During September, I’ll be one of the weird ones wearing two sport watches during my runs, just because I started my training with Garmin 945 and Training Peaks and they are better integrated but also I’m interested how Vantage V compares to 945, since I plan to switch to Polar if the promised firmware update in October will deliver the expected results.
So…new day, new fun facts.
Today I used the 945 paired with a Polar OH1 and Stryd and the Vantage V with the own oHR. Using the Quantified Self ( https://quantified-self.io), I compared the results and I’d say that the Vantage V did a very good job.
|Garmin 945, Stryd, |
|Polar Vantage V||Difference|
|Distance||8.09 km||8.06 km||25 m (0.3%)|
|AVG HR||152 bpm||152 bpm||0 (0%)|
|Min HR||80 bpm||81 bpm||1 bpm (1.2%)|
|Max HR||173 bpm||173 bpm||0 bpm (0%)|
|Energy||610 kcal||647 kcal||37 kcal (5.9%)|
|AVG Cadence||92 rpm||93 rpm||1 rpm (1.5%)|
Looking at the HR, you’ll say that we are comparing two oHR from Polar .. but since OH1 has a very good reputation, I’d say that Polar Vantage V oHR is very reliable – a bit late in the beginning, but catching up and being consistent over the workout. If you can see in the graph exported below (not very clear, on dark background), the blue is the Vantage oHR and red is Polar OH1.
The GPS track looks fine, not extraordinary – with pluses and minuses for both, a bit of edge for Garmin I’d say. Garmin had 1 sec tracking with GPS, Polar the implicit best setting.
As a summary, I’d say that Vantage V is a worthy training mate, managing to measure the distance properly, even against Stryd and having a very good HR measurement.
Is Vantage V better than 945? No, I couldn’t say that, but it’s usable and you can do your training and use it daily without any real issues.
If I miss something from 945 when looking at the daily use, that would be:
- multiple alarms
- longer battery life (4 days Vantage V – 7+ days Garmin 945)
- far better back light, easier to see in low light and dark [training early in the day raises some challenges with Vantage V]
- better notifications when connected with the phone (you can select only phone calls notifications, for Vantage is all or nothing – which forces me to nothing)
- Sunrise/Sunset moments as widget (it’s a nice to have, I don’t depend on those)
- easy to change bands – a huge variety of bands
What I enjoy with Polar Vantage V daily:
- slick look and comfortable with shirts
- Polar Flow (particularly the web version) which is more intuitive and actionable
I’ll continue my journey with Polar Vantage V as a daily watch and training partner and keep posting about it.
Polar Vantage V - FW 3.210 Garmin FR 945 - FW 2.8.0 Polar OH1 - FW 2.0.11 Stryd v2 - FW 1.2.0