They’re so practical, a lot of guys (and women) are asking why the heck silicone rings weren’t on the scene sooner?
These durable rings are becoming especially popular among men who play sports or whose jobs are particularly unforgiving to wedding bands.
This is why we put together a short guide to the best silicone rings for the guy on the go. Because if you’re on the go, you don’t have a lot of time to search high and low for a cool ring amiright?
Not on the move much? Silicone rings are still great to keep around for those times when wearing a metal band simply isn’t a good idea, or if you’ve lost your original and need a surrogate until a replacement arrives.
In fact, we’ve heard from guys who swear their silicone band has saved their finger at least once.
Best Silicone Rings For Men
1. The Best Man – Silicone Ring
by Manly Bands
One of the great things about silicone wedding bands is they tend to come in a range of colors. This one from ManlyBands comes in 7 different shades. It’s nice to have options, because you never know if you’re gonna want a matching situation where black just won’t do.
2. The Perry- Silicone Ring
by Manly Bands
It’s not often you see a silicone band with some originality beyond its color. We like the look of this flat band with a hammered texture.
3. Grooved Black – Silicone Ring
Here’s another silicone ring with a different twist to it. It’s designed a lot like some of the popular metal bands we’ve seen, just safer.
4. Men’s Grey – Silicone Ring
by Manly Bands
In black or gunmetal grey, this ring’s stepped design is made for comfort and flexibility.
5. Beveled Massaging Comfort Fit Silicone Ring
The nubbies on the inside of this ring give your finger a little massage (or that’s what we’ve heard from a few men who’ve worn it). Plus it’s also a great design to facilitate air-flow, which is a must when wearing silicone.
6. Wood Grain Silicone Ring
This silicone band was molded with a subtle wood grain pattern. Again, a pretty cool departure from your standard silicone band. Comes in three manly colors.
7. Piece Silicone Band Set
We like that these come in a set, and they’re each a little different. Freedom of choice is a good thing.
8. Black And Grey Lined His And Hers Set
More and more silicone bands are available in matching his and hers sets, and we have to say, they look pretty snappy. For those couples who do their sportsing stuff together, the thin grey band on these make for a cool-looking set of rings.
9. Personalized Men’s Silicone Ring
Back to basics, only you can have this one personalized with the message of your choice, either on the inside, outside, or both.
Why Choose A Silicone Wedding Ring?
If we haven’t made it clear yet, the reasons for choosing a silicone wedding ring are pretty compelling. Here are some we’ve heard straight from a few guys who swear by them:
We have to agree on this front – some silicone bands are very stylin’. Plus, there’s something tough about a guy who wears a tiny tire around his finger to symbolize his love. Practical and masculine – nice.
It’s nice to be able to easily replace your metal wedding band when sporting or, erm, ‘misplacing’ your original. And silicone is cheap enough that you can keep an entire lifetime’s worth of backups. If you are a doctor or nurse, you might choose a medical grade silicone for your ring, which can be a bit more expensive. Don’t worry, it still won’t break the bank!
A traditional metal wedding band is definitely special and very romantic, but there’s something about the persistence of a silicone ring in the face of destruction that’s kind of cool, and very committed.
It gets wrecked? That’s ok, ‘cause guess what? Here’s another one right in your dresser drawer. Boom. Still showin’ the world you’re completely taken without missing a beat.
A less expensive wedding band is also a great idea if you’re a traveler. No worries about it being lost or stolen. Although who wants to steal a rubber ring that has no meaning to anyone but you? Whatever. If you can imagine it happening, someone’s probably done it, so be assured you’ve got backups for any situation that comes your way.
Silicone wedding bands are recommended for wear in workplaces that your standard metal ring may not be: warehouses, manufacturing and industrial settings, mechanical jobs, welding, nursing, the medical field – the list goes on and on.
The ring is flexible enough to break under 40 pounds of pressure, so if it gets caught on something it’ll break well before it breaks your finger. This is why you’ll see a lot of firefighters and police officers wearing them too.
Silicone is non-conductive and hypoallergenic, but keep in mind, it needs to breathe. Take your ring off every day or two and wash it with soap and water, then let it dry before putting it back on.
Great For People With Active Lifestyles
We’ve mentioned sports and how silicone rings are much more comfortable at the gym or rock climbing, or whatever you like to do. In fact, lots of professional athletes wear silicone wedding bands for that very reason.
But there are other kinds of active lifestyles besides sports and manual labor that are best handled with a softer ring. This includes what is perhaps the most difficult job of all: parenting.
You’d be shocked at the amount of hassle your metal ring gets when dealing with a wiggling toddler throwing a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store. (Or if you’ve already had a toddler, you might not be surprised at all.)
Whether you’re having tickle fights, or just trying to keep things under control, a wedding band can get caught or damaged on all sorts of things in the process. Wear what you’ve got, but if what you’ve got is metal, keep a silicone back-up handy (ha! puns…) just in case.
Some Silicone Thoughts
What you put on your finger to represent your devotion to the one you love is deeply personal. But that doesn’t mean it has to be overthought.
We love a shiny wedding band around here, really we do. They’re romantic, beautiful, masculine – all those things a girl envisions (with some noted exceptions) when she’s a little girl thinking about fairytale weddings and wifey things. No kidding.
But things change as we get older, and sometimes our idea of the perfect symbol of commitment does too. Sometimes shiny isn’t as important as reliable.
Whether you choose silicone, gold, chromium, or anything else on the spectrum, rest assured it’ll represent the unique love you have for her. And that’s perfect just as it is.