Friday, 09 October 2020 07:57

Wearable tech vendor Polar introdues new premium multi-sport watch

The Polar Vantage V2. The Polar Vantage V2. Supplied

Wearable sports and fitness technology vendor Polar Electro has launched its Polar Vantage V2, a new lightweight premium multi-sport watch.

In a statement, the company, which is based in Finland, claimed that the device could detect signals from the body and provide essential data for better planning, training and recovery.

Professional racing driver Valtteri Bottas, who tested out the new watch, said: “Finding the time for training, and accepting that recovery and sleep are secret weapons when it comes to improving performance, can be quite a challenge when you have a busy life.

"But arming yourself with the data and tools you need, to train smarter and more efficiently, is critical, and that’s where the Polar Vantage V2 has stepped in for me.”

The company quoted Australian professional triathlete Sam Betten, who uses an existing Polar device, the Vantage V, as saying: "Listening to my body is so important to me and I am always looking for new ways to track my performance and recovery to stay ahead of the competition.

"That’s why I always took the Polar Vantage V everywhere I went throughout the day – eating, training and even sleeping. Sleep data and resting heart rate analysis are a big part of my training, so I wear my watch to bed as much as possible to help understand my recovery process.

"I’ve been able to test out the new Polar Vantage V2 device and the new tech is really amazing, particularly the leg recovery test, which has been hugely insightful. Anything that takes the guess work out of training and performance makes sense to me.”

Tomi Saario, chief executive of Polar Electro, said: "The Polar Vantage V2 is where design and science come together. We are incredibly proud to announce its launch; it is a true testament to all our hard work that has gone into it.

"With this flagship watch, we are here for everyone who is serious about reaching their individual goals and wants to ensure their hard work is paying off as well”,

The Vantage V2 has the following features:

  • it can personalise heart rate, speed and power (i.e. the work one's muscles are doing during training) zones with the new Running and Cycling Performance tests that make it easier to monitor progress;
  • it can optimise training with the new Leg Recovery test that can be performed without any additional sensors and complements the already widely used and appreciated features such as Training Load Pro and Recovery Pro, to help users understand how the body responds to training and when the user is ready for more;
  • it can provide free access to the extensive Polar Flow ecosystem with tools for planning and following up on training, activity and sleep. This includes the new Test Hub that gathers all test data in one place for analysis and increased knowledge about one's progress; and
  • it can incorporate essential smartwatch features with new music controls, weather and phone notification.

The Polar Vantage V2 can be bought at this website for $699.

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