Polar Vantage V - Built Specifically For Endurance Athletes
One thing is clear from the release of the Polar Vantage V. Polar is no longer trying to compete with Garmin in terms of total features.
The Vantage V is a streamlined product, meaning that every ounce of functionality is connected to either running, swimming or cycling. Polar have essentially designed a product that will satisfy the needs of the best Ironman triathletes in the world. If you are runner, cyclist, swimmer or triathlete, the Vantage V will give you everything you need and more.
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus - Built For Everything
Polar Vantage V - Best Wrist-based Heart Rate Monitor In The World Right Now
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus - Built-in Map & Routing Technology
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus - Built-In Music Storage
Polar Vantage V - Built-In Running Power from the Wrist
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus - Contactless Payments
The great thing about contactless payments is that you really don’t need to carry your credit card when you take the Fenix 5 Plus for a spin in an urban setting. Together with the music storage functionality, this eliminates the need for your phone and your wallet during training sessions. The net result is a super convenient training experience.
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus - Significantly better smartwatch capabilities
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus - Golf mode
This only pertains to golfers, but it needs to be mentioned. The Fenix 5 has built in golf mode features which allow you to download your favorite courses and then use your GPS to get accurate distances when you are on the course. Polar is unlikely to ever release a watch with golf functionality, given their decision to focus their efforts primarily on running, cycling, swimming and other endurance exercises.
Ok. So now we have a pretty good understanding of the key differences between the Polar Vantage V and the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. But we’re not done just yet. Now let’s take a quick look at the both the similarities and the differences, side by side, using some simple tables.
Which one would I choose, if money was no object?
Which of these two products gives you better value for money?
I think most Polar fans will be very happy with the overall quality of the Vantage V. It’s so much better looking than the Polar V800, the optical HRM is world class, and it has everything a professional endurance athlete needs to monitor their training and recovery metrics in extreme detail.
On the other hand, Garmin fans will be glad to know that the Fenix 5 Plus is still king of the wearable tech market.
Regardless of which option you choose, if you invest in either one of these products, you will have made a pretty good decision. With that being said, it all boils down to this.
If your primary concern is quality data to enhance your endurance training, the Vantage V the better choice and it’s significantly cheaper.
Alternatively, if you want a watch that can go anywhere, do anything and make most of your friends jealous, the Fenix 5 Plus is what you need.