Patagonia Friction Belt

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Patagonia Friction Belt
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Patagonia Friction Belt -

The Friction Belt by Patagonia. Strong, multifunctional web belt.

FEATURES of the Patagonia Friction Belt.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Patagonia Friction Belt.


  • 1-inch nylon webbing
  • Quick-dry nylon webbing doubles as an emergency lash strap


  • 1 size fits most
  • Adjustable fit


  • length 46"


  • Made in the Philippines.


  • Anodized, anti-corrosive finish on buckle
  • Belt adjusts easily
Al's Sports
The low-profile Friction Belt holds you together when your day includes a backpack loaded with climbing gear or a pair of backcountry skis. It keeps your pants where you want them with flexible 1-inch-wide nylon webbing that dries quickly and serves double-duty for any last-minute strapping jobs. It's looped and bartacked onto an easy-to-adjust aluminum buckle that has an anodized, anti-corrosive finish.
Patagonia Friction Belt Features: Quick-dry nylon webbing doubles as an emergency lash strapAnodized, anti-corrosive finish on buckle1" nylon webbing62 g (2.2 oz)Made in USA.Style number 59174
Appalachain Outdoors
Patagonia's lightweight Friction Belt serves to keep your pants in place or to use as a quick go-to for emergency strapping jobs. Easy-to-adjust, durable, and quick-drying for multipurpose function. It could be the most resourceful piece of clothing or accessory that you have ever owned from Patagonia.
All outdoor sports become far more difficult when your pants fall down. Even if you're in town, it can cause a seriously embarrassing scene. Hold your trousers up with the super-strong Patagonia Friction Belt, and enjoy your day with confidence, knowing your pants are secure. With a hard anodized steel buckle, you know your pants aren't going anywhere.


The lightweight, low-profile Patagonia Friction belt weighs just 5.8 oz. and can double as a lash strap on your pack.

Made in USA.

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A built-to-the-hilt belt to hold up your pants in style.

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Additional Info:Made in USA.
Belt material:Nylon
Belt width (in.):1 inch
Buckle type:Tri-glide buckle
Fabric:1" nylon webbing
Fit:Adjustable Fit
Material:1 Inch nylon webbing
Weight:62 g (2.2 oz)
Width:1 inch
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Patagonia Friction Belt Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Yes, it's a belt, and yes, it holds my pants up. But I love this belt. I had been alternating back and forth between the Patagonia Tech Web belt and your standard brown/black leather belt for a couple of years. On a whim, I decided to throw down the $25 for this one, mostly just because I wanted a fresh color option. However, it's become the only belt I use.
At first I was concerned at its minimal 1.25 inch width, thinking it would dig in (I'm an adventurous sort but I could stand to lose a couple pounds, I admit) or somehow be less effective than the wider Patagonia Tech Web belt. In fact, it digs in considerably less! I didn't realize how uncomfortable I had been until I got my new belt in the mail and wore it for a few days. In addition to the increase in comfort, I find it considerably easier to put on because of how slender and lightweight it is. It just glides through my belt loops. The buckle, though just a simple, small chunk of anodized steel, works flawlessly. I almost never have to make any adjustments throughout my day. I've got about a 36 waist and it's just the right length. It might be fine for a 38. From the tip of the belt to the tip of the buckle it's 45 inches long.
This may seem like an absurdly long review for a simple belt, and it is, but that's just a sign of how much I like it. In fact, I think I'll buy another one in a different color right now!

Adam Wolf at on 03/08/2013

#1 Choice

This is now the only belt I wear with jeans. Gone are the leather belts that get wet and can only be adjusted by the hole position. Gone are the other nylons with their funky clip clasps that push against my waist. This belt is infinitely adjustable, functional, comfortable and stylish. What I really like...
- infinite adjustment
- no slip hold
- comfort (width is just right, not too wide or narrow)
- style (LOVE the Fitzroy Line against my blue jeans)
- Patagonia quality (feels bomb proof) What takes some getting used to...
- Fast exit is a little different than with a buckle
- Pulling to tighten**
- Tucking in the flapping end** ** I did not clip the end, even though I am a 30 waist, because I like to have a good chuck of material to pull. My advice: try it without clipping off the excess, and if you do clip, don't clip off too much. SUMMARY: Another outstanding Patagonia product: design, function, style and quality. My #1 Choice for anything but dress clothing.
Chazzz at Patagonia on 12/13/2010

