Keep in mind back in June when Polar when they announced Polar Ignite GPS watch? That unit had a substantial of new capabilities not previously noticed on any Polar device. The $220 device was primarily targeted at non-endurance athletes although, competing for the exact same dollars as an Apple Watch, Fitbit Ionic, or Garmin Vivoactive series. At the time Polar didn’t anticipate specifically how a lot endurance sports people would want these capabilities, especially, people that purchased the Vantage V or Vantage M units.
It was basically an fascinating discussion with them at the time, due to the fact some of these capabilities (namely FitSpark and Nightly Recharge) are in some strategies diametrically opposed to the greater finish education load and recovery capabilities located on the Vantage series. By and massive, the endurance-focused Vantage series tries to get you from performing also a lot to aide recovery, whereas the Ignite series somewhat requires the method of attempting to get you to exercise, even if you have currently worked out.
Now today’s update does not rather call for us to sort that concern but, as FitSpark is not coming till December. Alternatively, most of the updates currently are about the much less contentious capabilities, such as sleep insights and even added Galileo satellite help.
Here’s all the things the Vantage V & M got currently:
– Sleep Top quality Insights & Sleep Plus Stages: Provides you a sleep score as properly as supplies REM/Light/Deep sleep information
– Recovery Insight & Nightly Recharge Solution: Appears at breathing price/heart price/heart price variability (ANS information) to figure out if you are recovering at evening
– Serene guided breathing workout routines: Guided breathing workout routines
– Added Galileo satellite help: Yet another satellite technique that can in some circumstances offer much better coverage or accuracy
– Added QZSS satellite help: Satellite technique focused on Japan/Asia/Oceania
– Added footpod manual sensor calibration: Perfect for footpod customers to manually configure their calibration issue
– Added Zone Lock for heart price/pace/operating energy/cycling energy: Brings back the older Polar function for the Vantage series
– Added fitness test working with the internal optical HR sensor: This wasn’t previously accessible.
Additional, in December, the Vantage V & M will get yet another update, which will bring:
– FitSpark: This gives 1-off workouts on-demand, kinda like possessing a exercise robot in your watch
– Race Pace: Operating focused function from the V800 that is for pacing races
– Strava Reside Segments (Vantage V only): Tells you how far ahead/behind you are to leaders on a offered Strava Segment
Atop all these adjustments, the business also added a new colour variant to each the Vantage V & Vantage M: Blue. I appreciate that Polar just calls it blue, and not one thing like Frost Blue like some other companies…cough, Fitbit, Garmin, and Apple. These bands can be bought separately for $39 (Vantage V) and $24 (Vantage M). Ultimately, there’s also a ‘black copper’ version of the Vantage M coming on Thursday.
Got all that? Very good.
Let’s do a fast appear by means of some of these capabilities and how they seem: 1st up is the Sleep Top quality insights and Sleep Plus Stages. These are largely viewed inside the app although you can view a lot of this on the watch itself, it is just not as quite:
Now there’s also Nightly Recharge, but that needs 3 days worth of information to get lit up, and at present I’ve only got 1 night’s worth of information on the new firmware.
But just to give you a image of what it appears like, here’s it on the Polar Ignite watch:
Note that even right after 1 evening although, you will get started acquiring the ANS sleep facts displaying up, on each watch and app:
Subsequent, if you are on a Vantage V, you will be capable to make the selection involving Nightly Recharge, and Recovery Pro. Keep in mind, this goes a bit back to capabilities targeted at two diverse crowds. Polar’s place up an whole web page on how to make a decision which 1 tends to make the most sense for you at that point in time. It is probably for instance that you may well got with Nightly Recharge for the off-season, but Recovery Pro for mid-season.
Yet another Polar Ignite watch function was Serene, which is a breathing workout focused function. That is now accessible by pressing the reduced left button, ideal subsequent to settings.
Just after that Zone Lock has been added. This falls into the camp of ‘V800 issues that are lastly on the Vantage series’. This makes it possible for you to specify a heart price target zone, but also a energy or speed zone. And notably, Polar makes it possible for you to do so for operating energy as properly as cycling energy. Of course, if you are on the Vantage V there’s also wrist-primarily based operating energy also.
Subsequent, if you have got a operating footpod, you can go ahead and manually calibrate this. To which a lot of persons are like ‘WTF, lastly!’. This impacts not just Polar’s personal footpod, but also businesses like Stryd.
Ultimately, there’s the new Galileo satellite alternative. By default Polar will nevertheless specify GPS+GLONASS (as does Garmin), but now you can manually alter your preference more than to Galileo. In speaking to Polar, they advised for my property education region to remain on GLONASS. This mirrors what Garmin says as properly, although I suspect this frankly has much less to do with my education region or Galileo, but additional to do with the Sony GPS chipset each businesses are working with getting much less great in Galileo (versus the MediaTek chipset from yesteryear I get outstanding Galileo benefits).
In addition, they also added GPS + QZSS, which is aimed mainly at Japan/Asia/Oceania.
Now I’ve only accomplished two workouts with the new firmware. 1st was yesterday an openwater swim, and in that case I was working with GLONASS (considering the fact that that is what Polar advised). Even though, maybe I ought to have attempted out Galileo, due to the fact the Vantage M track was surely the worst of the bunch.
This morning I had a pool swim exercise, so no GPS – nor truly any of the new capabilities. Even though I did have challenges exactly where it didn’t track my distance at all. It just was null the whole swim. On the vibrant spot, heart price worked. This might or might not be connected to the firmware update, I do not know. I do not commonly take the Vantage M for pool swims, it was just sorta a case of the watch was on my wrist from the evening sleep tracking, and off to the pool I went.
Nonetheless, bugs aside – I’m truly seeking forward to the continued updates right here. No matter if it be bringing back previously discarded function (as with the Zone Lock), or bringing in the new Ignite capabilities, it is excellent to see Polar hitting the release timeframes they’ve promised, in particular when new capabilities are involved.
With that – thanks for reading!