Toxic NATOs Shiznit N80 Strap Review
If you’re a watch nerd, and a fan of NATO straps, odds are that you’ve at least once looked at buying the $180 Omega Nato with its soft nylon and fancy signed keepers. However, if you’re like me you quickly decided that was crazy and that no NATO was worth $180 no matter how soft and comfortable the nylon is. The good news is, there are options out there with that same quality nylon and good looking hardware. The even better news is, they aren’t insanely expensive. One such option, is the Toxic Shiznit from Toxic NATO’s.
Toxic Nato’s have long been one of my go-to straps due to their quality, comfortable nylon and their unique hardware, and the Shiznit really steps it up a notch. As with all of their straps, my Shiznit came packaged in the “Toxic Waste” bag, with a few candies in tow as well. Upon first handling the strap, I was immediately impressed by how soft the nylon is, and the nice sheen that it had when the light hit the strap. The nylon measures in at a thickness of about 1.32mm thick, and easily threaded through the lugs of every watch I tested it on. I’ve gotten to handle a number of the different seatbelt style Nato’s on the market, such as offerings from Haveston, Cincy, Blushark, and the Toxic Shiznit beats all of them on nylon quality. Seriously, this is one soft, comfortable strap.
The Shiznit retains the hardware that Toxic Nato’s has become famous for, and all the keepers and buckles are sewn into the strap. I’ve always been a fan of the hardware style on Toxic straps, it reminds me in a way of a downsized Panerai buckle, and I appreciate the brushed finish, as opposed to the polished finish found on many Nato’s on the market.
I’ve had fun swapping this strap onto a variety of watches, and found that the grey pairs well with nearly anything (and looks especially dashing on my Oak & Oscar Sanford), and it’s just so damn comfortable. As of the time of this article, the Shiznit is available in both 20mm and 22mm widths, in 4 different styles, for $28 USD. If you’re after the softest, most seatbelt-y NATO strap, and don’t want to drop a house payment on an Omega NATO, then I’d highly recommend checking out the Toxic Shiznit.