Being a gadget addicted, I couldn’t help myself not to test the new Vantage V2, to see if it is better than Vantage V and if so, by how much. I was generally happy with the Vantage V, it’s a decent watch, but recently I admit I only used the Vantage V because I like the representation Polar has for daily activity unlike Garmin step oriented approach. Since I work from home, seeing in some days when I ride my indoor bike that I only have some 2-3k steps made me feel bad .. Polar has a different approach which suits me better when I don’t run every day.
Anyway, first impressions after one run, wearing both Vantage V: VV2 on my left hand, VV on right hand, same settings, Vantage V using the Stryd connection to measure distance, power and pace, both of them using the oHR for measuring the heart rate.
In terms of looks, it’s nice and clean, though I admit that I like the Vantage V as well .. maybe I’d say that Vantage V looks more “manly” because of the sharper bezel – anyway, that’s up to everyone’s taste.
So far, I like the Vantage V2 more because:
- it has better screen contrast – overall better screen
- good (better?) GPS – but hard to tell after just one running session
- very good distance measured – 6.51km (VV2) vs 6.50km (VV+Stryd)
- easy to wear – better and more comfortable strap
- oHR is very good (even with brisk changes of pace) – similar in use as Vantage V – not yet relevant because it wasn’t compared with H10 or even OH1
The weight difference is not noticeable (for me) – the Vantage V is still not a heavy watch by any means, at least not compared with my Fenix 6X.
I was impressed that distance measurement was so close to Stryd, the first two km marks were simultaneous, the final distance only differed by 10m (0.15%). I had cloudy sky, but no tall buildings around or tree coverage, so the conditions were close to ideal.
The screen visibility is better with VV2, higher contrast and also the light is more powerful and more adapted to environment (because of the sensor .. we will see how that affects the battery life).
I didn’t yet tested all the new features of the Vantage V2, but so far it looks nice, it wears nice and will stay on my wrist for the next weeks.
Is it a Fenix 6 killer ?! No, it serves different purposes, doesn’t have all the features Garmin has, but it’s still a very nice device, targeting athletes more than outdoor/adventure people.
Notice: for those who linked their Stryd account to Polar Flow and test Polar watches without being connected to their Stryd footpod (like I did this morning), delete the duplicate activity from Stryd Power Center as it will mess your Critical Power and load.
Until I will come with more details, enjoy your running and stay safe!