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Polar Vantage series gets Nightly Recharge, Sleep Plus Stages & more

Today’s firmware update brings Nightly Recharge, Sleep Plus Stages and Serene to the Polar Vantage V and M sports watches. This is a pretty big and much anticipated upgrade.

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polar vantage series gets nightly recharge sleep plus stages more 1 - Polar Vantage series gets Nightly Recharge, Sleep Plus Stages & moreYou might recognize these features from the Polar Ignite. In our review we found they worked pretty well and add a new dimension to your training and recovery.

Arguably the most interesting of the lot is Nightly Recharge. This is an overnight recovery measurement that shows how well your autonomic nervous system calms down during the early hours of sleep. The info is tied in with your daily activity stats to let you know whether to take a days rest, train as usual or push harder.

You even get raw data on heart rate variability, beat-to-beat interval average and breathing rate. This is the type of info dished out by Biostrap 2 or Whoop 3.

The Nightly Recharge value fluctuates between -10 and +10. Around zero is your typical level. The higher the score the better – it means it took you less time than usual to go into relaxation mode.

If you find you’re stressed out or just tired from all the training, Serene might help. These are guided breathing exercises to help balance body and mind.

Tied with all of this are Sleep Plus Stages. Put simply this lets you know how much time you spent in light, deep and REM sleep.

The only feature now missing from the Polar Ignite is FitSpark guidance. But this will be slapped on in December.

Other than that, firmware update 4.0 brings GPS enhancements with added Galileo and QZSS satellite system support along with manual stride sensor calibration and Zone Lock. Update 5.0, which is slated for December, will come with Strava Live Segments support (only for Vantage V, Race Pace and FitSpark guidance.

Polar is also introducing a new blue wristband option for Vantage V & M and a black copper colorway for Vantage M. The watches are available on polar.com and Amazon.

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  • October 16, 2019 at 9:54 am
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    “The only feature now missing from the Polar Ignite is FitSpark guidance. Polar says this will remain exclusive to Ignite.”

    No. FitSpark is coming to Vantage V and M this December with update 5.0:

    https://www.polar.com/vantage/updates

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