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Available now for all Polar Vantage M and Polar Vantage V, the 4.0 update is one of the most anticipated updates for Polar watches. For me, this new version 4 puts the Vantage (and especially the Vantage M) where it should have been from the start. It matches the V800 in performance and adds the new rest tracking features that were released with the Polar Ignite and how good a taste they left me.
The update can be done as usual, through the mobile app or by connecting it to the computer, but let's go through all the new features that are included.
Sleep Plus Stages, Nightly Recharge and Serene
The new jewel in the crown of Polar is finally coming to the Vantage, premiered a few months ago in the Ignite Polar.
Sleep Plus Stages is an advanced sleep log that gives you detailed information on how your sleep has been and separates it into different cycles, giving you an overview of how your sleep has been.
Nightly Recharge will give you a score of the recovery, being able to know when you have had a better rest and identifying the why of things.
Along with FitSpark were the main novelties that came with the Ignite Polar and, honestly, I think they work VERY well. I recommend you take a look at the Ignite test because I go right into each of them and give them a thorough going-over.
In addition to these two also comes SereneThe first is that the patient has a minor function and that they are simply guided breathing exercises.
Support for Galileo and improved GPS operation
The Vantage M I use for analysis and comparisons has always performed a little less well than its Garmin or Suunto counterparts.
Polar has improved the GPS operation (in theory, it is still to be tested), but more remarkably it has added the possibility of using Galileo satellites. Well, and QZSS, but I don't think many of you are reading this from China.
Until now the basic operation was GPS+GLONASS, and now you can choose to change that option to GPS+Galileo or GPS+QZSS.
Advanced training features
Several training functions are now added to the Vantage
It allows you to set a block for the area you are currently training in. Let's say you are running in heart rate zone 4 and you don't want to get out of there either by overdoing it or by relaxing.
You can block the zone by simply pressing the Ok button. After doing so you will receive an alert if your heart rate goes up to zone 5 or down to zone 3.
Also, it is not something exclusive of the heart rate, we can also do the zone block for rhythm/speed or power.
Logically you have to set the zones first, but it is also necessary to add the complete rhythm and power data page, because that is where we have to activate each specific block.
This is simply a VO2max estimation test that can be done at rest. It can be done with a pulse sensor in the chest, but also with the optical sensor in the wrist.
Manual footpod calibration
By default the Vantage made an automatic calibration of the pedometers, but now there is the possibility to alter it and enter the calibration data manually.
Screen illumination always on
It was hard, but we can finally leave the lighting on all the time for when we train at night. Yes, the battery consumption is higher, but it was about time that Polar let us choose ourselves.
Details of each lap in more detail
In the activity summary after the end of the training, you will find more data of the different laps we have done.
In addition to all this, in Vantage V a quick access menu has been added for flight mode, alarm and flight mode. To access it, simply slide your finger up and down. In Vantage M this is not available because it does not have a touch screen.
Finally, inactivity alerts have been included and other bugs have been corrected.
As I said, it is an important update, not only because it brings the watches up to the level of what was offered in the pre-Vantage models, but also because of the inclusion of rest metrics. Polar has come up with something that no one else is working on: rest analysis. Polar's proposal is not only the most complete, it is also the easiest to understand and follow the trend on the platform.
The 5.0 update scheduled for December is pending, which will include live Strava segments (exclusive to Vantage V), Race Pace and... surprise! FitSparksomething that wasn't supposed to reach the Vantages.
Any questions? Well, you know, ask.