Apple Watch Band Review:
Thoughtfully designed, stylish watch bands.
The Apple Watch is a personal extension of yourself. It helps define your personality while keeping you connected through the aid of your iPhone. With multiple styles of bands to choose from, Apple has ensured that your Apple Watch is as unique as you are. Here at MacSources, we actually have three different bands at our disposal – Leather Loop, Milanese Loop and a Sport Band. What band or bands did you choose? Let us know in the comments below. I would like to give you my thoughts on the different bands we own. Let’s start with the band that originally came with my Apple Watch — the Milanese Loop.
Apple highlighted this very band during the launch announcement of the Apple Watch. It’s made from woven stainless steel mesh and is adjustable with a magnetic closure. So, what was the reason I decided to order this band with my Apple Watch? First of all, I had decided on the Apple Watch Stainless Steel because of the hard, nearly impossible, to scratch Sapphire Crystal display. That being said, the stainless steel is definitely not scratch proof and the Milanese Loop actually scratched the body of the watch through normal use and just taking the watch on and off.
Also, as much as I like the magnetic closure, it hits hard when you rest your hands on a surface like a desk. Unfortunately, it’s already starting to look pretty worn. I feel like this is something Apple would have taken notice of since they talked about how much time they took developing the bands. Minus the scuffs, the Milanese Loop is a very comfortable watch band and because of the woven stainless steel mesh, it’s very breathable. This is something I really enjoy because after a full day of wearing it, you won’t have excess sweat on your wrist from wearing a watch. One other issue I had with the Milanese Loop is that the band loosens itself the more you move your wrist around. It’s easily adjustable with the magnetic closure, but be aware that it might move around on you throughout the day.
I think the Milanese Loop is very stylish, but not entirely practical for everyday use. This would be an excellent band to use when going out to dinner or someplace nice, but using it every day, all day like I did for the first three weeks just caused the magnetic closure to look horrible.
The Apple Watch Sport comes equipped with a fluoroelastomer band. It’s made to be flexible, lightweight and soft. These bands are available five vibrant colors – green, red, blue, white and black. Robyn’s Apple Watch of choice was the Apple Watch Sport (38mm) – Space Gray with the black band. She wears her Sport Band all day, every day. She loves the way the sport band feels.
Before getting the Apple Watch, she was using a VivoFit from Garmin and she became very used to the rubber style bands. She has never been able to use a watch before because over long periods of time, standard watch bands would start to irritate her wrist while she was working or doing other daily activities. After her experience with the rubber-style bands from fitness wearables, she knew that the fluoroelastomer band was the best choice for her. She continues to be happy with her choice of band and highly recommends it for comfort.
Me on the other hand – I enjoy the fluoroelastomer band for fitness-type activities. Talking walks, working in the yard, riding bicycles – all these activities are much easier with the sport band. Based off of the way Apple designed the band, sweat does not get trapped under the band Daily Apple Watch use with the sport band is not really for me, but I do like it for sporting activities. It really comes down to the way it makes you feel and the style of the band.
The Leather Loop was my second choice for watch band. It’s made from quilted Venezia leather and like the Milanese Loop, has a magnetic closure. It comes in four different colors – blue, black, brown and beige.
The first thing that caught my eye on this band was its color. The dark blue is available in two of the band styles – the Leather Loop and the Modern Buckle. Because I own the 42mm Apple Watch, the Modern Buckle won’t work for me; Apple does not make the band for that watch size. The other reason I wanted the Leather Loop was because I enjoyed how it latched together with magnets like the Milanese loop. Taking it on and off is a breeze and randomly adjustments it are super simple. One thing that I like more than the Milanese Loop is that the Leather Loop does not come loose throughout the day. I believe this is due to the band to be slightly ridged. The leather feels very firm and feels like no other bands I’ve worn in the past. It’s very comfortable and has a very unique style.
So, what band should you get with your Apple Watch? That’s a decisions that’s totally up to you. Everyone is different and the bands for the Apple Watch serve different purposes.
The bands aren’t cheap nor are they cheaply made (see prices below). So, whatever band you pick up, I think the thought behind the design and production will make you love wearing it.
- Sport Band $49
- Milanese Loop, Classic Buckle, Leather Loop $149
- Modern Buckle $249
- Link Bracelet $449
At these prices I can’t tell anyone to go purchase one or more, but I can tell you if you’re spending the money for the Apple Watch, there is no need to worry about what bands are available because all the ones I’ve tried have been great in their own way.
For more information on the Apple Watch bands, visit http://store.apple.com/us/watch/bands.