Surfers beware of sports loop band coming loose

Vishe72

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Jan 3, 2020
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Hi All, lost my series 4 apple watch with sports loop while surfing this week. Admit was heavy surf but it wasn't the first time I've felt the sports band come loose and found it handing on my wrist ready to come off. Also, seen some posts of swimmers have sports loop come loose. I love the sports loop as dries quickly and feels comfortable but the risk of losing the watch in the water appears high with the loop. Will try the Nike sports band when I buy a replacement. Any surfers using apple watch series 4 or 5 have a recommendation on a band (sports band or 3rd party band) that will not come loose?

Update 29th Jan 2020: purchased a replacement series 5 with Nike sports band. Can report it feels very secure when surfing and I would recommend over the sports loop when it comes to having the watch as secure as possible on your wrist during extreme sports activity. You just have to compare the way the 2 band fasten to see the Nike sports band is not going anywhere easy. Downside is it's not as breathable / comfortable as the sports loop. Still for me, Nike sports band is worth it to know I'm not going to see another AU$800 sink to the bottom of the ocean!
 
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diba

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Loosing a watch with sports loop? Can not believe - even if the velcro is open, what never happened to me in more than 2 years while exercising different sports ....
 

PugMaster

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Looks like the shop is reselling the 2$ knock off bands for just 24.99... get it while you can, or...better don’t.
 

Vishe72

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Does't Apple recommend reversing the sports loop before swimming
Hey YatBob, I did not know this and will look into it. Thanks heaps!
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Loosing a watch with sports loop? Can not believe - even if the velcro is open, what never happened to me in more than 2 years while exercising different sports ....
Good to hear and I've never had it come loose except in the big surf. Also, did not know apple recommend reversing the band in water. Will look into that.
 
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Bazooka-joe

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Surfed many times in the UK and reversed the loop as per Apple's advice. Not had any issues with the loop reversed so seems to do the job ok