Apple has created a variety of bands for the Apple Watch, which it regularly refreshes, revealing new band selections during fall and spring media events, as well as other times throughout the year.
Apple has an Apple Watch Studio feature that allows most bands to be combined with most Apple Watch casing options, eliminating the need to purchase particular Apple Watch band and casing combinations. The Sport Band, Sport Loop, Milanese Loop, Modern Buckle, Leather Link, Solo Loop, and Braided Solo Loop are among the Series 8 bands available.
The Solo Loop is comparable to the Sport Band, but it's the first Apple Watch with a slip-on style that doesn't require a buckle or clasping mechanism. It's comprised of a flexible liquid silicone rubber that can expand to fit over the hand before collapsing to fit snugly around the wrist.
Apple claims it's ultra-comfortable since there are no overlapping pieces and it's easy to put on and off. It's swim-proof, sweat-proof, and UV-treated for a smooth finish. The Solo Loop costs $49.
Braided Solo Loop
The Braided Solo Loop, like the Solo Loop, is a newer Apple Watch band that lacks any form of buckle or clasp. It's composed of elastic recycled yarn intertwined with silicone strands, so it may wrap around the wrist before being wrapped around the hand.
According to Apple, the band's smooth, textured feel is perspiration and water-resistant, as well as ultra-comfortable to wear. At $99, the Braided Solo Loop is one of Apple's more costly band alternatives, and the same sizing restrictions apply.
Apple's Sport Bands, which are comprised of a flexible and lightweight fluoroelastomer, are among the company's lightest and most comfortable bands. Most of Apple's metal watches come with Sport Bands, which are suited for use when exercising or indulging in strenuous activities. The Sport Bands start at $49 each.
It's comprised of a velcro-like double-layer nylon and comes in a variety of colors, as well as Nike-branded Sport Loops. The 41mm version is suitable for wrists measuring 130 to 190mm, while the 45mm version is suitable for wrists measuring 145 to 220mm. The Sport Loop costs $49 from Apple.
The Sport Loop is comprised of cloth that wraps around the wrist for a snug yet comfortable fit. It is soft, breathable, and lightweight.
Nike bands are constructed of a high-performance fluoroelastomer and are available for both 41mm and 45mm Apple Watch models, as well as Nike-branded Sport Loop choices in a variety of colors sold by Apple. Wrist sizes 130 to 200mm are accommodated by the bands. Nike Bands cost $49 each.
The stainless steel Milanese Loop is a flexible metal mesh band that wraps around the wrist and is available in 41mm and 45mm widths. It's crafted of such high-quality metal that it's pleasant to wear all day, and it's surprisingly light.
The Milanese Loop costs $99 and is available in silver, gold, and space black.
The Leather Link is made of two pieces and does not have a loop. The Leather Link is crafted from French Roux Granada leather and has flexible, molded magnets that wrap around the wrist for a secure connection.
The Leather Link is compatible with both 41mm and 45mm variants. It is available in small/medium and medium/large sizes and fits wrists measuring 130 to 180mm.
The Modern Buckle is a band crafted from soft Granada leather that is meant to fit the smaller 41mm Apple Watch models. It has a two-piece magnetic buckle and a Vectran weave inner layer for strength and scratch resistance.
Apple's most expensive in-house band is the 316L stainless steel alloy Link Bracelet, which comes in 41mm and 45mm sizes. The Link Bracelet, which is available in silver ($349) and space black ($449), looks like a high-quality classic watch band.
The 41mm model is suitable for wrists measuring 135 to 195mm, while the 45mm model is suitable for wrists measuring 140 to 205mm. For $49, a 6-link add-on kit increases its size from 205mm to 245mm.