The past few days, we’ve been covering the custom straps that are on offer from Vintager Straps. We’ve gone through the ordering process, some overview of what Micah offers, and looked at the Militare strap. Today, we’ll wrap things up by taking a look at the other two samples we were provided.
To start with today, we’ve got my surprise favorite of the group, the Mog. Much like with the Militare, it’s got a bit of a refined look and feel. With this one, I appreciated the reddish color to the leather (4.5mm thick on this one). On the Militare, the bulk of the strap, plus the Pre-V buckle, meant things got a little uncomfortable while sitting at a desk, with pressure on the wrist.
However, on our Mog sample, it was actually a longer strap. This mean that the buckle ended up more to the side of my wrist, rather than directly on the bottom. Translation? A much more comfortable wear. So, my recommendation might be to get a longer strap, or work with Micah to adjust the lengths some to get that buckle moved to a more comfortable position for you.
And now last, but certainly not least, we’ve got the coolest strap we sampled (and indeed, in Micah’s collection, if you ask me) – the Mauser. These straps are made from actual vintage ammo pouches – which means they truly are one-of-a-kind. On his site, you can see the actual pouch that the strap will be made from. I think this is a really great feature, and gives you some more input over the strap you’re getting.
Now, you might think that the old leather would be brittle, but I found it to be just a supple as the other two straps. I think the age just gives it a very unique patina and feel – not to mention being a great re-use. Paired with your choice of the stitching and buckle, this will be a great rough-and-ready strap. While not as polished as the other two, this is a standout piece.
So, how much will these straps set you back? Some of that depends on your choices of buckle (none, spring bar, or screw in), but most of the straps start at $145 (the exception would be the Mauser, which starts at $200). Are these cheap straps? No, they are not. But based on the quality of what I sampled, it seems like they’re worth every penny.
And hey, you’re supporting a craftsman in the process as well! With that pricing, though, you want to think carefully what you pair the strap with – not exactly going to pair this with a $30 drugstore special, now are you? If you’re in the market for something to pair up with the crown of your collection, Vintager Straps should be on your shortlist.