Perfect Lightweight All-Around Belt

So I just had to create a review considering there were only two and the first one was really unhelpful. I'll start off by saying this: this belt is awesome. Its really lightweight. The buckle is metal, but not heavy in any way. You know that the only thing that will ever show signs of wear is the webbing itself. The webbing showed a little bit of fray on the sides, but this thing will be going strong for at least a lifetime of real use. I like to bring it with me everywhere because I can use it for tying down almost anything besides my waist. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. Personally, I love my crazy colored belt. I have the Patagonia mountain silhouette and I love it. 10/10!
Average Alaskan at REI on 05/05/2012

Awesome belt, awesome product

I bought this belt over two years ago one summer when I was working at a Kids Summer camp leading wilderness trips. This belt was worth every single cent. I'm a waist 30"-32" and it fits perfectly, its very durable webbing. Slight freying of the webbing near the buckle (but thats general wear and tear). I've never had a belt like this that could be used on the trail for tying something down or in my case, I wrapped it around a bathroom door handle while we we're taking shelter in the bathroom from a tornado. That door wanted to open to that storm but that belt held that door closed shut. So i guess you could say this belt kinda saved my life...definitely worth what they charge!
Tripper Mann at REI on 03/03/2013

Will last forever

I purchased my first friction belt back in 1986!! I'm still wearing it! There is something special in that simple, infinitely adjustable, buckle design - which remains unchanged all these years later. Prices seem about the same, too - which is surprising. Today, adjusting for inflation, Patagonia products have become a screaming bargain. The company's commitment to quality, the environment, and ethical manufacturing are second to none. I've worn my friction belt almost every day for almost 30 years and the only reason I'm purchasing a new one is so I can trim off the buckle-worn section and give the belt to my toddler son. Coincidentally, both my son and my new belt were made in the Philippines :-)
jonnyexpat at Patagonia on 03/17/2013

mixed bag

The belt is well constructed and one would be hard pressed to say much wrong with the quality of any Patagonia product. With that said, I agree with previous reviewers as the belt is definitely hard to tighten, as opposed to the tech web belt. It is a little too thin for my taste, and it doesn't really pair well with most oversized belt loops, which is practically every pair of pants and shorts these days. But again, quality and design is first rate, as always. I have a thin waist and there is definitely a TON of slack. It's the tech web for me all the way!!
mellofello at Patagonia on 08/27/2011


Many belt buckles cause skin irritation for me but the coating on the black metal buckle has prevented anything like that from happening (and I have really sensitive skin). I love that is is made in USA, it is mostly durable, eye catching and attractive. However,I did say Mostly durable. After continuous wear for about 6 months I have noticed a few loose threads appearing in the webbing and I fear the heat sealed end of the belt is beginning to loosen. That being said, I would still recommend this belt because those small problems do not subtract much from the functionality and beauty of the belt.
MStein at Patagonia on 05/06/2011

Patagonia Friction Belt=AWESOME

This belt is a great belt. It is perfect for camping or any other outdoor activities because it won't hurt it if it gets dirty or wet, etc. But you can also wear it for casual wear too. The friction buckle is great because it does not let the belt slip at all. Also, since you don't have to fool with a prong and set holes in the belt, you can set it for any size. I would recommend this belt for anyone - whether you want it because you think it looks cool, or because you need a good camping/hiking etc. belt.
Slackliner Stubbs at Rock/Creek Outfitters on 01/01/2010

