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Old 07-09-2019, 08:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ordered a black toad leather strap from Aaron at combat-straps to replace the caribu leather strap on my wifes Steinhart ocean 39, which she had ordered to replace the OEM leather strap which was too big for her wrists (she had to add an extra hole to wear it)
For reference, the caribu calf strap was $60 and the toad leather was $188. Both prices include shipping. The biggest functional difference between the two is the toad strap is padded (which cost extra) and the caribu strap is not.

I had ordered the toad strap for my wife in secret as a replacement strap for her steinhart not knowing she had already ordered the caribu. The toad seems a bit stiffer due to the padding, but it will take a few days of wearing to break in for a final analysis.


Aaron was great to work with. the strap had a 2.5 week turn around time plus shipping time from Canada. communication was great and Aaron was quick to respond to emails. he was very helpful answering all my dumb questions regarding the different materials and options, and his strap sizing (the toad is a little shorter than the caribu) was spot on. unlike purchasing the caribu strap (which was simply picked out of a list and ordered) this was a much more customized experience. my order was pretty simple because of the constraints on what would look good with the rose gold (pretty much had to go with black strap/black stitching) but there were custom options at almost every step of the ordering process from strap length, stitching type, and stitching color. Aaron was happy to help discuss each option with me and help me decide which would be best for my intended application. for the strap length, i deferred to his judgement, which turned out to be a few mm shorter than the caribu on both strap sections and leaves less overlap on my wifes wrists, which in turn, looks a little better in overall presentation.

i was even emailed pictures of the leather he would be using before production even started so i could see exactly what he would be working with.






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Old 07-09-2019, 08:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For reference, he's a few shots of the caribu strap. Honestly, its a great strap at a third of the price of the toad. No complaints with it at all.
my wifes initial thoughts were that the padding on the toad leather is a tad more comfortable on her wristbone, but the caribu conformed a little better. but again, the toad is brand new.

from even a short distance, its impossible to tell the difference between the caribu and the toad strap with the watch on wrist. its only when you get pretty close that you can see the padding and texture difference.

we will see how the wife feels about it after shes been wearing the toad for a bit and it has a chance to break in. in the meantime, the caribu strap resides in my watchbox until needed again.










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So neat to hear, and also see honestly WM ! Not only does it team
up perfectly with the Steinhart, but it somehow makes it even look
even nicer if that is possible ! It’s always amazing to me how much
a new strap, or bracelet can change up a watch.

This whole experience has to make you appreciate Aaron, and Combat
even more now. Awesome news ! Huge congrats there to you guys !!!

That includes for the caribou too !
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Looks nice, but is it water proof? Di Modell leather staps are padded and WR to 100m. I own several for years and they all hold up to pool time and cost less then half the price of the Toads.

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i doubt either the caribu OR toad are waterproof.

doesnt matter though as we dont get any of our watches wet anyway.
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