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Old 11-24-2013, 10:59 AM
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Quality Leather Belts Needed

OK, Just like most men, I've been wearing leather belts my whole life.
I've never spent more than $25 for one, and they never last more than 2 years before they stretch out or fall apart. I usually get the 1 1/2" belts as I wear jeans and they fit well.

Well, I've lost some weight and need some new belts. Looking around online, I see some belts going for $60 and up. They look good, and I guess $60 is the new $25.

So, does anybody have a particular brand or company that they have had good long lasting experience with?

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Old 11-24-2013, 11:04 AM
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For the last 10 years I've been wearing a leather belt I got off some guy at a leatherworks booth at a WW2 re-enactment I went to to check out the vehicles. Think it cost 10-15 bucks, was a strip of heavy raw hide with a heavy buckle designed to carry ammo pouches.

Id get one like it from army navy or a similar souce or swap meet. I cut the belt down and drilled holes as needed, its been indestructable

Started out tan, and as worn, took on a beautiful dark brown petina
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Old 11-24-2013, 11:09 AM
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Johnston and Murphy shoe stores have great belts. They are located in most big malls.
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Old 11-24-2013, 11:20 AM
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I have a Levi Straus belt I have been wearing for at least 30 years. It is still strong but is getting pretty misshapen. I try over the years to find something equal but all the new ones fall apart in no time.
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Old 11-24-2013, 11:30 AM
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There are lots of custom leather workers online now, but buyer beware. Lots of them use very light stock.
As far as production belts go, I prefer Bianchi belts. Bianchi is primarily a gun leather concern. Heavy stock, good buckles that are usually removable to customize, not too pricey. A version of this one is what I wear all the time and being a skinny old cowboy with no hips, I can say it holds my pants up very well, even when wearing a 1911 or my S and W 626. AMZN has the best prices on Bianchi belts I've seen. I have it in plain leather and also a tooled one as shown. Under 50 bucks on AMZN

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I buy my belts from Lands End: Lands' End | Shop Quality Clothing, Home Goods, Gifts and more

Most are under $50, and they seem to last me nearly forever.
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I bought one of these and love it. The latching mechanism is similar to the system on zip ties and allows almost infinite adjustment. You can buy them on Amazon. I saw them on Shark Tank.

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I've had one of these belts for 3 years, and when laid flat, it's still straight. I carry a firearm with me most of the time, either a 1911 or one of my revolvers...and the belt is still straight.


BullHide Belt : Great Gun Holster Belt : Up to size 80
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Size 80???
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Size 80???
For the average "bull".
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Size 80???
big as a cow
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You need something strong to hold the weight of that much denim...
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Old 11-24-2013, 12:21 PM
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I bought one of these and love it. The latching mechanism is similar to the system on zip ties and allows almost infinite adjustment. You can buy them on Amazon. I saw them on Shark Tank.

No Holes Belts as Seen on Shark Tank | Mission Belt Co
Those would be good for casual wear. But too many of the buckles are sold out. I'll save it for later.
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I've had one of these belts for 3 years, and when laid flat, it's still straight. I carry a firearm with me most of the time, either a 1911 or one of my revolvers...and the belt is still straight.


BullHide Belt : Great Gun Holster Belt : Up to size 80
These belts look promising. Never had a belt 1/4" thick before.
Should last. Comfort?
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I've had one of these belts for 3 years, and when laid flat, it's still straight. I carry a firearm with me most of the time, either a 1911 or one of my revolvers...and the belt is still straight.


BullHide Belt : Great Gun Holster Belt : Up to size 80
X2 to this. Buying a heavy belt meant to hold equipment or a weapon, and using it as a regular belt pretty much gurantees something that will last forever.

My old belt looks just like these, (only cruder).

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