Very Functional Belt

I purchased this belt originally to get to the minimum amount for free shipping. However, it's now practically the only belt I ever wear with my jeans. One of the big pluses I recently experienced was you don't need to remove the belt when going through airport security. It's well made and the ribbed feature of the belt does indeed keep it from slipping. The original length was a bit long for my waist so I cut it down, heating the cut edge so it won't unravel. It's held up well, and I look forward to many years of use.
Seminowl at Patagonia on 01/27/2009

great belt

This belt is a simple no frills belt. I have the tech web belt as well, but that belt can be a bit bulky at the buckle under clothes. I prefer to wear this lower profiled lightweight belt when climbing or hiking and it does a good job of cinching down and staying cinched. I docked a start only because of the sizing. I am a size 32 and I get only about 6-7 inches of extra length. This belt is definitely NOT one size fits all. I would say it could only fit up to a size 36.
kevj at Patagonia on 08/24/2013

Negative Reviews:

Not as good as they used to be

I had a handful of friction belts that were getting old. Some might have been about ten years old. They were great belts back then. Just ordered a few for myself and two for a friend. First they are a bit wider now which is nice but now made from a thinner strap material which slips easier. Also they are not as long as they use to be. My friend has a 37" waist and they just fit with about a 2" tail, which is not enough really. The customer should be able to cut them with at least a 6" tail minimum. So not really an "All" size fits one. Also Patagonia should go back to the thicker strap material so they don't slip as easily and make them longer so that the customer can cut to fit with a tail that can be tucked in the first pant loop.
oceanrider at Patagonia on 09/01/2010

Mini Friction Belt

I purchased the belt for myself and it was to small. I'm 6'4" tall and weigh 245lbs. I have a size 38 waist and assumed that the belt would fit, as for it's size being one size fits all. Well, it didn't fit. So now i've had to give it to my son (age 11) and I am still searching for a belt of this kind. One that can double as a tie down when I need it to.
RickyStick at Patagonia on 06/11/2011

One Size Fits All???

Nice belt, but I'm disappointed with the length. I wear 36 inch waist Levi's, etc., 6' 2" about 205 lbs. so not chubby. This thing has about 1.5 inches extra after feeding it through the buckle, not enough to make to the first belt loop on most of my Levi's. Looks horrible. Can't imagine someone with a 38 or 40 inch waist being able to use it all.
Mooseski at Patagonia on 01/08/2013

Not what I was hoping for

Well, I guess there is a first time for everything. Never had a bad review of any Patagonia gear before but this belt just doesn't do it for me. I honestly don't even know what it is about it that I don't like. Once its on, it stays tight but it feels more like a compression strap than an actual piece of clothing.
JayRak at Patagonia on 08/27/2012

Decent Belt

The belt is a good and stylish belt especially the mountain pattern. I have a 36 inch waist and it barely fits the belt should come at a minimum of like 42 inches that can be trimmed to fit. Almost all the people purchasing this belt would know how to cut webbing
JJPAYLOR at Patagonia on 10/01/2010

Friction Belt

Belt was nice but too small. I have 38 waist and the belt wasn't large enough. Patagonia needs to make the belts longer if they are going to say one size fits all. The belt was made of durable material and I am sad that it didn't fit.
topnut1 at Patagonia on 08/21/2011

you're slipping

I'd suggest a redesign 0.25 inch wider to fit belt loops better with better friction in the buckle. I have to tighten this belt about every 20 minutes. It is quite utilitarian for other tasks in the same way some bike racks contain an integrated bottle opener.
Bemis at Patagonia on 09/10/2008

Too small

This belt will only fit women. I got it for my boyfriend, who is definitely not a large guy. He has wanted one of these belts so badly. But it is too small--and he is just an average size guy. Definitely not "one size fits all'.
kt67 at Patagonia on 12/28/2011

Should be labeled "One Size Fits Most" as this thing is a little small. I'm a fairly normal sized guy (6'2, 220) and found this to be a little small...could be a bit longer. If you are above a 36-38 waist, don't buy.

wayp341238 at on 02/11/2013

Free size only if you have smaller than 38" waist

Normally like the gear. Belt looks good but barely 38" long, let alone long enough to fit a 38" waist. Much too small. Should make bigger and allow people to cut it down or call it something other than a size "All"
Fish73 at Patagonia on 08/21/2013

Neutral Reviews:

