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3rd Party Garmin Fenix Bands

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 lboutside 14 Apr 2021

Hoping someone can help, I have a Fenix 6x and it's great. But I've had to get rid of the silicone band because it absolutely chews my wrist to bits (as did the previous vivoactive 3 silicone band I had before) I used to be able to swap the bands out for 3rd Party nylon bands which worked a charm and had but the ones I've ordered online for the Fenix are wayyyyy too big for my wrist I'm assuming because of the QuickFit adaptors that come with them. 

Currently I'm using one of those milanese bands and while it fits well and doesn't irritate my skin it doesn't half slip about and loosen up at times (the magnet is s**t) and I don't really like the idea of such an expensive bit of kit flinging off my wrist.

Seeing Garmin releasing their new Enduro watch with a Nylon band gave me hope (the band is listed as compatible under their devices list) but at £45 and 5-8 WEEKS lead time I kind of begrudge paying that much for a watch strap just because it has Garmin printed on it. I will if I have to but if someone else has found a 3rd party strap that works I'd rather save some pennies.

 JB 14 Apr 2021
In reply to lboutside:

This isn't a helpful response but I've bought third party bands for my Forerunner and found them to be rubbish (snapped v quickly) 

so went back to Garmin...though at £15 far cheaper than yours.

 lboutside 14 Apr 2021
In reply to JB:

> This isn't a helpful response but I've bought third party bands for my Forerunner and found them to be rubbish (snapped v quickly) 

> so went back to Garmin...though at £15 far cheaper than yours.

Any response is a helpful one I guess perhaps I got lucky with my vivoactive and the bands I had for that. It was a darn sight lighter than the Fenix I have now to be fair so perhaps that had something to do with it.

Maybe I should look at the official Garmin band as an investment rather than an expense lol, I mean the watch wasn't exactly cheap so why I'm mumbling over another £45 I'm not really sure, though it probably has something to do with after looking at pictures and videos it doesn't look all that different to the old cheapo Nylon straps I used to get from Amazon for just over a tenner (with the exception of the Garmin branding.)

 JB 14 Apr 2021
In reply to lboutside:

The most annoying thing about this is that the bands on my cheapo Casio last far longer than those for the far more expensive Garmin...

In reply to lboutside:

I’ve got a 6x pro and use one of these notocity bands https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07ZKLS38C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_GHC80FB5V3YRBQ7BNV5R?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 .
 

Seems sturdy and well made. I’ve had it on almost nonstop for about 5 months now inc sleeping with it. I run a few times a week and I’ve climbed and swam in it. No sign of wear.  (though just realised you weren’t after a silicone band). 

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 guffers_hump 14 Apr 2021
In reply to lboutside:

I've got a Nylon strap for my Vivoactive 3 and it has been working fine for the last 9 months. Its been in the sea, mtbiking, hiking and all that and still seams to be okay.

 lboutside 14 Apr 2021
In reply to guffers_hump:

Yeah I used to get them too when I had my Vivoactive 3, issue is with the Fenix is that they have the QuickFit system so most band connectors don't fit it (and it's 26mm) so when I've bought the 22mm bands with an adaptor they are way too long so I can't do it up as tight as I'd like. I get the feeling I'm just going to have to take a chance on the proprietary Garmin version and hope it fits lol

In reply to lboutside:

ahh right, thats pants.

In reply to JB:

> This isn't a helpful response but I've bought third party bands for my Forerunner and found them to be rubbish (snapped v quickly) 

> so went back to Garmin...though at £15 far cheaper than yours.

It could turn out that a third party band is false economy once it fails in some way and you lose your £600 watch… 

Albeit I have multiple Garmin products (incl. Fenix 6 Pro Sapphire) and I’m not the biggest fan of the brand, I think their straps are about what I would expect for an ORM ones. Suunto bands are similarly priced too. 
 

Saying all that, has OP seen Nick Mankey bands? 

 lithos 12:34 Sat
In reply to lboutside:

my issue (F3) is i can't get one long enough to go outside my wrists + all clothes in winter!

 Dave B 15:03 Sat
In reply to lboutside:

I had that quandary. In the end I splashed the cash on a garmin band. At least then I can blame one company if it breaks.

My wife is happy with her isabake strap for her 245, but that's a light watch. 

On my suunto I was happy with 3rd party watch straps. But it wasn't a great quick release. 


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