Differences between Polar Grit X, Vantage V and Vantage MThe Polar Vantage V and Grit X were both launched in September 2019. The Grit X is from the beginning of 2020. In terms of price and also with regard to functions, the Polar Vantage M is the smallest and significantly cheaper model.
Size and weightAll three watches are very similar in size. All in all, however, the Polar Grit X is the largest model. It measures 47x47 mm with a depth of 13mm.
The Polar Vantage M and Polar Vantage V both measure 46x46mm, but differ in thickness by 0.5mm. This is a factor that is hardly worth mentioning.
In terms of weight, Polar Vantage M is the lightest at 46 grams. The Polar Grit X weighs 64 grams. The Vantage V weighs 66 grams and is therefore the heaviest of the three. However, the differences are also here only very small.
DisplayAll three watches have an always-on color display. In diameter all three devices have 1.2" and a resolution of 240x240 pixels.
Only the Grit X and Vantage V have a Gorilla display, which is much more stable than the display of the Vantage M.
A big difference lies in the handling. The Polar Vantage M does not have a touch display as it is the case with the other two devices.
Battery lifeIn terms of battery life, the Polar Grit X does not differ from the Vantage V, although the battery is bigger with 436 mAh. Both have a battery life of up to 40 hours in training mode. The Polar Vantage M has a battery life of up to 30 hours. Training mode means here that the heart rate sensor and GPS are turned on.
In normal mode the Polar Vantage M lasts up to 5 days. The other two watches have a battery life of up to 7 days and therefore perform better.
The Polar Grit X has one more special feature. The watch has a power saving mode, which optimizes the battery life. The other two devices do not offer this.
SensorsThe Polar Grit X and Vantage V have a barometer in comparison to the Vantage M.
Otherwise all three watches have built-in GPS, GLONASS, an accelerometer and the pulse sensor on the wrist.
WaterproofAll devices are waterproof, but not of the same type. The Polar Grit X is waterproof up to 100 meters (WR100), which is extremely much. The Vantage V is behind with up to 50 meters (WR50). The Polar Vantage M is only waterproof up to 30 meters (WR30).
Winner here is of course the Grit X. But here is the question whether you need such a high value at all. The Vantage M will be clearly sufficient for most with up to 30 meters.
FunctionsLet us come to the last exciting point. The differences in the range of functions. The Polar Vantage V and Grit X are particularly relevant here.
The Polar Vantage M* only offers Training Load Pro and Running Power. For both functions you have to use another sensor.
The Polar Grit X* can be the only Hill Splitter, which is a new feature. In addition, the clock also offers FuelWise.
The Polar Vantage V* stands out with Recovery Pro and Orthosthatic Test.
You can also see the complete range of functions in the comparison table above.
Which Polar watch is the best for you?In general, the Polar brand has re-entered the market with the three new models and has become relevant again. Especially athletes get their money's worth. However, for someone looking for a Smartwatch, they should look elsewhere. Contactless payment or a music memory are not available with all models.
If you don't want to invest much money and want to focus on the general focus, then the Polar Vantage M* is perfectly sufficient and is your choice. Only with the special requirements and functions it becomes interesting.
The main difference between the Polar Grit X and Polar Vantage V is the robust design and the difference of a few functions. The Vantage V* is more optimized for runners. The Polar Vantage V* is the model for outdoor and adventure.