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Best Apple Watch Ultra bands: Rugged and ready for adventure

From three bands designed by Apple specifically for the chunky Apple Watch Ultra to several other worthy options, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to a rugged band that can handle anything you throw at it and watch it. more resilient from Apple.

In our roundup below, we cover Apple’s best options for bands to pair with the high-performance Apple Watch Ultra. Plus, we found other great (and more affordable) choices from brands like Carterjett, Kordiz, Mifa, Nomad, Pinnacle, and Spigen.

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Best Apple Watch Ultra Bands

When it comes to Apple Watch Ultra bands, your best options for materials include high-performance forms of rubber, multi-layered nylon, leather, carbon fiber, and combinations thereof.

Note that all Apple Watch straps designed for 49mm, 45mm, and 44mm/42mm watch sizes will fit Apple Watch Ultra, as they all have the same strap connector. But here we’ll focus on the larger end of that scale, because the smaller the band, the more out of place it can look attached to the heavy Apple Watch Ultra case.

Durable Apple bands designed for Apple Watch Ultra

In any exercise like this, you can’t ignore the bands designed by Apple specifically for the 49mm Apple Watch Ultra. As usual, you can spend less elsewhere, but we’ll get to that. These three straps should be on your list of suitors.

Apple designed the Trail Loop, Alpine Loop, and Ocean Band specifically for Apple Watch Ultra. These straps pair best with the 49mm case size – the biggest and thickest Apple Watch to date. The bands also work with 44mm and 45mm cases.

We’ll describe cheaper, but perfectly suitable options further down the page.

Alpine Apple Buckle (49mm)

The double-layered nylon Alpine Loop is available in orange or two other colors.
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The sturdy Alpine Loop is made of two textile layers woven together into one continuous seamless piece. High tensile yarns reinforce the upper loops. The corrosion-resistant titanium G-hook slides easily through loops for a secure fit.

It comes in three wrist sizes and a choice of green, orange, or starlight colors for $99.

Or buy: Apple Where Amazon

Apple Ocean Strap (49mm)

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Designed for scuba divers and other aquatic adventurers, Apple has molded its Ocean Band in a high-performance elastomer. Its tubular geometry allows it to stretch for a perfect fit, even over a neoprene wetsuit.

The corrosion-resistant titanium buckle and adjustable buckle secure the strap during high-speed water sports.

It comes in one size (Apple says it fits wrists from 130mm to 200mm). For more length, a extension kit (sold separately for $49) adds an extra 55mm to accommodate the bulkiest wetsuits.

And there are three colors to choose from: midnight, white and yellow. It costs $99.

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Apple Trail Loop (49mm)

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The thin and light Trail Loop is made from a soft and flexible double-layer nylon weave with a convenient pull tab for quick adjustments on the go. It’s sure to be a comfortable option.

The Trail Loop comes in three wrist sizes in black/grey, blue/grey, and yellow/beige colors and retails for $99.

Or buy: Apple Where Amazon

Other Rugged Band Options for Apple Watch Ultra

If one of Apple’s $99 bands designed for Apple Watch Ultra isn’t for you — or if the price isn’t right for you after you’ve already spent $799 on the watch — you can find more options for less money below.

These are all sturdy, stylish, and durable bands that should be worthy of your new Apple Watch Ultra.

Rugged Nomad Strap (45mm/49mm)

Shown here underwater, the Nomad Rugged Band is, indeed, waterproof.
Shown here underwater, the Nomad Rugged Band is, indeed, waterproof.
Photo: Nomad

Nomad designed its new rugged strap to give your Apple Watch a modern, rugged look for everyday wear or adventure.

The breathable ribbed band is made from FKM, a soft yet durable fluoroelastomer that combines all-day comfort with durability. Custom designed injection molded stainless steel hardware provides a secure fit and a touch of style.

Comes in black with black or silver stainless steel hardware for $59.95.

Nomad also offers its waterproof Sport Band in Ultra Orange for $44.95.

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Carterjett Tread Sport Apple Watch Band (42mm/44mm/45mm)

The Carterjett Tire Tread tread is durable and waterproof.
The Carterjett Tire Tread tread is durable and waterproof.
Photo: Carterjett

Made from solid silicone, the Carterjett Tire Tread band for Apple Watch is ideal for even the toughest workouts. And it’s not afraid to get wet and it’s easy to clean.

In addition to sturdy silicone straps, it has stainless steel adapters that ensure a secure fit. It also avoids screws, minimizing the risk of failure.

The Tire Tread is available in three wrist sizes in the colors white, orange, blue, and red, for $29.99.

Carterjett also offers a sturdy nylon strap which might fit Apple Watch Ultra.

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Kordiz Survivor Pro – Apple Watch Paracord Strap

Judging by the shackle, anyone who wants to snatch your watch might have to take your whole hand.
Judging by the shackle, anyone who wants to snatch your watch might have to take your whole hand.
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An outlier on this list – dominated by nylon and rubber straps – the Kordiz Survivor Pro band is made from premium 550-weight paracord with a three-position adjustable “shackle”. Kordiz said “you simply won’t find a better or safer product anywhere in the world.”

Comes in two wrist sizes and three color combinations—black-green/micro-coyote, coyote/micro green, and green/micro-coyote—for $38.25.

Or buy: Amazon

Spigen Rugged Band (49mm)

Best Apple Watch Ultra bands: The carbon accents on the Spigen Rugged Band look cool.
The carbon accents on the Spigen Rugged Band look cool.
Photo: Spigen

Spigen’s adjustable and lightweight sturdy band provides a comfortable fit. The matte black finish with carbon fiber accents adds a modern look. Spigen said the band’s stable and secure fit relies on Smart Lock technology.

Comes in a matte black finish for $24.99 at Amazon and $39.99 at Spigen.

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Mifa Nylon Sports Nylon/Leather Apple Watch Band (42mm/45mm)

Best Tactical Strap for Apple Watch Ultra: This durable nylon and leather strap is 30mm wide.
Mifa’s rugged nylon and leather strap is 30mm wide.
Photo: Mifa

Maybe you’re looking for something with a bit of a “tactical” feel? Want to look like you’re going on patrol as you head to the flower shop? Well, quit, because your mission can be accomplished. And at 30mm wide, this band shouldn’t look out of place with an Apple Watch Ultra.

Mifa uses durable nylon as a durable and comfortable base structure. On top of that, a genuine leather outer layer and precise black stitching give it plenty of character. The woven nylon finish and the Velcro strap also contribute to the protection against perspiration.

And Mifa uses upgraded adapters to provide a secure connection between the leather strap and Apple Watch.

You can pick this one up for $25.99 in two wrist sizes, regular and XL.

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Pinnacle Rugged Nylon Outer Band for Apple Watch Series 8 / Ultra (49mm)

Best Apple Watch Ultra bands: Pinnacle's heavy-duty nylon loop is similar to Apple's Alpine Loop, but has more color choices.
Pinnacle’s heavy-duty nylon loop is similar to Apple’s Alpine Loop, but has more color choices.
Photo: Pinnacle

Similar to Apple’s Alpine Loop, this multi-layered nylon strap is waterproof and sweat-resistant. But unlike Apple’s band, you can get it in black. And you can pay around $55 less than Cupertino’s price while Pinnacle’s band is on sale.

Pinnacle Luxuries uses precision laser-cut technology to provide a snug fit for its bands for all Apple Watch series, including Ultra, the company said.

Available in green, starlight, orange and black. Currently on sale for $44.95, down from $99.95, according to Pinnacle.

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