When comparing Pathogen vs vim-plug, the Slant community recommends vim-plug for most people. In the question“What are the best plugin managers for vim?” vim-plug is ranked 1st while Pathogen is ranked 3rd.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Simple, especially useful for offline install
Minimal additions to .vimrc file, doesn't try to download anything, so no internet connection needed.
Pro git clone <URL> ~/.vim/bundle/<plugin-directory>
Pro Parallel plugin installation
Vim-plug uses a fast parallel installation/update process and uses on demand loading for faster startup times.
Pro Simple to set up and use
Vim-plug just requires a single file download to start using, and also requires nothing extra be added to your Vimrc outside of the function calls to start/end defining plugins.
Pro Recently updated
Pro Supports post-update hooks
vim-plug allows you to automatically run arbitrary shell commands after installing or updating a plugin, which is useful if the plugin needs to be compiled or
make installed after an update.
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.