Van­tage V, de­scribed as its most ad­vanced mul­tisport watch, de­vel­oped for ath­letes and coaches who de­mand the high­est level of sport per­for­mance.

A whole host of cut­ting-edge sport tech­nolo­gies have been in­te­grated into the new sleek de­sign, with ad­vanced met­rics and coach­ing fea­tures in­clud­ing Train­ing Load Pro, Re­cov­ery Pro and wrist-based run­ning power – it’s the world’s first watch to of­fer this.

Given the amount of data which can be recorded by the de­vice, Run­ning With Us coach Tom Craggs has de­scribed it as “po­ten­tially a game-changer” for coaches. As well as Po­lar Pre­ci­sion Prime, which has been de­signed to of­fer a new level of heart rate accuracy and re­li­a­bil­ity, the Po­lar Van­tage V can also mea­sure power, with­out the need for ex­ter­nal sen­sors.

Run­ning power is based on speed, how fast that speed is chang­ing and al­ti­tude gra­di­ent (based on barometer), dis­play­ing the in­for­ma­tion as a num­ber rep­re­sent­ing the power that the user’s mus­cles are sup­ply­ing dur­ing run­ning – in real time.

Created to com­ple­ment heart rate, it helps to mea­sure ex­ter­nal work rate, for ex­am­ple how much leg mus­cle work is re­quired and thus strained.

These met­rics help ath­letes and coaches to un­der­stand their body and the im­pact of their train­ing, through Train­ing Load Pro and Re­cov­ery Pro.

The wa­ter­proof, GPS-en­abled watch weighs 66g and has a bat­tery life which will al­low up to 40 hours of con­tin­u­ous train­ing.

The Po­lar Van­tage V can be pre-or­dered at po­lar.com/ van­tage for £439.

As part of its #Blood­SweatAndData launch, Po­lar also an­nounced the Po­lar Van­tage M, an all-in-one mul­tisport watch that of­fers ad­vanced per­for­mance met­rics and Smart Coach­ing fea­tures at a lower price of £249.

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