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The New Polar Vantage V Fitness Tracker Measures Your Running Power

Nick Harris-Fry
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 16:33

While the debate over whether 10,000 steps daily is an achievement worth tracking rumbles on, the world of fitness trackers has moved on. Relative SpO2 sensors, which measure oxygen saturation in the blood, have been fitted to affordable devices like the Fitbit Charge 3 and Garmin Vivosmart 4, while the Apple Watch 4 will be able to take electrocardiogram measurements (some time after launch in the US, at least). Not to be outdone, Polar has announced two new GPS watches – the Vantage V and the Vantage M – and the former could change the way you think about your running. Along with all the standard metrics like distance, pace and heart rate, the Vantage V will also measure your running power, making it the first wrist device to do so.

Running power, put very simply, is a measure of your work rate in watts and it can be used in several ways, perhaps most importantly as an accurate gauge of how hard you are working regardless of terrain or weather. Running power should be a better measure of effort than pace or even heart rate, making it especially useful in races – stick to the right...

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