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My Apple Watch Band Collection – The 2022 Edition

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , on May 13, 2022 by itnerd

It’s been a while, as in two years since I’ve done one of these articles about what bands I own and use with my Apple Watch. Thus I decided it was time to fix that. Pun intended. Let’s start with what I put my Apple Watch bands in which is the Twelve South TimePorter:

This has just enough space to hold all my Apple Watch bands that I currently rotate through. Though if I add anything more to the rotation, I will have to find an alternate solution. Anything that I am not currently using gets popped into a box in my den. The big plus to the TimePorter is that you can put an Apple Watch charger in it along with a slim battery pack to allow you to charge on the go. You can even fold it up to a 45 degree angle to use it as a display stand which is a great use case for a hotel room.

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I really like this band because it goes with the sort of business casual clothing that I wear But at the same time because it is made of high strength nylon and has hardware made of stainless steel, I can use it to work out with. For example in our last road trip to PEI in 2019, it was the only band that I wore as I could hike or cycle with it in the day, and go out to dinner with it at night. And it’s machine washable as well. It also fits my Road ID for Apple Watch which gives me a bit of extra safety when I ride my bike for example. Plus it is super comfortable.

The Watch Strap Company Mesh Loop

When I want a add a bit of style, this is one of the bands that I go to. This Mesh Loop (The Watch Strap Company’s term for the Milanese Loop) uses stainless steel that is very soft and comfortable to wear. And it is very premium feeling and durable. Which is a good thing as The Watch Strap Company gear isn’t exactly cheap. But it’s very much worth it as it really ups my Apple Watch Game when I wear suits or business causal clothing.

Urban Armor Gear Leather Watch Strap For Apple Watch

My wife got one of these leather watch straps from Urban Armor Gear and I was insanely jealous. That’s because it’s high quality Italian leather that feels super comfortable on your wrist and goes with pretty much any style of clothing. It’s also got stainless steel hardware that makes sure your Apple Watch stays on your wrist. That includes a snap that locks everything into place so that there’s no way the watch will come off your wrist. Thus I had to get one to not only up my Apple Watch game, but to also replace two leather bands that were not even close to the level of quality that the Urban Armor Gear band offers.

The Watch Strap Company Link Bracelet

Another band that is on my go to list when I need something more upscale is the Watch Strap Company Link Bracelet. This is another top shelf product from the company that has the look and feel of the Apple Link Bracelet without the Apple price. It’s a very premium feeling product and goes great with everything from suits or business causal clothing.

Nike Sport Band From Apple

A client of mine gave me two Apple Watch bands to thank me for coming to her rescue the day after my wife and I got back from our vacation in PEI. The first one was the Nike Sport Band from Apple which I will wear when I am doing something athletic like hiking or working out in the gym. One big plus is that it also fits my Road ID for Apple Watch which gives me a bit of extra safety should I feel the need to use it with this band.

Nike Sport Loop From Apple

The other band that this client gave me is the Nike Sport Loop from Apple. It has a reflective weave that gives you a bit of extra safety in lower light conditions. Plus sport loops are super comfortable to wear as you can get the exact fit that you need. I have also kind of jerry rigged my Road ID for Apple Watch to work with it. Thus this is my go to band when I ride my bike.

Urban Armor Gear Active Watch Strap

This is another go to band if I need to do something athletic as it will stay on my wrist no matter what I do, but it will feel comfortable the entire time I wear it. After all, if my wife was able to use this band to do an extreme trail running race and have the watch stay on her wrist, anything that I do should be a non-issue. This band is a total winner for Urban Armor Gear.

Apple Black Unity Braided Solo Loop Band

This is a recent addition to my Apple Watch band collection. Once you figure out what your size is, this solo loop is super comfortable. And it can be used while you work out as it is woven which means it breathes pretty well. I can match it to the watch face that came out at the same time as this band, and it’s Apple’s only black solo loop that they offer. At least at the time that they sold this band as it was a limited edition.

International Collection Sport Loop Band

Apple came out with a number of bands to celebrate the Olympics last year. My wife and I got the Canadian one and along with the matching watch band displayed our Canadian pride. This too was a limited edition.

That’s my Apple Watch band collection. One thing that I have to say to those who have Apple Watches and want to have good quality upscale bands is that you should skip the really cheap bands on Amazon. Those ones from personal experience don’t have good quality materials and typically will not last all that long. Bands from companies like Apple, The Watch Strap Company, and Urban Armor Gear are examples of good quality watch bands that should be part of your collection.

