If it slips, you aren't wearing it right
My all time favorite pants to wear out in the woods are my trusty BDU's- Durable, breathable, comfortable, and CHEAP ($15-$20 a pair vs $40+ for something I'm just going to shred in one season of bushwhacking through cactus). Only problem with BDU's is that they're designed to fit a wide range of people, so a belt is a necessity.
After struggling with a few different belts that fell apart, slipped, etc, I saw this at REI and thought "that looks just about perfect!" It turned out to be exactly that: Durable, light, stays where you put it- everything you could want from a belt. So simple, but boy does it save a lot of hassle.
To those who say this belt slips: You're wearing it wrong. It does not secure like a normal "put the pin through the hole" belt- it cinches down and ends up folding over itself. The tail of the belt should NOT end up going through the triangular shaped loop. You should instead:
-pass the tail UNDER the buckle
-bring it out through the center between the smooth side of the floating center bar and where the other end of the belt is sewn to the buckle
-bring is over the center bar and back under the buckle
-pull the tail (which should now be doubled over itself with the floating center bar of the buckle inside the apex) to cinch it tight.
Now, any time there is stress on the belt, the knurling on the center bar of the buckle actually grips the belt tighter. The harder you pull, the tighter it holds.
Won't come loose!
Function: For a skinny guy like myself, a sturdy belt is a must if I don't want to lose my pants! I had been looking for a belt that wouldn't slip or loosen during vigorous activity and this one delivered. As another commenter mentioned, to ensure a good grip the belt needs to pass back through the V shaped portion, after that it won't budge.
Durability: The webbing on this belt is thick and feels quite sturdy. The stitching also seems top notch. I've worn mine for awhile now and I haven't noticed a single sign of wear and tear yet.
Style: It's a black belt with a gunmetal buckle, meaning it will pretty much match anything. Certainly you won't be wearing it with a tux but it goes well with a pair of hiking pants. That said, I wouldn't mind seeing some more design options.
Drawbacks: I've only found one flaw that has kept me from wearing this belt more often. Once looped back through itself, the buckle portion of the belt sticks out quite a bit farther than an average buckle would. Ninety percent of the time this isn't an issue, however when backpacking it can interfere with the hipbelt of my pack if I'm wearing higher riding pants. I could see similar problems wearing it under a climbing harness but I have yet to try it.
Overall: All in all this is a great belt and I'd recommend it to anyone looking to keep their drawers up!
Great, rugged design
I ordered this belt hoping for something rugged and durable but lightweight enough to be versatile as well. From my first impressions, this belt fits the bill perfectly. It seems to be very high quality, solid construction (very durable nylon material, good width). The belt tightens nicely and stays rock solid thanks to a great buckle design that has grooves (for lack of a better word) to lock it in place. Only very minor downside was I found it almost too difficult to loosen when I wanted to (you have to slide the locking mechanism out first and then work it loose), but I'd much rather a belt be difficult to loosen than too difficult to tighten.
To me, this belt seems like a great option for serious outdoors activities, climbing (although I'm not sure it's rated to be used as a climbing belt), or even just every day/all-purpose use. The plus is that it's even a bit stylish in my opinion, it looks good. Seems like a belt that will last for years.
this is gonna work out!
i just got this!! it was very intuitive how to lace it up so it doenst slip. i cant imagine wanting this belt snugged up while visiting a food buffet. it could lock on..haha.
it doesnt slip. i bet you could multi task with this belt had use it to cinch down a load.
i just got back from a backpacking trip. 50 miles. i was wearing an older REI belt and as i got skinnier i had to poke new holes it in. i got to the very end and it was still loose. i had to find another option. this belt may work! i hope it rides under a hip belt attached to a heavy pack okay. i find out in august. next trip is good to go.
i dinked it one star..the buckle is kinda huge, and it is a tad awkward un-cinching it.
Better than I expected
I wanted a belt that was adjustable in minute increments and was 1.5 inches wide to fit my jeans. I was tired of adding holes in belts, having the belt too tight or too loose depending on the pants or shirts I put on. My near 50-year old leather Lawrence belt was looking rough and the hole I usually used was tearing. I had a hard time finding what I wanted (most belts are 1-inch) until I came across this belt. The reviews and the description/photos clinched it. I got a black and an olive belt. Very rugged, I can adjust to the exact amount of tightness or looseness, and the buckle looks great. Robust. Made in the USA! Great design, great materials. I recommend to anyone who needs a belt with these characteristics.
Heavy Duty Quality In A Belt
This belt has very durable webbing. I was so happy with the one I bought in the store, I ordered a black one online.
The key features for me are the metal hardware on the buckle keeps the belt exactly where I adjusted it. The thickness and stiffness of the webbing keeps your pants from rolling over it. It will stand up to carrying basic items like a leatherman, phone, GPS etc. But not stiff enough for someone using this for law enforcement applications.
It's very fast to release the belt, but takes a little work to secure. But once it's secure you want worry about it for the rest of your adventure. I now have both brown & black and they look great with my Mistral pants or jeans.
like a Ziptie for your pants!!
okay. i've worn this thing staight for several days. i think i have a grip on the situation. i love this thing!! i bought it to wear backpacking. i hope it is comfy under a hipbelt of a pack. i find out next month. back packing you lose weight, and my last REI belt i had to poke new holes. not with this belt. i quick yank and i can get a decent tension to hold up all my pants.
downside? big glass of water + and a cup of coffee + long commute = troubles in the bathroom. maybe i havent practiced enough, but this belt can be difficult to undo..work fast!! i think i am gonna buy one for my brother as well.
Quality Tough Belt
I love this belt and plan to get other colors now. The best feature is the belt buckle design. It stays right where you tighten it and doesn't loosen one bit.
If you are into a lot of vigorous outdoors activities where you don't want to have to re-tighten your belt or pull your pants up every few minutes... this is the belt for you. It also looks great with a pair of jeans or khakis in a casual or business casual environment.
The webbing is thick, sturdy and of high quality. Strong stitching that will hold up to everyday use. I will have this belt for many adventures and years to come.
This is an awesome belt.
I have owned this belt for about 4 years, and it's still in great shape.
When I first wore this belt it loosed up on me due to a lot of activity, until I discovered that if you take the end and flip it over and through the "V" of the buckle, it will NOT loosen up, even if you tried. You have to undo it to loosen it back up. It NEVER loosens.
Bought a couple for my siblings and they love'em.
By far the best belt I've ever owned.
3 years and still holding up strong!
Ive owned this belt for over 3 years now and i can honestly say its bomb proof. Its been on every hike, every fishing trip, every time i am wearing pants im wearing this belt! Now after 3 years its now starting to show some signs of use, but just barely. I have run this belt through everything i could through at it at its consistantly done exactly what it was designed to do; hold up my pants!