Summary: When my strap broke, I wrote to Garmin whose advice was to buy a new one and they would give me an $80 trade in for the old one. They did not mention this much cheaper option. There has been some debate over the relative difficulties of fitting these and I would suggest that those expressing the sentiment that it easy are a little off the mark or happen to be extremely good with their hands and fiddly things.
Good replacement part, but installation is anything but easy.
11 August 2013
Summary: Garmin bands are known for breaking, but at least this watch has a band that is replaceable. Nice replacement part but even with the tool provided it is not easy to replace. Without the special tool it would be impossible in my estimation. Take your time, follow the instructions and you should be okay. Just don't expect it to be a quick change out.
Summary: This was a little little difficult to put on, and I tried for about 30 minutes! That is, until I realized the two plastic "points" on the watch band that go into the watch were a little too long. I snipped the end off of each point and then was able to use the little tool to get the band on in about two minutes.