Colorful canvas brings fresh new look to Apple Watch [Review]

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Canvas doesn't have to be dull.
Photo: Adel Neal/Cult of Mac

I recently started using Monowear’s gorgeous Urban Canvas bands for Apple Watch. They’re a steal at just $38, and they come in three wonderful color options that go well with almost anything.

Here’s why they’re some of the toughest and most surprising Watch bands I’ve worn to date.

I’ve collected a ton of Apple Watch straps over the years. They’re all made from either leather, silicone, or metal. The only canvas band I’ve ever used was with an old Timex watch … and I hated it.

It was itchy and uncomfortable, and it probably lasted less than an hour on my wrist before I ripped it off and never looked at it again. But I had higher hopes for Monowear’s Urban Canvas band.

You see, this band isn’t made entirely out of canvas. Monowear uses an ingenious trick to ensure it stays comfortable all day long.

Urban Canvas a unique treat for Apple Watch

It’s almost invisible when the Urban Canvas is on your wrist. But if you take it off and flip it over, you’ll find a genuine leather backing that’s a soft as a ripened peach.

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Canvas doesn’t have to be uncomfortable.
Photo: Adel Neal/Cult of Mac

That backing, despite being incredibly slim, does a terrific job of protecting your skin from the Urban Canvas’ tough exterior. A small canvas loop remains exposed, but you’ll hardly notice it.

I’ve worn this band all day, every day for over a week — swapping it only to try out the other color options — and it hasn’t irritated me at all. Like any good Watch band, you soon forget you’re wearing it.

Getting the Urban Canvas on can be a little tricky at first. It uses a simple, single plug buckle — similar to Apple’s silicone Sport band — so fastening it isn’t complicated. But its holes are tight at first, so you’ll need to press firmly to get the plug buckle into place.

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Urban Canvas looks brilliant in blue.
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Once the band is on, however, it isn’t going anywhere.

Urban Canvas is built to last

The Urban Canvas feels super-secure on your wrist. It doesn’t get loose during the day, so there’s no need to worry about it popping open and allowing your Apple Watch to tumble to the ground. And because it is made predominantly from canvas, it’s extremely durable and built to last a lifetime.

This is the same material that’s used to make tents, sails, backpacks, and shoes. It doesn’t mind getting wet or sweaty, or being twisted and pulled around. You can scratch it, scuff it, and scream at it (if you really want to) and it will continue to do its job.

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Monowear’s attention to detail is impressive.
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Monowear’s build quality has impressed me in the past, and the same is true here. Every cut and stitch on the Urban Canvas is meticulous and precise. It’s beautifully put together, despite not being high-end or expensive.

Get yours for just $38

The Urban Canvas is available in plaid gray, vintage red, or denim blue for both 38/40mm and 42/44mm Apple Watch models.

The gray is my favorite, simply because it goes with everything. But most will consider the blue and red to be prettier. They’re great options if you want something a little more eye-catching.

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Get yours for just $38.
Photo: Adel Neal/Cult of Mac

At just $38, the Urban Canvas is a no-brainer. It’s not the kind of band you’ll want to wear with your best suit, but for everything else, it’s a winner. Order yours today from the Cult of Mac Store.

And if you’ve collected a lot of bands like me, also check out Monowear’s handy Travel Fold Up, pictured below. It’s just $35, and it protects all your favorite straps while you’re on the move.

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Take your favorite bands with you when you travel.
Photo: Adel Neal/Cult of Mac