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Mel8899

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Which band between the silicone and the sports loop better? I have silicone but like the look of the midnight blue color.

TIA
 

ActionableMango

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Sports Loop. Breathable, infinitely adjustable, fast, and suuuuuuuper soft. It is by far the most comfortable watch band I've ever used.

The only drawback is that it looks cheap. Like someone used 10 cents of velcro strapping from the craft store.
 

nattK

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Which band between the silicone and the sports loop better? I have silicone but like the look of the midnight blue color.

TIA

Do you mean Apple's fluoroelastomer sport band vs the sport loops? Fluoroelastomer is not silicone. They're two different materials. Most third party bands are made out of silicone, however.

If you play sports or sweat a lot I would recommend the sport band over the sport loop since they don't soak up sweat and are easier to clean.
 
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ActionableMango

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Most third party bands are made out of silicone, however.

Are any third party Sport Bands made out of fluoroelastomer? Last I checked, I couldn't find a single one (other than Nike which are basically Apple bands anyway).
 

jbachandouris

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Which watch do you have? I feel as if the sport loop bands are too light for my SS, for aluminum it's not bad.

I haven't used canvas bands in a LONG time as they would soak up the sweat and smell.

I have no idea how well the Apple Sport Loops hold up, but I vote for Sport Band.
 

mizmimi02

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I prefer the sport loops in the summer, and the sport bands in the winter. I often find that the sport band gets super sweaty in the summer time, but the sport loop is breathable and comfy.
 
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Mel8899

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I ended up exchanging my Apple Watch 5 for the Nike 5.
 

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Mel8899

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Ordered this band also!
 

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Strangedream

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Sport loops ain't pretty but they are the best for sweaty work outs. Personally I still prefer the sport band tho, it's a bit more versatile and looks marginally more premium, also you get more color choices.
 
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deeddawg

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Which watch do you have? I feel as if the sport loop bands are too light for my SS, for aluminum it's not bad.

Each to their own but I've run many miles with my SBSS on a sport loop and it's been fine.

We're talking an 11 gram difference between the stainless and aluminum watches (44mm S4/S5)

That's NOT much mass.
 
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Royksöpp

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Sports Loop. Breathable, infinitely adjustable, fast, and suuuuuuuper soft. It is by far the most comfortable watch band I've ever used.

The only drawback is that it looks cheap. Like someone used 10 cents of velcro strapping from the craft store.

The only Sport Loop that looks cheap is a Fake Sport Loop. I bought both and the quality difference was night and day. Even before that, I could always spot a fake one. The Sport band is another story. You would have a hard time telling the difference between a 5 dollar Ebay knockoff and the real thing.

In terms of comfort I find the Sport Band hard and uncomfortable to wear. The wide area on the closure pushes against my wrist when I move my hand around. Another thing I don't like is that it makes the Apple Watch look very Tech-ey. I know that's what it is, but I'd rather not have it look so obvious like a run of the mill smart watch.
 
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Beachmusic18

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Personal preference rules, imho. I have sports bands only as I prefer the look, so can't compare the feel of the two, yet the bands have always been ultra comfy even in our hot climate during 5 mile walks.
 
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ActionableMango

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The only Sport Loop that looks cheap is a Fake Sport Loop. I bought both and the quality difference was night and day. Even before that, I could always spot a fake one. The Sport band is another story. You would have a hard time telling the difference between a 5 dollar Ebay knockoff and the real thing.

My Nike Sport Loop came with the watch, so I'm pretty sure it's authentic. It looks like a velcro strap to me. The first person I showed it to literally said, "THAT'S what Apple includes with a $400 watch???"

Maybe the fake ones look even worse.
 
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