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How to choose a comfortable strap for smartwatches

Smart watches are serious competitors to the familiar watch classics. They have already become popular, and many owners of such gadgets strive to give them personality – change the strap.

Consider watch strap compatibility

Compatibility with a specific model is the first choice of strap. Different watches will have a different type of mount, which must be considered when buying. In addition, it is important to remember that different watches of even one brand require different straps.

When buying, it is also important to pay attention to the case size: for example, Apple Watch release watches with dials from 38 to 44 mm. Accordingly, for different dials, the width of the strap should also be different.

At the same stage of selection, it is worth deciding on the method of fixing the strap. The most popular: classic rod, magnetic grooves, one-piece bracelets. It all depends on your preferences: someone is more comfortable with a magnetic bracelet, and someone with a classic clasp. If possible, you should try on a strap before buying: you can understand which clasp is more convenient for you.

Choose the best length

The correct strap length is the key to not only comfortable, but also effective use of smart watches.

For example, one of the most important functions of these gadgets is monitoring and analysis of the physical condition of the owner. A smart watch receives all the information about your activity using a special sensor on the inside of the case. Due to improper fixation of the strap, the sensor will not fit snugly on the wrist, and this may lead to incorrect operation when collecting data.  

To calculate the length of the strap, you need to measure the girth of the wrist. It is important to take measurements on the hand on which you wear the watch. It’s worth taking measurements in millimeters and inches – you don’t have to translate it in the store. When calculating the size, you need to count on a snug fit.

Pay attention to the material

Most straps are made of silicone, rubber, nylon, stainless steel, ceramic and leather. Each of these materials has its own characteristics and care requirements.

Silicone is the most versatile material. It is not afraid of temperature changes, humidity, is not deformed and does not wear out. It is inexpensive and requires almost no maintenance: just wipe the strap with a damp cloth to remove dust and small impurities in a timely manner.

Rubber is an elastic, hypoallergenic material. It is similar in properties to silicone, but it gets dirty more, and pollution is very difficult to remove.

Nylon straps are the perfect pair for a sports watch. The material passes air and removes moisture, unpretentious in care and easy. Velcro adjustable in length. It is easy to care for: such a strap can simply be soaked in soapy water to get rid of accumulated dirt and stains.Most smart watches come with silicone straps.

Stainless steel bracelets – reliable and with convenient magnetic fasteners. It goes well with classic-style watches and is suitable for those who prefer a strict style in clothes. Such bracelets can be quite heavy, so before buying, you need to pay attention to the weight of the product. Of the minuses: they can quickly lose their appearance.

Ceramic bracelets look very stylish and unusual. Ceramics is a reliable, durable and lightweight material: such bracelets are lighter than steel. They do not require special care, but are not very popular, so a suitable bracelet can be difficult to find. 

Leather straps are the indisputable companion of the classic options for smart watches. They look expensive and solid. Of the minuses: the skin can wear out and quickly lose its appearance.

How to choose a comfortable watchband

  1. Make sure that the model you like fits your watch exactly.
  2. Measure your wrist to find the optimum length of strap.
  3. Choose a practical material. For sports, nylon, rubber and silicone straps are best suited. For everyday wear – leather, ceramic and steel, although nylon can look good.
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