The pandemic caused a boom. One study It was found that about 28% of current runners started during quarantine. To accommodate this new crowd, Polar today announced the launch of two new GPS watches designed to help runners get better in sports. While $ 199.90 Pacer is aimed at beginners, $ 299.90 Pacer Pro aims to help serious runners-up.
According to Polar, both smartwatches will have 5MB of RAM and a faster processor than previous smartwatches. This is an upgrade aimed at improving performance and providing a better user experience. This is very much needed on Polar watches and can be delayed during sync or have trouble transitioning menus. Both watches are equipped with Polar’s Precision Prime heart rate monitoring technology.
As far as design and function are concerned, watches have a lot of duplication. Pacer and Pacer Pro share the same minimalist design, physical buttons, and pixel-by-pixel memorycolor display for greater outdoor visibility. Battery life is the same, with up to 35 hours of GPS training while monitoring your heart rate for an estimated 7 days on a single charge. Finally, both watches support push notifications, weather, music controls, and third-party integration with running apps.
The main design differences between the two are weight, straps and colorways. The pacer is slightly lighter at 40g and the professional weight is 41g. Both watches support a 20mm strap, but the pacer requires a watch with a quick release spring bar. Pro is the only adapter with an adapter that allows you to: Any Standard 20mm strap. In terms of color, pacers are offered in white, black, turquoise and purple. Pro is available in gray, white, blue, maroon and green.
Despite the similarities in the watches, Polar states that it targets runners of different skill levels. Pacer is designed with beginners in mind. For example, here’s a new walking test that can estimate your aerobic fitness after walking on a flat surface for 15 minutes. You can also do walking tests on the Pro, but according to the company, this test is designed for beginners who aren’t capable of completing Polar’s more stringent running performance tests.
On the other hand, professionals are for professionals. In addition to turn-by-turn navigation, a barometer has been added to measure the runner’s “power value” in wattage from the wrist. Simply put, the idea is to monitor how much effort the runner makes while running so that he can run at the right intensity level. You need to see how it actually works, but it’s similar to Garmin’s stamina gauge.
Otherwise, both watches have many years of Polar, including heart rate training in guided running, training load, sleep tracking, and running index scores (Polar’s metric to measure progress over time). Take advantage of your running and recovery tools.
Polar Pacer Pro sells for $ 299.90 on Polar’s website and retail stores. The $ 199.90 Pacer can be pre-ordered on Polar’s website and will ship in May.