I bought a couple of new Xeric straps and just got them in the mail yesterday. They are what I would consider mid-range straps at $60 each. I thought they looked like excellent "winter" straps. It's always tough buying just from pictures, but I am underwhelmed to the point of almost to wanting my money back.
These are the two straps I ordered, as they appear in pictures online...
Not something I'd want on every watch. But I think they look kinda cool and different without being too "zany" or loud.
Firstly, they are thinner than I had expected, but this is a minor issue. They are good quality and even come with easy release end pins. I have come to really appreciate this option and use them on several straps.
The biggest problem is that they just don't look like the pictures. Colors can always be deceiving online. It comes with the territory. But the darker strap looks like plain, slightly fuzzy "brown". It is VERY difficult to distinguish any tartan pattern without close inspection.
The **biggest issue** is that there are no vertical stripes on the lighter colored strap. This changes the look of the watch strap, significantly. I understand they probably just take a random swath of fabric... but still?
Am I making too much of this? I'm sure I'll just keep it and mark it up to "internet shopping". But I'm kinda bummed, as I was really looking forward to these. I was hoping to buy another variety when it is back in stock.