The question comes up from time to time whether the premium resin strap on the DW-5035 and DW-5735 “Origin Gold” 35th Anniversary models uses the same, famously soft and comfortable resin strap as the GW-5000. The answer given by experts is “no, it’s premium, but not *that* premium.”
Last night my long-awaited PacParts order came in, with one of each of these two straps, so I sat down to test this claim with brand new, un-worn resin.
The DW-5035 strap is heavier, due to the metal keeper. Comparing just the long ends, the DW-5035 strap is slightly shorter, but reads as being slightly heavier:
Handling them, it’s very challenging to tell them apart. The thickness of the GW-5000 strap seemed to be slightly less with my plastic calipers, so I broke out the micrometer.
The GW-5000 strap is 0.064” thick at the thin, central section, and 0.103” thick at the protrusions along the edge.
The DW-5035 strap is 0.066” thick at the central section, and 0.104” thick at the protrusions.
Given the springiness of the resin material, I can’t say for sure that my precision really goes to 0.001”, but I can say for sure that the thicknesses are very nearly the same.
Handling the two straps, it’s very challenging to tell them apart...except for the stiffness. The GW strap is substantially less stiff:
The clincher for me was how they oscillate, holding them this way, by the tip. The GW resonates at a much slower period than the DW Origin Gold, as you can see in this gif:
I was happy to see that the popular wisdom saying the GW-5000 is unique and special is absolutely true. I am not aware of this premium resin being used on any other straps, but now I'm starting to wonder about the resin on the new resin-strap GMW-B5ks!