A YouTuber has put together a comparison video showcasing all three Apple Watch Ultra bands for extreme athletes, highlighting their features and differences.
- What’s happening? DC Rainmaker‘s YouTuber Ray Maker has compared all three Apple Watch Ultra bands for those who are interested in Apple’s rugged watch.
- Why care? With three highly-specialized bands available for your adventures, it pays to know which band to pick when hiking, running or swimming/diving.
- What to do? After watching the video, be sure to let us know what you think and share your favorite Apple Watch Ultra band in the comments below.
Video showcases all three Apple Watch Ultra bands
“Each band has a different target market, though they overlap quite a bit,” Maker said in his review on DC Rainmaker. “And honestly, any of the three bands can be worn for any activity equally well.” This comes from an expert, not a random reviewer.
Mark specializes in reviews of gadgets aimed at runners, cyclists and triathletes, so he’s in a great position to offer his perspective on the Apple Watch Ultra bands. To test the Ocean Band, he hit the beaches and went for an open-air swim.
He also subjected himself to a 14-hour hike just to test Alpine Loop.
Now that’s dedication!
The three Apple Watch Ultra bands
You can pair your Apple Watch Ultra with one of the three Apple bands:
- Alpine Loop: This band is focused on outdoor adventurers. Don’t let its conformable fit and design fool you, this one’s extremely rugged and features a G-hook to ensure a tight, secure fit.
- Trail Loop: Aimed at endurance athletes, Trail Loop is a light and stretchy strap for Apple Watch Ultra. Apple says it’s its thinnest band yet. Trail Loop features a handy pull tab for making quick adjustments.
- Ocean Band: This band was designed to withstand high water pressure. Designed for extreme water sports and recreational diving, its tubular design lets it flex and stretch even over a wetsuit (the titanium buckle with adjustable loop provides a secure fit).
If you don’t like Apple’s own offerings, you will soon be able to choose from other options as third parties release their own bands for Apple Watch Ultra. Third-party options are usually a fraction of Apple’s prices. As we reported, your existing 44/45mm straps should fit your Apple Watch Ultra without problems.
Pricing and availability
The Apple Watch Ultra bands are available as separate purchases and priced at $99.
- Ocean Band: Thos one’s offered in midnight, white and yellow. A single band size is designed for 44mm, 45mm and 49mm cases, and fits 130–200mm wrists.
- Alpine Loop: Available in small (130-160mm wrists), medium (145-190 mm wrists) and large (165-210 mm wrists) size options, Alpine Loop can be ordered in starlight, green and orange.
- Trail Loop: This one’s available in two size options—S/M (130-180 mm wrists)—and three color finishes—yellow/beige, blue/gray and black/gray.
Apple Watch Ultra can be yours in exchange for $799 in the United States. Your purchase includes three months of Fitness+ on Apple. You can order yours from Apple via Apple.com or the company’s Apple Store shopping app [App Store link].