If Apple’s new Solo Loop or Braided Solo Loop band for the Apple Watch Series 6 feels loosey on your wrist or too tight to get on and off the wrist, and you’d like to have it replaced, know that you’ll need to return the entire watch to Apple in order to get a different-sized band.
Customers who chose a Solo Loop or a Braided Solo Loop along with an Apple Watch Series 6 or SE and have a poor fit can’t just return the band for a new size — the entire Apple Watch has to be returned since it’s considered a set. Unfortunately, there are limited supplies of the new Apple Watch Series 6 models and the new bands, so customers forced to make a return are now having to wait from late October to late November for a new Apple Watch, depending on the model chosen.
Well, that’s not good news for those who have chosen the wrong size for their Solo Loop or Braided Solo Loop. Making matters worse, due to limited supplies of the new Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple’s new watch bands, returning your watch due to poor fit of your watch band will mean having to wait from late October to late November for a new unit.
My choices are deal with the wrong sized band, or return the entire thing (watch and band) then re-order one size down which will not arrive until late November. I wish I could figure out why the Apple product experience once you get anywhere near support is a complete nightmare.
— Eli Hodapp (@hodapp) September 21, 2020
John Gruber, Daring Fireball:
Part of the thing with the Solo Loops is that they’re rather precisely sized — they stretch to take on and off, but they’re meant to fit your wrist in their unstretched state. Going by Apple’s print-and-cut-out DIY sizing PDF, the difference between each size is less than 6.6 mm. According to Apple’s paper tool, I should take a size 7, but I’m closer to an 8 than a 6.
I find it interesting that the Solo Loops are half the weight of the Sport Bands, with the new rubber Solo Loop weighing only 13 grams and the Braided Solo Loop just 11 grams.
Gruber has more on in terms of getting these bands on and off the wrist:
I’d say they’re both clearly in ‘just right’ range on the Goldilocks scale. If they were stretchier, they might be a bit easier to get on and off, but I think they’d then be too loosey-goosey on the wrist. Once on your wrist, the Solo Loop bands are very secure. And though Apple has a footnote on its Solo Loop web page stating ‘Band may increase in length over time’, I suspect they’re a little less stretchy than they could be to make them more durable.
You can purchase both bands from Apple:
- 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
- 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
If you plan on upgrading to the Apple Watch Series 6, which band do you plan on pairing with your new smartwatch? Speaking of which, are you a fan of these new Solo Loop and Braided Solo Loop bands? Chime in with your thoughts in the comments down below.