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FitBit Update: Bracelets and Wristbands

Broken FitBit Wristband

Broken FitBit Wristband

I’ve been using my FitBit since June. I really like it. But a few weeks ago, a teeny tiny little tear appeared in the back opening of the wristband, where you put the FitBit device. Up until that point I’d been treating the wristband and FitBit reasonably carefully. I take it off to shower, and every four or five days I take the FitBit out to charge it. I’ve also taken it out three times to put it into a bracelet (more on that in a minute). I estimate I’ve taken it out and put it back in about twenty times.

Since seeing the tear I’ve been trying to be very careful with it, but the tear got bigger and bigger. At this point I can’t really wear the wristband, because I’m afraid the FitBit will fall out. I’ve started using the larger wristband that came with the device instead, but it’s comically big on my wrist.

I’ve contacted FitBit about a replacement band but haven’t heard back yet. How they respond to this will mean a lot, because three months of normal use should not have resulted in a broken wristband.

Pretty FitBit bracelet from Etsy

Pretty FitBit bracelet from Etsy

On the other hand, I found the most wonderful FitBit bracelet on Etsy a few weeks ago, the Angelina Bracelet. One of my complaints about the FitBit was that the company didn’t sell any nicer looking wristbands. I’d checked Amazon and the FitBit site, and then it finally occurred to me to check Etsy! (Incidentally, Tory Burch has since started selling FitBit bracelets, but the nice ones are expensive and the cheap ones are ugly.)

There were several FitBit bracelets to choose from, and I’m very happy with the one I bought. It has a little cloth pouch that holds the FitBit device and closes with a circle of Velcro. The device fits into the pouch very snugly and feels secure.

The best part is, nobody would ever know that I’m wearing a FitBit! I could wear this bracelet with any kind of outfit, from casual to formal, and it would fit right in. For $35, it was a fantastic buy.

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