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Hands-on with Survival Straps’ paracord Apple Watch bands [Unboxing]

Survival Straps’ paracord Apple Watch bands are a big hit with Watch Store customers. These custom-made bands are the real deal, made with military-grade materials and great craftsmanship — yet the unboxing experience isn’t what we expected.

I know what you’re thinking. Did I just pay $49.99 for my watch band to come in a plastic baggie? We thought the same thing, and you how Cult of Mac loves a good unboxing. While Survival Straps’ packaging is barebones, the contents speaks for itself and doesn’t disappoint. Let’s check it out.

Best List: Survival Straps Paracord Apple Watch Bands

At first look, the packaging didn’t impress us. Upon closer consideration, we can appreciate the costs that go into product packaging and realize that Survival Straps puts this money primarily into the build quality of its straps. The quality is evident. Feeling the strap for the first time, I’m not surprised by its durability. I was, however, surprised by its flexibility. I expected rough textures and stiffness. But, the more you wear it the more supple it becomes. This results in a really comfortable and familiar fit over time.

In terms of style, function and form go hand in hand here. The 12 feet of unbreakable woven paracord wraps around the wrist with its unique design and two-tone colors. The paracord is woven into the stainless steel Apple Watch adapters, ensuring that the straps attach seamlessly to Apple watch. The most interesting aspect of this design is the shackle closure’s breakaway pin. If the band gets stuck or caught on something the pin will break apart when significant force is applied. This is truly a one-of-a kind band ready to deploy in any number of emergency situations.

Built from military-grade materials

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All Survival Straps are made to order and completely customizable.
Photo: Survival Straps

Each and every paracord Apple Watch band is custom made-to-order with over 50 paracord color options. Survival Straps prides itself on strength, style and purpose. There’s no smoke or mirrors here, considering the company is using the highest-quality marine-grade 316 steel for its shackles and authentic, military-grade 550 paracord for the strap itself. This thing is indestructible, and is not a cheap imitation. The stainless steel features are as tough as it gets with three different size adjustments. They will last forever and won’t break or rust.

Completely customizable paracord Apple Watch bands

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This is a great-looking, one-of-a-kind band ready to deploy in any number of emergency situations.
Photo: Benjamin McKay/Cult of Mac

These paracord Apple Watch bands are engineered for your precise wrist size. Measure your wrist and choose the size option that matches. Keep in mind that the stainless steel shackle has three size adjustments for comfort. Choose from over 50 different paracord color options to personalize the band.

Survival Straps uses the highest-quality stainless steel Apple Watch adapters. This provides a perfect fit for Apple Watch and looks like it came right out of the Apple factory. Adapters are available in black or silver. Choose from an adjustable stainless steel shackle with clevis pin (the most popular choice); a nylon 6-6 shackle with clevis pin; or, a nylon side-release buckle.

This strap is available for 38 mm and 42 mm Apple Watch and is compatible with Apple Watch series 1, 2 and 3.

Price: $49.99

Buy from: Watch Store

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Rilee & Lo Apple Watch Band, Black

I love this watch band, it's super comfortable and it fits perfectly.

Very Good Quality Leather Watch Band

The Monowear Classic is a very good quality watch band that gives your Apple Watch a great look for more formal or dress up occasions. My preference is to have a leather band without colored stitching and with a black stainless steel clasp. This band fits that criteria and provides a secure, classic method of attaching to my wrist.

Function101 Button Remote For Apple TV

I wish I could say something about this item but I have not received it. Pity about the money I spent!

Good morning, Thank you for your review. I have checked the process of your order, and the last update from USPS on September 18, states your package is delayed but still on its way, if this doesn’t change by next week please get back in touch by emailing me at adel@cultofmac.com
Many thanks, Adel.

Good second remote

Apple TV will only connect to one Apple remote, I found out after paying $60 for a second one. This remote worked out of the box and I have had no trouble. It allows my wife to have a remote as well.

Good product, but doesn't work as smoothly with every streaming app on Apple TV

It works fine, no problem connecting it to my Apple TV, so there is nothing wrong with the product. I just find myself and my partner still mostly using the apple remote. Maybe just out of habit. it is easier to rewind or fast forward with it on most apps, not on YouTube, but Netflix or appleTV+