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    Isofrane advice /experiences please

    Firstly, I cannot abide rubber straps that are sticky and sweaty.

    Assuming the above, is it worth me trying an Isofrane strap do you think ? they seem quite expensive for what seems to me to be a slicone strap - which I don't mind wearing on CASIO W800 etc.

    Subjective opinions and experiences welcome

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    Brilliant straps, however not sure they are worth the recent price hike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Firstly, I cannot abide rubber straps that are sticky and sweaty. .
    Personally, I love them. They feel real quality. I They are my favourite strap on a Tuna and I feel that the need a real beefy watch to partner well. Ultimately they are rubber and not resin so they may fall into your sticky category ....

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    Isofrane are very good straps, I have a couple and they don't feel sticky or sweaty to me. For a good quality watch it's worth paying the money.


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    Never handled a real isofrane but heard the Borealis is a decent cheap alternative. Have two on the way.


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    Honestly try Borealis first then see if you think anything could really be £100+ better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Goyne View Post
    Never handled a real isofrane but heard the Borealis is a decent cheap alternative. Have two on the way.
    Same here - Borealis is fine strap for summer.

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    Thanks for all your input - I will try a Borealis I think.




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    Picked up a 2nd hand one on SC a couple of weeks ago. Great strap and very comfy. No sweating here. But over £100 new is alot of money.
    Got a Crafter Blue coming next week. Will see how that goes against the Isofrane.

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    OP what size and colour are you looking in the Isofrane? I love the straps but it's already been said that due to the thickness of the strap it does need a fairly beefy watch.

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    OP picked one up from SC with DLC clasp. Looks and feels great on my Aero Nighmission. Little tricky to get on and off - but thatís a bonus as no skally-wagag will be able to pull it off your wrist

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    Obris Morgan also do a very good £20 alternative. I've got two.

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    I have an isofrane, an obris Morgan and a Borealis; all in the same style. I also have an omega version. Omega seem to have produced a thinner and slightly more pliable strap. I'd like to find a cheaper equivalent of the omega one as the obris and Borealis are 80-90% isofranes for 20% cost.

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    Of all that have been suggested I'd buy Borealis without a moments hesitation as the best value for money. I'd say it's as good as an original Isofrane (albeit with no vanilla scent!), and mine was £23.00 delivered instead of well north of £100.

    For the record (as with Steve) I own 3 ISOfrane-type straps - ISOfrane, Borealis and Cousins own-brand - so my opinion is based on experience of all those three. I've never tried the Obris Morgan, though...

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    I'll second the Borealis recommendation. I wear one on my work/surf watch and it's beefy but supple, strong and not sweat inducing at all...and I run hot at the best of times. For the money it's a no brainer.


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    OP, what width and colour are you looking for?

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    Something to be aware of is the different spacing of the holes on some of these variations. Wider spacing can make it harder to get a good fit. Here's a photo from somewhere.

    ISOfrane/Borealis/Obris Morgan


    I've never owned a Borealis but it does look like a very close match to the Isofrane (which I have owned and would recommend despite the price).

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    Borealis is new to me. Where can you purchase them from?

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    Iíve owned two in my time and can say that theyíre nice but not worth the money by any stretch of the imagination. I complained about the first one because the buckle was so sharp it marked my then baby daughter.

    Try Borealis or Obris Morgan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiSetts View Post
    Picked up a 2nd hand one on SC a couple of weeks ago. Great strap and very comfy. No sweating here. But over £100 new is alot of money.
    Got a Crafter Blue coming next week. Will see how that goes against the Isofrane.

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    Iíd love to see a comparison!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Perfect_Sandwich View Post
    Iíd love to see a comparison!
    Will give the Crafter Blue a couple of weeks then post something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrMater View Post
    OP, what width and colour are you looking for?
    22mm in light blue - The Borealis sounded good.

    I like thin in straps


    Tremendous input from you all - thanks

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    Last edited by Brian; 13th July 2018 at 21:54.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chime101 View Post
    Personally, I love them. They feel real quality. I They are my favourite strap on a Tuna and I feel that the need a real beefy watch to partner well. Ultimately they are rubber and not resin so they may fall into your sticky category ....
    Hello Chime, just to be clear, when you say they're rubber not resin, you don't mean they're silicone?

