I received mine today. It doesn't seem as well made as the original, to be honest, so this one will go into the box and I'll keep using the old one.
I wish I knew the risk of using the old strap rather than the safe strap. What information is available regarding the risk?
My "safe" strap arrived while I was on holiday and today I noticed two differences from my original strap for my 10x42SFs.
The rear of the padded neck piece had an inferior backing, the SF strap had a gripping liner, the new one plain slippy nylon.
The leather "end piece" where the broad neck band joins the "nylon"? lanyard is different. On the original strap the leather narrowed to match the width of the lanyard. The Zeiss logo was also on the narrow leather whereas the safe strap has the logo on the simpler leather end piece.
Yes, you have the correct strap for your HT binocular.
It is exactly the same strap for all binocular models.
This - exactly! In fact my new one had a significant defect in the nylon webbing - see photos. I have expressed my concerns to Zeiss and asked for a replacement. I'll see what happens.
Hello RichardI've received replacement straps for my FL and HD bins and the replacement strap looks virtually identical. On the new strap the neck piece is slightly wider and has a fabric rather than rubberised back. So for me its a slight improvement.
So Gary why is my replacement strap different to the original?.
I did not say the strap was the same as the original. I said that the strap was the same one for all the binocular model i.e. the Terra, Conquest, HT etc. are all supplied with the same strap.
Your original strap had a rubberised backing and the new one does not - hence they are different.
Sorry to labour my point about the replacement straps, but I have just looked at the Zeiss Nature Catalogue 2019/2020. The cover photograph shows a young woman holding a pair of SFs with exactly similar straps to my original SF strap. Inside the publication there are several more photographs of people with SF binoculars including Dr Gerold Dobler also with straps similar to mine. The transition from the broad neck piece to the fabric lanyard is altogether more stylish (and expensive?) than the replacement.
I guess I expected a similar strap without the carcinogens.
I accept that the replacement strap will be functional, although this thread has indicated a couple of issues.
I guess in the end it's style vs risk.
thanks Gary; is it the case that you can tell visibly the new PAH-free strap from earlier straps then?