Oh no! I took some watches for a bit of a run this evening since I was staying in a hotel in town, and one of those was the new Vantage V. Now, admittedly I did put it through a lot of stress at the start of the run. My Garmin Forerunner 935 spotted the Polar H10 and asked to pair so I thought “why not?”. This then stopped the Polar seeing it for some reason (H10 can pair/transmit to two devices at once). As a result I had to stop and start a few times before beginning the run as I re-paired the sensor to the Vantage V. I also had two planned sessions for the day due to some earlier testing and was using a workout to govern my run. Here is the track from the Garmin:
And here is the track from the Polar. Bad times (look where the start marker is).The watch crashed about 1.5km into the run and displayed “oops something went wrong” and then restarted when I pressed a button. I can’t remember the last time a Garmin crapped out like this, but when it did it would recover the data. The Vantage did not recover the data, nor did it acknowledge the crash in any way when it came back up.
It’s a new device with early firmware, but that is NOT an excuse. The firmware is lacking features, that I can live with. To not fully test what is there, or to have crashes handled badly is not really OK. As a result I’d recommend people hold off if this will be your only watch. I’m certain it’ll get there, but it’s not there yet.