1. flyinion's Avatar
    I know I can swap out the bands any time, but for my initial order I can't decide silcon vs the sport loop. I have tried the loop in the store and it seems nice and comfortable, and I've used FitBit silicon type bands on my current Charge 2 that I'm using. The silicon type seems ok but stiff, not sure about the Apple version. I'm not sure how the band types would compare in long term all day comfort vs a 2 minute in store test though. Does the velcro eventually start wearing out or coming apart?
    09-27-2018 03:59 PM
  2. doogald's Avatar
    Does the velcro eventually start wearing out or coming apart?
    I have had one since they first came out. In my experience, no.

    What I do not like about the silicone band compared with the sport loop is that the closure is not as secure. It never came off me, but the velcro is much more secure as a closure. However, I think that the silicone band is more attractive than the sport loop, which frankly is a bit ugly IMO.
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    09-27-2018 04:15 PM
  3. flyinion's Avatar
    I have had one since they first came out. In my experience, no.

    What I do not like about the silicone band compared with the sport loop is that the closure is not as secure. It never came off me, but the velcro is much more secure as a closure. However, I think that the silicone band is more attractive than the sport loop, which frankly is a bit ugly IMO.
    Ah interesting I watched a youtube review where the guy really like the colors speckled throughout the "black" sport loop (which I'd be getting with a SG watch). I'll have to check out my coworker's sport band on his series 2 and see the closure again. I do remember thinking they looked finicky to close etc. I'm used to a standard watch buckle on my FitBit.
    09-27-2018 04:17 PM
  4. salscott's Avatar
    Loop... Most comfortable
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    09-27-2018 05:08 PM
  5. robertk328's Avatar
    I have had one since they first came out. In my experience, no.

    What I do not like about the silicone band compared with the sport loop is that the closure is not as secure. It never came off me, but the velcro is much more secure as a closure. However, I think that the silicone band is more attractive than the sport loop, which frankly is a bit ugly IMO.
    I've had the watch since the first one and never had an issue with the silicone not being secure. What makes you say it's not?
    09-27-2018 09:00 PM
  6. doogald's Avatar
    I've had the watch since the first one and never had an issue with the silicone not being secure. What makes you say it's not?
    If you are doing something with your hands (moving furniture, carrying other heavy object) and the end of the strap gets caught and pulled from the slot where it is secured, the strap can be grabbed and pulled from the closure pin. It's happened to me, though I caught the watch before it fell off my wrist. The velcro closure of the sport loop is a lot more secure IMO of those two strap types.
    09-28-2018 06:01 AM
  7. robertk328's Avatar
    If you are doing something with your hands (moving furniture, carrying other heavy object) and the end of the strap gets caught and pulled from the slot where it is secured, the strap can be grabbed and pulled from the closure pin. It's happened to me, though I caught the watch before it fell off my wrist. The velcro closure of the sport loop is a lot more secure IMO of those two strap types.
    OK cool, just curious. Done a lot of that and never had an issue in 3 years but doesn't mean it couldn't happen.

    I'm looking at the blue sport loop, just need to go to a store to see it in person.
    Last edited by robertk328; 09-28-2018 at 06:23 AM.
    09-28-2018 06:06 AM
  8. imwjl's Avatar
    Both is a good answer.

    My wife mostly wears the velcro type for comfort and swaps the solid bands for variety. I'm the one in the family who wears the off white Nike type and think those are the most comfy of the solid types. I like the solid types for cleaning.
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    09-28-2018 06:53 AM
  9. Alex Rodriguez Jr.'s Avatar
    I have never had an issue with the watch coming off with the silicone band. And I’ve been in strong waves, pools, rock climbing, boating, basketball, football, furniture moving, etc. lol. I did have that initial concern when I first got my S3 because there wasn’t a clasp but it doesn’t go anywhere.
    09-28-2018 08:38 AM
  10. tcuprof's Avatar
    If you are doing something with your hands (moving furniture, carrying other heavy object) and the end of the strap gets caught and pulled from the slot where it is secured, the strap can be grabbed and pulled from the closure pin.
    So the lesson here is to not move heavy objects!
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    09-28-2018 10:18 AM
  11. Annie_M's Avatar
    When I got my S3 this past April, I ordered my Watch with the pink sand silicone band. I asked for the pink sand sports loop band as a birthday present. I thought I would wear the sports loop band the most, but I actually enjoy both. In addition to those, I have about 4 others that I've gotten from Amazon. It's an addiction, and I actually just ordered a black sports loop band from Amazon. It's got colored specs in it, which appealed to me. Now to tell my husband....
    09-28-2018 10:28 AM
  12. flyinion's Avatar
    Thanks guys, I ordered it with the sport loop. I do plan to get a variety of bands, I just needed to settle on one to start with while the numbers on the credit card get repaired lol. I think they melted off a bit ordering two watches.
    09-28-2018 11:57 AM
  13. PrincessB's Avatar
    silcon works just fine to me.
    09-28-2018 07:48 PM
  14. robertk328's Avatar
    When I got my S3 this past April, I ordered my Watch with the pink sand silicone band. I asked for the pink sand sports loop band as a birthday present. I thought I would wear the sports loop band the most, but I actually enjoy both. In addition to those, I have about 4 others that I've gotten from Amazon. It's an addiction, and I actually just ordered a black sports loop band from Amazon. It's got colored specs in it, which appealed to me. Now to tell my husband....
    how are the amazon sport loops in comparison to the apple ones? I've found the silicone to not be as nice (thinner) and the black one I had held lint while none of the other ones do.
    09-29-2018 09:20 AM
  15. salscott's Avatar
    how are the amazon sport loops in comparison to the apple ones? I've found the silicone to not be as nice (thinner) and the black one I had held lint while none of the other ones do.
    They are fine, not much different. I'm now looking at maybe one of the leather loop.
    09-29-2018 09:32 AM
  16. Annie_M's Avatar
    how are the amazon sport loops in comparison to the apple ones? I've found the silicone to not be as nice (thinner) and the black one I had held lint while none of the other ones do.
    The midnight blue sports loop from Amazon is perhaps a tad thinner in thickness and width, but the Velcro holds up as well as Apple’s. With the exception of slightly lighter in weight, the silicone band is nearly identical in feel and fit. Perhaps it depends on who you buy them from on Amazon. The floral band is silicone too. It’s white on the back, and the design shows slight signs of wear, which isn’t surprising.

