Hi guys, so I'm looking up water-resistant leather straps which will stand up to sweaty wrists and I've come down to these two straps. The exterior surfaces are largely similar, croc-embossed calfskin. There is a minor difference in the shape of the long end, no biggie.
1. Hirsch Performance (Paul/George), 300m water resistant, $85
2. Hirsch Grand Duke, 100m water resistant, $60
The main difference is the inner lining. The Performance is lined with caoutchouc (rubber), which has a ventilation network. I am drawn by this ventilation network, and I imagine sweat would evaporate nicely because of it and moisture cannot permeate rubber. However, it introduces nooks and crannies for gunk to build up that cannot be easily removed with a simple wipe over.
The Grand Duke is lined by an inner layer of leather, which is easier to clean and more aesthetically pleasing, but I have read on these forums that some have had their leather ruined by sweat from outdoor adventuring, despite the 100m water resistant rating.
The Grand Duke is more affordable at $60, whereas the Performance goes for $85. Which would you choose and why? There's a poll if you'd be so kind to :)