As some of you will know, I am overweight. As such, I have fat wrists. Actually, they don’t seem that big, in proportion to my arms, but they are big enough to cause the eternal watchstrap problem.
When I was using my Fitbit Flex, it meant that I had to go cap in hand to Fitbit support for an XL strap. They do not sell them, so each time you want one (I recently replaced one that wore out), you have to justify to them that you want a freebie, even though you might have bought your Fitbit from elsewhere, and it is no longer under warranty. I didn’t want a freebie, but as they don’t sell them, that was the only way to get a strap that fitted me.
When I bought my new Garmin, I did a bit of research, and based on reviews, I thought I would be ok. When it arrived, I was pleased, I was almost at the end of the strap, but on the 4th hole, so that’s fine. However, during the day, especially with activity, my ankles and wrists do swell, so quite often, it is on the first or second hole.
In addition to this, Garmin recommend you wear the watch further up your wrist during activity, for more accurate heart rate measuring. No chance of my doing that!
So, although I could happily wear the watch, I started looking for replacement straps immediately. Nothing is available that is meant for the Garmin Forerunner range, which strikes me as strange, as I can’t be the only one with this issue. My friend Annie offered to try and make me a leather strap (which I may still take her up on), but I already had an alternative plan.
I ordered a cheap 3rd party replacement, the same size, with a plan in mind. I went for a knock-off, as I thought I might need to cut it, but in the end I didn’t. It cost me £3.49, including postage.
It arrived today, and this is what I did with it.
I’m really pleased with how this turned out. I was afraid it would look lumpy or odd, but I actually think it looks quite tidy. All for £3.49!
As for the multicolour effect, I couldn’t buy a strap in the black/grey of the original. Because the red is only a highlight from the front of the strap, only an inch of the original buckle end shows, you would have to get very close to me to notice!