Polar Vantage V2 review

Sleek and full of features for athletes keen to track performance and recovery

Polar Vantage V2 review
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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Polar Vantage V2 is packed with features that will satisfy anyone wanting to track their progress and improve performances. But while it is easy to navigate and offers a wealth of generalised – and customised – advice, it does lack some features other watches boast at this price point. The lack of onboard music and comprehensive mapping are most notable for their absence. Whilst it will likely be a hit with long-standing Polar fans, it simply doesn't out-perform the competition.

Reasons to buy
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    Sleek looking

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    Testing and recovery features

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    Ample sport profiles

Reasons to avoid
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    Syncing not always reliable

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    Limited advanced features for price

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    Optical HR sensor not as refined as some competitors'

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The Polar Vantage V2 is a great smartwatch for any athlete taking training and competition seriously. With comprehensive testing for runners and cyclists, recovery and nutrition monitoring, and a broad range of widgets to rival most smart watches, there is a whole lot going on underneath the hood.

That said, in comparison to some similarly priced alternatives, you could be left feeling short changed in certain areas. Music, mapping and some minor issues with syncing work are all niggles that don't help its case.

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