Compare Polar Pacer Pro vs Vantage M2 vs Garmin Forerunner 245 – or wait for the Pioneer 255

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This week, Polar announced two new watches, the Polar Phaser Pro and the standard Phaser. These are aimed at racers, but should function well as multisport watches.

Both watches shake the polar range, expiring the M2 and reducing the attractiveness of their premium priced watches. In theory, this is good for consumers, but if you look at similarly priced products for Carmine, they are not as good as I expected.

Pricing and alternative options

I will start with pricing because it offers some context for comparison.

Polar Pacer at a very attractive price of £ 169.

The Polar Pacer Pro is similar in price to the Vantage M2, but adds a significant amount of features that make the Vantage M2 redundant. The Vantage M2 can be purchased via some websites rather than RRP, but the Pacer Pro has many additional features, I would still like to go with the Pro.

The Polar Vantage V2 is priced at £ 429 RRP and 390 on Amazon. I left the comparison because it would cost more.

Garmin is the game’s biggest name, but at these price points, you do not have many choices.

Garmin’s predecessor is the closest price to the 245 Passer Pro. You have no music variants for 210 or a music sample for £ 299. These are out for a while, so you can get them below the RRP. On Amazon, the Pioneer is 245 £ 180 and the Pioneer 245 Music £ 270.

Sitting below that, you have the forerunner 55 £ 150.

Although I do not usually associate Garmin with affordable devices, if you want a cheaper GPS powered watch, the Garmin Forerunner 45S might be the best bet for you. It is currently 100 but has recently dropped to £ 85.

Alternatively, if you can stretch your budget, it’s hard to ignore the Garmin fēnix 6 Pro, which is currently only £ 360 on Amazon. It’s better than the Base Pro, but even at that great price, it’s still more than 100, so I left this comparison.

Garmin’s forerunner255

It is worth noting that the Garmin Pioneer 255 will be launched soon. If you do not need a watch, I recommend tolerating this. At the very least, once introduced, it will help reduce the price of Garmin’s Pioneer 245

Polar Pacer Pro vs Vantage M2 vs V2 vs Garmin Pioneer 245 Specification

Crack bowler Cracker Pro Vantage M2 Pioneer 245
Subject Plastic case. Plastic case. Space aluminum bezel. Glass fiber reinforced polymer case. Stainless steel bezel, buttons and hook. Fiber-reinforced polymer
Dimensions 45 x 45 x 11.5 mm 45 x 45 x 11.5 mm 46 x 46 x 12.5 mm 42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 mm
Weight 40 g 41 g 45 g 38.5 g
Display size 1.2 inches (resolution 240 x 240 pixels) 1.2 inches (resolution 240 x 240 pixels) 1.2 inches (resolution 240 x 240 pixels) 1.2 “240 x 240 pixels
Display type Always running color display (MIP). Corning Gorilla Glass 3.0 Layer Always running color display (MIP). Corning Gorilla Glass 3.0 Layer Always running color display (MIP). Hard coated PMMA laminated lens. Sunlight-Transparent, Transflective Memory-in-Pixel (MIP)
Battery 265 mAh 265 mAh 230 mAh Not specified
Battery life Up to 35 hours in training mode (GPS and wrist based heart rate). Training time 100h with energy saving options. Heart rate viewing: up to 7 days. Up to 35 hours in training mode (GPS and wrist based heart rate). Training time 100h with energy saving options. Heart rate viewing: up to 7 days. Up to 30 hours in training mode (GPS and wrist based heart rate). Training time 100h with energy saving options. Heart rate viewing: up to 5 days. Smartwatch mode: up to 7 days; GPS mode: up to 24 hours
Water resistant 50 meters 50 meters 30 meters 5 ATM (50 meters)
Sensors Accelerometer, heart rate Accelerometer, heart rate, barometer, compass Accelerometer, heart rate Accelerometer, heart rate & SPO2, compass, thermotor
GPS Yes Yes Yes Yes
RRP 169 259 259
W 251 by Wiggle
இசை 210 for any music
Music 299

Polar Pacer Pro vs Vantage M2 Features

The DC Rainmaker has a list of points that illustrate why the Vantage M2 is redundant. Compared to the M2, the Pacer Pro has:

  • Barometric altimeter added
  • Faster processor, more memory added
  • Added new clear screen / display
  • Wrist based running power added (no accessories required)
  • Hill Splitter Included (Hill Repeat Counter)
  • Route navigation added
  • Straw Live sections added
  • Performance tests included (walking, running, cycling)
  • Added polar shift strap accessory compatibility
  • Compass added during activity / workout
  • Added smartphone announcements during exercise
  • GPS battery life has been increased from 30 hours to 35 hours
  • Waterproof spec increased on Vantage M2 from 30m to 50m
  • Smart announcements during training
  • The pacer uses a different HR sensor, which is similar to the Polar Ignite

Then there are the Polar Pacer features that are almost identical to the Vantage M2 but at a much lower price.

Polar Pacer Pro vs Garmin Pioneer 245 Features

Garmin is hard to beat for its wide range of features. In particular, they have done a great job of integrating the everyday smartwatch and health features into its sports watches.

Obviously, the music features are the main selling point for the pioneer 245 music. All watches can control the playing of music from your phone.

For me, the main selling point of the Polar Pacer Pro will be the built-in wrist-based driving force. It will save a lot of money to buy a Straight or Garmin strap with running dynamics.

Then the Polar Pacer Pro is built with a barometer, while the FR245 relies on GPS for its altimeter data.

The Polar Straw also has live sections, but no FR245, I don’t think.

It also features the Polar Multisport mode, and DC Rainmaker and others have suggested it could be a good affordable triathlete watch. The Polar is also listed as compatible with the power meters on your bike, but working with this seems like a success or a failure.

Carmine, on the other hand, has the FacePro feature, which many people like to run. Polar Race is talking, but it’s not good. Then, various fitness and recovery features like recovery counselor.

After watching my partner run the Manchester Marathon, I am a big fan of the non-polar Garmin live tracking feature. Carmine has Emergency Communications and SOS. I have used this for my marathons before, but this is the first time I have followed someone like that, I loved it.

Garmin supports ANT +, while Polar Bluetooth only.

Overall, this seems like a tough sale for Polar Pacer Pro, which certainly has a lot of advantages, but many benefits will only attract a limited number of people.


Two Polar Pacer Watches An interesting release from Polar. They have cannibalized the sale of many other watches. The Vantage M2 makes no sense now.

There is not much difference between the Polar Pacer Pro and the Vantage V2 or Grit X, which is not enough to justify the difference of £ 160 in RRP.

This is very good for consumers. Features have been reduced to a watch at a very affordable price. One downside is that Polar didn’t really introduce anything new. They have taken the existing technology and developed it at a very affordable price. I think the lack of innovation in this matter is forgivable.

Alternatively, you have Garmin’s pioneer 245/245 music. It seems to have a much more important consumer appeal and has many features that the Polar Pacer Pro lacks, which attracts racers.

Last Updated on 2022-04-16 / Links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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