The Nomad Strap for Apple Watch is my favorite leather Apple Watch strap. Apple’s Classic Buckle design is too straight-laced and kind of boring, the Leather Loop is cool but really nontraditional and the Modern Buckle is… well… not for me. I’ve tried other third-party leather Apple Watch straps and so far none have the quality build or bold style of the Nomad Strap. Not even close.
The Nomad Strap costs $150 and comes in 3 color varieties: Classic Tan with Silver Hardware, Rustic Brown with Black Hardware and Amber Gray with Black Hardware which is the model I’ve been testing (and loving). There’s just something really appealing about the way these straps look and feel to a guy. They’re not too flimsy or thin, the colors are classically stylish and the steel hardware doesn’t shrink away from being noticed: it’s big and a bit more in your face than the metal found on Apple’s official leather bands. So ya, I’m a big fan of the look and feel of the Nomad Strap. And since the look of a watch band is 60% of it’s appeal (the other 40% being comfort and price) that’s a big deal.
Since I’ve already covered the looks let’s talk comfort next. This is a Watch band that takes some breaking in to find the ideal comfort level. It’s not super comfortable on day 1. By day 3 it’s on it’s way to molding properly to your wrist. Within a week I’d say your wrist will be in total harmony with the Nomad Strap. And there’s something kind of cool about a product that takes some time to conform to you because after awhile it really is YOUR watch band.
So once it’s fully trained to your wrist size and shape, it’s pretty comfortable to wear. That said, I can’t say it’s the most comfortable Apple Watch band I’ve ever worn. That honor still probably goes to the Sport Band which is the only band I really forget I’m even wearing because it’s so light and soft. I would say, though, that this band is more comfortable than any metal Apple Watch band I’ve ever worn — partly because it’s much lighter.
Finding the right length and tightness with the Nomad Strap has proven a little challenging for me: the two most comfortable settings are either slightly tighter or looser than ideal for me, but ...