Sports smartwatches: Garmin fēnix 6 and Polar Vantage V in comparison

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During strength training, the Garmin fēnix 6 can certainly stand out from the Polar Vantage V. In addition to an automatic recognition of repetitions, the corresponding program offers a good possibility to display the break times without starting a new lap. The automatic recognition of repetitions works surprisingly well, but it is inevitably better for explosive exercises than for sets with a slow execution. The number of repetitions achieved can be adjusted after the set. The Polar Vantage V comes with some training programs where exercises are displayed directly on the watch, which is likely to be more relevant for beginners than ambitious athletes.

Both models support the tracking of different sports – and even in one unit. The evaluation is extensive with both systems and can be done through an app as well as through corresponding web interfaces. In our opinion, the evaluation is, in principle, much more useful for endurance athletes, since the performance calculation for weight training would essentially have to be based on the achieved weight and the number of repetitions. When jogging or cycling, on the other hand, the direct relation between training performance – i.e. primarily the intensity (which describes duration and speed) – and the heart rate achieved in the process can be measured and evaluated directly by the watch. In weight training, on the other hand, an athlete’s performance should not be primarily limited by endurance, nor do heavy sets necessarily lead to an extremely strong increase in heart rate. Garmin and Polar calculate, alongside the calories burned, the training load as well. The load has been integrated as a rather central concept by both manufacturers.

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