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Reviewer: Mike W (UKWolfeman)
Strap Being Reviewed: Original Black Sailcloth with White Stitch

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General Specifications:
120 X 80mm
7 sizing adjustment holes
Stainless Steel Buckle
Price: $34.95 USD

Thoughts and Impressions: I've been wanting to check out the Original Sailcoth for some time and I thought prior to the release of the "Avenger" Sailcloth this would be an excellent opportunity. My initial impression was incredibly soft to the touch but stiff. However, the flexibility of the strap is fantastic and breaking the strap in was super easy. As the strap breaks in the softness and level of comfort increases.

As far as the strap characteristics are concerned the outer shell is a sailcloth pattern embossed black leather that is extremely soft to the touch. The leather finish as "matte" is accurate. The strap measures 120/80mm in length. One of the key features of the length is sizing hole placement. Other strap makers should take note. I normally can wear nothing below 130/80mm, however, due to the 7 sizing holes being placed closer to the tail of the strap the fit is absolutely perfect. All strap makers should place sizing holes slightly closer to the tail and provide 7 holes unless directly differently by the buyer. The outer most hole is slightly under 24mm from the tail. A few mm and number of holes makes an incredible difference in wearability in many cases as I have heard many personal stories that just plain make this a fact.

The strap for review measures 22mm at the lug tapering to about 20mm at the buckle. Probably the only aspect of the strap I could even begin to take exception with as I much prefer non tapering straps. Just a personal preference as I think non tapering straps are slightly more comfortable. The specification indicate a 5mm thick strap, however, my calipers are measuring around 4.5mm at the thickest point and just over 3mm at the thinnest. Substantial overall thickness. One of the other great features that I wish strap makers could incorporate in custom work are what BradyStraps refer to as "Brady Bars". I have seen other non custom straps use a similar set up. The original sailcloth has super strength 316L Stainless Steel quick release spring bars (Brady Bars) pre-installed in the strap. The quick release make strap changes simple and fast while also saving wear and tear on watch lugs which is highly preferable. Absolutely no need for tools.

The flexibility and comfort has increased greatly over time since arrival. Actually probably one of the most comfortable straps I have ever experienced. The Nubuck leather backing becomes more supple with wear. The strap seems great in water. Water just runs right off the outer shell and hasn't appeared to impact comfort after drying so far. The original sailcloth appears to be a great value under $35 with quality materials, high level of comfort, easy sizing, easy installation as well as a water repellant quality. There are numerous stitch options so I'm certain there is an Original Sailcloth for pretty much any watch so check them out.

I really look forward to completing a side by side of the original versus the new Avenger version a few months down the road so stay tuned for the review. Thanks for reading and as always I look forward to your comments.

























All versions of the original Sailcloth straps can be viewed here: http://www.bradystraps.com/Black_Sailcloth.php
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I've actually been looking for a strap like this, I just may check them out.

Great review!
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I have several Brady straps and really like them. They are a bit stiff, but once shaped they hold their form well and are more comfortable. Also, I use a deployant clasps on a few of them and they work well.

Check out the watches he is doing. I have one of his Bombfrog watches and a 2nd one on order.
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Wondering if a black with green stitching might work with my Deep Blue Alpha white green. Trying to look at some options as I love the watch but the bracelet not so much. Great review on this strap been looking at trying one but was a little worried on the size for my 7.75 inch wrist

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Just ordered a 20mm black with red stitching. Figured it would look nice on my Raven Vintage, or my Dagaz CAV-1.
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Terrific review as always Mike ! Thanks so much for doing it. Looks like another great strap, and backs up it's good looks with some cool innovations evidently too. Very nice ! ..Thanks again !
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I'm digging this strap. Might have to pick one up. @$35 it's worth a shot.


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I'm digging this strap. Might have to pick one up. @$35 it's worth a shot.


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Ordered, black/black. In Euro it's a steal! Thanks for the review and heads up!
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I just ordered two in 22'" black with green stitching and a black with orange stitching. Look like really nice straps for the money. If these work for me I have my eye on one more for the sailfish black steel and a blue red for my Seiko Pepsi.
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Great review and pics Mike! I've been on the fence about what to get for my Nitrox LS while I wait for Dustin @ N80 to make me a custom strap or 2. Decided a black sailcloth with orange stitching is the way to go! What a price, huh?
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Great review and pics Mike! I've been on the fence about what to get for my Nitrox LS while I wait for Dustin @ N80 to make me a custom strap or 2. Decided a black sailcloth with orange stitching is the way to go! What a price, huh?
Great. I hope to see some of these various stitch options posted on the forum. Interested in how they look on the watches mentioned.
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Really a great comfy looking strap. Thanks for the info/pics.
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I received my 22mm Bradystrap with orange stitching the other day. I was pleased with the overall quality and comfort - but I feel that this strap is not suited to a chunky dive/tool watch (ordered it for my Nitrox LS). Unfortunately, all of my watches are chunky dive/tool watches.... darn!

Anyone looking for a good deal on a Bradystrap? Because returns are not accepted....
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I received my 20 mm bradystrap today. I tried on both my Dagaz CAV1 and my raven 40 mm vintage. Looks great on both. I could see it looking a little weak on chunkier dive watches though.
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Well, no where was it advertised that this strap was perfect for a diver. So I certainly am not complaining, that's for sure! It's a very nice strap, and looks great on other slimmer profile watches. I'll pass it along to someone who can better utilize it. My search for a better strap option for my Nitrox continues ....

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Thank you, Watchfreeks, for the great review and kind words.


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The Avenger water resistant Sailcloth strap is on the way as well! Look out for the review soon!
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