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Here are all of the new bands for the Apple Watch Series 6. Apple Watch se solo loop

Here are all of the new bands for the Apple Watch Series 6

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Earlier today, Apple introduced the new Apple Watch Series 6. And, of course, the company also welcomed a variety of new bands for the smartwatch.

One of the standout new additions is the Solo Loop, which comes in nine different sizes to provide an “ultra comfortable fit”. Apple has a size guide you can print out to find the right size for you, which is a nice touch since in-store viewing might not be available to all. The new design doesn’t feature a buckle, overlapping parts, or clasps. It also comes in a braided design as well.

The Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop are optimized to work with the Apple Watch Series 4 and newer models.

But, there are a lot to choose from, and Apple is still offering a studio-like customization process, so you can see how the Band looks with your case of choice.

So, here are the new bands:

Solo Loop

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  • Pink Citrus Solo Loop – 49.00
  • Deep Navy Solo Loop – 49.00
  • Cyprus Green Solo Loop – 49.00
  • Ginger Solo Loop – 49.00
  • (PRODUCT)RED Solo Loop – 49.00
  • Black Solo Loop – 49.00
  • White Solo Loop – 49.00

Braided Solo Loop

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  • Atlantic Blue Braided Solo Loop – 99.00
  • Inverness Green Braided Solo Loop – 99.00
  • Pink Punch Braided Solo Loop – 99.00
  • (PRODUCT)RED Braided Solo Loop – 99.00
  • Charcoal Braided Solo Loop – 99.00

Sport Band

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  • Ginger Sport Band – 49.00
  • Cyprus Green Sport Band – 49.00
  • Deep Navy Sport Band – 49.00
  • Pink Citrus Sport Band – 49.00
  • (PRODUCT)RED Sport Band – 49.00

Sport Loop

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  • Kumquat Sport Loop – 49.00
  • Deep Navy Sport Loop – 49.00
  • Plum Sport Loop – 49.00
  • Inverness Green Sport Loop – 49.00
  • Charcoal Sport Loop – 49.00
  • (PRODUCT)RED Sport Loop – 49.00
  • Cream Sport Loop – 49.00

Nike Sport Band/Sport Loop

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  • Blue Black/Bright Mango Nike Sport Band – 49.00
  • Obsidian Mist/Black Nike Sport Band – 49.00
  • Spruce Aura/Vapor Green Nike Sport Band – 49.00
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  • Purple Pulse Nike Sport Loop – 49.00
  • Obsidian Mist Nike Sport Loop – 49.00
  • Spruce Aura Nike Sport Loop – 49.00

Leather Link

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  • Baltic Blue Leather Link – 99.00
  • California Poppy Leather Link – 99.00
  • Saddle Brown Leather Link – 99.00
  • Black Leather Link – 99.00

Leather Loop

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  • Diver Blue Leather Loop – 99.00


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  • Hermés Fauve Berénia Leather Attelage Single Tour – 339.00
  • Hermés Rouge Piment Swift Leather Single Tour – 339.00
  • Hermés Bambou Swift Leather Single Tour – 339.00
  • Hermés Navy Swift Leather Single Tour – 339.00
  • Hermés Noir Swift Leather Single Tour Deployment Buckle – 539.00

Milanese Loop

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  • Gold Milanese Loop – 99.00
  • Graphite Milanese Loop – 99.00

If you plan on upgrading to the Apple Watch Series 6, which Band do you plan on pairing with your new smartwatch?

How to Choose the Right Apple Watch Band Size

If you’re preparing to buy an Apple Watch, you need to take into consideration wrist size and the available Band options to get the best fit. There are a few Apple Watch bands that need specific sizing, and others that are not designed to fit all wrists.

You can try on an Apple Watch Band if you have an Apple retail store nearby, but if you don’t, there’s a little more measuring to do so Apple doesn’t send you the wrong size.

This guide walks through all of the different Apple Watch Band options and is designed to help make sure that you get the best Apple Watch Band size for your wrist.

