Old trident (bottom) vs new black ops (top) - to me the newer version has slightly tighter stitching and feels a little more pliable. Not a big difference but the two-sided stitching does have a higher quality look.
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That does indeed look better. So the fold at the end is still double layer, right?
I want one now. Also black ops with white stitching.
I got a Chestnut and, although I like the general fit of it, I'm kind of disappointed with the material: it's just too rough to my tastes. I was expecting something as soft as a fabric.
I bought two generic models from a seller in my country (I have no idea where he got them) and I liked the material more: it's still elastic, but way much softer. Cons: not many colors available and the fit isn't as good as in Erika's.
That said, I still might buy one more from Erika, which is the Shamal.
After wear my Erica's for.... 8 days, and my CheapestNatoStraps version for 3 months I think Erica's is much better. The full wrap vs partial is much more secure. And I find the material MUCH better on the Erica's. Is it worth $75? Maybe not... But I know she's worked hard at them, tours the world in support, and provides great customer support, which I will gladly pay for. I know I'll be ordering another one soon.
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There are many that sell softer feeling ones. Like Nick Mankey's or 20mm versions of the watch steward. But IMO they all have a place in my usage. Nothing has changed my mind in regards to ordering again. The fit for my 6.5 inch wrists.
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I have several of Erika's straps and I'm now seeing micro-fraying of the edges of the strap that go through the slotsizing slider. I believe that's because the internal edges of the slider aren't smoothed after being cut, and they abrade the strap every time the strap and slider are moved. If you have the new version of her hardware, can you tell if the inner edges have been polished or smoothed after being cut? From Erika's website, it looks as if the outer edges of the new hardware are slightly rounded (but not polished smooth). I can't tell definitively what's been changed on the hardware from the photos in this thread.
I had used sandpaper to smooth the outer edges of the older version of the hardware (polished and brushed) because I thought the hardware looks much better that way but there's no way to do that on the inner edges of the slider after the strap is sewn to the hardware. I don't think that changing the strap material would avoid this problem. Smoothing the outer edges is nice, cosmetically, but the inner edges are what contacts the elastic strap and if the inner edges of the slider aren't smooth then the strap edges will be abraded when the slider is moved.
The Nick Mankey hardware (old and new versions) has smoother edges on every edge, inner and outer. But they're cast zinc and not cut from plate stainless steel, and the edges of the two pieces of hardware are all smooth and rounded.
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Yes! Was just going to post this - comes out to $63 for a strap - less than the previous price!
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