Wednesday, 19 May 2021 13:54

Thinking beyond the wrist: Twelve South Introduces ActionSleeve 2 Armband for Apple Watch


With Apple Watch more than arguably the most advanced health and fitness device in the modern gadget gallery, the wrist is not always the perfect place to wear it, with Twelve South offering the ActionSleeve ready for all kinds of action.

Sports like kickboxing, weightlifting and CrossFit training often require protective sports gear and full wrist mobility that can rule out the effectiveness of the Apple Watch.

So, what’s the solution from the Apple-enhancing team at Twelve South?

Enter ActionSleeve 2, billed as the latest and greatest when it comes to supporting the use of your Apple Watch. ActionSleeve straps your Apple Watch to your upper arm or bicep, away from the wrist but still fully viewable and controllable.

The outer frame adds protection from nicks and dings and with tighter, more consistent skin contact, it can even improve heart rate monitoring for a more accurate read. ActionSleeve gives you a whole new way to utilise Apple Watch - beyond the wrist.

With Apple Watch comfortably strapped to your bicep or forearm, Twelve South says it’s easy to peek at your heart rate or calorie burn. And yes, you can still speak to Siri and access the crown of your watch while it’s safely in ActionSleeve.

Made of a non-allergenic polyurethane that’s soft against the skin, each seam on ActiveSleeve 2 is precision stitched and extra fabric is placed beneath the hardware to eliminate any rubbing or pinching.

It adjusts to fit arms up to 17-inches (15 inch maximum for the 40mm ActionSleeve 2). Installing Apple Watch into ActionSleeve 2 is simple - remove your watch band, press Apple Watch into the band’s secure shell, slip ActionSleeve 2 onto your arm and you’re ready for… action.

Whatever you’re into - CrossFit, cycling, yoga - Twelve South says you’ll find that having the option to move Apple Watch off your wrist is liberating. You can move naturally without your Watch getting in the way of your workout. Have a physical job where you’d like to track your activity, but can’t wear anything below your elbow?

ActionSleeve 2 to the rescue! Keeping your Apple Watch on your bicep will keep you closing rings and hitting your fitness goals, even on the job.

Key facts Action Sleeve:

  • Positions your Apple Watch on upper arm when wrist placement is not preferred or possible;
  • Protective frame helps shield Apple Watch from nicks and dings;
  • Upper arm placement provides consistent heart rate and workout tracking;
  • Fits arms up to 43cm and is hand-washable;


  • Apple Watch Series 4, 5, 6 and SE;
  • Available for 40mm and 44mm Apple Watch models;
  • ActionSleeve 2 for Apple Watch retails for A$64.95 and can be purchased from Twelve South here.

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