The Apple Watch Ultra is one of the most impressive smartwatches that we’ve ever seen. It’s being touted as “the ultimate sports watch” as its built with Titanium, while sporting a larger Digital Crown, a flat display, and an all-new Action Button. However, with this new design, the Apple Watch Ultra is also only available in a 49mm size, meaning that if you are used to smaller Apple Watch models, you’ll want to try this on before picking one up.
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You might be wondering whether this means that Apple released new watchbands that are only compatible with the Apple Watch Ultra. Thankfully, that’s not the case, as even the 44mm or 45mm Watch bands will work with the 49mm casing of the Watch Ultra. However, if you’re looking to pick up some new bands for your new smartwatch, here are some of our favorites.
Best Apple Watch Ultra Bands
Esroyita Alpine Loop
For many, the Alpine Loop will be the default choice for new Apple Watch Ultra owners, but you might not have been able to get the color that you wanted. Thankfully, the Esroyita Alpine Loop is here to fill the gap, while also being much less expensive. There are four different colors to choose from, or you can get a two-pack or three-pack.
VUTOT Ocean Band
The Ocean Band that Apple announced is definitely one of the more interesting releases, but it makes perfect sense for those who spend a lot of time in the water. When you consider that the Apple Watch Ultra can withstand depths up to 328 feet, you’ll want a band that won’t just get soaking wet. That’s where the VUVOT Ocean Band comes in, as it looks exactly like Apple’s band, but is available in 11 different colors.
Spigen DuraPro Flex
Moving away from the Apple Watch band lookalikes, the Spigen DuraPro Flex is an excellent watchband if you want a different type of band. The band’s buckle is made from zinc alloy to provide a secure and strong hold, while the band itself is both lightweight and durable for a comfortable fit.
Nereides Nylon Sports Strap with Woven Design
Given that the Watch Ultra is one of the most durable smartwatches on the market, you might be looking for one of the most durable bands to pair with it. The Nereides Nylon Sports Strap has you covered with its woven design. It also relies on a hook, loop, and clasp band to ensure that you can quickly adjust the band depending on what you’re doing.
UAG Civilian Silicone Watch Strap
Like Spigen, UAG is well-known for offering some of the best and most protective smartphone cases on the market. Over the past few years, the company has started moving into other peripherals such as smartwatch bands. The UAG Civilian Watch Strap is made from a soft-touch silicone, but features a textured design on the inside of the band and uses a stainless steel buckle.
KORDIZ Survivor Pro
Keeping with the trend of rugged bands, the KORDIZ Survivor Pro might just be the most rugged option on this list. It’s actually made from 550 Paracord, meaning that its able to hold up to 550 pounds thanks to the seven inner strands. All of this, plus the KORDIZ Survivor Pro uses stainless steel connectors, and an adjustable shackle to provide the perfect fit.
MIFA NASA Licensed Rugged Nylon Sports Strap
This Nylon Sports Strap from MIFA is a bit different from the others, as it’s officially licensed by NASA. Along with using nylon to provide some flexibility, you’ll also find a bit of leather, making it great for whether you’re going on a hike or if you’re just heading out for a night on the town.
Official Apple Watch Ultra Bands
With the release of the Apple Watch Ultra and Apple Watch Series 8, this gave the company an opportunity to introduce a new lineup of watchbands. There are actually three entirely new watchbands to choose from, including the Alpine Loop, Trail Loop, and Ocean Band. Meanwhile, Apple updated its Sport Loop lineup with some new colors to spice things up a bit.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.
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