Sport Band vs. Milanese

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Luba, May 22, 2015.

  1. Luba macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    To those of you who have worn both for an extended time, which band do you find more comfortable wearing all day, the Sport Band or the Milanese?

    I read that the Milanese can get a loose feeling after wearing it more than a few hours, perhaps all the moving and flexing of the forearm during the day moves the magnets ever so slightly. With the Sport Band the rubber would flex then bounce back to the original tightness?

    Working-out/exercising (swinging your arms) with the Milanese cause the magnets to move so that it loosens the original adjustment made in the morning when you put on your Apple Watch?
  2. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    I wear the sports when I'm out and about during the day, and the Milanese in the evenings or at restaurants and things. It's not uncomfortable, it's just not as comfortable as the sport.

    And I find myself constantly readjusting the Milanese when I wear it. Not because it wears loose but because it's so easy to micro-adjust you never get a consistent fit, so I'm always fiddling with it. It looks great though! ;)
  3. jbizzybeetle, May 23, 2015
    Last edited: May 23, 2015

    jbizzybeetle macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2015
    Prefer Milanese; however I could see how someone exercising hard might prefer sport during those times if it doesn't slide down your arm. Or.. Because it looks better on the arm--I recall the look of the Milanese squeezes into the fatty part of my wrist where the sport doesn't it fits wider more like link or leather loop.

    My SS came with Milanese and I ordered blue sport band. When it came I put on and wore while walking dog for 20 minutes. Began to perspire immediately and very uncomfortable feeling.

    With Milanese I don't sweat under the ventilated band until I have really worked hard. Then I have to dry it and arm before putting back on.

    With my Pebble Kickstarter / Steel I hated the rubber straps, got adapters and wore a woven NATO band. The Milanese comes very close to that comfort level. I usually forget it all day.

    Sold the blue band for $20 net profit.
  4. nperei macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2010
    How about leather Loop compare to Milanese?
    Leather comfortable or loose ?
    I have ordered 42 SG Watch Sport. Wont get them end of June.
    Just curious
  5. sandydlc macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2010
    I have the 38mm stainless steel watch with milanese loop and wear that most of the time. I got a green sports band because it's almost Seahawk green! :)

    I haven't found the milanese loop very comfortable for exercising. I used it on a rowing machine the other day and it was fine, but when running on the treadmill I noticed that it did get a little loose. I also tried it out while playing tennis and it definitely loosened up throughout the time I played and I had to readjust every so often. Not the end of the world but at the same time I just prefer not getting the milanese all sweaty since it's the band I wear most often.

    Yesterday I played tennis (singles) and wore the sports band. It was much better and I never even thought about the watch while I was playing which is great because when I'm playing the last thing I need are additional distractions!

    I'm glad that I have a couple of choices but I do plan on getting a modern buckle band when they're available so that I have one more look for daytime/work/meetings.

    In my opinion the milanese loop is a very classic and classy choice.
  6. Eightyone macrumors regular

    Apr 29, 2015
    I work as a hairstylist, the Milanese is fine. It doesn't loosen per se, it just feels less tight. It's honestly not a big deal and I haven't had any issues with it, over the course of having it and working.

    I love it.

    The Sport band, is excellent and just as, if not more comfortable.
  7. Kavier macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2010
    Raleigh, NC
    My watch came with the Milanese, and I got the Sport Band about a week ago. I have to say that I never felt the Milanese was uncomfortable, but as soon as a put the Sport band on, I thought "Wow, this is so much more comfortable than the Milanese!" The Sport band also looks much nicer than I thought. I think I can pull off wearing it on most occasions; however, I am curious to see how the matte finish of the Sport will hold up over time.
  8. ChinaRye macrumors 6502


    Aug 7, 2007
    Washington, DC
    I bought the SS Sport so I could have the base model and then check out other bands later to see which one I like the best. But I love the Sport band and don't plan on purchasing others. I did order a white sport band to get some color, though!
  9. LxTxNx macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2007
    I hate my Milanese loop band. It becomes lose all day long and even more so when I'm working out. I stopped using it all together since it smells funky its discoloring and I need to adjust it seriously over 15 times a day. I can still return it so I just might. I love my sport band it's very comfortable and doesn't feel gross after sweating all over it; By far the sport band is my favorite.
  10. MitchBRAH macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    I ordered the SS 42mm with Milanese Loop and received it on day one. Enjoyed using it while I awaited my Black Sport band but to quite my surprise, I rarely use the Milanese Loop, only on special going out occasions.

