When comparing Vundle vs Pathogen, the Slant community recommends Vundle for most people. In the question“What are the best plugin managers for vim?” Vundle is ranked 2nd while Pathogen is ranked 3rd. The most important reason people chose Vundle is:
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Easy to use
Pro Vundle can find, install, and upgrade plugins for you
Pro Simple, especially useful for offline install
Minimal additions to .vimrc file, doesn't try to download anything, so no internet connection needed.
Con .vimrc can get noisy
You have to list each and every plugin in your .vimrc file.
Con Doesn't directly manage plugins.
Other plugin managers will install, enable, and disable plugins for you. This one doesn't. If it's in the bundle directory, it gets loaded, if it's not, it doesn't. This can make it difficult to debug which plugin is causing some unexpected behaviour, as there is no simple way to enable/disable loading a plugin.