Polar’s new super-light running watches may be the most accurate ever

Polar has unveiled its first new GPS running watches of 2022: the entry-level Polar Pacer and the mid-range Polar Pacer Pro. Both watches are slimmer and lighter than devices like last year’s Polar Vantage V2, with a number of new features and design tweaks to enhance your training.

The Polar Pacer is designed for those new to running who want to start their training the right way, putting it in competition with watches like the Garmin Forerunner 55 and Coros Pace 2. One of the most interesting new features is a treadmill . fitness test that estimates VO2 max (the amount of oxygen your body can use during exercise) if you’re not ready to run for an extended period of time. Just walk on a flat surface for 15 minutes and the watch will do the rest.

The watch also offers training suggestions and training guidance to help new runners avoid getting stuck in a rut, or becoming overtrained and at risk for injury (a common problem when people start).

Polar Pacer running watch

The Polar Pacer is an entry-level running watch designed for beginners (Image credit: Polar)

The Polar Pacer Pro is for runners who want to take their training to the next level and perhaps take part in events. It features a new, faster CPU that makes the interface feel noticeably smoother, plus a barometer that allows it to measure wrist strength so you can monitor your efforts in real time.