Polar Vantage V3 review: a brilliant all-round smartwatch for a variety of sports

A great smartwatch for 150+ different sports with impressive biosensing technologies

Female cyclist wearing the Polar Vantage V3 smartwatch
(Image credit: Charlotte Broughton)
Cycling Weekly Verdict

A very impressive smartwatch with more than enough features to track your training, sleep and health. Maybe even a few too many features for the average user, but if you are someone who loves data and wants to get the most out of your day to day life and training, then this is a great option for you.

Reasons to buy
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    Impressive battery life

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    Very clear display

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    Fast charging

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    Detailed downloadable maps with topography

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    Routes are very easy to follow

Reasons to avoid
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    Could be too feature dense for some

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    ECG feature is not in replacement of a professional ECG

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The Polar Vantage V3 smartwatch came onto the market this year as the successor of the well regarded Polar Vantage V2. Hoping to improve on the drawbacks of the V2, the brand new V3 has added features, such as maps and nightly skin temperature sensing, to improve functionality as well as track more aspects of your day-to-day health. 

The same can be said for many of our best smartwatches for cycling list, but it’s important to remember that they aren’t solely made just for riding a bike. Which is exactly why I tested the V3 out in the gym, while walking and during running sessions - as well as when riding my bike, to enable a fully rounded opinion. 

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