Polar Vantage M multisport watch review

The Polar Vantage M provides activity and sleep tracking plus a lot more

Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Polar Vantage M gives you the option of 24/7 activity and sleep tracking, with a huge quantity of stats including heart rate. Plus, you can record your activity sessions across a broad range of sports including cycling, along with a GPS trace of where you’ve been.

Reasons to buy
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    Compact, easy to read sports watch

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    GPS tracking

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    Wide range of sports covered

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    Lots of stats from watch and its companion app

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Reasons to avoid
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    No navigation or Strava Live

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    Black metal bezel prone to scratching

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    Quite short battery life

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    Heart rate measurement is not always accurate

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Polar has a long history with heart rate monitoring for athletes, with its products predating the rise of the power meter as the tool of choice to measure effort. The Polar Vantage M, alongside the Vantage V, form its latest options for tracking activity and heart rate in a range of different sports.

Whereas the Vantage V and its titanium cased equivalent the Vantage V Titan give you similar functionality to the older, discontinued Polar V800, the Polar Vantage M skips some potentially useful functionality for cyclists like the ability to import routes and Strava Live segments. On the other hand, it weighs 44g as against 66g and costs £190 less.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.