Measuring Your Wrist

When choosing a Band, it’s useful to measure your wrist as a first step. If you have a cloth tape measure on hand, you can wrap it around your wrist to get your Band size. For those who don’t have a cloth tape measure, you can take a piece of string and wrap it around your wrist, using a standard flat measuring tape or ruler to measure the part of the string that fits around your wrist as a watch would.

Make sure that you’re using string or a measuring tape that does not have give so you can’t stretch it and cause an error in measurement. If you don’t have a tool like this, it’s best to use a piece of paper. Cut a piece of paper into a strip and wrap it around your wrist where you might wear a watch, and use a pen to mark the paper strip where it overlaps.

When doing these measurements, make sure the tape measure, string, or paper is fit tightly to your wrist and that it is not sliding around. For all Apple Watch bands, you want a snug fit that will keep the Apple Watch against the skin for sensors to function.

If your tape measure only measures in inches, you may need to convert the measurement to millimeters to best match how Apple offers its sizing guidelines. One inch is equal to 25.4 mm, so if your wrist is seven inches in circumference, multiply by 25.4 to get 177.8 mm. Siri can provide a quick conversion for you if you need it.

Apple Watch Sizes

Apple offers the Apple Watch Series 8 in 41mm and 45mm size casing sizes, the Apple Watch Ultra in Small, Medium, and Large, and the Apple Watch SE in 40 and 44mm size options. The first step in choosing an Apple Watch Band is to select the right-sized Apple Watch.

Of course, those with smaller wrists will want to opt for the smaller Apple Watch options, while larger wrists will need the bigger models. The 40/41mm Apple Watch models are designed to fit wrists sized 130 to 200mm, while the 44/45mm Apple Watch models are sized to fit wrists between 140 and 220mm. For ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌, Small is for 130mm-160mm wrists, Medium is for 145-190mm wrists, and Large is for 165-210mm wrists.

Note that this guide references the 40, 41, 44, and 45mm size options available with the modern Apple Watch “Series” models, but this fit guide also works for the older 38 and 42mm models as Band compatibility has remained the same since 2015.

Apple Watch Band Options and Individual Sizing

Once you’ve picked your appropriate Apple Watch size, you can delve into bands and the different fits of each one. We’ll explain the materials of each watch Band and how they might feel on the wrist.

Not all Apple Watch bands are available in every size, and not all bands are compatible with both models. The Modern Buckle, for example, is limited to the 40 and 41mm models, but for the most part the Apple Watch bands fit a wide range of wrist sizes.

Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop

The Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop are Apple’s two bands that have no clasp. The Solo Loop bands are offered in twelve sizes rather than having an adjustable loop or clasp, so it’s important to measure well for these bands.

Smaller Apple Watch models are compatible with bands sized one to nine, and larger Apple Watch models are compatible with bands sized four to 12, with specifics on those measurements below. Getting the right fit for a Band that does not have a clasp is tricky. For an error-free experience, this is a situation where it’s best to visit an Apple Store in person to see what feels best on your wrist.

Apple offers a measurement tool online [PDF], and it’s the next best tool to use if you can’t get to an ‌Apple Store‌. On the store page for the Solo Loop that you want, click the “Start your measurement” option to download and print Apple’s sizing tool.

If you don’t have a printer, you can measure your wrist with a piece of paper as described above and then use Apple’s on-page calculator to determine your size. We have a dedicated guide on how to properly measure your wrist for the Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop.

Even with the tool, some Apple Watch Solo Band users have not gotten the right fit, which is again why we recommend trying the Band in a store if possible. Apple does, however, offer free returns and exchanges if you do get a Band that doesn’t fit right.

The Solo Loop is made from a soft liquid silicone rubber, while the Braided Solo Loop is made from polyester yarn braided around silicone thread. Both of these bands have an elastic quality that allows them to slip over a hand and contract on a wrist, and these bands will stretch over time, so it may be worthwhile to size down from your measured size.

  • Compatibility: 38mm, 40mm, 41mm, 42mm, 44mm, 45mm Apple Watches.
  • Size Range: 5 inches to 8.125 inches, or 120mm to 206mm.
  • Size Options, 40 and 41mm: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. Size 1 starts at 5 inches (120mm) and size 9 is 7.25 inches, or 184mm.
  • Size Options, 44 and 45mm: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. Size 4 starts at 5.75 inches (146mm), and size 12 is 8.125 inches (206mm).

