My daughter is a busy student, so she tells me, and she loves to delegate certain tasks to other people. As her father, I’m first in the firing line for her ‘to do’ list, apparently, it gives me a purpose in life.
Her current project for me is to find and research a new watch strap for her Apple watch. She would like a watch strap that she could wear in the gym. I have to say, I was initially somewhat surprised by this request. Previously she had been averse to any form of physical exercise. Maybe she had changed, I surmised, and realised the benefits of physical fitness or perhaps she’s just taken a shine to a fitness instructor or there is a particularly good coffee shop there. However, not wanting to sound unfairly cynical of her motives, I took on the task while subduing my doubts, not to discourage her, just in case her intentions were genuine.
After reading numerous product descriptions and customer reviews, I drew up a list of suitable genuine and compatible Apple watch strap contenders, to present to her. The main criteria I was looking for were style, performance and value.
Hopefully, this information will prove useful to you, if you too are looking to make an informed purchase to match similar objectives.
The Sport Loop is described as the ultimate, high-performance strap. It is constructed from dual-layer woven nylon, comprising dense loops that rest against the skin to offer an ultra-comfortable fit while helping to prevent moisture from being absorbed into the strap. It features a hook-and-loop fastening system to allow for fast and simple adjustment. Available in a variety of colours and lengths. Lightweight, breathable, inexpensive (currently £29) and fits all series.
The Braided Solo Loop strap adopts a unique, stretchable design that’s ultra-comfortable and easy to slip on and off your wrist. Created by weaving 16,000 recycled polyester yarn filaments around ultra-thin silicone threads using advanced precision-braiding machinery, then laser cutting the strap to an exact length for a custom fit. The strap offers a soft, textured feel and is both sweat and water-resistant. Comes in various colours, lengths and fits all versions. Available for around £99.
The Nike Sport Band from Apple is made from a custom high-performance fluoroelastomer (a synthetic rubber with high heat and chemical resistance) with compression-moulded perforations for breathability. It’s durable and strong, yet surprisingly soft. The smooth, dense material oozes style across your wrist and feels comfortable next to your skin. An innovative pin-and-tuck closure ensures a clean fit. Comes in a variety of colours and lengths and fits all watch versions. It can be yours for around £50.
The Silicone Solo Loop is described as being a unique and exciting strap. It’s constructed from liquid silicone rubber and specially UV-treated to give it a comfortable soft-touch finish. Being made from lightweight, stretchable material makes it super-easy to slip on and off. It’s swim-proof, sweat-proof and seamless. Inexpensive (currently £29) and available in a wide range of lengths and colours to match your tracksuit. Fits all series.
The Nautilus is constructed from soft but ultra-durable, divers-grade silicone for those requiring very high performance. In keeping with the impressive build quality of this strap, the lug-end is over 5mm thick, tapering down to the tail-end which boasts an appealing, mirror-finished stainless-steel buckle. The strap is finished off with cotton stitching around the outer edge of its sculpted body. This is an ideal strap for the most active of watch connoisseurs who desire both style and performance. Available in various lengths and fits all series. Colour choices of black or blue. Currently available for £44.
These five Apple watch straps are ideal for anybody looking to buy a strap that can cope with their fitness activities. They each offer something slightly different, while all offering style, comfort and practicality. They each would look good on anyone’s wrist.
If you are in any doubt about how to change your strap there is a simple guide here