Earlier this year, we reviewed a premium Crocodile Leather Apple Watch Strap from Mintapple.The strap is limited for its material and the relative more premium price tag is not for everyone. On a contradictory, the response has been quite well and there is constant reader traffic coming in to check on this strap. They might have returned with disappointment, if they are interested, as the strap has been out of stock for quite a while for its precious material made of. But Mintapple has built some great stuff with a more affordable price tag and brought to the community this winter.
Recently, Mintapple released a few new line ups of New Style Apple Watch Straps, namely Alligator, Crocodile, Lizard, Ostrich and Super Soft Leather Straps with quite a few color variants to pick from. In this review, we are going to take a look at two of them, the Crocodile Leather and Super Soft Leather Straps, thanks to the sponsor from Mintapple.
Following the tradition, Mintapple continues to ship their bands with a nice and sleek package with the Apple Watch Strap securely positioned in scratch-free foam tray. For this new strap, Mintapple has added a nice touch to the packaging to have a transparent window so customers can look through it and see how the strap looks like.
Before we head to the review and detailed pictures, below are the variants you can get from Mintapple for these two straps you may be interested to know:
- Watch Case Size: 38mm, 42mm
- Watch Type: Apple Watch Series 1 and Series 2 (due to slight difference on the opening in terms of height and contour at the slot for sliding in the watch adapter)
- Leather Material: 100% genuine Calf Leather
- Leather Color: Black, Brown
- Hardware Material: 316L Stainless Steel
- Hardware Color: Stainless Steel Silver, Space Grey, Space Black, Edition Yellow Gold, Edition Rose Gold, Sport Yellow Gold, Sport Rose Gold, Sport Aluminum Silver
- Buckle Type: Deployment Claps with buttons
The leather quality is fantastic. Despite of thick embossed leather used like what the genuine Hermes Leather Bands do, the Mintapple bands are not stiff out of the box and it can easily get well with your wrist after some wears. The material used for both outer and inner layer leathers are 100% calf leather that has a pleasant smell and a smooth surface for best comfort. The patterns for the Crocodile variant is well-crafted and I have already got quite a few compliments for how it is aesthetically pleasant to eyes.
The stitching work is great too. It is carefully done and consistent along the line even at the part close to the adapters. The threads used also match with the color of the strap which is a very thoughtful touch.
The buckle design is amazing and I really love it for its design, build quality and how easy it works. The 316L Stainless Steel feels very solid and high quality and is well brushed or polished on different faces. It is a subtle but a very welcomed touch to make it look more elegant and less boring.
One of the best moves in response to customers’ and my readers’ request is that Mintapple is engraving their logo on the inner side of the buckle instead of the face out. This should have pleased who were unhappy with the apparent logo on the strap or buckle on previous generations.
Taking the watch on and off could not be any easier. Simply press the button on both sides to release the buckle. You can also easily adjust the strap to fit your wrist by lifting the clamp to release the strap and press the clamp down the secure it for specific length you find most comfortable with. This offers a better flexibility than traditional adjustment holes that I often find somewhere between two holds the best fit for my wrist.
The adapters used are of high quality too. I have not got any issue to slide them into the slot and secure it inside the slot. Another good thing is that the adapters come with screws which means you can easily change the adapter with a different color to match another Apple Watch in case you see a need.
Mintapple has set the bar higher again to gain more happy customers to enjoy a great leather Apple Watch strap at relatively affordable price than Apple’s line-up but with superior build quality and luxurious feel. The new styles looks elegant and fit for any occasions, both business and leisure. But as the rule of thumb for preserving the condition of leather goods, it will not be a wise choice for workout or heavy outdoor activities.
Certainly you can tell from this review that I am taking the Crocodile style as my daily driver now. If you are interested, head over to Mintapple and pick your new straps as soon as you can as the stock lasts for the new year coming in a couple of days from now. There are also other variants of this band such as Alligator, Lizard and Ostrich and they all look pretty good for the price.
Let me know what you think about Mintapple’s New Style Apple Watch Straps in the comments and be sure to check out more Apple Watch reviews on the blog.