Sport Band

The Sport Band is an adjustable Band made from a fluoroelastomer, and it comes in two sizes to fit the smaller and larger Apple Watch models. Because this Band has holes for an adjustable fit, you just need to make sure that the size range below matches the size of your wrist.

Apple ships the Sport Band with components that allow it to be configured for either an S/M or M/L fit, so you will get an extra piece with a Sport Band.

Fluoroelastomer has a soft touch feel, but it is a silicone-like material. It is waterproof and sweatproof, and it does not have stretch.

  • Compatibility: 38mm, 40mm, 41mm, 42mm, 44mm, 45mm Apple Watches.
  • Sizing, 40 and 41mm: Fits wrists sized 130mm to 200mm.
  • Sizing, 44 and 45mm: Fits wrists sized 140mm to 210mm.

Sport Loop

Apple’s Sport Loop is made from woven nylon with a hook and loop fastener. One side is a velcro-like material that adheres the Sport Loop tightly to your wrist. It doesn’t use holes like the Sport Band, so you can get an even more customized fit

The Sport Loop is soft and breathable so it’s comfortable when sweating, but you probably won’t want to get it wet so it’s best for activities without water exposure. It comes in two sizes for the smaller and larger Apple Watch models, and if you have a larger wrist, this is one of the bands with the widest fit range.

For this Band, Apple says that sizing starts at 130mm, but there is some leeway here because of the wrapped fit so this is also a good choice for smaller wrists.

  • Compatibility: 38mm, 40mm, 41mm, 42mm, 44mm, 45mm Apple Watches.
  • Sizing, 40 and 41mm: Fits wrists sized 130mm to 200mm.
  • Sizing, 44 and 45mm: Fits wrists sized 145mm to 220mm.

Leather Link

Made from leather, the Leather Link has a wraparound fit with the end of the Band secured to the wrist using flexible, moulded magnets. The fit is not unlike the Sport Loop, but with a leather material instead of woven nylon. Because it’s leather, this is not a Band that should be used in water or when exercising to avoid subjecting it to sweat.

With a wrap fit, the only consideration when choosing this Band is to make sure your wrist falls in the size parameters listed below.

  • Compatibility: 38mm, 40mm, 41mm, 42mm, 44mm, 45mm Apple Watches.
  • Sizing, 40 and 41mm: Size S/M fits 130mm to 160mm wrists. Size M/L fits 140mm to 180mm wrists.
  • Sizing, 44 and 45mm: Size S/M fits 140mm to 180mm wrists. Size M/L fits 165mm to 205mm wrists.

Modern Buckle

Made from leather, the Modern Buckle is Apple’s only Band that is exclusive to the smaller 40 and 41mm Apple Watch models. It is not compatible with the larger 44 and 45mm Apple Watches.

The Modern Buckle has a buckle clasp and the fit is not quite as forgiving as some other bands, so you need to make sure that you buy one that’s appropriate for the size of your wrist. There are three sizes, starting at 135mm, so this Band starts out a little bit larger than some other Apple Watch bands.

Sizing maxes out at 180mm, so if you have a wrist that’s over seven inches, you’ll want to go with a different Band. The Modern Buckle is another Band that’s more for fashion than function, and it isn’t designed to get wet.

  • Compatibility: 38mm, 40mm, 41mm Apple Watches.
  • Sizing: Size small fits wrists sized 135mm to 150mm, size medium fits wrists sized 145mm to 165mm, and size large fits wrists sized 160mm to 180mm.

Milanese Loop

The Milanese Loop is made from a stainless steel mesh, and it has the same wraparound design as the Sport Loop. Like most Apple Watch bands, sizing starts at 130mm, but it’s worth noting that this is one of the smaller Apple Watch bands, topping out at 200mm. If you have a larger wrist (Over 7.8 inches), the Milanese Loop may be too small.

