1/2 a band: What are people doing?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by joraem, May 10, 2015.

  1. joraem macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2015
    Apple's idea to give sports band owners 3 pieces is a great convenience to its customers. Not sure of your size? No problem! Try the M/L one and if that doesn't fit, just go to the box and swap it out for the S/M piece. But once you find the right fit, most of us will stick with it - leaving an awful lot of "extra" pieces sitting in boxes, unused. This seems strange, but I can't figure out what to do with the extra piece. Yes, I've seen a few on eBay, but, really, who's going to buy a random, incomplete band (except maybe for a quick replacement). The band-swapping sites never really got going, once the "3 piece" design was confirmed. So ... What to do with all the "spares"? There has to be a good idea. Thoughts?
  2. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    Put it in the box, put box in the closet, move on with my life.
  3. deppisch macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2011
    When you turn around and sell it for version 2 in 18 months, what if the person buying it needs a band of a different size?
  4. joraem thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2015
    Well, I think that's what most everyone is doing ... I don't know .... Just seems a tremendous waste to me


    Fair point ... But even those who do upgrade to v2 ... Many will either not sell v1 or will have lost the "spare"
  5. Phil Holland macrumors regular

    Phil Holland

    Jun 7, 2011
    Tremendous waste?
  6. evolkatie macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2014
    I wouldn't say it's a complete waste. The band size is adjustable so if something does happen to your strap, the extra strap may still work as a backup as long as you happen to have a wrist size that works in between the two band sizes. Both bands seem to fit 150-180mm wrists for the 38mm and 160-185mm for the 42mm.
  7. InAustralia, May 11, 2015
    Last edited: May 11, 2015

    InAustralia macrumors 6502


    Oct 7, 2013
    Sydney, Australia
    The extra sized band is a bit wasteful.

    I think it would be good to swap the unused band with another Apple Watch owner. If you only use the S/M band, then swap the Larger band for someone who uses the Larger sized. That way both of you get an extra half band in your correct size (in the event one gets damaged).

    Whilst you are probably not going to need the spare half band in your size, at least it is going to be more useful than a spare band in the incorrect size.

    Anyone in Australia want to swap a 42mm Large Black Sport Band for a S/M Black Sport Band?
  8. ianfann macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2014
  9. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    I've been using the large band ever since I got it out of the box, but noticed I was plugging it into the second or third to last hole towards the watch, and had a lot of slack that I had to tuck in, which made the band thicker on my wrist.

    Out of sheer curiosity, I went back and opened the box, tried on the small band, and I'm on the second to last hole towards the end of the band, and just a tiny piece of slack left to tuck in.

    I think I prefer it better this way, it even sits nicer on my Griffin WatchStand, and it's good to know that I could switch to either one if it starts to wear down or go bad.
  10. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Someone just needs to produce some fairly high-quality half-bands with just the pin section, then everyone could buy one and swap them.

    Or, just keep it in a drawer somewhere like me :p
  11. Bigdog9586 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2015
    Can't you use a drill and add holes and trim off end if needed since its hidden anyway.
  12. fischersd macrumors 601


    Oct 23, 2014
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    I'd just keep it in the closet, in the box.

    1) When you go to resell, be good to have it.
    2) If there's a problem with your band discolouring, it will be a valuable reference to demonstrate to the folks at the Apple store. :)
  13. loyalist macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2011
    Same but keeping the larger band.
  14. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    I did a swap with my bf. The black/white mix looks better than I expected!

    Attached Files:

  15. Randizzledante macrumors regular


    May 21, 2011
    I nearly spit water all over my computer monitors, thank you for the laugh, sir :D
  16. joraem thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2015
    That's interesting. I think the band-swapping sites are still operating, for those who like this mix and match approach. I like the idea of swapping the unused segment for a "back up" of the same size I'm using.
  17. clint-bell macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2015
  18. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    We approve.

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