From an accessibility perspective, what makes the Sport Loop shine is the “hook-and-loop” fastening mechanism. Getting the Apple Watch on and off is effortless, at least for me. There are no pins to deal with, like on the Sport or nylon bands—all you do is pull the band so it’s as tight as you want and simply press it against the other side to close. Although I’ve grown adept at getting my Sport and nylon bands on my wrist successfully, there’s a fluidity to using the Sport Loop that my other bands can’t match. And it’s all due to the Velcro, which is a highly accessible material. Its appeal is further boosted by the fact this Velcro is the nicest I’ve ever seen. Velcro is decidedly more utilitarian than elegant, but Apple made it both.
Apple’s woven nylon bands have been my favorite since they launched last year. The material is far more breathable, comfortable, and lightweight than any of the other bands that I’ve tried. The Sport Loop features all of those same attributes with the easy to use hook-and-loop fastening mechanism. I expect I’ll be adding the Sport Loop to my Christmas list this year — as long as I don’t buy myself one in the meantime.