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Reviewer: Don aka Tattoo Chef

Item being reviewed : 24mm black ISOfrane Dive Strap

Strap was purchased for myself.

Company Website: http://isofrane.com/

About Isofrane:

Today's ISOfrane dive strap bears the same design as the original ISOfrane dive strap of the 1960s. ISOfrane was standard equipment for several iconic dive watches of the era.

2010 marks the return of the ISOfrane strap!


Isofrane History:

When the makers of some of the most iconic dive watches of the 60’s and 70’s needed a rubber strap they chose ISOfrane!

Sometimes the simplest design is the most advanced –

When the ISOfrane dive strap debuted, it quite literally changed the shape of diving - or at least the shape of dive straps!

Before, the ISOfrane dive straps were usually made from rubber. They were sticky, uncomfortable and would often blister and crack in extreme conditions. These straps were even harder on the divers wearing them. Without ventilation, the skin doesn’t breath.

The ISOfrane strap changed all of that.

The ISOfrane strap was the result of a more humane design. ISOfrane straps were manufactured from isoprene.

ISOwhat?
The original ISOfrane straps were manufactured using a compound called isoprene. And just what is isoprene? Isoprene is a colorless, liquid hydrocarbon that is obtained in the processing of petroleum and/or coal tar and is used as a raw, chemical material.
Isoprene was far more durable, and maintained its looks.


Facebook Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Isofrane-Dive-Straps/259012627472407

Specs for 24mm
Physical strap length = 200 mm*
Effective strap length = 195 mm
Strap width = 24 mm
Strap buckle width = 22 mm
Thickness at lug = 5.5mm
Thickness at end = 3.7mm
Strap Color = Black

Options:

ISOfrane straps come in 3 sizes and colors. 20,22, and 24mm . Black , Blue , and Orange.

They also come with 2 buckle choices. The "IN" buckle or the "RS" buckle.

"IN" BUCKLE



"RS" BUCKLE

 




You also have a choice of brushed or polished, stainless or PVD.

There is also a dive extenstion available.



Pricing

ISOfrane straps range in price from $99 to $129 , plus shipping, depending on the strap width and buckle/finish options.


My Pictures:

















 


Summary:

This review is obviously a little different than most , as it is a strap, and not a watch.

I wanted to do a review on this strap, because, like most, I was very skeptical of how good it could be for the price.

$100 for a rubber strap? Are they crazy ? Are they out of thier minds? This was my first reaction to ISOfrane straps.

Is the price a little steep? YES. Is it worth it? Without question.

This is by far the best rubber strap on the market in my opinion.  From a design standpoint, with the double angled keepers, the angled edge of the strap at the end, the very thick buckle with screws instead of friction pins, it is a killer looking strap. The vent holes serve a major purpose, as not only is it a great look , but make it easy to wear in even the hottest weather, and they allow your skin to breath.

Comfort is off the charts. I can wear it one slot down than I normally would for a strap, due to how the strap just hugs the wrist perfectly, and even though it is looser than I would normally wear, it does not slide and stays right in the middle of my wrist.

It is very pliable, hypoallergenic, stain and water resitant and cleans up in a second. No dirt or lint catcher here. There are many look alike straps that have come out in the last year, make no mistake, they might look like it, but they are no comparison to an ISOfrane.

If you love rubber straps and want the best you can buy, or are not the biggest fan of rubber, try one of these, you will not be dissapointed. They are flat out the best rubber strap in my opinion, period. I find myself, taking straps and bracelets off other watches, and putting the ISOfrane on it. Anything with a 24mm lug has been earmarked for a strap change for the ISOfrane ....it is just that good.

Any member that was at the recent Greensboro NC get together this past weekend that looked at it, will attest, it is an awesome rubber strap. I plan on ordering an orange one in the future as well. Just that damn good.

So, I just wanted to give my opinions on it. For anyone on the fence, go ahead and give it a try, I am sure  you will not be dissapointed.

 
 

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Well done Don! Based on your review, I may just have to pick one up!
 

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I love them straps.

Someday
 

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how's this for a testament- i won 3 last yr and i'm considering buying more. these really are the most comfortable strap you'll ever put on a diver. i spent a good deal of time in the water last month down on the Cape and it doesn't move even when wet.

great review, Don. your photography is getting better, too :) :c

one of my 3-

 

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Great review. I couldn't agree more.
I kept saying no way it's worth the $. I got one used with a watch I got of the sales corner and now I own 4 Isofranes :) 2 blue and 2 black!
They ARE the best!

 

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Thanks for the review! I wasn't crazy about ISOfrane straps when I first saw them, especially at the price of an all gold Invicta:%

But I wasn't crazy about NATO straps until I tried one out... The difference being that you can buy 7 or 8 of those compared to one ISOfrane... Now I'm thinking maybe I should try one out!:)
 

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Thanks for the review,I've not been a fan if synthetic/rubber straps. Need to try this one to expand my experience.
 

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Great review Don....

I had wanted to try one for a while as I'm a big fan of rubber straps on divers but the price always kept me away.

After seeing yours in person at the Greensboro GTG, I have to say that they are head and shoulders above the typical rubber strap on a lot of divers.

I'll be looking for one soon, just need to decide what size/color to choose first.

-Murph
 

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I have the same black 24mm Isofrane with the SS and PVD RS buckles. This is one of those things you have to try to appreciate. It is like going from DVD to Blue Ray! Once you go Blue Ray, there is no going back:)
 

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Axelay2003 wrote:
I have the same black 24mm Isofrane with the SS and PVD RS buckles. This is one of those things you have to try to appreciate. It is like going from DVD to Blue Ray! Once you go Blue Ray, there is no going back:)
That was a great description.....its like a $10 bottle of wine to a $100 bottle of wine, a Ford to a Mercedes, a burger to a Filet Mignon.
 

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Tattoo Chef wrote:
Axelay2003 wrote:
I have the same black 24mm Isofrane with the SS and PVD RS buckles. This is one of those things you have to try to appreciate. It is like going from DVD to Blue Ray! Once you go Blue Ray, there is no going back:)
That was a great description.....its like a $10 bottle of wine to a $100 bottle of wine, a Ford to a Mercedes, a burger to a Filet Mignon.
Ford to Mercedes? Easy there!... Major bone to pick on that one! :whatever:

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