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Old 07-07-12, 12:31 PM   #1
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NATO or Zulu watch strap

Anyone use them? What do you think of them.
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I've used NATOs . Like the look very much and they are great if your strap is gonna get wet a lot. But they do not last long in my experience, and if your watch is heavy they slide around a lot. Which, for me, meant I had to wear them uncomfortably snug after they broke in. I'd say they're best for a slim/light case.
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I use Nato straps on many of my watches, up to the Seiko Orange Monster size. I buy them of heavy-gauge nylon strapping, and my watches don't slide around, and the straps pretty much last forever. I toss them in the washing machine to clean them. I like the Nato straps far more than leather straps or metal bracelets.
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down here in the afrikan heat te NATO straps tend to quickly start smelling bad. if you are in a warm part of the world, stay away from it. Also, do you really want someting thid strong around your wrist when cycling?
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I buy them of heavy-gauge nylon strapping, and my watches don't slide around, and the straps pretty much last forever.
Good point; mine were either the super cheap kind at wally world (just a nylon strap, not a true NATO) or the halfway decent ones for about $30 online. I am sure there are better ones.

For watches I'm gonna sweat in I prefer metal bracelets. My cycling watch is just a cheap Sigma HR computer with a rubber strap - practical but I hate the feel of rubber on my skin...I prefer metal when commuting. Leather straps just start to reek after a ride or two.
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You cannot go wrong buying a strap from here:

http://www.broadarrow.net/maratac.htm
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I have used NATO straps and also ZULU straps. I like ZULU straps more because they are thicker material and they have heavier hardware.

Right now in my collection I have 4 ZULU straps and 1 NATO strap.









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