What Apple Watch bands do you use? I’d be interested in hearing from women with Apple Watches as seeing as I have put forward a collection for men. Thus I figure that many women would be interested in what women use. But male users should join in on the conversation as well by leaving a comment and sharing their thoughts.

My Apple Watch Band Collection – Fall 2019

Posted in Commentary with tags , , , on November 6, 2019 by itnerd

Earlier this year I posted an article on the Apple Watch bands that I use on a daily basis. Then I followed that up with another post this summer. Both posts proved to be very popular. Thus here’s an update as to what I am using at present. There are changes that I have made to my watch band collection since the summer. But what hasn’t changed is what I store my watch bands in. Which is the Twelve South TimePorter:

This has enough space to hold all my Apple Watch bands that I currently rotate through. Anything that I am not currently using gets popped into a box in my den. The big plus to the TimePorter is that you can put an Apple Watch charger in it along with a slim battery pack to allow you to charge on the go. You can even fold it up to a 45 degree angle to use it as a display stand which is a great use case for a hotel room.

As for the bands that I have on the go, here’s what I’m currently using:

Urban Armor Gear Nato Strap for Apple Watch

I really like this band because it goes with the sort of business casual clothing that I wear But at the same time because it is made of high strength nylon and has hardware made of stainless steel, I can use it to work out with. For example in our recent road trip to PEI this past summer, it was the only band that I wore as I could hike or cycle with it in the day, and go out to dinner with it at night. It also fits my Road ID for Apple Watch which gives me a bit of extra safety when I ride my bike for example. Plus it is super comfortable.

The Watch Strap Company Mesh Loop

When I want a add a bit of style, this is one of the bands that I go to. This Mesh Loop (The Watch Strap Company’s term for the Milanese Loop) uses stainless steel that is very soft and comfortable to wear. And it is very premium feeling and durable. Which is a good thing as The Watch Strap Company gear isn’t exactly cheap. But it’s very much worth it as it really ups my Apple Watch Game when I wear suits or business causal clothing.

Urban Armor Gear Leather Watch Strap For Apple Watch

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My wife got one of these leather watch straps from Urban Armor Gear and I was insanely jealous. That’s because it’s high quality Italian leather that feels super comfortable on your wrist and goes with pretty much any style of clothing. It’s also got stainless steel hardware that makes sure your Apple Watch stays on your wrist. That includes a snap that locks everything into place so that there’s no way the watch will come off your wrist. Thus I had to get one to not only up my Apple Watch game, but to also replace two leather bands that were not even close to the level of quality that the Urban Armor Gear band offers.

The Watch Strap Company Link Bracelet

Another band that is on my go to list when I need something more upscale is the Watch Strap Company Link Bracelet. This is another top shelf product from the company that has the look and feel of the Apple Link Bracelet without the Apple price. It’s a very premium feeling product and goes great with everything from suits or business causal clothing.

Nike Sport Band From Apple

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A client of mine gave me two Apple Watch bands to thank me for coming to her rescue the day after my wife and I got back from our vacation in PEI. The first one was the Nike Sport Band from Apple which I will wear when I am doing something athletic like hiking or working out in the gym. One big plus is that it also fits my Road ID for Apple Watch which gives me a bit of extra safety should I feel the need to use it with this band.

Nike Sport Loop From Apple

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The other band that this client gave me is the Nike Sport Loop from Apple. It has a reflective weave that gives you a bit of extra safety in lower light conditions. Plus sport loops are super comfortable to wear as you can get the exact fit that you need. I have also kind of jerry rigged my Road ID for Apple Watch to work with it. Thus this is my go to band when I ride my bike.

Urban Armor Gear Active Watch Strap

This is another go to band if I need to do something athletic as it will stay on my wrist no matter what I do, but it will feel comfortable the entire time I wear it. After all, if my wife was able to use this band to do an extreme trail running race and have the watch stay on her wrist, anything that I do should be a non-issue. This band is a total winner for Urban Armor Gear.

That’s my Apple Watch band collection. One thing that I have to say to those who have Apple Watches and want to have good quality upscale bands is that you should skip the really cheap bands on Amazon. Those ones from personal experience don’t have good quality materials and typically will not last all that long. Bands from companies like Apple, The Watch Strap Company, and Urban Armor Gear are examples of good quality watch bands that should be part of your collection.

What Apple Watch bands do you use? I’d be interested in hearing from women with Apple Watches as seeing as I have put forward a collection for men. Thus I figure that many women would be interested in what women use. But male users should join in on the conversation as well by leaving a comment and sharing their thoughts.

