Sport loop heavy sweat workout and dry time

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by c.s., Sep 23, 2017.

  1. c.s. macrumors regular

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    Did my first boot camp style workout with the lte watch and sport loop. I sweated heavily for a solid hour and the watch was extremely comfortable and forgot I had it on. I used the HIIT workout setting and ended the workout at 80% battery. It did take a full 3 hours for the band to completely dry. After an hour it was just damp and could hardly notice. I might get another sport loop to switch out rather than rubber. I like the feel and ability to adjust it so easily.
     
  2. co1f macrumors regular

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    I first shake out as much water as practicical, then pat (squeezed) my sport loop band with a dry towel. It’s slightly damp after that, but I put it on. I’m also thinking about getting another sport loop to swap out while drying.
     
  3. sean000 macrumors 68000

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    Just looking at the photos and video of the sport loop made me think it probably takes a bit of time to dry out. I guess that's the main advantage of the silicon bands: You just wash them and wipe them dry. The downside is that they aren't breathable (unless you have something like the Nike sport band with holes). Glad to hear it is comfortable. I bought a woven nylon band this Summer because my leather and silicon bands are so sweaty when it gets hot. I like it so much I was excited about the sports loop... even though it looks like it's different material since it stretches.

    While the nylon bands do require some drying time, it seems like they are easy to wash and keep clean. I'm willing to deal with that for the comfort in the heat.

    Sean
     
  4. c.s. thread starter macrumors regular

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    How do you normally clean it? Just wear it in the shower?
     
  5. co1f macrumors regular

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    I’ve only had my lte/loop watch for one day. Rinsed it in water twice. I’ll have to try showering with it.
     
  6. edhchoe, Sep 23, 2017
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    I don't like my sport loop band. it doesn't look good. i knew it would not dry easily when wet and it would start smelling bad also after repeated use. And it is not particularly comfortable.
    I like the silicone band for working out and leather band for comfort.

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  7. japanime macrumors 68000

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    I wonder whether the sport loop will be prone to getting mildew.
     
  8. diegostarr macrumors newbie

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    Love the black leather band with the deployment clasp. Where did you find it? Thanks in advance.
     
  9. edhchoe macrumors 6502a

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    it was a custom order from UK. expensive but works well with any watch. I bought the adapters from clockworksynergy.com.
     
  10. vhp3 macrumors regular

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    Can you provide a link. I want the black and deployment clasp!

    SORRY: I see the link. Thanks!
     
  11. diegostarr macrumors newbie

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    Thx!
     
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I think if you properly clean in it and allow
    It to thoroughly dry, it shouldn't be too much of an issue.
     
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    You could always put the loop in a pocket of your jeans next time you throw them into the washing machine. Washed, rinsed and spun dry.
     
  14. sean000 macrumors 68000

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    I think the trick to keeping any watch band, and your wrist, in good shape is to rotate two or more bands so each one has plenty of time to dry out. Just like shoes. Still, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to wash it on occasion (especially after a sweaty workout) with soap and water. Maybe let it dry in the sun.
     
  15. co1f macrumors regular

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    I liked the idea of showering with watch on (to use Hey Siri), but somehow managed to errantly checkoff some todo items from my OneList watch app.

    Other thing is, I still had to rinse it after getting out and noticed there were some minor things caught in between (hairs from shampooing? And I have really short hair).
     
  16. BarracksSi Suspended

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    This is where Screen Lock comes in handy (Series 2 and later, of course). Or, you could switch to a watch face with no complications, so water droplets won't accidentally trigger an app.

    Yes, you can -- and probably should -- wash out the band with the same soap & water that you use to wash yourself. The grime is exactly the same gunk that you wash off your own skin.
     
  17. co1f macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the ideas! I'll try the watch face w/o complications first. And thanks for the pointer to "Water Lock"... I'd wondered what that icon was for (I used the S0 for almost a year, but haven't had a AW till last Friday).

    Coincidentally, OneList has stopped working for me... I think they need to update it for iOS11/watchOS4.
     
  18. 3goldens macrumors 68000

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    I was going to get the sport loop even at the ridicules price of $49 bucks, knowing full well that a generic knock off is just around the corner.

    Having read here the amount of time it will take for this thing to dry I think I'm going to stick with my Black and my Tan sharkskin bands for my 2 series 3's. They are virtually water proof and last a very long time, much longer than regular leather.

    Thanks for the tip!
     
  19. pinkoos macrumors 6502a

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    I don’t have the same experience. My sport loop stays pretty dry during my workouts. It’s as if it’s made out of some kind of water resistant or water repellent material. Best band I’ve used.
     
  20. ZipZap macrumors 603

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    Swimming or washing, the band is slow to dry out completely. Might be best to have a band for workouts and a band for everyday.
     
  21. alecgold macrumors 65816

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    For swimming or heavy sweating I don’t mind the elastomer strap. If Im going to be wet anyways, why bother with a wet/non-breathing strap. But for day to day wear I like something more breathable that isn’t afraid of water like most leathers are. That’s where I think the sports loop can shine. I also like the nylon woven band, but the loop is even better as it can be adjusted without steps, possibly fitting even better.
     
  22. c.s. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I think I spoke too soon saying it takes 3 hours to dry out. As others have noted, if you really squeeze the band with a towel it gets quite dry and will only be damp for another hour or so. I did my first pool swim today with the sport loop and it was really secure and comfortable the entire time.
     
  23. hdinla macrumors newbie

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    Have you needed to put it in the wash? I am curious about how it will be after working out with it over a period of time. I am torn between the sport loop and nike sport band for working out/leisure.
     
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    One nice point for the sport loop is that it won’t completely undo itself — the free end won’t accidentally slide out of the slot.
     
  25. P8boy macrumors newbie

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    Did you have the solid black sport loop that you can only get with the LTE version? I have the GPS only model and that's the only sports loop I like and you can't buy it separately. Looking for someone to get one from.
     

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