Some great alternatives to the Apple Watch Nike+ band

We were really bummed when we found out that the stylish fluoroelastomer bands shown with the Apple Watch Nike+ are exclusive to the model. This means that those of us who already own an Apple Watch can’t purchase these bands separately.

Luckily, we were able to track down some Apple Watch bands on Amazon that take inspiration from the Nike band design. Obviously they aren’t made with the same quality or materials, but for those in search of alternatives, here are some good ones.

Nomad’s Silicone Strap for Apple Watch is both durable and comfortable

If you’ve been tuning into iDB lately, then you probably know we’re big fans of Nomad’s Apple Watch wrist straps here. My colleague Sebastien recently shared his own opinion on the leather strap they offer, but the company also has a rugged silicone option as well.

Coupled with a custom lug design that gives the Apple Watch a more masculine appearance and quality materials that feel like they’re going to last a long time, it’s hard to go wrong with any Nomad-branded Apple Watch wrist strap. That said, the vulcanized LSR silicone strap is just another quality piece we’d like to take the time to show you in this review.

The Sena Watch Roll is a great travel companion for Apple Watch users

One of the greatest first world problems of our century is figuring out how you’re going to carry all these extra bands when traveling with an Apple Watch. There are of course many solutions available to you, such as throwing everything in a box or in a pocket of your backpack/luggage, but that is a somewhat inelegant way of going at it.

I recently came across the Sena Watch Roll, a neat-looking leather roll that stores your Apple Watch bands and small accessories in a tight package, offering a worthy storage solution for the classy traveler you are. We’ll have a quick look at it in this short review.

Check out rainbow Apple Watch strap Apple gave to employees

Showing support for gay rights, Apple employees who over the weekend participated in San Francisco’s LGBT Pride festival were treated to a custom rainbow strap for the Apple Watch. Reddit user ‘Sakusuhon’ kindly posted an image of the limited-edition rainbow-colored strap Apple included along with a greeting card to show its appreciation for those who attended the San Francisco event.

The right band for the occasion

I went to a wedding in Chicago this past weekend, and I as I was packing my suitcase, I started thinking about what kind of Apple Watch band I would bring along with me. The Nomad Strap for the flight, and the Link Bracelet for the wedding? Or just the Link Bracelet? Or maybe buy a Milanese Loop?

It was the first time I realized the band I am using on my Apple Watch is just as important as what I am wearing.

Ottm Apple Watch bands are made of 100% hardwood

When it comes to wearable technology, such as the Apple Watch and many other competing smartwatches on the market, fashion plays a big role. This isn’t just something you take in and out of your pocket all day long; it’s something you wear.

For that reason, a startup is launching an Indiegogo campaign for a new Apple Watch band made completely of wood, and it’s being called Ottm.

Ottm will come in different kinds of wood colors and fit both 38mm and 42mm Apple Watches, as well as other smartwatches, and they’re hand-crafted to ensure they’re of the highest quality possible.

Quick thoughts on the new Woven Nylon bands for Apple Watch: cheaply made, but good looking

I might be a little late to the party, but after spending a week out of the country, I finally returned home last night and got to have a look at three Woven Nylon bands I had ordered for my Stainless Steel Apple Watch: I have the Black, Royal Blue, and Gold/Royal Blue, all in the 42mm version.

In this post, I’ll share some of my first impressions about these new bands. This is not a review per say, more like some quick thoughts.

Review: Apple’s new Woven Nylon bands for Apple Watch

During Apple’s March 21 event, among all the goodies released, were some new bands for Apple Watch. The most notable were the ones made from a completely new material than offered before. Those new $49 Woven Nylon bands come in a variety of colors for both the 38mm, and 42mm Apple Watches.

Apple drops Apple Watch price to $299 as it introduces new bands

Apple took the stage on Monday at the ‘Let us loop you in’ event to discuss some new Apple statistics and services, but it was soon followed by new information regarding the Apple Watch.

Along with a notable price drop, Apple Watch users are getting access to new Apple Watch bands with not only new materials, but even some new colors for existing wrist bands.

A look at 5 Apple Watch knockoff bands

One of the best features of Apple Watch is how customizable it is. There are millions of watch faces variations to play with, and of course, you can use a multitude of watch bands to make your device stand out or blend in, depending on your mood.

If customizing your watch faces doesn’t cost anything, buying bands from Apple can turn out to be expensive, with each band selling for hefty prices, especially if you don’t want to settle for the fluoroelastomer bands.

An alternative Apple Watch users might want to look into is the knockoff bands available online. They appear to be exact replicas of Apple’s official bands, and sell for a fraction of the price. I was curious about the price/quality ratio of these bands so I decided to purchase seven of them (two of which are still on back order) and see for myself if they are worth the money.

In this post, I will give a brief overview of each band that I received, as well as personal thoughts regarding the quality and whether or not it’s a smart buy.