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The leather looks like brown plastic and appears cheap, though it is more comfortable
29 March 2017
I was a bit hesitant as to whether it was worth ordering one of these straps, but part of the reason I chose the Fitbit Alta HR over other trackers is I thought it looked like a nice watch, and not a bulky tracker. The tracker itself is reasonably priced (IMO) but £40 for the strap seemed like a bit of a stretch. Never the less I gave in and ordered one, to wear for work.
The strap is very comfortable, more so than the standard strap (for me). I was also surprised how easy it was to change the straps; if you're planning on swapping straps often (for different outfits or exercise / dress etc) it's very doable, in a couple of seconds with no tools.
Unfortunately the leather used on the strap looks very plasticy and cheap. The first comment I got on the strap was that 'they thought it was brown plastic' rather than leather. Furthermore, it seems like a buckle matching the metal of the fitbit would have been more appropriate than the brown anodise fitbit have chosen, which again makes the buckle look a bit like plastic. Hopefully it'll look better with age, but I wouldn't hold my breath, as most of the reviews for the brown strap for the Charge commented on how quickly it tarnished. I'd say the best example I could give of the finish is that the leather looks more like the stuff you'd find on a leather jacket than the leather of a watch strap, belt, or wallet.
All in all, whilst £40 is expensive, if the strap looked good quality I would be very happy. Unfortunately, it looks very cheap, with my girlfriend commenting she just preferred the bog standard black strap. Had I not taken it straight out of the box and worn it for a day I'd have returned it.
If you're thinking of buying one, I'd buy one of the aftermarket straps that are available in matt leather for £7-12. At least those look like leather and it's not much money to waste.