The agonising pain of the sports strap

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by profmatt, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. profmatt macrumors 65816

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    I've now mastered the technique of putting the sports strap on with one hand (i.e. without having to rest the watch on something) but I'm now suffering the agonising pain of having my arm hair ripped out and pulled. The sports strap is rubber which naturally pulls at hair, and hairs can get trapped between the overlapping parts.

    This makes me even more furious that Apple couldn't get its supply in order. I'm now interested again in a leather loop or Milanese, but these are ludicrously not available until some unannounced date in June.

    Cue fanboys explaining how predicting sales is really, really hard and how Apple is the greatest company in the world and how anyone criticising Apple is an enemy of the people.

    Oh - and for the stupid amongst you - yes, I'm exaggerating. But it does hurt. My old watch never did.
     
  2. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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  3. Ries macrumors 68000

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    Because it would quite stupid having a hairless ring on your wrist on one arm?
     
  4. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    Stupid? Or trendy as hell?
     
  5. LewisChapman macrumors 6502a

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    The latter.
     
  6. Marshall73 macrumors 6502a

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    I have hairy arms and wear the sports strap with my SS model. No hair pulling etc here, although I did go 1 hole larger after first trying on the watch to account for the band being 'tucked in'. Its now not super tight but the HR monitor etc all works well.
     
  7. pooleman Suspended

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    Give it time. The strap will eventually rip all your hair out and it won't hurt any more.
     
  8. chrise2 macrumors 6502

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    I hear the CIA uses the sport strap instead of water boarding as the preferred method of "enhanced interrogations"
     
  9. martinctv macrumors regular

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    I though apple said the sport strap was soft and smooth, did not think it would pull hairs. Looks like ill have a hairless wrist.
     
  10. Rok73 macrumors 65816

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    You didn't take my comment serious, did you?
     
  11. Oppressed macrumors 65816

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    You know with the amount of attention the AW brings it might be proper etiquette now to shave ones arm.
     
  12. Arran macrumors 68040

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    Do them both, then.
     
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  14. Knowimagination macrumors 68000

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    I would say that you are probably between holes size wise. One is probably a little too loose and one is tight enough to tug at arm hair. I have had the same issue with cheap rubber bands in the past, but I find the sport strap to be incredibly comfortable, in fact despite not having worn a watch regularly in the past 10 years or so I have adjusted to wearing the :apple: watch in a very short time.
     
  15. banyanjd macrumors newbie

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    Day 5 Report:
    Some blogger wrote that the biggest surprise of the watch is "that it receeds in the background". That you actually forget about it for long stretches. I haven't worn a watch during the 7 year smartphone gap and I feel exactly the same way.

    One of the reasons is comfort. The opposite use case for me; absolutely no hair pulling. Almost silky to the skin. All day comfort. Beautiful. Recognizably pleasing.

    I agree that learning to easily strap is a 4 day process. But today it became enormously satisfying because you realize that the sport band has a truly elegant, yet sure fitting design that leaves you head shaking in approval. Oops,tap, time to get up!
     
  16. riverfreak macrumors 6502a

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    Surely this thread will make this week's highlight reel. Whoever made the "trendy as hell" one wrist shaved comment deserves a pint of cider or beef broth. That was genius.

    macmanscaping.com. Registered. It's also for sale if you are interested in a prominent domain with unlimited potential.
     
  17. Sparkeze macrumors 6502a

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    If you can, try to the other size band. The holes line up a little differently so you might get a better fit. While I don't have hairy arms, my sport band moves very little throughout the day and sometimes I forget I'm wearing it.
     
  18. Absrnd macrumors regular

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    Apple got you covered :)

    [​IMG]

    But seriously, you could put a little talken powder on the straps, makes them less sticky.
     
  19. Kazakaz macrumors member

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    I have pretty hairy arms and I can barely tell I'm wearing the watch. I have it on pretty tight so I can feel the taptic feedback and have the heart monitor work.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Donoban macrumors 6502a

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    Strong green statement.

    I will admit, we got some hairy armed Macrumor members.

    Just need to start doing some man-scaping, it's easy mate, just get a shaver and go for it. Just be careful when you get close to the crown jewels.
     
  21. Kazakaz macrumors member

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    I don't get any hair pulling at all. This is probably the most comfortable watch band I've ever worn. A lot nicer than the one that comes with the original Pebble.
     
  22. jbachandouris macrumors 68040

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    Another hairy arm here. No hair pulling at all. Very comfortable. Coming from a G-shock, it feels weird wearing such a light watch.
     
  23. cmichaelb macrumors 68020

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    The Milanese feels fantastic, I'm loving mine- BUT - many have complained about hair pulling with the Milanese as well. I've only had that happen once. Ymmv. I'm of Italian descent- so I'm pretty hairy.

    [​IMG]
     
  24. BritinNC macrumors regular

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    Give it a few days for your arm and you to get used to it. I had the same problem with the jawbone up and after about a week I realized that I didn't notice it anymore.

    I have experienced a similar experience to you but it is getting better every day and is now almost unnoticeable. I think your nerves around the band get used to it eventually and stop being sensitive.
     
  25. spiderman0616 macrumors 68030

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    I actually had the same problem with the watch I have on now, which is a stainless steel Citizen EcoDrive. The links in the band kept ripping my arm hairs out every time I put it on.......for about a week. Then I either stopped noticing it or it just stopped happening.

    I imagine the same will be true for my Apple Watch.......if it ever ships.
     

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