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How to Correctly Measure Your Wrist for Apple Watch Solo Loop Bands

Apple_Robert

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Simple solution: measuring tape, measure your wrist. Order the right size.

OR the sport band solution was even better. This whole rollout was a mess and apple could have done better.
More snarky snide comments from those who think a lot of people don’t know how to measure.

I used a brand new measuring tape. I measured accurately 4 times and got the same results each time with the new tape. Apple band sizer online said I was a 6 or a 5 for a snug fit. Ordered size 5 and went to the Apple store to pick up. While there, I tried on the size 5. It was a little too big. I tried on the 4 and it was a good snug fit.

So much for your simple solution.
 
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macagain

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So I'll share my story since I keep reading people saying that people who got the measurements wrong are stupid. Measured my wrist and ordered an 8 day one. See the discussions measure again and cancelled my order that evening and ordered a size 7. Got my watch Wednesday. Could fit two fingers in the band with no stretching. Already sold my Series 5 to a coworker.

Scheduled a shopping session at the Apple Store across the street for Thursday and verified 30 mins prior all the smaller sizes are in stock in store. Got there said I had an appointment. Took my temperature told to stand in a line. Then they had someone else come and confirm my appointment. Go stand in the other line and get my temperature taken again. They take me inside. Stand on the other side of the table. Tell them the situation and that I want my arm measured. Guy get the one time use measuring thing. Says I am a size 7 or maybe even an 8!

So at this point I am highly entertained thinking about all the Macrumors folks that say its so easy/accurate. Take out the size 7 band and put it on for the Apple dude. He was totally shocked. So he gets a size 5 and 6 to try on. Size 5 ends up being my size. I wish I could try a size 4 but they didn't have one to try. So then he says they have to do the whole refund rebuy thing and I was like I know lets get it done. Says let me check inventory before we start. Sold the last size 5 in the session before mine. So I ask if any other stores have size 5. He fidgets with his phone and says I don't think so.

So I leave with my size 7 band and have wasted my lunch. At least I know what size I need. So I get back to work and schedule a session with another Apple store I can go to on my way home that shows size 5 in stock. Get to the second store. They take my temperature then say they got new instructions this morning that I can't wear my facemask into the store because it has a filter. They make me take my mask off and switch to a regular paper surgical mask. Whatever. Get inside this store and say that I've already done the song and dance earlier in the day. Ask if they have a size 4 I can try on. They don't (granted its more pure curiosity). So I just tell them I want a size 5. They say they think they have a way to take care of it without a return rebuy. They scan the band as a no receipt return with manager authorization and then give me the new band.

It is very comfortable. But what a pain in the rear even with stores open here. After the whole ordeal I think people should absolutely not get the solo loop without trying it on first.

HR person running retail... brilliant!
 
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Apple_Robert

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I got lost after the first paragraph. Oh my god!
Not singling you out here but, I have seen several replies from people not reading very much of the article because it is too long. These same members will read books and post on the forum for hours on end but read a longer post and the same people complain. I don’t get it.

The article is thorough and Juli did her best to cover everything a new person to the Apple Watch and Apple bands might not know about or consider with this new style loop.
 
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AZREOSpecialist

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Not singling you out here but, I have seen several replies from people not reading very much of the article because it is too long. These same members will read books and post on the forum for hours on end but read a longer post and the same people complain. I don’t get it.

The article is thorough and Juli did her best to cover everything a new person to the Apple Watch and Apple bands might not know about or consider with this new style loop.
I'm not a customer for this product because Apple, in its infinite wisdom, made the Apple Watch incompatible with my generation of iPhone. No sale. My comment had to do with the fact that MR had to write such a long article to address this loop thing, which should have been thought through better by Apple. Something so complicated shouldn't even be considered for release.
 
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Apple_Robert

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In the middle of several books.
I'm not a customer for this product because Apple, in its infinite wisdom, made the Apple Watch incompatible with my generation of iPhone. No sale. My comment had to do with the fact that MR had to write such a long article to address this loop thing, which should have been thought through better by Apple. Something so complicated shouldn't even be considered for release.
I agree with you that Apple made the new band process more convoluted than need be. And as a result, more inaccurate (for many) than it should have been. I think Apple will change their approach to the Solo band very quickly. They have too many skews with this band and all the returns back and forth will deduct from their high profit margin.
 
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Usernotmaker

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Wow, quite an article Tim!

For what it's worth, here's my experience so far.

Decided to finally buy a Watch and really like the simplicity of the solo loop.
Measured my wrist at home with printed tool as an 8.
Went to local Apple Store to ask some questions and for a fitting.
Tried both 44 and 40 Watches with 7 and 8 solo loops.
Decided to buy a 44 with an 8 but out of stock.
Was advised to come back in a few days.
Went back and asked to try again before buying - a 44 with a 7 and an 8.
Decided the 8 was too loose so asked to buy 44 and 7 but once again out of stock.

