Nylon NATO strap: welded or stitched?

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    Nylon NATO strap: welded or stitched?

    Here is a silly question that has no more than $10 riding on it: While shopping for a nylon NATO-style strap, I see on eBAY that there are both welded and stitched versions. Could someone please help me with which one is better. I would imagine that the stitched version would be more durable, but some of the overseas stores (see below), seem to sell the welded version (as far as I can tell from the pictures). So is the welded version the official one?

    http://www.rltwatches.co.uk/acatalog/Military1.html#a41

    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: Nylon NATO strap: welded or stitched?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.K View Post
    Here is a silly question that has no more than $10 riding on it: While shopping for a nylon NATO-style strap, I see on eBAY that there are both welded and stitched versions. Could someone please help me with which one is better. I would imagine that the stitched version would be more durable, but some of the overseas stores (see below), seem to sell the welded version (as far as I can tell from the pictures). So is the welded version the official one?

    http://www.rltwatches.co.uk/acatalog/Military1.html#a41

    Thanks a lot.
    I buy mine here:
    http://www.timefactors.com/nato.htm
    They're heat welded.
    Wear what you like.

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    Re: Nylon NATO strap: welded or stitched?

    The specification calls for the seams and joints to be heat welded, and there be no stitching.

    However, in the internet world of people selling NATO straps, many of the welded ones are cheap thin straps that will last about six weeks.

    RLT does provide good ones. Timefactors has good ones as well, but Timefactors have stainless steel hardward whereas the "official" version has nickel plated hardware.

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    Re: Nylon NATO strap: welded or stitched?

    Quote Originally Posted by lysanderxiii View Post
    The specification calls for the seams and joints to be heat welded, and there be no stitching.

    However, in the internet world of people selling NATO straps, many of the welded ones are cheap thin straps that will last about six weeks.

    RLT does provide good ones. Timefactors has good ones as well, but Timefactors have stainless steel hardward whereas the "official" version has nickel plated hardware.
    Thanks a Lot! I will order one from RTL today.

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