Polar has revealed its first new GPS running watches of 2022: the entry-level Polar Pacer, and the mid-range Polar Pacer Professional. Each watches are slimmer and lighter than units like final 12 months’s Polar Vantage V2, with some new options and design tweaks to assist enhance your coaching.
The Polar Pacer is designed for people who find themselves new to operating and need to get their coaching off on the best foot, placing it in competitors with watches just like the Garmin Forerunner 55 and Coros Pace 2. One in every of its most attention-grabbing new options is a strolling health check that gives an estimate of VO2 max (the quantity of oxygen your physique can use throughout train) in case you aren’t but able to run for an prolonged interval at a stretch. Simply stroll for quarter-hour on a flat floor and the watch will do the remainder.
The watch additionally offers exercise strategies and coaching steerage to assist new runners keep away from getting caught in a rut, or overtraining and placing themselves susceptible to harm (a typical downside when persons are beginning out).
The Polar Pacer Professional is meant for runners who need to take their coaching to the subsequent stage, and maybe begin competing in occasions. It encompasses a new, sooner CPU that ought to make the interface really feel noticeably smoother, plus a barometer that permits it to measure energy from the wrist so you may monitor your effort in actual time.
It has a extra compact case than most of Polar’s latest watches, with a skinny aluminum bezel and ergonomically designed buttons that must be simple to press and climate resistant, even in case you’re coaching in heavy rain.
Polar has additionally redesigned the Pacer Professional’s GPS antenna in a approach that it guarantees will ship extra correct satellite tv for pc positioning than earlier operating watches. We do not but know precisely what the change appears like internally, nevertheless it’s doable that the antenna is now housed inside one of many lugs securing the strap, as with the just lately launched Huawei GT Runner.
Brightness and battery
Each watches sport backlit memory-in-pixel (MIP) screens, which Polar claims might be clearly seen in all lighting situations, together with direct daylight. MIP shows use considerably much less energy than OLED, however can typically be exhausting to learn with muddy colours. That was certainly one of our predominant complaints with the in any other case wonderful Garmin Fenix 7, so we’re very to see how the Pacer and Pacer Professional evaluate.
Each watches promise battery lifetime of as much as 100 hours on standby mode, which is comparatively quick for a operating watch, most of which run for a full week on a single cost. Nevertheless, it lasts 35 hours with GPS monitoring and coronary heart charge monitoring enabled, which could be very respectable.
The comparatively quick battery life in standby mode may be as a result of backlight, which might be set to ‘all the time on’ to enhance visibility. We’re hoping to check each watches and convey you a full comparability of the 2 very quickly.