Which strap should I buy - Milanese or Leather Loop?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by vistokid, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. vistokid macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2007
    Going to order a new strap from the Apple Store, either the Milanese or Leather Loop.

    For those of you that own one or the other or both, what do you like or dislike? Any tips on which one to get? Wish I could afford both, but only 1 for now.

    Another factor would be which 3rd party one would be better buy? Meaning I'll spend the money buying directly from Apple on the strap that is tougher to reproduce.

  2. IllusionEntity macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2013
    Kent, UK
    I was initially interested in the LL. I like the bright blue. But they way I see it, if the Milanese becomes worn you can fix that quite easily with Polish and some buffing. But once leather is worn/ ripped/ torn that's it. Game over.
  3. chillg8r macrumors regular


    Apr 16, 2015
    I have the leather loop and am considering the ML. IMO one is far dressier than the other so they will create completely different looks. The ML will be "evening wear" and the leather loop will be daytime wear. I know my LL is REALLY comfortable. JMO

    PS- I think the leather loop will be easier to copy and still look decent because of the way the adapter is integral to the band. The knockoff ML loops will always look bad where it connects, IMO. Steel or aluminum adapters need to be perfect, imo, because they match the material of the watch.
  4. StophMac24 macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2007
    I have both. I love both. You should get both.

    In all seriousness though, the Milanese loop is more versatile in that you can wear it while exercising (while I don't recommend it), it can get wet and it can be both casual and formal.

    I got the ML first. Loved it. The LL is more of a casual look. But if I had to pick one, ML
  5. EdisEdward macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2013
    Leather loop for sure. Use leather oil before you use it and it will last for years even with daily use.
  6. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    Is your AW, Aluminum or Stainless Steel?
  7. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    I have the Milanese Loop. It's my daily wear band, swap it for the white sports band for exercising.

    The Milanese Loop is just so comfortable, it's much finer than I had expected - like woven fabric than heavy steel. It's actually lighter than the sports band. I like it because it lets my wrist breathe, as someone who only recently began wearing a watch again after so many years without one I found that I'd get skin irritation from leather or synthetic bands, even the sports band if I didn't wash it right after exercising. This is just so soft but strong and airy.

    The magnet is very strong indeed and there's no chance of it slipping off my wrist as it can't completely open out. It's nice to have the ability to adjust it very finely throughout the day too.

    Definitely gets my vote. The ability to shrug off water without a problem is handy too, the leather straps don't take kindly to water.
  8. thewhitetower macrumors regular


    Jun 25, 2011
    Have had the leather loop for 2 weeks now and love it! Previously had the ML and although it is a fine piece of kit, I found that I had to re-adjust the band throughout the day as it was becoming loose.

    I've given the LL a nice coat of neatsfoot oil (on both sides) and Tis thing now rocks! Soft, supple and the grain is showing more...plus the 'phantom taps/haptics' have reduced significantly given its now softer

    Love this thing!
  9. Bobioden macrumors 68000


    Sep 23, 2007
    How can you say it will last for years when it has only been available for 3 months. No one knows for sure how long it will last. I have it in blue, but can not be guaranteed now long it will last.
  10. vistokid thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2007
  11. alexcue macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2015
    Los Angeles, CA
    I have the both, but the Milanese is much dressier. IMO it's much more versatile. I won't work out with the BLL.
  12. mrgossett macrumors 6502

    Mar 18, 2008
    Milanese Loop- Never tried the Leather Loop (because there's no 38mm version), but the Milanese is my only band, and the only one I want. I wear it every day, and it looks great with anything. It's thin and breathable, super-comfortable, relatively lightweight, and probably the most durable band that Apple makes.
  13. jisburgh macrumors newbie


    Jun 29, 2015

    I did not enjoy the LL. the magnets shifted against each other and cause "phantom taps". I had to Apple a strip of duct tape between where the strap latched to itself which eliminated the problem completely. For $150, not needed.

    I actually stuck with the stock black fluoromaster band. Didn't have to worry about getting the watch (or more specifically the leather loop) wet either.
  14. ianfann macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2014
    The ML is more comfortable than the LL. It looks more classy as well.:cool:
  15. germanguy macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2008
    Any issues with the Milanese band scratching the SS casing of the watch? Seen some reports somewhere.
  16. techno-Zen macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2015
    Gilbert, AZ
  17. Anya B, Jul 22, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2015

    Anya B macrumors 6502

    Anya B

    Jul 20, 2013
    Milanese gets my vote and I have both straps, leather and milanese. I don't have any scratches on my SS from my ML either.
  18. germanguy macrumors regular

    Sep 15, 2008
    Went to the apple store last night and tried on both the LL and ML. Completely blown away by the ML which I ended up buying. Feels great, looks great. LL is nice but in my opinion not worth the 150$. Hoping for LL knock-off band that will fit my wrist.
  19. fireman13 macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2008
    Florida Panhandle
    I absolutely love my ml. I personally don't think it's just for dressier occasions. It's a great all day band. I haven't had any issues with needing to adjust mine throughout the day. I do have a fake leather loop ordered so I'm excited to see how that feels as well.
  20. Natzoo macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Not sure where i am
    just bought the milanese. does it really scratch your mac if so it could be annoying during class

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