How tight do you wear your watch?

jdsmitty10

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So I’m new to this Apple Watch thing. I find myself going back and forth between two holes on my Nike band. The one hole it doesn’t slide on my wrist at all(when trying to slide it with other hand) but occasionally makes my arm itchy prompting me to loosen it. On the other hole it will slide a little(with other hand moving it) and barely moves if moving my arm around not trying to slide it with other hand but does move when pressing the side buttons. So basically, how loose is too loose for the heart rate stuff to not work correctly?
 

F23

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I wear it tight enough that it doesn't move at all up and down my wrist, and stays fixed and tight. But it isn't uncomfortably tight and I can still freely and easily flex my wrist up and down.
 

KarimLeVallois

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I wear a Apple nylon band. It is easier to get a much more precise and comfortable fit. I can get a finger inside the band while wearing it. It never slides down.
I think this is the general rule with watch bands...you should be able to get a finger between the underneath of the band and your wrist.
 
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MacWins

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I wear it tight enough that it doesn't move at all up and down my wrist, and stays fixed and tight. But it isn't uncomfortably tight and I can still freely and easily flex my wrist up and down.
You‘ve just described the way I wear my Apple Watch as well!
 
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ftaok

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So basically, how loose is too loose for the heart rate stuff to not work correctly?
It just has to be tight enough so that the sensor stays on your wrist. I wear mine pretty loose, except when I run (I'll tighten it up one hole). Never really had a problem with the HR sensor.
 
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Cnasty

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I wear it more tight up towards the hand/wrist and it doesn't move during the day as it stays in place and I've heard this is the most accurate reading area for health/heart rate.
I alternate between a milanese and sport loop which provide more specific location.
 

jdsmitty10

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Mine fits most comfortable on the tighter setting I described above but occasionally it feels too tight/sweaty/itchy..thanks for the responses..
 

Complex757

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Loops(Milanese or sport) - against my skin
Sport bands - against my skin
Leather bands - against my skin
Links - slightly loose
 

dgreening

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I noticed if the band is too loose it locks the screen then I don't get any notifications. But I do the same as above keeping it snug enough but not uncomfortable.
 

nepalisherpa

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I have a nylon band as well for daily wear. I wear it tight enough to where it does not slide up/down on my wrist but also loose enough to where I don't feel it. During workout, I wear it higher up on my forearm and a bit tighter than normal.
 

hologram

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I tighten it until it’s comfortable. Any less, it’ll be too loose. Any more it’ll be too tight. :p
 

millerj123

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It just has to be tight enough so that the sensor stays on your wrist. I wear mine pretty loose, except when I run (I'll tighten it up one hole). Never really had a problem with the HR sensor.
This is how I do it. With the loose setting I have more problems with the heart rate sensor, but I still have occasional problems even with the tighter setting. If that happens, I can usually tell that it’s slid a little off the side of my arm.
 

MEJHarrison

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Not all that tight. When I remove my watch, you can barely see the indentations from the band on my skin, if that helps at all.
 

mofunk

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@OP The Sports band makes my wrist sweat and itch so I have to move it around my wrist. Not a big problem its just what that type of material does to your skin.

The Sports Loop is a little bit more breathable and lightweight. Less sweat.


Buy a Sports loop and alternate between the Band.
 

harriska2

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At $10-$15 for an off brand sports loop you can buy a new one every year you will likely own the watch (5 years). After a few months with sports loop, then a year with the nylon strap, and now with velcro sports loop - I’ve found the sports loop to be the most comfortable and adjustable (snug but still put a finger under it). This is especially true as my son and I have small hands that fit through the loop easily. He has the Nike and I have a $12 off brand. I like my off brand as much as his Nike, go figure.
 

bbednarz

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Going from the Series 3 to the Series 4 adjusted which holes on the sport bands I use. On the Series 3 I would use the 3rd smallest hole on the M/L band and when I would run I would tighten it to the 2nd smallest hole. Now I find that the 2nd smallest hole on the M/L band is the perfect medium and I never have to adjust it.

I like the watch to be fairly snug. I hate when it feels like its moving around and/or dangling on my wrist.
 

ZStech

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So I’m new to this Apple Watch thing. I find myself going back and forth between two holes on my Nike band. The one hole it doesn’t slide on my wrist at all(when trying to slide it with other hand) but occasionally makes my arm itchy prompting me to loosen it. On the other hole it will slide a little(with other hand moving it) and barely moves if moving my arm around not trying to slide it with other hand but does move when pressing the side buttons. So basically, how loose is too loose for the heart rate stuff to not work correctly?
Not too much. I wear my sport watch for running and I need to feel free with it.
 

BSG75

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I think a good rule of thumb is that you should be able to fit your index finger between the band and the underside of your wrist. That should give you a comfortable fit without being too tight. You could always wear it a little tighter during workouts in order to make sure the heart rate sensor gets a reliable reading.
 
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ssledoux

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I keep mine pretty loose a lot of the time, but tighten it a notch on my leather band when I want it to keep track of my heart rate. I’m between holes on my leather band, so I find it a little tight on the next hole, but too loose to get all the benefits on the comfortable hole. I’m working on stretching it a little by wearing it on the tighter hole for at least a couple hours every day.