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    Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    I've always liked the look of NATOs but usually they felt slightly too bulky for me. On a whim I tried cutting the extra keeper piece of fabric on an old NATO and it was a revelation. Suddenly the NATO seemed way less bulky and looked more proportional on my wrist. I've since done this to a bunch of my NATOs and have a hard time now wearing non-modded NATOs. Especially in a 22mm size, it's nice to cut down on the bulk. I also don't really see much use for the keeper. It might keep the watch slightly more secure on the wrist but other than that seems to have no purpose.

    Do a lot of others mod their NATOs like me or do most keep them stock?

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    I just had this conversation with Terry from Toxic Natos. I feel the same as you but he suggested there's not a huge market for the style. He suggested doing the same thing. He also gave me the idea to use a quarter to cut down the extra length. I really hate the need to fold over the extra fabric. You use a quarter as a template to cut the end off. Then use a lighter to burn the frayed edges. I love nato straps, mainly bc I hate the weight of a bracelet, but also to change up the look.

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    Re: Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    I keep mine on in the rare case I'd like to use the extra fabric, though I haven't felt the need yet. I use the "down under" method usually. Or, I'll look for 3-ring Zulus or NATOs, which don't have the extra strap.


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    Re: Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    I don't mod my nylon natos, but I try to avoid the really thick ones.
    My leather natos are too thick with the keeper so I cut that part. I also shorten my leather natos, but for some reason I don't need to shorten the nylon ones. Maybe it's because leather natos tend to stretch, but I have not tried the thicker / better ones.
    I prefer the look with the keeper, but it still looks nice without.
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    Re: Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    lol i was just pondering cutting the "keeper" off the leather nato i got for my PO. with the keep it makes the watch sit like 1/4" higher off the wrist....hmmm.
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    Re: Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    I use the RAF-style straps and have lately taken to removing the keepers off many of my regular G-10's. ONE layer is nicer than two just about always, for me.
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    Re: Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    I don't do it but have tried once before. Got a great tip. Put your nato between 2 cions and clamp down hard with locking multi grips. Cut along coin and then burn. Comes up factory!


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    Re: Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Day View Post
    I don't do it but have tried once before. Got a great tip. Put your nato between 2 cions and clamp down hard with locking multi grips. Cut along coin and then burn. Comes up factory!


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    Re: Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    I cut some of mine and I have no idea why I don't cut the others. The keeper is useless for me.
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    Do you cut/mod your NATOs or not?

    I cut them, I really don't like the fit with a keeper strap.
    But I have sort of a dilemma as I have a couple of the pricey Tudor and Omega straps that came with the watches when I purchased them. Haven't even unwrapped them yet. Cutting them will obviously hurt their value but it's not like they are doing me any good still sitting in their watch boxes.

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