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    Premium Gray NATO?

    As the title suggests, I'm looking for a premium gray NATO. I currently own a basic gray NATO which I purchased from Clockwork Synergy that feels sorta cheap, which is no surprise since it was cheap. The material is plasticky and the hardware is flimsy.

    I decided to step up in quality and ordered an AlphaShark from BluShark. It arrived and I was not impressed - crooked stitching and horribly misaligned keepers. To make matters worse, the company has not responded to email or facebook messages (which is how they provided tracking info, etc.). I finally had to dispute the charge through Amazon payments and am glad I did - they refunded my money immediately.

    Checked out Moose Straps... they don't offer NATOs in gray. Huh? Isn't gray the most popular color?

    What are some other options?

    TIA.

    EDIT: BluShark responded after I started the Amazon dispute and are sending out a replacement. That being said, I'm still interested in other options.
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    Re: Premium Gray NATO?

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    It's my experience that clockwork synergy has different quality straps. It was just happenstance that I ordered a 24mm nato and discovered that the strap material was thicker than other straps I purchased. They were so much more substantial than the others. If I find out the model distinction I'll post it here.

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    Re: Premium Gray NATO?

    Phenomenato is my only choice for grey nato.


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    Re: Premium Gray NATO?

    Yes, PhenomeNATO gray is beautiful...

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    Very tight, smooth weave. This is the navy, but a cleaner shot to show the quality of the weave...

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    Toxic Shiznit Admiralty is also awesome. A bit cheaper, a bit thicker and works perhaps better with a tool watch. Thought I had a shot of something on-hand but no joy. Nevertheless highly recommended.
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    Re: Premium Gray NATO?

    PhenomeNATO if you want a little bit of dressed-up look, and Toxic Shiznit for a more rugged look. Those are, to my knowledge, the best "premium" natos available in the market.
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    Toxic NATO.


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    Re: Premium Gray NATO?

    Options mentioned before are excellent choices and I also have Watchgecko "Swiss style" NATOs. They are really good and the hardware is top quality.

    Also, check out Haveston straps. Not really NATOs but they are excellent and have interesting color variations.

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    Re: Premium Gray NATO?

    Quick update: AlphaShark sent out a replacement strap that had basically the same issues. None of the stitching that holds the keepers and buckle in place is parallel. The stitching that holds the buckle in place is particularly bad, which means the buckle itself sits crookedly - when on a watch, the whole thing looks cockeyed.

    Just to make sure I wasn’t being too picky, I compared the stitching on the AlphaShark strap to two of my generic, cheap NATOs, both of which had significantly straighter, more accurate stitching than the BluShark strap.
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    Toxic Shiznit ,because though is always better.


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