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Best Buy.com has Apple Sport Bands for Apple Watch (various designs, 38mm or 42mm) on sale from $24.49. Shipping is free. Thanks marip

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Apple brand 38mm and 42mm watch bands are on sale at Bestbuy. Sport bands (including Nike) and sport loops are $24.50 and the leather loop and classic band are $74.50. The Milanese loop in space black 38mm is $99.50. I've been looking for a leather loop for a little while and this is the best price I could find for brand new from a reputable company.

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Stop saying that replicas are exactly the same. They aren't. I've bought many replicas to compare so I'm speaking from personal experience. Some are good, yes. Some are bad. Some are adequate. But none of them are identical.

For example the Apple leather loop is quilted Italian leather. Replicas use PU leather, which probably shouldn't even be called leather. Its the last bit of fibrous layer of skin that's had a rubberized polymer glued to it to resemble leather. The Apple band smells like leather. The replica bands smell like binding adhesive. If you want a leather loop, get the Apple leather loop. If you want a rubberized leather knockoff that smells like chemical death, get a replica. Saying this is the same thing would be like saying that plywood is the same as Walnut. I would stay away from the replicas.

Another example is the stainless steel link band. The replicas have been through several generations of trying to copy this band. The early generations were not even close. They looked similar on the outside but were substantially different, for example they didn't have the same quick detach links. Some replicas don't have the same latch system. Those are the obvious bad ones. However, the latest generation bands from the better brands like Urvoi are very good copies. The only detraction is that the machining tolerances are not quite as good so there will be a little more play in everything and slightly larger gaps everywhere. In this case I'd recommend the replica, especially given apple's extremely high price on these. The replicas are still not the same, but they are good if you get the right brand and the latest generation.

The sport band replicas are all made from silicon. Apple's are made from fluoroelastomer. The silicon bands look exactly the same but they don't feel as good, they won't hold up as well, they attract lint like crazy, and they get dirty much more quickly. I'd say get the real thing here unless your budget is tight and you can accept an inferior material to wear every day.

The Milanese loop replicas are pretty close. There are subtle differences like stiffness, so I'm sure these aren't identically made, but they are close enough. I'd be perfectly happy with the replica if I liked the Milanese loop bands. However, I don't like Milanese loops because the little links yank on my wrist hair.

The double tour leather band looks similar to Apple's but is made from cheaper leather. The band thickness is thinner and the width is skinnier. Because it is skinnier, the band slides back and forth at the watch's attachment points. The band looks and smells like leather, but there is a very thin layer on top that started separately wrinkling within a week, so I suspect (but am not certain) that it is bonded leather, which is very poor leather. Basically it's thin leather scraps bonded together with a cheaper material like cloth or even paper. I would consider this a mediocre knockoff at best. Not great like the steel knockoffs, but not terrible and toxic smelling like the PU leather knockoffs.

I haven't tried sport loop replicas yet, so I can't speak from experience on those. I have a couple on the way though. From what I've heard, they are adequate and look very similar, but they don't feel as good.

I can understand why some people think the replicas are good enough. I'd even agree with that in some limited cases. But I can't understand why anyone would think the replicas are made in the same factory--there are clear and obvious differences in fit, feel, materials, and workmanship.
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Picked up a sport loop. Thanks OP
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Picked up a sport loop. Thanks OP
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I know the 42mm will fit the 44mm but are they the same material? Are they just clearancing the 42 because it simply says 42 and not 44?
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Snagged a sport loop for the wife thx
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nice. got a nike sports band. repped
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Will the 42 fit the 44? What's the difference?
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Will the 42 fit the 44? What's the difference?
Yes. 42mm is compatible with 44 mm.
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Yes. 42mm is compatible with 44 mm.
People are saying the sport loop 42mm is actually longer than the new 44mm. Is this true?
Wanna replace the silicone sport band. It makes me itchy.
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Thanks, OP. This is about as low as you'll find for an original Apple band. In for at least one.
I actually have several generic bands. Some are very good, and others are crap.
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Shocked and amazed people would spend this much on a band just because it is "Apple".
Some people just prefer OEM and are willing to pay the premium. I used to just get any case for my iPhone then tried the Apple silicone/leather cases and now won't use anything else. The feel and fit is just better than third party accessories.
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