The Milanese Loop is a fashion Band and it is not meant to be used for exercise nor is it meant to get wet, but it won’t soak up water like the Sport Loop if it does get water on it.

  • Compatibility: 38mm, 40mm, 41mm, 42mm, 44mm, 45mm Apple Watches.
  • Sizing, 40 and 41mm: Fits wrists sized 135mm to 195mm.
  • Sizing, 44 and 45mm: Fits wrists sized 150mm to 200mm.

Link Bracelet

Made from a stainless steel alloy, the Link Bracelet is Apple’s most expensive Band, with a link design that looks similar to a high-end watch Band. Sizing can only be adjusted by removing links, so there’s less flexibility with the Link Bracelet than with other bands.

Sizing on the Link Bracelet starts at 135mm so it’s a bit bigger than some other Apple Watch bands, and it maxes out at 200mm, so the size range is smaller than other options. Because of the way it fits, you’re going to want to make sure you’re right within the size measurements listed below.

Links can be removed or added with a release button, so it’s not too tough to adjust the size once you purchase this Band.

  • Compatibility: 38mm, 40mm, 41mm, 42mm, 44mm, 45mm Apple Watches.
  • Sizing, 40 and 41mm: Fits wrists sized 130mm to 180mm.
  • Sizing, 44 and 45mm: Fits wrists sized 150mm to 200mm.

Apple Watch Ultra Bands

Apple offers three bands designed for the ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌. Still, Apple’s website does note that the bands are compatible with 44mm and 45mm case sizes of previous generation Apple Watch models.

First is the Alpine Loop, which comes in Orange, Starlight, and Green. This Band is made from two textile layers woven together into one continuous piece.

Next is the Trail Loop in Yellow/Beige, Blue/Grary, and Black/Gray. It also costs 99.00 and is made from a soft nylon weave with a pull tab for quick adjustments.

Last is the Ocean Band in Yellow, White, and Midnight. It’s molded in a high performance elastomer with tubular geometry allowing it to stretch to a perfect fit, even over a wetsuit.

In fact, the 49mm ‌Apple Watch Ultra‌ will work with most existing Apple Watch bands, according to Apple’s website. The device is compatible with bands designed for the larger 42, 44, and 45mm case sizes available for the Series 8 and older Apple Watch models.

Choosing a Band

For the most part, every Apple Watch Band has a good size range, and you really only need to pay close attention if your wrist is smaller than average or larger than average.

Wrap bands like Sport Loops are the most forgiving in both situations, and if you have a large wrist the Sport Band and Sport Loop may fit where other bands do not. For small wrists, the Sport Loop can be pulled tight and it will offer a better fit than something like a Sport Band.

Sizing is especially tricky with the Solo Loop and Solo Braided Loop, so measurements for these watches need to be spot on. You don’t need to be quite as careful with the other Apple Watch bands, but it is useful to get precise measurements to ensure a good fit.

With any of the bands, it’s a good idea to go to an Apple retail store if you can for a try-on process so you can get an idea of the different materials and what they feel like on the wrist. This can be especially helpful with the Solo Loop and Solo Braided Loop because the measuring tools aren’t accurate for everyone.

With almost all of the bands, the fit is true to size, but the Solo Loop and Solo Braided Loop stretch, so with these two bands, you might want to size down.

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Surprising Lack Of Official Support For Apple Watch Solo Bands

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When the Solo Band for Apple Watch was introduced back in September of last year, their press release was gushing over the new Solo Loop:

“. all-new Band styles offer customers innovative options that provide a tailored and comfortable fit without traditional clasps or buckles. In an industry first, the ultralight Solo Loop introduces a continuous and stretchable Band design. a special UV treatment process used on the soft silicone of the Solo Loop creates a smooth, silky finish.”

You’ll notice that, nowhere in that statement, does Apple say “durable.” As yours truly (and several others judging by Apple’s own help forum) are finding out the hard way.

“Wear and Tear

Even with no more than regular use (occasionally taking the Apple Watch off to charge it and then put it back on) my silicon Solo Band developed a small tear last week. The morning after I noticed it, when I went to put on my watch, it snapped completely. I bought it in January of this year.

