Running can be exhausting. With your heartbeat racing and sweat dripping down your wrists, you wouldn't want to think about anything else. And just then you notice your skin around your Apple Watch starting to itch and tingle, all thanks to the sweat accumulating around it. Too much of a distraction, right?
The wrong strap or band can pull the focus out of running, and not to mention that the situation can get very uncomfortable.
So, here we are with the list of the best Apple Watch bands for running or for the gym.
For this, we picked bands and belts that met the following criteria:
With over 70% positive rating, the silicone bands from Yanch is the first product on our list. They look almost identical to the original Apple Watch band, and many users have verified this claim. These bands come with watch lugs, which makes them easier to install. Furthermore, the bands have a pin-and-tuck mechanism, making it easy to wear or to take off.
As far as the user reviews are concerned, users have reported that the bands work as advertised and thus are perfect for workouts. They do not collect dust or sweat and are easy to clean. Plus, they dry off quickly.
The bands come in two sizes - 38mm(S) and 40mm (M), and you can pick the one that is suitable for your wrist. All you need to do is pick up one, and your morning runs will be sorted.
The Yanch silicon bands are compatible with Apple Watch Series 1 through 4.
Are you looking for a well-ventilated band? If yes, your search ends with the Donstfy Soft Silicone Sport Band. These are comfortable bands that come with many holes for the moisture to escape, thus making them breathable and comfortable. Compared to the original band, they are a bit thin. On the upside, it makes them flexible and comfortable to wear in the gym.
The Donstfy Bands for the Apple Watch has received amazing reviews, and have a whopping 4.7 stars out of 5.
Other than that, they are durable and are easy to clean. And, these are also available in multiple colors.
The Donstfy bands are compatible with Apple Watch Series 1 through 4.
Another lightweight alternative to the original Apple's original band is the one by Apple itself. Made of double-layer nylon weave, they are not only comfortable but also super flexible. The good thing about these bands is that the material doesn't smell odd even if you sweat or do high-intensity sports workout.
The user reviews have been positive so far for this product, with users praising its durability, comfort and above all, the ease with which you can put in on (or take it off).
The only concern is that it's a tad expensive. Well, to be honest, that's the case with most Apple products.
If you'd like the design simplicity of the original Apple Band, but would like it to be a little bit more comfortable, you should give the ATUP Soft Silicone Bands a shot. Unlike most bands, these are quite sturdy and don't fall off at the slightest pretext. Plus, the stainless steel buckle has proven to be good on sensitive skin as well.
So far, the user reviews have been pretty good, with over 86% positive reviews.
The band comes in many color alternatives. Plus, they come with a one year warranty.
If the price of the Apple Watch Sports loop is a little too much for your taste, you can try out the amBand Sport Loop. These Apple-lookalikes have proved to be immensely easy to wear, and the flexibility of the nylon is the cherry on top.
The feature which you'd like most is that it doesn't make your wrist sweat. Unlike the silicone bands, these do not come with a buckle. Instead, they have thin Velcro straps, thanks to which you'll get an exact fit.
These sports edition bands are available in many different colors. And again, they do not cost as much as their Apple counterparts.
The Haveda bands are just the thing for you if a closed band is not your idea of a sports band. They have a unique design where the top of the band has a slit to let the moisture escape, while the lower portion has a perforated design. And that's not the end of the story. These bands sport a dual-tone look, enough to make your wrists stand out.
Made of silicone, the Haveda bands are washable and can also be cleaned with a wet cloth. Plus, they have the same pin-an-tuck mechanism like their other counterparts.
The comfort of these bands has been praised by many. Out of about 400 reviews, these straps have managed to accumulate 4.6 stars on Amazon.
They are available in plenty of colors. However, if you'd Iike your Apple watch bands to remain a bit unobtrusive, you can give the Black and Grey combo a shot.
Get Running, Get Pumping!
What people say is true about the Apple Watch bands — they do not come cheap. And if you are someone who likes to change the straps frequently, then third-party straps seem like a viable option.
Of course, somewhere down the line, you'll have to bite the bullet when it comes to durability. But hey, they cost almost half as the original counterparts.
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