The Apple Watch Ultra 2 is finally here, and while it’s the most luxe and advanced Apple Watch out there, there are a ton of different bands you can equip to make the watch truly yours. However, unlike the Apple Watch Series 9, you won’t be able to use just any Apple Watch band – this is due to the larger size.
TL;DR – These are the best Apple Watch Ultra Bands
Compared to other Apple Watches, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 is the most rugged in terms of build quality. This means a titanium case design, layer of flat sapphire front crystal with display edge protection and MIL-STD 810H certification. Add other capabilities like water resistance for up to 100mm alongside up to 72 hours between charges, the Apple Watch Ultra is a totally functional fashion accessory.
There are several bands to choose from with the Apple Watch Ultra 2 representing different styles and functionality. Some may want a specific level of protection and comfort. Meanwhile, others may simply attempt to be fashionable. Either way, we’ve got you covered with the best Apple Watch Ultra 2 bands available right now.
The Best Apple Watch Ultra Bands
Best Apple Watch Ultra 2 Band
Offering a high-performance fluoroelastomer rubber band, Nomad’s Rugged Band is completely waterproof and can handle high temperatures and chemical exposures. All the while, it remains lightweight, flexible, and breathable for all-day comfort. That’s just the start, as marine grade 316 stainless steel lugs and a buckle ensure the band remains securely on your wrist no matter where life takes you. Best of all, it will only set you back $60, but you may want to grab one of the best Apple Watch cases to ensure the Ultra 2 can keep up with this band.
Latchless leather band on a budget
The LKEITY Magnetic Leather Band is great for users who want to avoid the hassle of using latches to keep their watch on. Keeping the band secure are 35 neodymium magnets that snaps on pretty easily. For those looking for a bit of variety or color coordination, there are also 16 different colors to choose from that all feature leather material. When it comes to durability, the LKEITY Magnetic Leather Band can withstand up to 20 pounds of tensile force and is sweat resistant. All of this comes with a reasonable sub-$20 price tag, too.
Best Luxury Apple Watch Ultra Band
If you want an Apple Watch Ultra 2 with the flair of a Rolex or Patek Philippe without spending a year’s mortgage, look no further. Available in 12 colors, the MioHHR Stainless Steel Watch Band is made up of 316 steel while also covering the Apple Watch Ultra itself. Adding to that durability is a 2.5mm thick band with a weight that’s a little under 1 lbs. The frame protection design itself also allows users to charge their smartwatch without disassembly. Though the band retails for $49.99, it can currently be bought from Amazon at around $10 off.
Best Protective Apple Watch Ultra Band
By itself, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 doesn’t come with much protection even if the build quality is there. Anyone who absolutely loves getting bumped and bruised in outdoor activities should give the TAURI Bands with Bumper Case a try. Though a screen protector isn’t included, it does feature a raised bezel and is tested for 9ft drops. The strap also features a hole design to keep wrists breathable while providing comfortable experiences during exercises or other activities. At $17.99, this Apple Watch Ultra 2 band also comes with a year warranty.
Best Durable Nylon Apple Watch Ultra Band
If you prefer nylon, the Hehighti Rugged Nylon Band features a durable design without sacrificing comfort. Coming in with 11 different designs, some of the versions feature leather patches for added aesthetics. The band also connects through a metal latch that is easy to both put on and take off. The adjustable sports loop also lets you adjust the fit of the watch.
Full protection under $100
The GLuYuan Luxury Metal Cast features a Zinc Alloy and Aluminum Alloy case that’s extremely durable, thanks to a silicone lining. And to make sure you can actually, you know, use the watch, the GLuYuan case has precision-cut openings for the buttons, microphones and speakers Keeping the band secure is a metal buckle, and even though it only comes in black, the case itself is available in three colors.
Ready for every adventure
Apple designed the Trail Loop specifically for the Apple Watch Ultra 2, and it’s just as ready for adventure as the watch itself. With it, you get a durable nylon band that’s sweatproof, lightweight, and easy to adjust on the go thanks to a special pull tab. You’ll be happy rocking it on your average day or when you’re off hiking, rock climbing, or biking. And if you’re looking to have less of a carbon footprint, you’ll be glad to know Apple made this band entirely carbon-neutral.
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