I am a big fan of the Zulu straps, particularly the four-ring style. They are extremely comfortable, lightweight, and really give the watch a unique look. I personally don't do anything strenous enough to pop out a springbar, but it's nice to know the watch will be secure in the event that one does go.
Not so much fond of the NATO bands...the thinner stainless steel parts just feel cheap to me. The upside though is that they seem to come in a lot more sizes and colors. I've been searching for a blue Zulu forever, but nobody seems to carry them.
they are liked by many. i'm sure a search would have turned up post after post about them.
i've tried every type by maratac. the straps with thinner material (and also thinner loops as you've noticed) are preferable for certain watches because the band can contour easier. that is important for smaller watches or just watches with less space between springbar and body. the thicker wire hardware in your picture does feel more substantial, but on the wrong watch the look can visually too "bulky".
I find NATOS too thin. But if you want one, the Timefactors version linked above is one of the best. I prefer the thicker Zulus, and the the three ring configuration for both. They're all cheap enough for experimentation, so just buy a couple.
I have multiple zulus, zero natos and a few other strap type bands. I try to wear a watch with one when leaving the house. I like the thought that a single tiny metal pin failing won't potentially lose my watch for me.
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