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    Isofrane on Doxa (or vice versa?) -- kind of a review, with pics

    While I love a nice leather strap on my divers, I recently bought an Isofrane to see what all the hype was about. I was skeptical whether a rubber strap could be worth $100. Well, I am surprised, and happy, to report that I am thoroughly impressed. The Isofrane is a well-made strap. The rubber is thick enough to give it a manly look, but very supple for its thickness. I find the rubber to be softer than the Sinn U series rubber. The vanilla smell was a little strong for me at first, but it has mellowed in the last few weeks. The closely-spaced holes make finding a perfect fit easy, and the rubber is grippy enough that you can leave it a little loose without having the watch slide around. The screwed-in buckle is top-notch and doesn't protrude annoyingly like a pre-V (which I dislike immensely, BTW). I was worried that the square holes along the length of the strap would make it look fragile or delicate, but in fact they serve to reveal how thick this strap really is. My only complaint is that the keepers (2 sliders) are quite thin, and I worry they may not hold up over time. We'll see. Overall, I give it a B+/A-, which would be a strong A if it was $25 cheaper.



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    Re: Isofrane on Doxa (or vice versa?) -- kind of a review, with pics

    Very good review, I think I will have to get one for my 1000 T

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    Re: Isofrane on Doxa (or vice versa?) -- kind of a review, with pics

    I love my isofrane! I wish my buckle was like yours. Mine says isofrane on the underside of the buckle.

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    Re: Isofrane on Doxa (or vice versa?) -- kind of a review, with pics

    I agree with everything you said. It is by far the best rubber strap I've owned. I've got 2 of them, and I was the first one to pre-order a 20mm for my 1000T.
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    Re: Isofrane on Doxa (or vice versa?) -- kind of a review, with pics

    looks great! Love my isofrane too especially as I got it gently used at discount is it a A+ in my book :)

    Mine says hi, on a Doxa too :) !!
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    Re: Isofrane on Doxa (or vice versa?) -- kind of a review, with pics

    hoppes, great choice for the T-Graph Searambler. I completely agree that it is a great looking combo.

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    Having been a rebel all my life, I'll be the lone Isofrane holdout.

    I'm not suggesting it's not a good strap, it is, I have one. You know, just had to have one! Simply put, it's overpriced imo. Why? Well, no craftsmanship went into them whatsoever. They're simply stamped out of a machine. I've had $8, $10, $15, $20, $30 rubber straps. You know what? Not one of them ever cracked, ripped or wore out. IF you really must drop $100.00 or more (like I did), be my guest. But at the end of the day, you're blowing $80.00 more than you need to.

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    Re: Having been a rebel all my life, I'll be the lone Isofrane holdout.

    Dave, I can't disagree that they're expensive. However, I went through numerous less-expensive rubber straps of various sorts (Seiko, Modena, Panatime) before finally caving in and trying the Isofrane. Although those others were perfectly functional and looked great, they do pale in comparison to the Isofrane in terms of thickness and suppleness of the rubber, and quality of the buckle. So, while the Isofrane is expensive, one could say it's justifiably so.
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    Re: Having been a rebel all my life, I'll be the lone Isofrane holdout.

    Admittedly, I was in a bit of a bad mood when I posted that. I apologize if I offended anyone.

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    Re: Having been a rebel all my life, I'll be the lone Isofrane holdout.

    Wow, great photos. Makes me want an Isofrane strap for my 300 Pro Reissue. I'll just have to slice off a little rubber to make it fit. Thx for posting.

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