Lately I’ve been wearing my TPU Rubber Watch Band from Casetify, and it is delightful. It is similar in price and feel to Apple’s Sport Band, but that’s where the similarity ends.
The first thing you’ll notice when you shop for this band Casetify’s website is that there are hundreds if not thousands of gorgeous designs by various artists from which to choose. If that’s not enough, you can design your own band by uploading photos.
The band’s adapters fit well in the Apple Watch, though they are not the most luxurious adapters I’ve seen. One side slides in more easily than the other. But once in place, they fit accurately and securely without wiggling. There is a single keeper, engraved with the name Casetify. It moves freely up and down the band to hold the tail in place. The band is both extremely comfortable and good-looking. I wear it for both working out and dressing up.
One thing that might bother some users is that the printed pattern ends and some white rubber is visible where it connects to the adapter. The two photos on the left below illustrate this. Also, the keeper is a solid color, so it might stand out from the band’s pattern more than one would like. Neither of those things bother me, but it is something I notice that’s different from other bands.
The TPU Rubber Watch Band is available for $52 on Casetify’s site in both the 38mm and 42mm sizes. You can select black or white for the interior of your band. Furthermore, you can choose Matte Silver, Matte Black, or Matte Rose Gold for your adapter and buckle. Note that it does not come in a shiny stainless steel color. I was worried that it would clash terribly with my watch, but I don’t find the difference in shininess to be distracting. You can see the contrast in the upper right hand photo above.
I believe the price is pretty high for a rubber watch band, but you’re paying for endless customization. There are always some styles available on Amazon for less, such as the one in the lead photo for $39.99.
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