I was disappointed but was initially forgiving. This is a new product line and there are obviously kinks in the materials that need to be worked out. Apple would stand by the Band. After all, for 49, consumers definitely expect more than five months of use (or less—some forum posts mention theirs failing as quickly as three months after purchase).

So I made an appointment at my local Apple Store and went in, both pieces of the Band in my

After a frustrating encounter at check-in (it seems that Apple Support never actually made the appointment) the technician took one glance at the Band and told me “We don’t cover wear and tear.”

I was taken aback. “But it tore and then snapped. I’ve only had it for five months.”

Unaffected, he said “Why didn’t you bring it in when it tore?”

“I was asleep about five minutes after I noticed the tear and it broke the next morning. Should I have contacted Apple Support in my sleep?”

Not that that would have mattered, because the second tech I spoke to (after Mr. Wear and Tear got annoyed and handed me off) told me that Apple won’t cover tears in silicone bands either. If the lug that attaches to the Watch was broken, maybe they could do something, he let me know. But tears, no matter how small, weren’t covered. The only option I had was buying a replacement for 40.

A 9 discount for a Band that didn’t even last half a year still sounded like a bad deal, so I didn’t take him up on it.

Walking out of the Apple Store I was floored by the complete lack of support for the new Solo Band. And also a little shocked at how poor quality control has fallen at the company if less than six months is considered a normal life span for a Band that’s exposed to the elements and stretched back and forth daily. Especially since even the smallest of tears quickly turn into Band-destroying rips, I expected durability to be one of the key components of the Solo Band.

But again, looking at that press release, they mention “soft.” They mention “smooth and silky.” They never say “durable.”

My story is not the same as everyone’s. There are several forum threads that mention being able to replace their Band without a problem. And still others that had similar experiences to my own. Frustratingly, it seemed to depend highly on the representative they connected with and if the Band was part of an Apple Watch sale or just a Band purchase on its own (mine was just for the strap).

What To Buy Instead?

Until Apple addresses the durability issue for their silicon Solo Bands, I’ll be staying away (“fool me twice” as they say). So what will I be using to keep my Apple Watch on my wrist instead?

Apple Pride Edition Braided Solo Loop

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40mm Pride Edition Braided Solo Loop. Size 1

OK, yes. I know. I just spent 500 words complaining about the Solo Band. But the braided version of the Band is a different story. Made from stretchy silicone threads, the Braided Solo Band won’t completely snap whenever there’s a defect. It might fray or even tear a bit but it won’t completely fly apart. Plus, you can only get this awesome Pride Edition Band from Apple. The braided silicone yarn is soft on your wrist and super comfortable. Whether you want to show your pride or just that you support the LGBTQ community, it’s a stylish alternative.

Nomad Titanium Apple Watch Band

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Titanium Apple Watch Band, Black Hardware

You want a watch Band that won’t tear? How about one made from Grade 2 titanium (meaning it’s light and more resistant to corrosion than stainless steel) with a “diamond-like” carbon coating that will keep it looking new. The magnetic clasp makes it easy to take on and off and the coating will resist scratches. You can even wear it in the water (though Nomad recommends rinsing it off after you take a dip in the ocean).

Casetify Italian Leather Watch Band

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Italian Leather Watch Band

Looking for something a little fancier? Casetify has this Italian leather watch Band for about 400 less than the Hermès bands on Apple’s site. These have the double-wrap of the more expensive brands and feature high quality leather. but they have the advantage of costing less than the watch itself.


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JIELIELE Solo Loop Strap

If you really can’t live without a silicone Solo Loop, then I recommend getting this Band that’s clearly inspired by the official Apple product. I’m usually not a fan of off-brand imitation products. But the key difference here is that Apple is selling an 50 product and won’t stand by it. This Solo Loop is 8. If it breaks, you buy another and don’t think twice. Even if I’d had to replace mine every month since January, I still would have been ahead.