My take:
- I was measuring too loosely with the printed tool.
- For me the solo loop feels super comfortable. I never had great experiences with traditional watch buckles so I'm prepared to give it a try. Will see how much it loosens with use once I can get one!

One suspicion after the fittings. Could the result be different for the different watch sizes, in other words might tailored printed tools be required?!

One other thing. Are other physical retail outlets going to sell these loops? Haven't seen any yet...
 
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Apple N Oranges

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If you need to go thru this much to buy a band for your smart watch, then Apple clearly isn't as user-friendly and customer-focused as it once was. Then all the iOS 14 and Catalina (still??) bugs, 17,000 imminent new underwhelming iPhone SKUs, and a little ARM MacBook that won't be able to run anything. Lol what a mess this company's product line has become. And the iPad.. Sure it's a good tablet, but what the hell do I do with it? Mine just usually collects dust because I use my iPhone 11 Pro on the go and my MacBook Pro 16" when I need a REAL computer.
 
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diamornte

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Some reviewers are saying even the smallest bands fit rather large wrists because they stretch so much. Have you tried a size 12 on yet? I think there’s a decent chance it’ll fit you.

My partner is on the heavy side and we tried the size 12 on him and it cut off his circulation.

Apple wants to sell watches for people who want to exercise but not everyone starts from the same place. Most of America is overweight and probably wont fit the 12 size from Apple.
 
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Rogifan

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I'm not a customer for this product because Apple, in its infinite wisdom, made the Apple Watch incompatible with my generation of iPhone. No sale. My comment had to do with the fact that MR had to write such a long article to address this loop thing, which should have been thought through better by Apple. Something so complicated shouldn't even be considered for release.
It’s not nearly as complicated as this article makes it out to be. And I say that as someone who owns one of these bands.
Apple has already issued a recall hence the purpose of this guide for re-measuring ;)
Apple has issued a recall for what?
I am old enough to remember stuff like this:

How Steve Jobs’ Love of Simplicity Fueled A Design Revolution

Passionate to the point of obsessive about design, Steve Jobs insisted that his computers look perfect inside and out


And it doesn’t get much simpler than this band. This article is a bit much and makes the process seem a lot more complicated than it is.
 
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Kabeyun

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This ranks up there with the instructions on how to clean the Apple Card. Damn shame Monty Python is no longer a going concern. They would have a field day with the antics of Cook's Apple. George Carlin would also do very well with this material.
Sorry, it’s not them. It’s us. People are too stupid to just be told, “Measure the snug circumference of your wrist.” Imagine how many pages of documentation it would take to precisely instruct someone to get out of bed and brush their teeth.

Know how else it’s us? Some lawyer would file some lawsuit claiming a client’s pain & suffering due to an ill-fitting watch band, and then follows the class action. Think Apple hasn’t seen that movie before?
 
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majordude

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I bought an iWatch with a loop band. I was 7 or just into 8 (on the line). I got the 7. PERFECT FIT and feels MUCH better than a harder band.
 
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wolfedude88

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I measured about a 9.5 with the cutout but went with a 9 originally because if I pulled it as tight as I could go it leaned more 9 than 10. My apple store got some in stock today and after everyone saying go smaller I ordered an 8 for pickup. The 8 fit perfectly, so I would def say fit the cutout as tight as possible and then still go down a size.

The braided solo loop is amazing, probably not worth $100 and I knew that going in but my favorite band I’ve had yet.
 
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Apple_Robert

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In the middle of several books.
I measured about a 9.5 with the cutout but went with a 9 originally because if I pulled it as tight as I could go it leaned more 9 than 10. My apple store got some in stock today and after everyone saying go smaller I ordered an 8 for pickup. The 8 fit perfectly, so I would def say fit the cutout as tight as possible and then still go down a size.

The braided solo loop is amazing, probably not worth $100 and I knew that going in but my favorite band I’ve had yet.
I really like the look of the braided loop and ordered one. The 2 month wait begins. I don’t see it holding up long term like the Solo loop in day to day use.
 
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Morgenland

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As if there are not enough problems these days, Apple adds another.
99% of customers are intelligent enough to buy matching rings, bracelets, collars and necklaces on the Internet. These people equipped for life have no problem here either.
 
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Morgenland

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For all intent and purposes, the Apple tool is bogus, And even a tailor’s tape, which will give you an accurate wrist readings, will not correlate (most of the time) to the correct solo loop size per the online Apple guestimator.

A person really needs to try the band on. I had to go down 2 sizes when I was at the Apple store yesterday.
Good that there is the Apple store. For people like you, it will definitely be of ultimate help.
 
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