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What is the best type of Watch Strap for me?

Apple Watch Straps NZ

 

With such a huge range of options available, we've put this guide to gather to help you decide what is the best style Watch Strap for you and your watch.

There are many things that should be considered such as the weight of the strap, the intended use, any allergies or skin irritations you have, the fit, comfort and ultimately what your own personal style is.

Some of the main style straps and their uses are listed below. While these can be used in these different environments and factors, this list shows what they are best for:

 Type Easy Clean

Gym or Water Use 

Easy Adjust

Sensitive Skin 

Office Formal Look

Milanese
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Sports
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Silicone
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Stainless Steel Link
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Canvas
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Nylon
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Leather
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For more on each individual type of strap, read on:


Milanese Watch Strap

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Milanese Loop Watch Straps NZ
The Milanese Loop Watch strap is a very stylish and unique strap - the watch connects with a Magnet meaning the watch can be adjusted to the exact size you want - if you're one of those people where the strap holes dont feel quite right - this is perfect!
These are a very stylish strap, and are great for wearing with formal or office attire, as well as casual wear. 
Being metallic, they are not so good for workplaces where they will frequently get dirty or wet, and are a little harder to clean.
The woven loop allows your wrist to breath a little better than a silicone strap, meaning these can be good solution for those who get skin irritations or rashes from silicone straps.

  Pros:

  • Fashionable
  • Sophisticated look
  • Matches Office or Formal attire
  • Metal look while still being Light weight
  • Adjustable the full length of the strap - perfect for those wrists that other straps dont quite fit
  • Good for those with Skin Irritations

Cons:

  • Not for use in swimming pools or frequently getting wet
  • Not ideal for training and getting frequently sweaty
  • Harder to clean
  • Some users find the magnet hard to get used to (most love it)

 

 

 


Sports Strap

Fitbit Charge 2 Silicone Sports Watch Strap NZThe sports watch strap is a great versatile watch strap - great for those with an active lifestyle or a workplace where they might get a bit dirty or sweaty - ideal for the likes of tradies!
With holes the full length of the strap, this strap is very versatile in adjustment and will fit almost any wrist.

  Pros:

  • Practical
  • Light weight
  • Great for use in dirty environments
  • Good for swimming
  • Good for the gym
  • Air holes allow skin to breath, good for some skin irritations
  • Easily cleaned

 

Cons:

  • Not as formal of a look
  • Holes are great for air flow but can take some additional cleaning (not too hard though)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Plain Silicone Straps

Fitbit Charge 4 Silicone Watch Straps NZThe classic Silicone watch straps are the 101 stock standard strap for almost every smart watch. But this doesn't mean they aren't a great addition - they come in a range of colours, are easily cleaned and can take some wear and tear from an active lifestyle.
Some people who have sensitive skin can find the lack of air flow can cause their wrists to get skin irritations or rashes from frequent use. 
With the silicone easily cleaned and able to get wet, and a wide range of colours available, these are a great 'all rounder' strap for both looking great but also being functional for everyday use.

  Pros:

  • Classic
  • Light weight
  • Comfortable
  • Easily cleaned
  • Classic Buckle system

Cons:

  • Lack of airflow can give minimal users skin irritations
  • Less unique style as most watches come with these

 

 

 


Stainless Steel Link Watch Straps

Apple Watch Stainless Steel Watch Strap NZ
The Stainless Steel Link Watch Strap is an absolute classic that has been on wrists as long as wrist watches have existed. 
The provide a very sophisticated and stylish look, and are ideal for Office or Formal attire.
They are heavier and harder to adjust - they require the removal of links to adjust the size. 
They are less suited for messy or dirty work, and are not ideal for training at the gym.

  Pros:

  • Fashionable
  • Sophisticated & Classic look
  • Suits Office or Formal attire
  • Can make Watch look like it's a standard watch not a Fitness tracker.

 

Cons:

  • Heavier (some people like this, others not so much)
  • Harder to adjust for size - needs a tool)
  • Not for use in swimming pools or frequently getting wet
  • Not ideal for training and getting frequently sweaty

 

 


Canvas Watch Straps

Fitbit Versa Sense Canvas Watch Straps NZ

The stylish Canvas Watch straps are a very fashionable and quite unique accessories for your Smart Watch. 

They are great for complementing your style and fashion and come in a range of patterns and styles.

The canvas material is soft and very comfortable. The canvas material allows your skin to breath, so is ideal for those who get skin irritations from other watch straps.

These are suitable for those with office jobs or relatively clean work environments. Being a canvas, they are harder to clean (although they are cleanable) than some of the Silicone style watch straps. This also means they are not suitable for swimming or frequently getting wet and are not ideal for frequent use at the gym getting sweaty.

  Pros:

  • Fashionable
  • Unique
  • Light weight
  • Comfortable
  • Good for those with Skin Irritations

 

Cons:

  • Not ideal if going to get dirty frequently
  • Not for use in swimming pools or frequently getting wet
  • Not ideal for training and getting frequently sweaty

 

 


Nylon Watch Straps

Nato Nylon Watch Straps NZThe Nylon Watch strap is a great addition to your watch - they have a range of styles and give you a unique look.
The Nylon weave allows the wrist to breath, so it's great for those who have skin irritations or rashes from their watch.
They are not ideal for those who are getting frequently dirty or wet in their workplace, and are harder to clean than the silicone straps.

  Pros:

  • Fashionable
  • Unique
  • Light weight
  • Comfortable
  • Good for those with Skin Irritations

 

Cons:

  • Not ideal if going to get dirty frequently
  • Not for use in swimming pools or frequently getting wet
  • Not ideal for training and getting frequently sweaty

 


Leather Watch Straps

Retro Leather Watch Straps NZThe Leather Watch Straps is a classic look and can be used to make your watch look sophisticated and classic. 
The provide a very sophisticated and stylish look, and are ideal for Office or Formal attire.
They are less suited for messy or dirty work, and are not ideal for training at the gym.

  Pros:

  • Fashionable
  • Sophisticated & Classic look
  • Suits Office or Formal attire
  • Can make Watch look like it's a standard watch not a Fitness tracker.

Cons:

  • Harder to clean
  • Not for use in swimming pools or frequently getting wet
  • Not ideal for training and getting frequently sweaty