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on 12 February 2012
I've had my X-Lander Military for about 3 years and I'm on my second strap. I'm looking around at the options as I'm going to need to replace it again soon as this one is on the way out after about a year.
I wear the watch every day of the year and I love the watch itself. A year per strap is not bad considering how much I wear it. I do go climbing and mountaineering but I wouldn't say that I've knocked it or caught it a lot and I'm not heavy handed at all.
I'd say for the first 4 to 6 months there's no problem but after that you'll notice it degrading. It is the part of the strap that joins to the watch itself that wears out too quick in my opinion. I was hoping when I bought the second strap that Suunto would have worked on this but they haven't.
Basically the part where the strap connects to the watch is not reinforced very well. There is a plastic block inside at each end of the strap that the pin goes through for strength. The plastic snapped in both my straps. I cant be sure how long it takes for the plastic to snap because you can't tell untill you remove the strap. However, after a while you'll notice a gap appearing between the watch and the strap that slowly gets bigger. About 12mm along the strap (watch end) there is a square `shoulder' that should sit nice and flush against that back of the watch. This will keep moving out of place and you'll have to push it back around into place.
Eventually the entire area of the strap will become weakened to the point where you'll look at it and think "this will break soon". To its credit you'll still get months out of it at this point but having to readjust the strap so that it seats correctly bugs me no end. Plus having something that looks like it's about to break is annoying too.
X-Lander owners looking to change strap - don't! Look for another option.
X-Lander Military owners - (me included) stop replacing the strap and look for a different design.
Other customers who are here for whatever reason - don't buy this strap or a watch with this strap.
However, if you're prepared to buy a new strap every year or so then just ignore all the above. I gave it 2 stars because I just think its a poor design. I couldn't justify a 1 star rating as it does hang in there for a while despite looking like it will break.
Update - I replaced my broken strap with this one;
It's been going some time now and its noticeably better than the original. I will try and keep my reviews up to date.