I like leather straps on my Garmins. It really started when I got my Garmin MARQ Explorer with its gorgeous (initially) $250 strap. No question. That is the nicest leather strap I have seen for a Garmin. But, I did not want to spoil that strap wearing in 24×7, especially with a lot of sweat or swimming (though Garmin claims that this will improve it ‘patenia’). So, I experimented with some other cheaper leather straps — including Garmin’s much cheaper, standard leather strap.
They were ‘OK’ but felt ‘plasticy’, didn’t have any stitching and tended to show scratches. So, I continued looking on Amazon and eBay. A couple of months ago I came across these $23.99 TRUMiRR straps. I got the darker one. It looked great and it did not quickly show wear-and-tear like the previous one. So, I got the light one too. I now have them on my two Fenix 6s. I think they look great and they work amazingly well. I stopped wearing my Garmins when I shower so as to stop getting the straps wet. It will become interesting next Summer when I start swimming. Will I start wearing one of my many silicone straps. I have never had a nylon strap and really should try one.
But, I wanted to share these TRUMiRR straps with you. I know you will be happy with them. All the best. PAX.
Click image to access Amazon listing for these $24 leather straps.
I took these pictures on Sunday, June 14, 2015, around 4pm using my refurbished Canon Rebel T3i with the stock (rather unsatisfactory) Canon EFS 18 -55 mm lens it came with. I wish I had the Canon EFS 55 – 250 mm zoom that Deanna had got me for Christmas 2014. That would have given me some great pictures. I had not been planning to take any pictures of the camel. This was serendipitous. Deanna remembered my post and said “see if the camel is there”. It was and I did not have the zoom. This was on the way back from us going swimming in Lake Winnipesaukee. I had taken the 18 – 55mm on purpose. I only planned to take ‘swim’ pictures and the zoom is too narrow. Yes, I should have taken the camera bag. This will be a lesson. Or I can somehow raise the money to get the new Sony RX10 II that I am pinning over. That would have covered both my needs with one lens — though alas the 200mm lens on it might prove to be limiting in the long run.
Anywho. The Camel. It doesn’t appear to be on “Camp David” — on Route 28. It was in a pen NEXT DOOR. That is also a farm of sorts. They grow and sell flowers and vegetables — and sometimes litters of puppies. I have seen a Harrier there (like Braxton). It is a very attractive property. The camel was at the back of a barn on that property — or that is what it seemed. “Camp David”, which has two large structures, shown in the two bottom pictures (above), had some cattle (also shown).
I have to admit that I am still rattled by the lack of buoyancy I discovered, to my cost, on Sunday when I went swimming.
Wow. I have been doing some research. It appears that I have lost about 2 pounds of lift. That doesn’t sound much but that is about 40% of the buoyancy required to keep a person afloat.
The biggest thing I noticed was that I was floating vertically! That was scary. But, now it makes total sense — and this diagram shows it all.
Most of the 20 pounds of fat came off my waist and a bit off my chest.
Having that fat on my waist previously lifted my waist up so that I was horizontal. Now without that fat, my lower body sinks.
I am sure that I will get used to this.
Divers know about this. When they lose weight they reduce the amount of free weights they use.
But, I am not sure whether this issue is ever talked about in normal weight loss discussions. This could be dangerous. Somebody who has say lost 50 pounds might think that he/she can now swim better and dive in — without realizing that they are going to experience one heck of a shock.