Earlier, I’ve tested both the classic and the two-piece nato strap from Watchbandit, which I really liked. The high-quality nylon, great comfort and durability have resulted in a lot of hours on the wrist. Not often have I gone for days without changing straps, but I think I’ve beaten the record by far, wearing the classic, green nato strap for nine days in a row.
This time it’s the newly released, WB Original Canvas Straps that have been put to the test and I must admit that the expectations were high.
Out of the five different colors to choose from, I’ve been wearing the black, blue and beige, while the two other options Watchbandit offers are green and dark grey. Since they’re made of 90% cotton and 10% viscose, a combination that also offers a ton of comfort, the color tones are slightly dimmed and soft compared to the bright ones often found on nylon nato straps. This adds a casual touch and you’ll be surprised how much easier it is to combine the straps with different types of watches. Using a blue strap on a black watch isn’t the combo that will get you a medal of fashionable honor, but with the canvas straps I’m surprised how well it works.
As stainless steel, leather or rubber/silicone are too far away from the canvas in fabrics and quality to compare, for me it’s natural to put the nato and the canvas in front of each other to look at the ups and downs. As the nato strap has a lot of great qualities, all from durability, safety, sporty looks and comfort, some people don’t like all the extra fabric going on or can’t stand the look of a nato strap on a certain watch. As mentioned earlier, the canvas straps are much more casual and relaxed, and all about comfort and style. Through the last couple of weeks, wearing the WB Original Canvas, several times I’ve had to check if the watch still has been on my wrist, which is quite spectacular when my sensitive wrists reacts at the slightest sign of pressure, ruff stitches or sleeves made of less than 98% organic cotton.
Being sized at 12cm x 7,5cm and fitted with 10 holes, stitched to last longer, these straps will suit most wrists. Depending on which watch I use, there are still two or three holes to acquire a tighter fit, which means that people with thinner wrists than me will be able to use these straps and discover the magnificent comfort they offer. The classic and solid stainless-steel WB buckle will keep everything in place, and you will never have an issue where the pin is dislocated or breaks. Even if cotton can’t compare to nylon when it comes to durability, the canvas straps are very solid and will last for many years.
I don’t think it’s fair to blame the straps for the downsides you might experience if you are used to wear nato straps, but when I swapped from the nato to the canvas strap and kept on being a bit active, gardening like a champ, I realized that the cotton (obviously) absorbed moist and dirt a lot easier than the nylon nato. After working for about an hour, I checked the condition of the black strap and it was more than ready for some time in the washer. What did I learn? Keep your nato strap on when planting your lilacs and save the canvas for an evening out in the urban jungle with your boys or girls.
So, to sum it up I don’t have much to say other than that the WB Original Canvas Strap is fitted to all my watches these days. The superb comfort is reason enough to let the other options stay in the box, and if you add the fact that the five colors will suit almost any watch out there and add a smooth, casual touch, these straps will definitely get a huge amount of wrist-time the next days, weeks and months.
The straps were sponsored by Watchbandit, but this review reflects my own opinions.