Most of the watchband cases for the iPod nano have one thing in common – some part of the iPod comes into contact with your skin. People who wear their iPods while exercising or working intensely find it eventually suffers damage from coming into contact with sweat. Quad Mountain has developed a watchband for the iPod nano that completely isolates the device from contact with skin or sweat. I recently purchased the 7th generation iPod nano, and I wanted to use it as a watch. I liked the promise that my new nano would be completely protected from skin contact and sweat, so I ordered a black one to complement the new Mickey Mouse watch face.
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The Quad Mountain Ultimate One watchband is another successfully-funded Kickstarter project. They designed a watchband to protect the nano and to be comfortable to wear. The band is made of a single piece of silicone with a stainless steel clasp. The band has several comfort features, like lots of openings for air circulation. Even the adjustment holes are big enough to let some air in.
The silicone has a powdery surface texture that keeps the watchband from sticking to your skin so tightly it feels glued on by your skin’s moisture. The back of the nano area has a waffle pattern of ridges that allow air flow to help keep your skin cooler.
The band is about 9.5″ long, including the metal clasp. Quad Mountain says the band will fit wrists sized from about 5.75″ to 8.5″. It’s available in black, white, blue, green, pink, orange, and red. The watchbands are available singly or in pairs at a discounted price.
The nano's clip snaps into the large center cavity
When I first saw the Ultimate One watchband, I thought there was no way I’d trust it to hold my iPod nano. It doesn’t have any slots to put the clip through, and the wings that fit over two of the sides were too flexible to be able to hold the nano securely. Those wings aren’t designed to hold the nano; they just protect the metal sides. The clip actually snaps down into a depression in the bottom of the holder area. Once the clip is snapped in place, the nano is held very securely. I tried shaking the iPod out of the Ultimate One watchband (over my bed, of course), but it wouldn’t shake out. It should be nice and secure while you’re running, exercising, or working.
Rachel is modeling the watchband. You can see this is a bit overwhelming on her small arm, but she says it was a comfortable fit. You can see the power and volume buttons and the headphone jack and docking connectors are exposed when the nano is worn with the Ultimate One watchband. I think headphones with a different plug would have worked better; headphones with a 90-degree angle plug would have kept the cable closer to the wrist.
I like the Quad Mountain Ultimate One watchband for iPod nano, but I think it would probably work best for exercising or when you are dressed casually. I like that it completely protects the nano from sweat. And I think the black looks great with my red nano and with the Mickey Mouse watch face.
$19.95 for one, or $34.95 for a black band paired with a colored band