Haveston Invasion Strap Review
If you’re like me, odds are that you have a massive stash of NATO straps of varying color, pattern, and manufacturers (mine live in a gallon-size freezer bag). I have many straps of questionable quality that I bought simply to match one watch that I haven’t owned for months. But why do we accept mediocrity when it comes to NATO straps? Sure, they’re low cost and replaceable, but that’s no reason to not search for the best options on the market. If you’re active in the Instagram watch community, you’ve likely seen the influx of posts featuring a new NATO player in the game: Haveston Straps.
Haveston is based out of the UK, and currently offers two different strap patterns: The Invasion Strap (themed after WWII aircraft), and the M1936 (themed after military canvas tones). I selected the Invasion strap myself, but both are quite eye catching.
Upon receiving the strap, the first thing that surprised me was the quality of packaging. I’ve become so used to the standard NATO strap packaging: nothing. So when I opened the shipping envelope and was greeted not by a Ziploc bag, but instead a neatly wrapped package complete with themed materials, I knew I was in for a treat.
The strap is made out of a high quality “seatbelt-style” canvas, similar to what you might find on Omega straps, which is soft, comfortable, and provides a premium feel compared to a standard NATO weave. The hardware has a nice polished finish with no sharp edges, and rounds out the quality feel of the strap. The main feature that led to me ordering the strap, apart from the very cool stripe pattern, is the keepers. Unlike a standard NATO where the keepers are sewn into the strap, the Haveston keepers can be moved up and down the strap, allowing you to adjust to perfectly fit the strap tail. I’ve got small wrists, and usually have to fold over the tail of my NATO’s, or trim it to fit. With the Haveston, that was not the case. The length of this strap is shorter than what you might be used to, but given the adjustable keepers, ensures that you won’t have an excess tail, and according to the website the strap can accommodate up to an 8.5” wrist.
I’m on the never ending hunt for the perfect NATO strap, and if you are too, I’d recommend taking a look at Haveston’s offerings, as well as watching for their next designs. It just might be good enough to end your journey, and at $28.55 (including shipping), it’s hard to resist. The straps are only offered in 20mm as of the writing of this article, but I believe they’ll be adding 22mm options shortly.