Less “itchy” band recommendations

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by maverick22, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. maverick22 macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2012
    I just got my wife one, and she’s enjoying it except for the fact that she has to take it off time to time. The sport band causes her skin to itch a little.

    Do you guys have some recommendations for comfortable bands that still look okay in the education setting (she’s a teacher).

  2. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
  3. Lennyvalentin macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2011
    In my personal experience, the woven nylon band 'breathes' better, and doesn't feel as sticky on the skin as the rubber band. Definitely a step up in comfort. Plus, the nylon band is quite light in comparison, which makes the aluminium watch feel super light overall as well. Other than the tactile feel of it being there, one almost can't tell it's being worn at all.

    On the other hand, the woven nylon band also absorbs sweat and skin crud and needs more intense cleaning compared to rubber to avoid discoloration. I occasionally let my band soak in a small container of warm water with some detergent for a while, then I rinse it off and let dry. Good as new, almost. :) The band also wears (or 'acquires a patina') slightly more readily than the rubber band, but it's nothing to be concerned about really. I've had my band for like a year and a half or so now, it's held up quite well.

    The woven sport loop should feel even lighter and breathe even better due to its fuzzy nature. I've only tested it on quite briefly so I can't tell much of the experience, but it felt nice. Hopefully the velcro fastening strips don't become loose with use.
  4. Nell macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2012
    I’d also suggest the woven nylon straps; they’re really comfortable and look good. The sport loop would work too but looks more casual.

    I have quite a few sport straps and most are fine but one causes me to break out in an itchy, burning rash sometimes. Annoying as it’s the midnight blue one and I used to wear it a lot.
  5. DoubleFlyaway, Apr 24, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 24, 2018

    DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    Yeah, I'd see if the sport loop works, because it rinses and dries well, and I'm not sure the nylon strap would hold up to that frequently. I don't wear the latter for workouts for that reason, though I do like them.
  6. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    Wore the sports loop 2 days in Orlando’s heat and humidity while at Disney.

    Very comfortable.

    Comfort factor rating during the trip
    5 sport loop
    4 woven nylon

    Nike sport band was hot and sticky compared to the two above.

    Sport loop comfort was much batter than I ever thought it would be.
    No adjustment was required.
  7. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    Just bought a Sports Loop - Thanks for the info all!

    How often do you wash these with soap?
  8. CostaMoses macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2014
    Another vote for the sport loop here.

    Sport Loop is the most comfortable of any of the watch bands I've tried.
  9. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Nylon bands. Highly durable, lightweight, breathable fabric,’ the only downside is once they get wet or any type of moisture, they do need to dry out compared to the flueroastamer sports band.
  10. DoubleFlyaway macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    I typically wear it in the shower after a sweaty run. I occasionally soap it up but mostly just let it rinse out.
  11. maverick22 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2012
    Thanks for all of the suggestions so far.

    I’ll look more into these!
  12. mackie8 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 6, 2014
    Im getting rashes with my sport band now...
    Weather is sooo hot here in SG....

    I love my sport bands....
    But i think i need to use woven or the sport loop....
  13. staggerlee41 macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2017
    Pittsburgh, PA
  14. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Wow I’m the opposite of most people here. The one nylon band I have makes me itchy. I also don’t do well wearing nylon clothes or pantyhose so maybe I’m just sensitive to nylon.

    I wear the holey Nike bands the best. The regular sport bands can get a bit uncomfortable and itchy in hot weather. I also have Android and tried a Samsung fitness tracker and that one was the itchiest. I didn’t even have to sweat to get itchy. :confused: Definitely, not all plastics are created equal when it comes to triggering sensitivity.
  15. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    Take a look at the Milanese. My wife had a similar reaction to the sport band, and once she tried on the Milanese Loop she never went back. If the cost is a bit much for you, there are some quite good third party bands on Amazon for very little money, or you could look for a used genuine one.

    I have a Link Bracelet on my Apple Watch, and since getting it my Leather Loop and Sport Band sit in a drawer. IMO you just can't beat the stainless bands. They feel good on the wrist, cooler on a hot day, and are easy to clean. Plus, they look terrific.
  16. AlliFlowers Contributor


    Jan 1, 2011
    L.A. (Lower Alabama)
    The sport loop is the most comfortable ever. No itching, no heat rashes. I'm allergic to a LOT of things, both mineral and chemical, but I have zero trouble with the sport loop.

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