gear4 Sport Watch Band for Apple Watch 2022 REVIEW
The Sport Band by gear4 is a wonderful option for an everyday Apple Watch band. Aside from a slight size difference around the band's lug, the design is perfect. The price is more affordable than Apple's original Sport Loop and there are more color options available. This is a great band for any occasion.
- EASE OF USE
This watch band can make daily journeys with you and stay comfortable the whole time.
Ever since the Apple Watch was introduced in 2015, it has been an essential accessory for me. I appreciate it for both fashion and function. One of the ways I’ve kept it feeling ‘new’ is by swapping out my watch bands. Having multiple watch bands allows you to change your look and have a different style for every occasion.
It gives you the option to mix and match the bands to create a unique look. There are endless possibilities when it comes to having multiple watch bands — especially with companies such as gear4 creating great options like the Sport Watch Band.
gear4’s Sport Band is designed to be a lightweight, breathable watch band. It mimics the style of the Sport Loop by Apple. The band is made with durable nylon that contains recycled materials. It is adjustable and is tough enough to withstand daily use. Because it’s breathable, it is comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time. The band comes with a 2-year warranty and gear4 will replace it if it gets worn or damaged during that time.
The Sport Watch Band is available for the small (41mm-40mm-38mm) or large (45mm-44mm-42mm) Apple Watch and has several color options including black, forest green, navy blue, red, and yellow. gear4 offers the watch band — in either size — for $39.99. Currently, the watch band is only available through gear4’s website.
The Sport Band comes in a simple Zagg + gear4 branded box. There is a cut-out on the front so that you can see and feel the band – if you happen to be grabbing it off a store shelf. The box provides some of the product’s details on the front of the box including the materials, the color that should be in the box, and the size.
When you open the box, the band is inserted into a cardboard cutout that you can easily remove it from. The insert has instructions for installation in both English and Spanish. There is also an illustration that shows how to properly slide the band lug into the watch body and how to remove it.
I didn’t have any issues installing the band, but I noticed that the fit isn’t as precise as the other band I have from gear4. With that band — the Braided Watch Band — I discovered that if it is installed upside down, it will appear as though it doesn’t fit. With the Sport Band, you really can’t install it upside down. So, I know I had it properly installed.
Aside from that tiny bobble in design, I’m really a big fan of this band. I had the Apple Sport Loop and was thrilled to add the gear4 option to my collection. In comparison to the Apple band, it’s nearly identical. Even the velcro has the same shape on both bands. The big advantage that gear4 has over the Apple Sport Loops is that Apple does not offer solid colors in that band any longer. The Apple band is also priced higher than gear4’s Sport Band.
The Sport Band is very comfortable to wear — even for long periods of time. As I mentioned in my other review of the gear4 Braided Watch Band, I spend most of my day sitting behind a keyboard. Therefore, having a comfortable watch band that doesn’t rub my wrist the wrong way is necessary if I want to wear my watch. When this design was originally released by Apple I knew it would be my ideal option. The gear4 Sport Band feels secure and the color is noticeable, but not gaudy. I would buy more of this band in a heartbeat.
Finding a watch band that is both comfortable and durable can be challenging. Discovering those elements along with something that works with many different wardrobe styles is almost a miracle. The Sport Band accomplishes all these features for me and I would easily recommend it to others.