Polar Pacer Pro vs Vantage V2 Comparison: 5 Major Differences:

Polar Pacer Pro is the company’s new mid-range running watch, while the Vantage V2 is the company’s old multisports watch carrying a premium of almost $200.

These models almost 2 years apart in their release surprisingly share a lot of things in common. From the old MIP display to the advanced ‘Running Power’ feature there is an almost 99% overlap in features between the two.

Here, we will compare Polar Pacer Pro vs Vantage V2 so you can make an informed decision on which of these premium running watches is the better deal for you.

Polar Pacer Pro vs Vantage V2 Comparison: 5 Major Differences

As the similarities between the two watches are plenty, we will only be discussing their key differences.

Price:

The Polar Pacer Pro is cheaper than the Vantage V2, making it a better choice for budget-conscious runners. It is priced at around $300, while the Vantage V2 was retailed at around $500 when it was initially released. However, you can often find the latter at a discounted price in eCommerce stores as it is an old GPS watch now.

Design:

Polar Pacer Pro makes trade-offs in casing material where it features a plastic casing with an aluminum bezel. In comparison, Vantage V2 is built with Aerospace aluminum alloy and glass fiber reinforced polymer.

The choice of materials makes the Polar Vantage V2 aesthetically appealing. However, Pacer Pro counters this with its lightweight design (41g) and a slightly smaller case size (45mm) without compromising the display (1.2 inches).

Water Resistance:

The Polar Pacer Pro is water-resistant up to 50 meters, while the Vantage V2 offers double that amount of protection with a water-resistance rating of 100 meters. This means that the Vantage V2 can be used for not only pool and open water swimming but also for diving, snorkeling, and high-speed water sports.

Fitness and Sports Metrics:

Although there is a great overlap of sports metrics between Polar Pacer Pro vs Vantage V2, the latter offers more options. For example, you get features like ‘Recovery Pro’, ‘Leg Recovery Test’, and ‘Orthostatic Test’.

The running features of both watches are the same, they differ mainly in performance metrics. Vantage V2 is a better companion when it comes to coaching advice and data-driven training.

Battery Performance:

Polar Vantage V2 GPS watch offers up to 40 hours of battery life in training mode with full GPS and 24/7 wrist-based heart rate monitoring. Pacer Pro offers almost 35 hours of performance in the training mode, but it matches the  Vantage V2’s 100-hour performance when used in Polar’s PowerSave mode.

This is extraordinary when you consider that the Vantage  V2 features a 346 mAh battery while Pacer pro comes with a 265 mAh sized battery.

Final Verdict:

The Polar Pacer Pro is a great watch for runners who are looking for an affordable GPS running watch with most of the advanced features that Polar offers. It offers 99% of the same features as the Polar Vantage V2 and at a  fraction of the cost. If you don’t need the extra durability and water resistance of the Vantage V2, then Polar Pacer Pro is the only choice between the two. And in our opinion, no matter how you compare these watches, Pacer Pro offers more value for the money.

Polar Pacer Pro vs Vantage V2: Comparison Table

Product NamePolar Pacer ProVantage V2
PriceAbout $299About $500
PredecessorVantage M2Polar Vantage V
Models45 mm47mm
Release DateApril 2022October 2020
Parent CompanyPolar Polar 
Operating SystemProprietary OSProprietary OS
CompatibilityAndroid, iOSAndroid, iOS
Competition
Suitable ForFitness/Running smartwatchFitness/Sport smartwatch
SensorsGPS, Glonass, Galileo, QZSS, Precision Prime, Barometer, Magnetometer compass, Accelerometer, TEMP RECORDING (INTERNAL SENSOR)GPS, Barometer, Magnetometer compass, Accelerometer, Altimeter, Ambient light, HRM, Cadence Sensor
Dimensions, Weight45 x 45 x 11.5 mm | 41 g47 x 47 x 13 mm, 52g
Band Size20mm22 mm
Build materialsNylon WristbandSilicon
ColorsCarbon Gray, Snow White, Midnight Blue, Autumn MaroonSilver & Gray-Orange, Black & Black-Red, Red & Red-Black, Black & Green, Silver & Grey-Lime, Black & Black
Waterproofing5 ATM10 ATM
Display Size1.2 Inch1.2 inches
Screen Type & ResolutionMIP, 240 × 240 pixelsAlways-on color touch display with Ambient Light Sensor (ALS), 240 x 240 pixels
Pixel Per InchNot specified282.8 PPI
Screen ProtectionGorilla GlassCORNING GORILLA GLASS 2320 (AF + DLC coating)
Always-on DisplayYesYes
Rotating BezelNoNo
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.1Bluetooth
Companion AppPolar Flow appPolar Flow app
Storage32MBNot Specified
ProcessorHyperfast, high-performance core processorNot Specified
RAM5MBNot Specified
Notification AlertYesYes
Calendar, WeatherYesYes
Offline SpotifyNoNo
Timer & AlarmYesYes
Customizable Watch FacesYesYes
Voice AssistantNoNo
Music Storage, ControlJust Control the musicNo
Third-Party AppsYesYes
Make calls, send texts & EmailsNoNo
Browse WebNoNo
Contactless PaymentNoNo
Built-in GPSYes(GPS, Glonass, Galileo, QZSS)Yes(GPS)
Heart Rate TrackingYesYes
SleepYesYes
StressYesYes
Blood OxygenNoNo
ECGNoNo
Bioelectrical Impedance AnalysisNoNo
Steps, CaloriesYesYes
Menstrual cycleNoNo
Sport ModeYes(130+)Yes(130+)
Sync Data With Strava or Apple HealthYesYes
Battery PerformanceTraining mode: up to 35 hours, Watch mode: up to 1032 hours, Power save training mode: up to 100 hoursTraining mode: up to 40h (GPS and wrist-based heart rate), Watch mode: up to 7 days in with continuous heart rate tracking. Multiple power save options available, save training mode: up to 100 hours
Battery Size273 mAh346 mAh
Charger TypeNot specifiedCharging Dock
Fast ChargingYesYes