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Polar has produced an exciting and highly capable tool for multi-sports enthusiasts who are starting to get serious about training.
In looks alone the Polar Vantage M is a huge improvement on the blocky and slightly outdated Polar M430 design.
With improved wrist-based heart rate and some standout training features – on top of everything that made us a fan of the M430 – there’s enough here to satisfy beginners right up to the more advanced.
Who's this for?
The Polar Vantage M is a good all-rounder for anyone who runs, bikes, swims or all of the above. It’s a watch that’s accessible and simple enough for people who might just be starting to take training more seriously.
At the same time there are enough tools and features to satisfy those who regularly chase their top performances.
Overall though we’d say it’s probably more suited to the semi-serious athlete than those who want the best tracking tech available. If you’re in the market for an Apple Watch-style smartwatch though, this isn’t it.
Should you buy it?
This is definitely a watch that’s worthy of any shortlist but the final decision between this and something like the Garmin Forerunner 235 or Forerunner 645 might come down to whether you really need the Garmin’s additional features such as music from the wrist. That and making an honest assessment of where you see your fitness journey taking you.
If all you plan to do is regular but casual runs there are more cost-effective options. However, if you plan to push yourself, aiming for improved performances, longer distances and faster times, then for a $279.95 / £249 / AU$399 investment you get a watch that has enough features to come with you on that journey.
First reviewed: February 2019