Second day with Polar Vantage V

Today is the second day with Vantage V – new day, new firmware (now 3.1.7), new experiences.

First thing – the phased workout looks fine on the Vantage V, pretty intuitive and reliable (with phase notifications and screen) – definitely it’s easier to read the screen if you are outside and there is plenty of light – it could be difficult in the dark (even with the backlight on). I didn’t have any issues with the HR monitor (like yesterday), no issues with the Stryd as well (although I don’t know what kind of calibration Vantage does…hopefully not to invasive – that’s a subject to be investigated).

Second thing, the workout analysis is more intuitive on Flow than on Garmin Connect – you can see the sample screens below and decide for yourself.

Polar Flow Session Analysis

Garmin Connect Session Analysis

Please look specifically to the HR analysis and you’ll understand why a lot of people are declare their love for Polar Flow.

Things to be optimized (improved):

  • could we try the inverse colors on the screen? I mean, white background (generally, not only for workouts) .. I have the feeling that it would be more visible
  • Stryd calibration options – I don’t yet know if and how Vantage is managing the Stryd calibration – I’ll do the same route several times to find out. I should mention that Stryd got a firmware update in the last hours (
  • at the end of the phased session, you’ll see the ended session screen (green and fine), but as you continue to run (like I did) for several minutes, this should automatically switch to the standard run screen (like it happens on Fenix for example). Eventually, it did – since I insisted pushing the up/down buttons.
Tools for today:
Polar Vantage V (FW 3.1.7)
Stryd (FW 1.1.9)
Polar H10 (FW 2.1.9)
Mizuno Waveknit R2

Author: Liviu Nastasa

Passionate about software development, sociology, running...definitely a geek.

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