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    Premium RAF?

    I knkw there some awesome sources for premium G10 NATO straps, but are there any recommendations for equally quality RAF straps? I know Maratac makes a quality version, but comes in only 4 military colors

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    Any body? I feel like there are less options for these. But would love to find some in the tight weave used by Phoenix and Maratac. As mentioned, Maratac makes some, but in limited colors. Not sure about Phonix. Can't see that they do.

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    Re: Premium RAF?

    I've had pretty good luck with the RAF straps from cheapestnatostraps.com. They aren't quite up to the same quality as Maratac, IMO, but better than some I've tried. And she sells tons of colors. Plus the spacing on the holes is generally consistent. That's my biggest issue with nylon strap sellers, the holes should all be in the same place so they fit the same! :)

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    Re: Premium RAF?

    Marathon Watch Co. sells three high-quality RAF straps in black, desert tan, and sage green. They're made to Milspec MIL-S-46383B, and available in three widths and three lengths.

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    Re: Premium RAF?

    A RAF strap is the same as a G10, just without the second layer under the watch. You can convert any G10 strap easily by snipping off the second layer with a pair of scissors, then using a lighter to seal the cut.

    Perhaps you were referring to US Military style?

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    Re: Premium RAF?

    There's nomenclature variation, it seems.

    G10 has hardware keepers...usually 3. 2 for the leftover strap, and one for the understrap. My take is, RAF means no understrap *and* a fabric keeper. Or is that what you mean by "US Military"?
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    Re: Premium RAF?

    Quote Originally Posted by CrownAndBuckle View Post
    A RAF strap is the same as a G10, just without the second layer under the watch. You can convert any G10 strap easily by snipping off the second layer with a pair of scissors, then using a lighter to seal the cut.

    Perhaps you were referring to US Military style?
    Or perhaps more correctly, a Nato G10 is an RAF strap where an additional under-strap has been added and the cloth keeper of the RAF has been changed to a metal keeper.

    There's a really excellent tutorial by WUS member Chromejob on how to convert a Nato G10 to an RAF strap and use the removed under-strap to make a cloth keeper, but it's more work than it's worth IMO. It's easier just to buy an RAF strap to begin with unless, of course, you have your heart set on a pattern that's not available as an RAF.

    Quote Originally Posted by gangrel View Post
    My take is, RAF means no understrap *and* a fabric keeper.
    Correct. Basically a simple nylon fabric strap with a cloth keeper.
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