Maybe your Apple Watch came with one of the unique, fluoroelastomer bands with pin-and-tuck closure, and you’re looking to get some more. Perhaps your Apple Watch came with a different band, and you’ve had your eye on a sport band (or several) ever since. The thing is, the real Apple bands are $49 a pop. While they’re certainly worth it, there are also several excellent alternatives you can try for much, much less.
VATI Sport Band
This band from VATI offers color options outside of what you might be used to finding on Apple Watch sport bands. The band comes in more standard colors like black, midnight blue, and sand pink, but also more vibrant, offbeat options like bright yellow, wine red, new pink, and marine green. You can also save money with three-packs and six-packs.
W4W Sport Band
W4W’s band comes in a set of colors reminiscent of Apple’s own band. This band is available in either the 38/40mm or 42/44mm size. When you purchase this band, you can choose the S/M or M/L size. Save money by buying a three-pack.
Clockwork Synergy Silicone Strap
We love our well-crafted Clockwork Synergy bands. While the buckle of this comfortable silicon band doesn’t function like your standard Apple Watch sport band, Clockwork Synergy gives you the option to choose your metal hardware: stainless steel, brushed steel, yellow gold, rose gold, or PVD black.
ViTech Silicone Sport Band
If you’re looking for a durable and comfortable Apple Watch Sport band replacement, then consider taking a peek at the ViTech Silicone Sport Band. This two-pin watch band is made from smooth silicone and comes in an extensive set of colors including antique white, black, midnight blue, rose red, and vintage rose.
Brick and mortar
NEXT Sport Band
This band from NEXT comes in plenty of colors and can be found for either size Apple Watch. The band looks a lot like Apple’s band, but with some key differences, like flatter ends. If you’d like a brick and mortar store option, you can find this at your local Best Buy.
iDon Sport Band
iDon’s silicone sport band comes in just about every color under the sun, from standards like black, white, and red, to apricot, lime green, and fog gray. Buy a three-pack, six-pack, or eight-pack and build your collection inexpensively.
YOUKEX Silicone Sport Band
The YOUKEX Silicone Sport Band has color options that are sure to match your personal style, from the subdued gray of the concrete band to the vibrant flower yellow option. The soft silicone makes it ideal for working out with.
iGK Sport Band
iGK’s two-pin sport band is offered in colors like black, midnight blue, red wine, and white. It’s also available in one of three optional packs of three watch bands: a black/gray/white configuration, a black/wine red/white selection, and a midnight blue/wine red/white pack.
Muzzai Sport Band
Compatible with any Apple Watch, this inexpensive sport band from Muzzai is modeled after Apple’s Nike Sport Band. The many holes not only give this two-toned band a fun look, but they also offer ventilation for your watery and sweaty workouts. Choose from eight different color combinations or save even more with a three-pack or five-pack.
Slim and patterned
Sunnywoo Sport Band
Straying a bit from the precise Apple Sport Band model, this one tapers away from the watch face and sports over a dozen different pretty, colorful, and whimsical patterns. Both Apple Watch sizes are available.
Speidel Scrub Sport Band
Specifically designed with medical professionals in mind, the rugged Scrub Sport Band is built for comfort on those late-night, busy shifts. It comes in lots of fun colors and both Apple Watch sizes.
Find the perfect silicone band for you and your Apple Watch
All of these are excellent sport bands for your Apple Watch, and you can get them without shelling out the $50 for a first-party band from Apple. Any would be a great addition to a band collection, but we’ve got our eye on the VATI Sport Band. It’s affordable, simple, and comes in some great colors.
If you’re looking for an alternative silicone band as opposed to just a copy of Apple’s, the Clockwork Synergy Silicone Strap is what you need. It’s a high-quality band for less than half the price of the Apple Sport Band. You can choose your hardware color to go with your Apple Watch. We own several Clockwork Synergy’s excellent bands, and the combination of price and quality can’t be beaten.
This article was originally posted on iMore