In my never-ending quest for inexpensive high-quality NATOs, I came across these Ritchie 2PC NATO Straps on Amazon. At 1.5mm thick with heavy duty brushed hardware for under $6 per strap, I just had to see what was up.
When I grabbed the package out of my mailbox, I immediately noticed the weight. It felt substantially heavier than other straps I've purchased in the past. When I opened it up, I was pleasantly surprised by the thickness of the nylon and the inclusion of four extra spring bars. The straps seemed well-constructed and the nylon is softer than most cheap NATOs, but the hardware is not actually brushed. It's more of a matte beadblast finish:
The next thing I noticed was the two straps were not of equal length. As you can see, the green one is about half an inch shorter than the khaki:
This actually creates a bit of a problem, as even with my skinny wrists the khaki strap is barely long enough to fold over at the end. Instead of tucking it back through as I usually do, I ended up looping it over the first keeper ring and turning the second ring up to secure the loose end:
The green strap wasn't long enough to fold back at all, and I ended up using a ruler to shape the nylon so it lays flat instead of looking back on itself:
It doesn't look terrible I suppose, but it's not the look I prefer when wearing a NATO strap.
Overall, I think these are good straps that could be great if they were only a half-inch longer. The materials and construction are much better than more expensive straps I've purchased from Infantry and Clockwork Synergy. As it is I'd recommend them to anyone with small wrists, or those who prefer to cut and seal the ends of their nylon straps instead of folding them over. If you have large wrists, these probably aren't for you.