Aftermarket Panerai Review
Nubostraps Watch Straps Review
Nubostraps Panerai Straps
Materials: Ammo Leathers & New Leathers
Buckles & Tubes: Buckles Optional
Price Range: $100-150
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Date of Review: July 24th, 2008
Probably my favourite source for authentic Ammo-Leather straps is Nubostrap. A relative newcomer to the game, Norman at Nubostrap is a true gent to deal with and offers a level of customer service among the best. I have ordered a few straps from him and communication and customizations were never a problem. He carries a wide range of vintage leathers from both new and used holsters and ammo pouches, very nice stuff.
The best thing about Nubostrap are the prices. Some of the best value in ammo leather straps, and easy to get custom stuff done. Choices of thick or thin thread. Every strap is handstitched and prepared by Norman in his workshop. The ammo pouch keepers are a nice touch, and are an slightly extra cost option, but well worth it in my opinion. He also does a keeper with a removable screw in it that looks very cool in a vintage way. I like that he leaves some of the guide lines from the ammo pouches on the straps so there is some character to them.
Nubostraps tend to lean towards the thicker end of the spectrum, with most of the straps firmly in the 5mm+ thickness department. The come with or without painted edges. I decided to try some with and some without, and like the look both have to offer. This lighter strap here has an extremely long tail, which I do like for more casual situations.
The straps I have received from him have been both on the stiff side as well as supple. As he explained it to me, the lighter straps cannot be oiled as much to soften them so they tend to be thicker. I have found however that the ammo leather tends to bend and mould very easily and does not feel uncomfortable. The darker brown strap here has a normal length tail so it can be dressed up a little bit more. It is a beautiful dark chocolate brown.
His straps come optional with a buckle, and he said he was also working on a custom sewn-in buckle, which should be a nice addition. I really enjoy the innovative keepers that he has, and he also has a "buckle-less" design that he showed me, though I have not purchased one myself. It looks nice and it is very nice to see innovation and old world quality together in the strap industry. I highly recommend Nubostrap.