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The Complete Guide to Apple Watch Bands: sizing, styles, and more

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One of the cleverest things Apple did when it released the Apple Watch in 2015 was to develop a system that allows users to quickly change watch bands (or straps, in the UK). Changing normal watch bands, using little spring bars, is difficult and delicate, so most people rarely change them unless they’re worn out. With the Apple Watch, you can change your Band in seconds, so you can use a different Band according to your mood or activity, or to match your outfit. This is especially useful if you want a waterproof Band for swimming or working out, and a leather Band for when you go out on the town.

To date, Apple has released more than 640 bands in more than a dozen different styles. Here’s a complete guide to all the Apple Watch bands that are currently available.

  • Apple Watch Band compatibility
  • Sport Band
  • Solo Loop
  • Sport Loop
  • Nike Sport Band and Sport Loop
  • Leather bands
  • Stainless steel bands
  • Apple Watch Ultra bands
  • Hermès bands
  • Choosing the right Apple Watch Band
  • How can I learn more?

Apple Watch Band compatibility

Apple has iterated the size of the Apple Watch over the years. The first models, through the Series 3, came in 38mm and 42mm case sizes. The Series 4, 5, and 6, and the SE, were 40mm and 44mm. The Series 7 and 8 are 41mm and 45mm. And the Apple Watch Ultra is 49mm.

Apple says that “You can match most bands with any Apple Watch Series 3 or newer case of the same size.” So a 41mm Band works with a 40mm or 42mm watch, and a 45mm Band works with 42mm, 44mm, and 49mm models.

If you want all the details about every Band that Apple has sold, the free Bandbreite app has a complete database of Apple and Hermès bands.

Sport Band

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The Sport Band could be considered the default Apple Watch Band. It was one of the first bands Apple released, and has been iterated in 120 different colors over the years, more than any other Band. Made from comfortable fluoroelastomer, it doesn’t stick to your skin when you sweat, and is robust. It’s ideal for working out, swimming, and dancing. At 49, it’s tempting to get several, such as a bright color for when you want to express yourself, and a black or brown Band for when you dress up. Like most Apple Watch bands, the range of colors changes over time, with new collections in the spring and fall of each year.

The Sport Loop comes in two sizes, S/M (140 – 190 mm wrists) and M/L (160 – 210 mm), and fits 41mm and 45mm watches.

Solo Loop

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Apple released the Solo Loop in fall 2020, in two versions: the “liquid silicone rubber” 49 Solo Loop, and the 99 Braided Solo Loop, made from “stretchable recycled yarn interwoven with silicone threads.” As a single piece of material without a clasp, you have to get these bands in the correct size for your wrist. If you get a Solo Loop that’s too tight, it can feel like wearing a rubber Band.

Apple says that these bands can stretch as you put them on and take them off. In my experience, wearing a Braided Solo Loop for a few months stretched it to the point that I can no longer wear it, whereas the standard Solo Loop barely stretches.

The 41mm models come in sizes 1 to 9, and the 45mm models in sizes 1 to 12. You can download a printable sizing tool from Apple’s website, or you can get your wrist measured in an Apple Store.

Sport Loop

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The 49 Sport Loop is a lightweight, nylon Band with a hook and loop fastener. It is infinitely adjustable, and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. It absorbs water, so may not be ideal for swimming, and needs a good rinse after workouts. This is the lightest Apple Watch Band.

The 41mm models are for 130mm – 200 mm wrists, and the 45mm model is for 145mm – 220mm wrists.

Nike Sport Band and Sport Loop

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Apple has sold Nike Sport Bands since 2016, and Sport Loops since 2018. The Nike Sport Band is the same as the standard Sport Band, but has perforations; the Nike Sport Look just has Nike branding. Both cost 49, and fit the same Apple Watch models and wrists as the plain Apple versions. For several years, Apple sold a Nike branded watch, with special faces and bands, but now sells the bands separately and the faces are available for all models.

Leather bands

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The 99 Leather Link is a two-piece magnetic Band that snaps shut when you put the watch on. It is adjustable and comfortable, though it’s a bit heavy. It is available for 41mm watches (130mm – 160mm wrists) and 45mm watches (140mm – 180mm).

