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The first update for the Polar Vantage V2 has arrived, and it is quite focused on running power.
Power-based interval training
It is now finally possible to select a power target when creating interval training (both running and cycling).
At the moment this function is enabled exclusively in the mobile application; it will not appear on the web until April 2021.
The targets to be selected are through the zones you have created, so it is important that they are the "really good zones" and not a bit crazy.
Zone locking for power and pace/speed
The zone lock function, a favorite feature of Polar, is now extended to cover power and rhythm as well.
As you may recall, zone locking allowed that once you reached the desired HR zone (e.g. zone 3), you can press and hold the main button to lock that zone. You will then be alerted if you go up or down in heart rate by switching to another zone.
It is now possible to do it also for power or pace/speed zones. However, it is necessary to add a specific data screen (Power limits for power and Speed/pace ZonePointer for pace). You will be able to lock the desired zone for pace or power only from the screen that includes that data.
This option is included exclusively in the Vantage V2. And now you ask... why is it not included in the Vantage V or the Grit X? Well, I have the same question, but I'm sorry I can't poder give you an answer...
The rest of the improvements
As for the rest of the improvements, now we finally have the possibility to turn off the watch if we are not going to use it for a while. Until now it had to stay on. Personally I appreciate it because it is the only way for the watch to have battery for when I need to do some specific test, although my use is "special"...
Once turned off, if we want to turn the watch back on, we simply have to press and hold the main button.
Accompanying that shutdown button we also have another one to reboot or return to the startup values (for which we always needed a computer before). All of these options are found in the Settings - General Settings - About your watch menu. The options are at the bottom of the details screen.
The pause menu now includes information on how much time has elapsed and the distance traveled up to that point.
There is new data that 1TP10We can add to the profiles related to the last lap for the main metrics of pace, HR, power or cadence.
That is, you can now add things like maximum pace of the last lap or average power of the last automatic lap to any of the data screens.
And in addition to this there are a number of bug fixes.
Version number: 2.0.6
Launch date: December 16, 2020
Improvements / corrections in this version:
- Create simple power-based training objectives
- ZonePointer for power and speed zones
- Last lap detail in training views
- Option to turn off the watch and reset all data and settings (factory reset) directly from the menu
- New watch face with your name
- Possibility to manually skip an interval during a phased training session
- When pausing a workout you can see in the pause display time and distance covered.
- You can mute a phone call from the watch.
- In some cases during a phased training session, the 1TP10 clock may lock up at the beginning of a phase, corrected
- Malfunction when changing physical configuration causing MAS value to be updated possibly in error, corrected
- When running a race program, it is possible that the watch may be blocked, corrected
- Certain combinations of training views caused the HR value not to be updated in real time (only updated when changing view), corrected
- Other bug fixes and quality improvements
In the absence of the implementation of training programming with pace and power targets via the web, Polar covers an aspect that was long overdue, especially when it comes to offering power for racing.
As I say above, right now owners of the original Vantage or the Grit X are probably a little upset that these are features that have not made it to their watches (and according to Polar, will not), and I think they have reason to be on this occasion, I think they are pretty basic features within the feature set they purchased when they bought their watch.
And with that... thanks for reading!