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Gear4 Apple Watch straps undermine official styles

Gear4, one of the popular accessory makers in the Zagg stable, is now expanding its lineup to include Apple Watch bands. Debuting a pair of different styles, Gear4 notably offers a braided nylon Apple Watch strap that’s half the cost of the official alternative with recycled materials.

Zagg and Gear4 launch the first Apple Watch bands

Gear4 is now expanding its stable of Apple accessories to cover Apple Watch, releasing a pair of its first-ever straps. Each of the two different models is designed for all seven generations of Apple wearables and comes in two different sizes for the 41/40/38mm and 45/44/42mm models.

The first is the Braided Apple Watch strap, which is easily the highlight of the new releases. Taking Apple’s version of the strap, this Inspired by Solo Loop the offer arrives in one of four colors with unique woven construction, one size fits all. Three of the designs are straight monochromatic colors that come in navy blue, forest green and wine red, but there’s also a new Storm style that blends a few different colors into one eye-catching design.

The most remarkable part is that the Gear4 Braided Apple Watch band only triggers half the cost from an Apple version. His $49.99 price tag is as remarkable as it gets, but has some drawbacks. While Apple offers a variety of sizes for its Solo Loop styles, this model only offers three different versions. So you may not be able to get as tight a fit as you would with an official option, although Zagg does offer a size guide to help you make the decision.

Then there’s the second of two new Gear4 Apple Watch bands that arrives as sportier offer. This one comes in five different two-tone color styles and is inspired by Apple’s own Nylon Sport bands. Each features an adjustable Velcro strap that pairs with color-matched Apple Watch pods. Not as price competitive, these Gear4 Sport watch straps come in at $39.99 each.

Materials are another of the biggest selling points of both Gear4 Apple Watch groups, aside from simply undermining first-party alternatives. While these aren’t as high-end as those you’ll find in an in-house alternative, Gear4 takes a different approach by using post-consumer recycled materials. The Zagg subsidiary doesn’t specifically note what percentage of straps are assembled using these renewed materials, but every little bit certainly helps.

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