Silicone Strap Apple Watch band looks and feels like a real winner
Nomad started its business on July 18, 2012 – the same year MacSources.com started. I’ve always been a big supporter of Nomad and with us both starting in the same year, it sort of feels like we are growing up together. I remember seeing the first ChargeCard from Nomad and thinking about how it was a great product that I would use almost daily. I used it so much that over the years until it just fell apart. I loved the ChargeCard.
Needless to say, Nomad has been growing fast and since the original ChargeCard, they have released many other great products and expanded their product lines to include accessories for the Apple Watch. The one I’ve been testing recently is the Vulcanized LSR Silicone Strap for Apple Watch. It’s a silicone strap that is super lightweight and feels really soft. If you’ve used the fluoroelastomer sports bands from Apple, I can assure you that this does not feel anything like them. For some users, this will be a good thing and others will miss the firmer material from the Apple Sports Bands.
The materials for this particular Apple Watch band were carefully selected. First, Nomad chose to make this band out of silicone because of it’s sporty nature. Silicone is water resistant and has natural hypoallergenic traits so your skin won’t be irritated with constant contact with the band. As the name of the band suggests, the silicone is actually LSR or Liquid Silicone Rubber. It’s made through a cold-molding process that relies on a cooled material delivery system. When the silicone goes through the vulcanization process, a three-dimensional matrix is created, which gives the silicone enhanced mechanical properties that give it additional structural integrity. I wanted to also point out that even though the silicone goes through all these treatments, the LSR silicone still maintains its biocompatibility.
One issue that a lot of Apple Watch users experience is skin irritation from the long-term wearing of the fluoroelastomer Sports Band. My fiance had this problem and now wears a breathable band like the Milanese band most of the time. Because of this, I was happy to read all about the hypoallergenic properties of the Silicone Strap. Another design feature of the band that really aids users who wear it for long period of time is the channel on the underside of the band. It was included to promote air flow between your skin and the watch band. So far, I’ve found that it really does help make the band more comfortable than the Apple Sports Band. I don’t find that there is standing sweat on my arm between the band and my skin and I do sometimes find that with the Apple Sports Band.
The team at Nomad is very focused on making wonderful products that people can truly use and enjoy, so I’m very happy to say that the Vulcanized LSR Silicone Strap has been holding up really well – and I have been putting it through its courses. Some watch bands fall apart very quickly – even with just regular use – but so far, the Silicone Strap has been performing very well. Not only does the band look wonderful, but it’s also been passing some major stress tests from me. I have been pulling on the strap harder to tighten it more and when the watch is off my wrist, I tug and pull, wash it, and other activities that I would have caused me to remove some bands for fear of damaging them. This band has held up great. As I said above, it has a great style to it. It’s so sleek that you could wear it out for dressier events as easily as a regular casual outfit. I have heard that most silicone bands are lint/dust magnets but I’ve not run into that issue with the Silicone Strap.
One concern I had was about was the pins that hold the lugs to the strap. With most watches, the pins are punched into place. I’ve had to do that a few times to adjust bands and it’s not a fun task to do. With no visible holes on the sides of the lugs of the Silicone Strap, I wondered, “how do the pins work?” I was told that the pins are “spring loaded so if they pop out they can be placed back on the lugs no problem”. This is true and a wonderful thing because if one of the pins comes out, it can be replaced by almost any store that sells watches. In addition to how they are attached, I really like how the lugs/buckle are designed. They have a slight curve to them so the watch is elongated and actually wraps around your wrist better than other Apple Watch bands.
What I love about the band is how light weight it is and how good it looks. I also love how easy it is to put it on and take off. It’s flexible but strong and it’s made of very durable materials. This band was built to be worn and hold up to the elements. When you combine the strength of the silicone band with the classic style of the custom-designed, metal injection molded (MIM) stainless steel hardware (available in black or silver), it’s an Apple Watch band that’s hard to beat.