I've got three different BluShark straps. They're not crazy expensive and I think if you buy two for thirtysomething each you get the third one free, whatever...
I got an Alpha slim, a "Pajama" band, and a standard AlphaShark "premier" or something.
The Pajama is really comfortable and looks good. It's like having stretchy blue jeans on. They look like blue jeans but feel like fucking yoga pants.
The Alpha Slim is just that. It's little thinner material, dries quicker, but has round holes and a round adjustment catch. Not my favorite as the round holes and slim fabric are kind of a recipe for stretching and possibly tearing a bit.
Premier is thicker "seat belt" fabric, slotted holes and flat adjustment catch seems stronger as well. Not as comfortable but any NATO band is far more comfortable than pretty much any other band you've ever had a watch on.
And yes, I feel like a fuckin' NATO band is pretty much a NATO band. No way I'd pay $70, or $100 or more for a nylon strap with a few metal catches. They're all strong enough to basically pull your hand off before breaking. I felt like a total rube spending thirty bucks on a BluShark when I could have bought a pack of ten different colors of NATO bands for something like sixteen bucks on Amazon. My buddy is a watch nut and said BluShark Alpha bands were the ones to have, so I bought a few. I'm not unhappy, but I know I could have spent quite a bit less, like 90% less...
The 2nd watch was delivered this morning. All titanium so pretty light considering the size.
This one fits since the bracelet is 8-3/4", roughly. Probably getting a nylon NATO styled strap, maybe even a leather variant. Straps are cheap enough and swap out so quickly, I may buy a few different colors for each one.
I know I need to get my original band rebuilt or replaced with another if I can find one. In the meantime I'm really enjoying the NATO straps and being able to swap them out in five seconds. I also like the fact that even if a pin fails, I'm not going to lose the watch.