    Here’s a picture:

    The midnight blue silicone band is from Yanch; the midnight blue sports loop band is from Bea Fashion.
    Last edited by Annie_8plus; 09-29-2018 at 09:48 AM.
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    09-29-2018 09:37 AM
  17. TripleOne's Avatar
    I like the comfort of the loop but I prefer the look of the sports band
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    09-29-2018 06:07 PM
  18. flyinion's Avatar
    I like the comfort of the loop but I prefer the look of the sports band
    Yeah the band does look cleaner. I did order the loop to start but will be buying bands and stuff later on for sure. I just had to pick one to get started with.
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    09-29-2018 07:53 PM
  19. Craig's Avatar
    I am on a keyboard a large part of my day.. so I can't / won't use any bands with metal at the base/clasp, it scratches the keyboard and/or the metal base of my laptop. It's a shame as I would like to use some nicer leather bands. I have standardized on the Catalyst Hypoallergenic Silicone Sports Band

    Screenshot from Amazon.

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    09-30-2018 01:41 PM
  20. Annie_M's Avatar
    I am on a keyboard a large part of my day.. so I can't / won't use any bands with metal at the base/clasp, it scratches the keyboard and/or the metal base of my laptop. It's a shame as I would like to use some nicer leather bands. I have standardized on the Catalyst Hypoallergenic Silicone Sports Band

    Screenshot from Amazon.

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    That looks really nice.
    10-01-2018 09:48 AM
  21. Craig's Avatar
    That looks really nice.
    Some people return it as they find it hard to clasp. I did too at first until I flipped the band opposite of how they show it and now it's easy. Never comes loose (double lock) and since it's all silicone, and poly for the lock, it never scratches.

    Also since it's a bit overpriced for silicone (About $35-$40) not may people are using it.. so it's not something people see, and I like being a bit different. I just modded my car a little bit to make it a bit different from the rest.. just a small enough tweak to warrant a 2nd look.
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    10-01-2018 11:55 AM
  22. camaroz1985's Avatar
    I like the loop best. It is infinitely adjustable so you can be sure to get the fit just right (though it isn't as effortless as the sport band, a lot of times I find myself having to adjust it after I first put it on vs always putting using the third hole on the sport band). I also like that it doesn't make my wrist sweaty like the sport band. I was going to try a Nike style sport band with the holes to see if that was any better. I bought myself and my wife sport loop bands on Amazon, and while the amazon band is ever so slightly different (I think they use the same width for 38 and 42mm, so on the 42mm it is a little thinner than the Apple band), it works great and is 1/4 the price. I'm about to grab another 6 pack of bands now. I'm just thankful that they will all fit the series 4 when I do decide to update.
    10-01-2018 11:56 AM
  23. tcuprof's Avatar
    I don't like that the sports loop only comes in one size (unlike the sports bands). If you have small wrists, it's too big.
    10-01-2018 04:22 PM
  24. flyinion's Avatar
    I don't like that the sports loop only comes in one size (unlike the sports bands). If you have small wrists, it's too big.
    I was worried about that since I've lost a lot of weight over the last couple years and I have my large (the middle size) FitBit band on the 2nd to last notch already. So I went to a Best Buy where they had some AW3's on display with sport loops attached that you could try on and it was a perfect size.
    10-01-2018 06:47 PM
  25. camaroz1985's Avatar
    I don't like that the sports loop only comes in one size (unlike the sports bands). If you have small wrists, it's too big.
    My wife has really small wrists (usually buy her child size bracelets, or the smallest that they have in adult sizes), but the sport loop fits her fine. She does have it wrapped about as tight as it will go, but it does fit. On Apple's site it lists the 38/40mm sport band as fitting 130-200mm, and the 38/40mm sport loop as fitting 130-190mm, (42/44mm is 140-210mm for sport band, and 145-220mm for sport loop), so either will fit to the smallest size, but probably best to try them for yourself in store if you are concerned.
    10-02-2018 12:00 PM
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