The 149 Modern Buckle, one of the original bands, only fits the smaller watch models (38mm, 40mm, and 41mm), and comes in three sizes (135 – 150mm wrists, 145mm – 165mm, and 160mm – 180mm). It is slightly adjustable, with a pin and five holes under the buckle, but you should probably check it out in an Apple Store before buying to get the right size.

Stainless steel bands

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Another of the original bands is the 99 Milanese Loop. This braided mesh Band uses a magnetic clasp, and is easy to adjust to any size wrist. (With limits, of course: the 41mm model fits 13mm – 180mm wrists, and the 45mm model fits 150mm – 200 mm). In gold, silver, and graphite, these bands are subtle and classy.

The Link Bracelet is the biggest, heaviest Band that Apple makes. In two colors, Silver (349) and Space Black (449), this is also the most expensive. These are finely machined bands, but the price is prohibitive. Available for 38mm watches (135mm – 195mm wrists) and 42mm (150mm – 200mm), you can also buy a 45 set of five additional links for even larger wrists. And Apple has invented a clever way to adjust these bands by easily removing or adding links, so you can get the perfect fit.

Apple Watch Ultra bands

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With the release of the Apple Watch Ultra, in fall 2022, Apple started selling three new types of bands designed for these models. Even though the Apple Watch Ultra has a 49mm case, these bands work with 44mm and 45mm watches.

The 99 Alpine Loop is a slightly stretchy Band with a titanium hook that you insert into loops to close it. It’s a very light Band, and looks a bit like “gear.” Available in small (130m – 160mm), medium (145mm – 190mm), and large (165mm – 210mm), there is some leeway, with the loops on the outside of the Band, but it’s best to make sure which size fits you.

The 99 Trail Loop is similar to the Sport Loop, but has titanium lugs, a tab to make it easier to adjust, and is about 1mm wider. The materials are slightly better, but, other than having lugs to match an Apple Watch Ultra, there’s not much advantage to this Band over its cheaper sibling. It comes in two sizes, S/M (130mm – 180mm) and M/L (145mm – 200mm).

The 99 Ocean Band is made with a tubular elastomer, it can fit even over a wetsuit (and you can get a 49 extension if you need more length). It’s a bit bulky for everyday use, but is great for water sports.

Hermès bands

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Apple also sells bands made by the French company Hermès, in several leather and nylon models, with stainless steel lugs and buckles, cost from 319 to 849. Apple also sells Hermès Apple Watch models, which are standard Apple Watches with a Hermès Band, but they also give you access to an exclusive Hermès watch face. When you buy an Hermès watch, you get two bands: the leather or nylon Band you choose, plus a Hermès branded sport Band, in black or Hermès orange, which are not sold separately.

Choosing the right Apple Watch Band

This article has focused on Apple Watch bands that Apple itself sells in its stores. But as you might imagine, lots of third-party sellers offer unofficial Apple Watch bands, commonly available via online retail stores such as Amazon. The quality of these third-party bands is often (though not always) inferior to the genuine, Apple-authorized and Apple-sold watch bands. But if Apple doesn’t sell the exact design you want, or if you want extra options for accessorizing — or if you want to save a bit of money in exchange for a potentially lower-quality product — then a Band from a third-party seller might also be worth considering.

You have lots of options for Apple Watch bands. Some are sporty, some are classy, and since they’re so easy to change, you may end up buying several to wear on different occasions. It’s a great way to personalize your Apple Watch.

And if you need help picking your next Apple Watch model, we’ve got an article that can help you with that, too: Which Apple Watch is right for you?

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About Kirk McElhearn

Kirk McElhearn writes about Apple products and more on his blog Kirkville. He is co-host of the Intego Mac Podcast, as well as several other podcasts, and is a regular contributor to The Mac Security Blog, TidBITS, and several other websites and publications. Kirk has written more than two dozen books, including Take Control books about Apple’s media apps, Scrivener, and LaunchBar. Follow him on at @mcelhearn. View all posts by Kirk McElhearn → This entry was posted in Apple and tagged Apple Watch, Apple Watch bands, Apple Watch straps. Bookmark the permalink.



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