Nomad Strap for Apple Watch
I recently gotten myself the Apple Watch Series 2 with the Black Woven Nylon strap. The woven nylon strap is very comfortable and looks really great in all occasion. However, when I take the Apple Watch Series 2 for a swim, the strap would get soaked and would not easily dry up. And so I started searching for a nice silicone strap as an alternative to my woven nylon strap. And this is where I came across Nomad Strap for Apple Watch.
Nomad Strap for Apple Watch
Aside from Apple’s own Sports Band, I figured I should also check out what other alternatives there are for a silicone-based strap for the Apple Watch. That’s when I came across Nomad Strap for Apple Watch. The Nomad Vulcanized LSR Silicone Strap retails for US$39.95, which is about US$9 cheaper than Apple’s Sports Band. But at the same time, I was also drawn to Nomad Horween Leather Strap that sells for US$59.95 which looks absolutely beautiful. A similar leather buckle strap from Apple would have cost me US$149.00!
So, without thinking further, I decided to give it a try and made the order for the two straps and waited for it to ship to Singapore.
As you can see from the photos below, the packaging of the watch straps are top notch. It’s well designed and the drawer style opening of the box makes allows it to be really practical and continue to be where I keep the straps when I use a different one with my Apple Watch.
One of the main reasons why I decided to take a leap of faith with Nomad’s strap was their emphasis on quality and use of the best materials. This really shows with the strap connector which is made of 316 stainless steel. It also fits well onto the Apple Watch.
Nomad Horween Leather Strap for Apple Watch
Let’s take a look at Nomad Horween leather strap first. The first impression I had on the strap was how clean and beautiful it was. The photos of the leather strap speaks for itself on how well made the strap is. It clearly shows how much care that’s put into the design and the making of the strap.
The strap also wears very well on my wrist. As you can see from the photos above, the position and number of strap holes should fit well with almost anyone. Even on my relatively small wrist, I’m only using the 3rd hole so anyone with even smaller wrist should be still be able to fit well.
All in all, I’m really happy that I decided to add Nomad Horween Leather Strap into my Nomad order along with the silicone strap. It’s now my everyday strap which I wear for work as the strap adds a professional feel to the Apple Watch.
Nomad Silicone Strap for Apple Watch
The Nomad Silicone Strap however turned out to be a little dissapointing to me. But before I go into the reasons of why this is, allow me to share with you my photos of Nomad Silicone Strap first.
My initial impression of the Nomad Silicone Strap was actually positive. The silicone material used for the strap’s band is nice and soft and feels pretty comfortable on my wrist. However, when I took out the strap from the packaging, I immediately saw how loose the strap’s loop was and that was raised a red flag on it’s actual wearability. Taking a closer look at the loop, I was surprised how much slack there was! It’s really quite a disappointment and a total contrast to how well made the Nomad’s leather strap is.
So it’s not surprising that when I put it on, the strap just didn’t feel right. Furthermore, the strap’s holes also seems to had been catered for larger wrist! I had to use the the last hole of the strap in order to fit it. In fact, when I tried wearing the Apple Watch to sleep with the Nomad Silicone Strap, it got itself unhooked off my wrist!
All in all, I wasn’t really impressed with it which is a shame since I really had high hopes for it.
Nomad definitely knows how to make great products as you’ve seen with the Horween Leather Strap for Apple Watch. Those that had seen me wearing the leather strap has commented how great to looks and feels. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t the same with the Silicone strap which is really unfortunate. If they fixed the looseness of the silicone strap’s loop, perhaps it’s something that one can consider but as it is today, I would not recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a silicone strap for the Apple Watch.
However, if you are looking for a leather strap for the Apple Watch, I highly recommend you to consider what Nomad has to offer. You can buy it here at Nomad’s online store for US$59.95. You can also try to use the coupon code LEATHER15 for a 15% discount on all of Nomad’s leather collection that was given to me after purchasing the strap. I’m not sure if this code expires or now, so try it and see if you get any discount.
Lastly, if you do find this article useful, share it out with you friends, especially those who have an Apple Watch and is looking for an alternative strap to Apple’s collection.