Depends on the need

As other reviewers have commented, the slip coefficient seems higher on this belt than some of the major competitor's products. Don't know if that is from the surface finish of the material or the design of the buckle (maybe a little relief on the gripping surface would help). I like the product...I own two, having bought them in different years, so I am a repeat buyer/user of this product. If you don't need to cinch it down to hold up the britches then you're good; however if you do need a tighter fit you will have to adjust it from time to time to keep it tight. Overall high quality strap that won't wear out, just a little slick if the load is dynamic. I would still recommend it, just based on how tight you like to keep it depends on if you'll need to adjust it to keep it that way.
Tuckieman at Patagonia on 10/30/2008

Nice, but painful belt

This is a very nice looking belt. I liked that you can adjust it to your specific waist size (rather the approximation of a particular hole in a regular belt). However, within a few hours of wearing it, I developed a pain down the outside of my left leg. I attributed the pain to too much time in the car, but it persisted even after stretching and exercise. Then I realized the belt was narrow enough to put pressure on the tendons and nerves just below my hips (check your favorite anatomy text for more detail). Switching back to my old leather belt eliminated the pain.
I suspect a wider web or the same width worn with pants that hang above the hips (on the real waist) would not cause this problem on me or anyone else.
Hudsonian at Patagonia on 09/29/2012

Excellent, but with "shortcomings"

I've acquired a variety of these belts/straps over the years – great designs and versatile (for waist, roof rack, skis, books, etc.) … but, like many of us, I've grown a little stouter with time – and now some belts seem to be cut shorter by several inches (they are: I just checked!), though broader (2.5 » 3 cms).
So, I join other reviewers above in requesting a slightly longer belt if it is to be truly functional for its primary purpose.
Why not make them all a standard 122cm/48"?
If that's too long for some of us, they can always be trimmed back.
Were it not for this minor 'shortcoming', I would give this product the Five-star rating.
AwAGB at Patagonia on 09/09/2013

Belts - small?!

Excellent quality, look and feel - but, woops and darn - the "one size fits all" - (my assumption, since there was only one size offered) - fits those users and models in the catalog - and was just fine for my college age sons - but a good 2-3 inches too small for me - ok, by Summer they should fit - but wanted them to use now - my loss - the boys win!
GlennScout at Patagonia on 03/24/2013

Its a great belt,... but

Pro- I like this belt, it looks great, and has a neat design plus its light and sturdy.

Con- The fit runs really small and I dont think it'd be easy for anyone over size 38 to wear it. Im right on the line and I can usually get it to the first belt loop. Good incentive to diet I guess.

It'd be nice if Patagonia made it for larger waist sizes.
maddrjeffe at REI on 06/06/2012

Loosey Goosey

I got this belt as a gift and I like the way it looks, but I have trouble cinching it in. I am really skinny and tall, so I rely heavily on belts to hold my pants up. I have a lot of trouble getting a secure hold with this belt and have had much better success with the Tech Web belt. I am constantly having to re-tighten this belt. looks good though.
MrAbominable at Patagonia on 03/29/2010

Like mentioned in a prior review, to have the mountains oriented properly (for the Fitz Roy color) you need to wrap the belt around your waist counter clockwise, which isn't how I typically wear my belts. Anyhow, very awkward for me. I also have the Patagonia Tech Web Belt, and much prefer over Friction Belt - just easier for me to adjust.

Jason at on 11/24/2013

Gear Strap

I've used gear straps in the past for belts, and from that view, this is a very expensive gear strap. I threw the belt in to round up a purchase. If you find yourself in the same position, I'd go with another point of purchase item like one of Andy Draplin's great looking hats.
Huckleberry at Patagonia on 07/15/2012

Great quality but small

Typical Patagonia quality but be forewarned:one size does not really apply here. I have a 40" waist and this belt barely has enough length to cinch it. I expected it to be longer so that it could be hot-knifed. Those with a 38" waist or smaller should be ok!
barkinmarmot at Patagonia on 02/16/2009

friction belt

this is a simple nylon webbing belt. pros: lightweight, good looking cons: not reversible wishes: please make it reversible, if you are going to make it out of nylon webbing, why not make it double as emergency webbing and provide info on breaking strength
bhm at Patagonia on 08/20/2010