August 8, 2022

The Garmin Forerunner and Polar Pacer lineups sit atop the best running watches thanks to their wealth of free health data and metrics, generated from reliable hardware. Both the Garmin Forerunner 255 and Polar Pacer Pro would qualify as mid-range watches, with all of the core features of both brands but lacking some premium features. So which of the two is the better choice? It’s a surprisingly competitive battle, but the winner depends on what kind of runner you are.

Garmin Forerunner 255 vs. Polar Pacer Pro: Neither’s a looker

Polar Pacer Pro in action

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Both watches offer you a non-touch, memory-in-pixel (MIP) reflective color display that’s perfectly visible in direct sunlight, but won’t exactly wow you with brightness or color indoors.