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This Apple Watch Ultra band is taking weeks to ship, but you can find it sooner

For unknown reasons, the new Trail Loop band for Apple Watch Ultra arrived in Apple Stores weeks after the Alpine Loop and Ocean bands. Stock has become more widely available over the past week, but there is a version it’s still particularly hard to spot.

The Trail Loop is the lightweight, runner-focused band for the Apple Watch Ultra that most closely resembles Apple’s Sport Loop. The band is secured with a hook and loop system (i.e., like Velcro) and includes a tab to easily adjust the fit.

Compared to the Sport Loop, the Trail Loop band is extremely soft on the skin and includes matching metal lugs that pair perfectly with the Apple Watch Ultra. Tried one over the weekend and found it much more comfortable than the Alpine Loop and easier to put on than the Ocean band.

The Trail Loop is available in two sizes and three color combinations.

Sizes include small/medium or medium/large. Color choices are yellow/beige, blue/grey and black/grey. At the time of writing, all three colors of the smaller version are readily available for shipping or pick-up, and the yellow and blue versions of the larger version are also ready for delivery.

The only strap that has always been ordered out of stock is the medium/large version of the black/grey Trail Loop. Over the past few days, pickup and delivery estimates have reached January. Supply changes frequently, and today shipments only take about three weeks, and in-store pickup has been moved to December.

Amazon seems to have gotten its hands on some Trail M/L black/grey buckles for Apple Watch Ultra with a promise to arrive as early as Monday, November 13. Compare that to Apple’s free shipping option which extends through December 2 and has seen shipping estimates through January in recent days.

The 49mm Trail Loop is also compatible with 45mm Apple Watch models. Are you a Trail Loop strap user or are you curious to try it out? Share your opinion in the comments.

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