Definitive strap review thread!

profmatt

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Thanks to my chronic indecisiveness, I've now ordered and tried the sports, Milanese, leather loop and classic buckle straps. (The link is on its way!)

Surprisingly, the winner (so far) is . . . the sports. In my view, it's easily the most comfortable, though it does pull at my arm hair when I'm putting it on. The black looks really terrific with the watch. (I originally had the white, which was a big disappointment. I haven't tried the coloured ones.)

The Milanese looked good in the box, but I didn't like the asymmetry (loops on one side, but not the other) and I personally didn't find it that comfortable. I thought it was too long: my wrists are 178mm and the 42mm strap went almost all the way round, which I didn't like. I sent it back.

The leather loop looked better than I was expecting (I got the black) but it wasn't cushiony soft as I thought it might be and the loop part is quite awkward: it sticks out and caused skin-indentation on my wrists when I lay my arm on the table, which I do a lot at work. I got the medium and, again, I felt it was too long. I found it quite hard to put on. I find the sports extremely easy to put on. (I sent the leather loop back.)

The classic buckle was dull to look at and I didn't like the fact that the leather doesn't go straight into the watch like it does on the leather loop. It wasn't a great fit for me: I was between two holes. I found it surprisingly hard to put on and take off: it kept catching on itself. I sent it back.

Which leaves the link, which I'm expecting delivery of next week. Not sure how I'll cope with an all-metal strap, and whether it will cause arm-hair trauma. If I like it, I'll keep it, but I'm more than happy to just have the sports.

It's funny how Apple seems to get away with its prices. I was looking at straps for another watch a couple of weeks ago. The most expensive they had in the shop was a crocodile leather strap for £89. The Apple leather straps are £129.
 
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Glene

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I agree but the sports band is not dressy enough for some business situations I have. I love the leather loop and have all four of them, will prob sell my black and brown ones. Just picked up a stainless link and that's growing on me too...tugged on my hair for a day or two but now it's fine.


The sleeper is the stone band, very camo desert storm looking.....
 
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Randman

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The black sports band is very very capable. I was a little skeptical of the leather loop but ended up buying a black one and have grown to love it. It's passed the BSB as my favorite. I can adjust the band in a milisecond as needed. It looks good dressed up or casual.
I ordered a generic metal clasp band off Amazon and will compare soon but more than pleasantly surprised by the leather loop once I gave it a few days to let it grow on me.
 
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MaulRx

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I find that the black sports and brown leather take care of all my situations. Although I do want the pink sports just because
 

lirn8

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I agree but the sports band is not dressy enough for some business situations I have. I love the leather loop and have all four of them, will prob sell my black and brown ones. Just picked up a stainless link and that's growing on me too...tugged on my hair for a day or two but now it's fine.


The sleeper is the stone band, very cameo desert storm looking.....

ill buy one of them...
 

redman042

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Wore a BSB for two weeks, and now have the LL as well.

The sport band wins for overall comfort due to its softness. The LL is comfortable but not as soft and therefore a bit more noticeable on the arm.

The leather loop has a nicer, more interesting look than the SB, and the adjustability is great.

The leather loop as a slight clicking as the arm flexes and the magnets rub together. A bit annoying on Day 1 but now I'm used to it and I believe it has broken in a bit better.

The SB can get wet or dirty no problem. The LL is not suited for that.

Personally I believe these are the two bands to get. I would not own the LL with out having a SB to fall back on in certain situations.

If I could stomach the cost of the link bracelet, that would be in my collection as well.
 

H3rman

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I've used the link and sports bands. Link is hands down by far my favourite. I found the sport uncomfortable when wearing for long periods. It almost sticks and just doesn't feel nice against the skin, the link on the other hand give the watch a nice weight, the kind of weight you would expect from a watch this price. It also look brilliant and just feels nicer. However I have worn a metal link for the last 10 years so I am biased.

I will say that the only time I have had the link catch arm hairs is whil actually closing it. Once it's on, if it hasn't already caught any arm hairs during the process then it won't catch any for the remainder of the time it's on.

I have contimplated getting the black leather loop though just to mix it up every now and then.
 
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jannette

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I bought the SS with Milanese Loop which I liked very much. Since then I have bought a blue Sports Band which, for everyday wear, I like even more. I have tiny wrists and am light and the ML felt heavy on my wrist after a while. Fine to wear for an evening out but not all day.
The sports band is very light and I hardly know I am wearing a watch. So, horses for courses!
 

shortcrust

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I've got the black leather loop and really like it, but if you told me it was synthetic I'd believe you. I'm planning on getting a sports band too, but I can't see the LL suffering from the elements too badly.
 

Glene

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I would not be surprised if the leather loops are plasticized just like all cars are now, even the finest leather in a BMW or Lexus has a thin finish of plastic over the top of it to make it wear longer… Does anybody have a link to exactly how the bands are made? I've sweated in mine for full day in the sun and it made virtually no difference, much like the leather in my car.