Black sports bands, have they been revised?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by Sir Ruben, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. Sir Ruben macrumors 65816

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    Decided to get my bsb replaced as it was showing signs of wear. One thing I noticed from the start was that it felt different to my white band but it's difficult to explain it, you have to feel it.

    Anyway my replacement bsb came today and it feels the same as my white band and looks like it has a different finish. Have apple revised them or are they just as prone to wear as they always have been?
     
  2. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    My hunch is that there was a bad batch of black bands.
     
  3. friedmud macrumors 65816

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    My BSB I got with my Watch a week after launch definitely feels different from my Blue Sport Band I bought about a month later. The black band is stiffer and smoother... while the blue band is stretchier and more supple.

    How does that match up to what you're seeing?
     
  4. Armen macrumors 604

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    I know exactly what you're talking about. My Blue Sports band feels more like plastic compared to my Black Sports band which feels more like rubber.
     
  5. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    My black band is the complete opposite, and my blue and green bands are also the complete opposite from what you have described. My black is stretchier, while the blue and green are stiffer.
     
  6. friedmud macrumors 65816

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    That is just... odd.
     
  7. fr4c macrumors 65816

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    Got a replacement black band last week from Apple since my original started peeling. Not even a week yet and this one is peeling just as well. Back to the Apple store so let's see what they say.
     
  8. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    This is weird... you might want to try a different store. The forum posts on this are almost polar opposites: either people are having major peeling problems pretty early, or the bands have been perfect. I am in the latter category. I wear mine daily and have run a few dozen times already with it. Maybe there is either a bad supplier or a bad batch of bands out there.
     
  9. fr4c macrumors 65816

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    Yes its really bizarre. The original 38mm watch I had during launch was flawless, but I think I may be stuck with a bad batch of bands with my new 42mm. Got off the phone with Apple support just now and spoke with a senior technician. He agreed with me that the peeling is not normal at all and is sending out a replacement ASAP. Should have it tomorrow so let's see how this one is.
     
  10. soya macrumors 6502

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    The difference of feeling between sport bands of different colors is normal. It has been documented on one of the threads on this forum. It is due to the fact that the different bands are composed of different dye colors therefore slightly altering the texture/feel of the bands.
     
  11. friedmud macrumors 65816

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    That can't be all of it. Look at my post above compared to Mlrollin91's post. We have nearly exactly opposite experiences with the same colored bands. This means that it's some variability in the manufacturing process itself, and not just being different for the various colors.
     
  12. linhromrom macrumors member

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    as someone mentioned, there is a bad batch of BSB. Cuz i've been using my BSB (ordered on day 1) 3-4 days a week to play racket sports. So its been through sweat like crazy and I see no sign of wear (except where the metal pin contacts with the band).

    So mine cant be the same with those appears on the internet with problems.
     
  13. iBlazed macrumors 68000

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    I have the $9 knockoff black sport band. So far so good.
     
  14. broadbean macrumors 6502a

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    There's also a difference in the initial weights based on colour. Black is definitely "different".

    This following bit was from imore:

    Band weight
    The small sport bands may weigh slightly less than the large sport bands, but the different colors also weigh different amounts.

    • White: 47g/51g
    • Blue: 44g/48g
    • Green: 43g/48g
    • Pink: 42g/46g
    • Black: 37g/40g
    So, if you want the lightest band possible, you're looking at the black. If you want the heaviest, you're looking at the white.
     

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