What Strap is Best? Are Rubber or Silicone Watch Bands Better?

A good strap is an indispensable companion for any watch. It can also be used to switch out the style of your watch to try something new. Fitbit Gear (fitbitgear.nz) offers you extensive and varied collection of Fitbit Versa Straps that can increase the variety of combinations you have. The band is often more visible than the face, so a large selection of straps can make a small collection look truly vast.

Watch straps can be much more affordable than buying a brand new watch. It is therefore often more cost-effective and economical to add straps to your collection rather than spending a lot on a new watch. That doesn’t mean that you should not own a variety of watches. However, make sure to keep the part connecting them to your wrist in mind.

We receive many questions about silicone and rubber watch bands. Which is superior? Rubber straps or silicone straps?

To get an idea of why silicon doesn’t compare to rubber’s advantages and properties, we should look back at the history and development of the first silicone elastomers. These elastomers were created in the quest for better insulation for generators and electric motors, as the materials of the day were resin-impregnated glass fibers.

While the glass was heat resistant, the phenolic resins were not designed to withstand the higher temperatures encountered in smaller electric engines. General Electric and Corning were studying heat-resistant materials to be used as resinous binders when they synthesized the first silicone polymers. This was the route to making polydimethylsiloxane.

Silicone rubber is very resistant to extreme temperatures. It has an extremely low tensile force compared to natural rubbers, which is essential to ensuring that products can withstand even low loads. However, it is susceptible to fatigue from cyclic loads.

Silicone rubber is an inert material that does not react to most chemicals. Because of its inertness, it can be used in many medical applications like medical implants. It is often used to enhance the aesthetics in the upper torsos of women.

Rubber can refer to a variety of polymers that are all made up of elastomers. The first rubber was made from the sap of Central American rubber trees. While we still use it today, there are several types of rubber that people have invented. They were “inspired” by natural rubber.

Rubber was created when British people discovered that it could be used for erasing or “rubbing out” pencil marks. These little balls of stretchy, elastic material were called “rubbers” because they could be used to remove errors. So, rubber was named for something that people made from it.

Polyisoprene or natural rubber is one of the most widely known natural polymers. The ancient Mayans and the Aztecs from Central America took the sap from the rubber tree and used it to make waterproof footwear and balls to play a game like basketball.

To answer your question: Whether silicone watch straps are better than rubber  depends on how you think. With silicone being such an advanced material and natural rubber being refined with additional additives, it all comes down to the feeling. While we prefer rubber over silicone, there are many choices available to you.