I got my first Pura Vida Bracelet back in 2011, long before the spiffy packaging, celebrity spottings and fancy marketing. They’ve come a long way from the simple white envelope packaging, but one thing has remained the same: they’ve stayed true to their roots creating high quality bracelets and promoting the Pura Vida lifestyle.
Pura Vida Bracelets are simple and stylish with fun designs and colors. When you first put on your Pura Vida Bracelets, you’ll notice that they’re kind of waxy. Eventually, waxy and stiff feeling will go away after you wear the bracelets for a while. In my opinion, Pura Vida Bracelets are like leather in the way that they look and feel better with age.
I’ve listed some of the Pura Vida Bracelets I currently have:
- Flat Braided Black
- Solid Black
- Forest Green Braided
- Desert Sands
- Cream Braided
- Silver Hammered Flat Bar Grey
- a blue, white and black original charity bracelet which I forgot the name of and is no longer sold
Here are some of the positive aspects of Pura Vida Bracelets.
I’ve worn Pura Vida Bracelets for a pretty long time and wore a Solid Black bracelet for over one year straight. I traveled around the world with that black bracelet on, showering, flying, swimming, laughing and crying, never taking it off until it broke. Considering it was a $5 bracelet and that I wore it for around 10,000 hours straight, I’m impressed by it’s durability.
The part of the bracelet which broke was between the adjustable closure and the beginning of the loose strands, where the “P” charm was.
While I haven’t tested my braided bracelets for very long, I can say that they’re more durable than the original bracelets because they are thicker.
The bracelets have a laid back and fun vibe, perfect for travelers, beach lovers and everyone in between. While I’m no style expert, I think these bracelets are stylish and great for almost any occasion.
Fit and Comfort:
After wearing Pura Vida Bracelets for a while, I’ve stopped noticing the bracelet on my wrist. They’ve become an extension of my arm. The bracelets are all adjustable from 2-5 inches in diameter, which should fit most people. As I mentioned above, the bracelets get softer over time, thus more comfortable.
You won’t be able to use the bracelets as anklets (unless you have a really small foot) but Pura Vida also sells anklets which adjust between 3-6 inches in diameter.
Can Guys Wear Pura Vida Bracelets?
Prior to getting Pura Vida Bracelets, I thought they were a bit feminine, but after wearing them for a few years I now know that they’re for men as they are for women. I am still the only male whom I know wears Pura Vida Bracelets, but it feels good to be a tastemaker.
I’m a minimalist type of guy, so I tend to wear just one Pura Vida Bracelet at a time, my favorite being the original Solid Black. I’m also a big fan of the Flat Braided Black, which matches with almost much everything.
You can check out the Pura Vida Bracelets website which has more information and a style guide for men.
I have a small wrist, so when I tighten the bracelets there’s a lot of extra string left over. I usually tie the extra string so it doesn’t stick out as much, however it can be annoying and get in the way.
One thing I will admit is that Pura Vida Bracelets are somewhat pricey considering the simplicity of the bracelets. The original bracelets consist of just a few pieces of string melted and tied together. A lot of the revenue, though, goes towards helping artisans and charities. When you buy the bracelets, just remember you’re creating jobs and making the world a better place. 🙂
Pura Vida Bracelets are simplistic and stylish bracelets perfect for those living life to the fullest – especially travelers. Although I have a few minor gripes about the bracelets, they’re fun and durable and I highly recommend them.
Where to Get Pura Vida Bracelets:
- Pura Vida Bracelets has a few storefronts, however it’s probably easiest to buy them online at PuraVidaBracelets.com
What do you think about Pura Vida Bracelets? Leave a comment below.
I’ve purchased a few Pura Vida bracelets with my own money, however some Pura Vida Bracelets were provided for this review. As always, this Pura Vida Bracelets review contains only my honest views and opinions. Some links found in this review are affiliate links, meaning that I get commission if you decide to make a purchase, at no additional cost to you. This helps to fund the site. 🙂