    TLDR; Sport Band Daily Use, Milanese Loop for Special Occasions.
  11. dotnet macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2015
    Sydney, Australia
    I can't tell you how the Milanese loop would do if I were to vigorously punch a bag filled with sand, because my ancestors evolved past those kinds of pursuits. However, I can say for sure that my Milanese loop will not loosen during my daily activities. If anything, it might need some slight manual loosening as the day progresses.
  12. bacATapple macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2015
    My Milanese doesn't need adjusting either. It stays where I put it, but I love the ability to micro-adjust. Maybe it has to do with where it is worn. I wear mine below the wrist bone, closer to the elbow. For those that prefer wearing closer to the hand, it may be loosening up because of the wrist bone moving under it during the day.
  13. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    I much prefer the Milanese band. I have no issues with it loosening up throughout the day, and the mesh allows it to breathe. The sport band is almost too small. I need to wear it on the last notch. Also, the "plastic-ness" of the fluoroelastomer band does not breathe. I just feels "sticky" on my wrist. I still wear it on occasion, but much prefer the Milanese band for all day wear.
  14. ditzy macrumors 68000


    Sep 28, 2007
    While I prefer the look of the Milanese loop, I have to say the sports band is far more comfortable. It's not that the Milanese is uncomfortable, it's that the sport band is really comfortable.
  15. Luba thread starter macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    Sounds like in dry weather the sport is a bit more comfortable than ML, but in humid weather the ML is more comfortable.

    Anybody here know why Apple "glued" on underneath the end of the ML a rubber gasket? It's underneath the end of ML where it would magnetize. I read in an article the author thought it was there to prevent scratches on the ML, but I am thinking perhaps the magnet is too strong and the rubber loop gasket is there so we can pull it apart easier.
  16. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Not necessarily. I'm in Phoenix in the middle of the desert and I prefer the Milanese loop over the sport band. Even though it's not a humid climate here, the band doesn't breathe like the ML, so it causes sweat and it sticks to one's skin.

    I've found the magnet quite strong, so my thought is that it's to make breaking the magnetic "grab" a bit easier. Plus, the rubber causes the tab to stand up off of the band just enough to slide a finger nail under it to help release it.
  17. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2009
    Both are comfortable and stay put. But the milamese breathes whereas the sport does not.

    After using the sport, my wrist feels like it is suffocating and i have gunk build up on the underside of my watch. Same thing happened as a kid with my g-shock with a rubber band.

    Make sure u clean the watchs underside often if you use the sport band. That gunk is hard to clean off when left to settle. It will also start to smell.
  18. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    I actually exchanged my Milanese Loop 1 week after I got it with the watch for a Sport band.

    1. It's not comfortable enough to wear every day.
    2. It kept catching my arm hairs when I'd move it up and down my arm.

    Much happier with the Sport band.
  19. susan12369 macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2015
    I bought mine originally with the Milanese, and then purchased a black sport band. At first I liked the black sport band and considered it an option for daily wear. However, at the end of the day it was sticky and sweaty and I couldn't stand it. I'm keeping it for camping and other outdoor stuff where I might not want to wear my Milanese, but I find that the Milanese breathes so much better than the sport band. I appreciate having both options.
  20. littlezumbo, Jun 8, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 8, 2015

    littlezumbo macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2015
    Los Angeles, Ca.
    Honestly, I think both bands serve different purposes. The Sports Band is just that...great for sports, and as an added bonus it looks good. I have both the the black and blue bands, with the black one reserved exclusively for working out and the blue one for when I'm feeling casual and want a dose of colour. I rinse them off under water after sweating and haven't experienced any peeling, discolouration, etc.

    I've never thought of using the Milanese Loop for working out, as it seems a bit too elegant (to me) for that sort of thing. Yes, it adjusts during the day, but it is not a problem at all. Additionally, it takes about one second to readjust it (maybe five times throughtout the day?). Before going to bed, I "squeegee" it through a microfiber cloth a couple of times. There are faint streaks of dirt/sweat/whatever left on the cloth and perhaps for this reason I haven't experienced the funky smells or discolouration others have.

    I couldn't be happier with these bands, but if I were only able to choose one, it would be a Sports Band as it's marginally the more comfortable of the two.
  21. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I ordered a leather loop band for my Apple Watch with Milanese and it arrives today so I should have a comment shortly. :)

    Had the watch since last Wednesday and so far no complaints with the Milanese Loop.
  22. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god


    Sep 16, 2014
    Well I've decided today is the day for me. To hell with work, I'm off to Edinburgh to see if they have a Milanese for a try on. Not expecting stock of course but I'm ordering one anyway and want to have a looksie in the flesh.
    Only downer will be the long wait on the Milanese loop to arrive.
  23. QueenBeeMa macrumors newbie


    May 27, 2015
    I like the Milanese Loop, but ended up adding the classic buckle, which I wear most days. I like both bands. The classic buckle makes the watch a bit less noticeable, which is great because I was getting a little tired of talking about it. My friend said the sports band is hot and makes her wrist sweaty, but I don't have first hand experience with that.
  24. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    In terms of comfort, the leather loop is nice, but the magnetic clasp is pretty weak and cannot hold the band in place so I am sticking with the Milanese.
  25. TrueBlou macrumors demi-god


    Sep 16, 2014
    I too find that the sport band has a nasty habit of getting hot and sweaty, especially during exercise. To be expected considering its design and it's hardly a hassle to remove it and wipe it down.

    But it's one thing I won't miss once my Milanese arrives. Which happily has just changed from 5-6 weeks delivery to 1-2 weeks, so not too long to wait now.

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