 

 

Review: The Watch Strap Company Mesh Loop

Posted in Products with tags on May 21, 2019 by itnerd

Today I am reviewing the second of the two bands that I got from The Watch Strap Company. You can read yesterday’s review of the The Watch Strap Company Link Bracelet here. And in a unique twist, you’re getting two reviews of their Mesh Loop (their term for the Milanese Loop) for the price of one. The one that I am reviewing is the Black one:

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And my wife is reviewing the Rose Gold one:

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The first thing that we noticed is that the stainless steel that they use is very soft and comfortable to wear. In fact, it’s the best feeling Milanese Loop style Apple Watch we’ve come across with the exception of the Apple Milanese Loop. And even then, the differences if they exist are slight. Like other Milanese Loop style bands, it uses a magnetic clasp band that both my wife and I noted was very strong and stayed in place the entire day. Another thing that we noticed is the lugs have far less play than any other third party band that we’ve tried. That’s a sign that someone took the time and effort to make sure that they were putting out a quality product.

One thing that I should note that this band does have branding, but it is very minimal:

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And another thing to note is that the Rose Gold band actually is the exact color of Rose Gold. We know this because our wedding rings are Rose Gold which gives us a perfect means to judge the color quality:

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On the left of the wedding ring is the Watch Strap Company Mesh Loop. On the right is a Milanese Loop from Amazon that bills itself as being Rose Gold. The Watch Strap Company Mesh Loop is much closer to rose gold than the Amazon sourced loop. My wife also noted that when she wore the Watch Strap Company Mesh Loop, she got a lot of compliments as it made her Apple Watch look very upscale. That was notable because she had worn the one Amazon sourced loop several times in the past and nobody said anything. Read into that what you will.

I’ll also note that the bands seem very durable as one common complaint with the knock off bands that one typically comes across is that the painting or anodizing comes off very easily. Not so here. So far it is proven to be very durable. Especially the black band which with other bands tends to show scratches pretty easily. While I wouldn’t work out with it or anything like that, it does seem to be able to survive the rigors of daily life.

One final note, the box that the bands came in was lined with a felt like material and the band itself was wrapped up very well to protect it during transport. It all felt very high end and premium.

Gripes? We haven’t got any. We both love these bands and would highly recommend them. Though the price may put you off slightly. These bands go for $101.75 CAD which isn’t cheap. But considering that Apple wants $195 CAD for their Milanese Loop, you have to look at it this way. You’re getting something much better than a $20 Amazon knockoff at a price that’s less than what Apple is charging while getting something close to or equal to the quality of the Apple product. That to us is a win and it makes this a very easy recommendation.

 

Review: The Watch Strap Company Link Bracelet

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 20, 2019 by itnerd

This is the first of two reviews on Apple Watch Brands from The Watch Strap Company which is a UK based vendor of Apple Watch Bands. I’ve got my hands on a couple of their bands and the band that I am reviewing today is their Link Bracelet:

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The watch strap is very classy looking and it looks almost exactly like the Apple Link Bracelet. And that’s right down to the butterfly clasp.

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The butterfly clasp looks and acts almost exactly like the Apple Link Bracelet with the release buttons being flush with the rest of the band. I got this one in space black and it matches my Series 4 Apple Watch perfectly. The quality is top notch. And that starts with the lugs. I immediately noted that they fit onto the watch with much less play than any third party Apple Watch strap that I have reviewed. It feels very well built and isn’t heavy feeling. I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that it uses the same 316L stainless steel that Apple does. I wore it for a week and it was very comfortable to wear. I was impressed.

Gripes? It comes with extra links. But it comes without a tool to allow you to remove or add links as unlike the Apple Link Bracelet, there are no buttons to easily add or remove links (because I am guessing that they don’t want to get sued by Apple). That means that unless you have a link removal tool, you need to go to a jeweler to get this done. Now I happen to have a link removal tool but I didn’t need to use it as it fit perfectly out of the box. Which by the way, the box is lined with a felt like material and the band was wrapped up very well to protect it during transport. It all felt very high end and premium.

Now let’s get to the price. This band isn’t your typical Amazon knockoff. It goes for $146.15 CAD. Now that sounds expensive. But consider the fact that this is still a whole lot cheaper than the $619 CAD that Apple wants for its link band. And from what I can tell, the quality is pretty close to the Apple one. So what I would say is that if you don’t want to spend Apple money for a link bracelet, and you want something better than a cheap Amazon knockoff, then the The Watch Strap Company Link Bracelet is the way to go.