    Thanks.

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    the cousins versions are reasonable too, and £4.50! i was quite impressed, i was expecting soft lint magnets but they are quite stiff yet supple and comfy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk View Post
    the cousins versions are reasonable too, and £4.50! i was quite impressed, i was expecting soft lint magnets but they are quite stiff yet supple and comfy.
    Me too, theyíre amazing for the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktmog6uk View Post
    the cousins versions are reasonable too, and £4.50! i was quite impressed, i was expecting soft lint magnets but they are quite stiff yet supple and comfy.
    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    Me too, theyíre amazing for the money.
    I was about to order a handful of the Cousins version the other day but they seemed almost 'too cheap' so I stopped myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AAddict View Post
    I was about to order a handful of the Cousins version the other day but they seemed almost 'too cheap' so I stopped myself.
    I can recommend them, theyíre much, much better than Eddieís (sorry Boss), they are rubber so donít attract lint and are firm enough that the watch head doesnít move around.

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    Out of curiositeit, anyone compare Cousins to Borealis?

    My Borealis arrived yesterday, quite comfortable and doesnít seem to attract lint. Smaller holes vs Obris so easier to fine tune the size.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    I can recommend them, they’re much, much better than Eddie’s (sorry Boss), they are rubber so don’t attract lint and are firm enough that the watch head doesn’t move around.

    I'm going to try these first. It's for a blackwater.

    Thanks for the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Goyne View Post
    Out of curiositeit, anyone compare Cousins to Borealis?

    My Borealis arrived yesterday, quite comfortable and doesn’t seem to attract lint. Smaller holes vs Obris so easier to fine tune the size.


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    Still waiting for my Borealis, a good price for a classic look without the isofrane price tag.
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    Isofrane advice /experiences please

    I've had Isofrane, Cuda, Timefactor's, Obris Morgan and I'm currently using the £4.50 Cousin's version.

    Tbh, for £4.50 it's a no brainer. They seem reasonably well made, do not attract lint and they are comfortable.




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    Well mine arrived and Iím really impressed, so much so Iíve ordered a 22mm as well just in case. So Iíll have a 20mm and a 22mm both in black. Here it is. All the way from sunny Portugal.






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    Quote Originally Posted by oiljam View Post
    Well mine arrived and Iím really impressed, so much so Iíve ordered a 22mm as well just in case. So Iíll have a 20mm and a 22mm both in black. Here it is. All the way from sunny Portugal.
    The Borealis strap is spot on, hey.

    Paying full-fare for the Synchron version is bonkers IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oiljam View Post
    Well mine arrived and Iím really impressed, so much so Iíve ordered a 22mm as well just in case. So Iíll have a 20mm and a 22mm both in black. Here it is. All the way from sunny Portugal.
    Where are you buying them from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by troymcclure72 View Post
    Where are you buying them from?
    I think you can only get theirs direct

    https://www.borealiswatch.com/store/watch-straps/

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    Isofrane advice /experiences please

    Quote Originally Posted by troymcclure72 View Post
    Where are you buying them from?
    Yes buying direct as above. Donít forget 10welcome to get 10% off

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    no big holes for me..so never want those though they're much cheaper.

    Have three Isofrane and love them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seikomatic View Post
    no big holes for me..so never want those though they're much cheaper.

    Have three Isofrane and love them.
    The Borealis holes are the same as the original Isofrane and the current Synchron reissued Isofrane. Its Obris Morgan that has the larger ones.

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    My second Borealis arrived today, perfect match for the PRS18q. These straps are very comfortable despite being quite thick.




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    Borealis are great VFM but the keepers on the 22mm version are too big/loose (ironically the opposite issue that some have with Isofranes).

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    Does anyone know what thickness each of the different versions are?

    I received my Obris version last week and fitted it to the Doxa and while I like its natural rubber it's a touch too thick.

    I'd also like more holes for a better fit, although the OM isn't uncomfortable, just not perfect.




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    Just to add, I was looking for an Isofrane style and bought a Borealis based upon comments here. Have been wearing for a week and absolutely love it. Very well made, comfortable to wear even in this heat, and looks really good. Cost is much more appropriate than Isofrane (where price I feel is far too high now), plus ships from EU so no issues with duty etc.

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