Ah, the lowly nylon strap. These days, if people think of a nylon strap, they probably call to mind an inexpensive B10 (aka NATO) strap, or a simple one-piece with a thumbnail buckle. There is a whole other type of nylon strap, though, one that is a bit heavier-duty, and that of course brings a less-flimsy look to the table. Since I first discovered GasGasBones while looking for a velcro strap for my father-in-law, it seems fitting that we’re back talking about the brand with the popular GasGasBones Zero Zero velcro strap.
Before we get into that, though, it probably makes more sense to talk about the overall collection that Carl Evans has built up over at GasGasBones. As I mentioned, I first came across him and his company when trying to find a good velcro strap. Today, his nylon strap collection boasts 25 different versions, with various differences in things like width, hardware, and some that are very model-specific (say, for your Bell & Ross). Don’t like nylon? Well, GasGasBones does offer 11 different leather straps as well, some of which are just leather versions of their nylon predecessors while others look like sharp two-piece straps. Based on what I have seen of his work (and I do believe Evans is creating all of these himself), I would not have any qualms about ordering a strap from him.
Which brings us back to what we had sent over the pond for us to play with, which comes from the nylon collection. To start with, the GasGasBones Zero Zero watch strap is something that has a good bit of presence on the wrist, given that it has a 25mm width (at least for the nylon). It can still fit narrower lugs, however, as there are leather keepers sewn on (at the lug-to-lug dimension you specify) that can accommodate 20, 22, or 24mm lugs. That is just the start, though, as you have quite a variety of choices to make, as the strap is indeed one that is customized to your needs.
Sure, the GasGasBones Zero Zero starts off with a basic design idea, but you do provide your wrist measurements (along with the watch-specific ones mentioned above), and then you get to choose things like the color of the keepers (which go between the lugs), the color of the nylon, as well as what sort of buckle you want to have. This is where some real fun can start, as Evans has really jumped into manufacturing more and more of his own stuff since I first made contact. With the buckles, you have a variety of options that can be machined into a laser-cut blank.
In the case of the strap I was sent, all I knew was that there would be a surprise. Unwrapping it, and would you look at at that – it had the two-color aBlogtoWatch logo next to the brand’s red, white, and blue bullseye. Aside from being a rather cool personal touch for the strap, it shows how this is more than just a simple engraving. You can work with Evans to get the design or text that you want, and even work in some additional color.
As it turned out, when the GasGasBones Zero Zero came in, I had also just recently gotten the Magrette Dual Time in for review, so it seemed like a great combination to test out. And talk about traveling the globe – a British strap on a New Zealand watch, all on the wrist of an American. Fortunately for me (and for anyone who purchases a strap from GasGasBones), Evans knows what he’s doing. The nylon is comfortable, and it’s pretty easy to get the velcro to hit where you want. I believe the fold-over is preset to the wrist circumference you provide, so it should be spot on.