Good quality belt ?

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  1. k7

    k7 Long pockets, short arms

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    I wish that Geiger & Willis were still around. Lands End purchased them and ran the brand into the ground although, to be honest, while they made great clothing, the modern era company wasn't managed well either.

    Anyway, they made a rifle-sling belt and I purchased one in the mid-90's. It's the only casual belt I own so it's worn almost daily.

    The closest version I've found is from here:

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    It seems to be very, very similar to the G&W version.

    Here's a good article on the history of G&W if you're interested. It's a shame that brands like them and Abercrombie & Fitch (the real Abercrombie & Fitch, not the fucking store in the mall that sells t-shirts) are no longer around.
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  2. Carl Spackler

    Carl Spackler Been here awhile

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    Filson. Double belt. I have one in brown and one in black. Never will you need another belt.
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  3. Plaka

    Plaka Brevis illi vita est

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    Yeah, that place in the mall doesn't have nice engraved double rifles in .375 H&H.
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  4. LarryGS

    LarryGS Been here awhile

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    I remember the Geiger and Willis catalog. I think I bought a shirt from them that I still have. That belt does look nce. I'll save the link when I'm looking, next time. Thanks.
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    Hetzel88 cycles is a mean toy

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  6. groop

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    Not to jack the thread but this made me laugh. My first experience with A&F was about 1980 when I accompanied my friend and his father to the A&F store in Beverly Hills to pick up a pistol. I remember all the taxidermy and high end clothes..real rugged stuff. I think I recall they had a travel agency too that featured big game hunts to Africa and India. When I was told 20 years later that an A&F store existed in my local mall, I thought I would go there to research a firearm purchase. Imagine the surprise of emo kid behind the counter full of skinny jeans when I told him why I was there...:lol3

    hijack off
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  7. univibe88

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    I have a belt and briefcase from Gfeller. They use vegetable tanned leather from Hermann Oak Tannery in St Louis. The leather starts a light tan and takes on a deep reddish/brown as it ages.

    http://www.gfeller.us/fieldbelts.html
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  10. Snapper

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    thebeltman.net horsehide gun belts
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  12. SgtDuster

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    I personally wear and like the Duluth Trading's garisson belt.



    I think that every leather belt will curve eventually.
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  13. tony the tiger

    tony the tiger Long timer

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    I just want a decent leather belt that allows the buckle to be "snapped" onto the end.
    I've got a few buckles I like to use, but these sewn-end belts won't do it for me.
    The belt I'm using now is the same one I've had for over 30 years, and it's about time for replacement.
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  14. CA_Strom

    CA_Strom Cunning Linguist

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    I got a couple,of these no-holes Nexbelts from a friend who is a PGA Tour pro. I guess they're all the rage, and I can see why. Infinitely adjustable and comfortable as hell. The ratcheting mechanism is slick and well built. It's very easy to swap buckles, so when traveling on business I carry a black leather and a cordovan leather with one brushed stainless buckle. Made in USA too!

    http://www.nexbelt.com/collections/essential/products/essential-classic-ebony-dress-belt
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  15. ydarg

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    For an all purpose leather belt?
    Eddie Bauer if you can find one. I have three of them, 1 is 10+ years old. Plain and simple 1.5" belts with a brass buckle. Been to hell and back but still in good shape.
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  16. Tinfish

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    I have a Filson belt that is about five or six years old, with daily use all year long, and is just now starting to show signs of wear. I'll probably pick up another once this one is looking a bit more worn assuming that their quality is still good. The cheaper belts I owned before all seemed to wear out in a year and a half, maybe from sweat or just poor quality materials.
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  17. LarryGS

    LarryGS Been here awhile

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    Since the original posting I've picked up a few belts -
    Ebay "Amish belts" - pretty good in terms of sturdiness, thickness of leather, "poor" in terms of dyeing - they leave black marks on lighter colored pants.
    Hanks CCW belt, black - pretty good belt, nothing great or terrible about it.
    Saddleback Leather, Old Bull 1.75" belts (I've purchased 2 of the Dave's Deals models at a 25% discount) - well made, tough, sturdy and thick. I do wish the buckles could be easily swapped out, but that's not a deal breaker. I'd recommend these, both the chestnut and the carbon black colors.
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  18. AppFan

    AppFan Been here awhile

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    Those look interesting. As someone who is frequently between hole sizes on their dress belts I like the idea.
    I don't see sizes though other than "fits up to a 45" waist". Does that mean if a person is a 36 they're going to have 9" of belt to tuck away on the end or am I missing something?
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  19. CA_Strom

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    Each belt is clearly marked in 1" increments on the back side. 30 seconds to cut to your size and reattach the buckle. The buckle has a very nice toothed clamp that quick releases from the belt. This makes it very easy to switch belts with one buckle and you can instantly adjust the belt to your perfect size. All my old nice belts with old style "hole" buckles sit idle now. The quality of their leather belts is very good too.
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  20. SVTNate

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    I own about 3-4 belts from The Beltman. They are very good quality, but I prefer my shark skin lined from TT Gunleather. Milt Sparks makes great belts, and Armour belts has a ton of options to choose from.

    I can't wear flimsy regular belts anymore. I've exclusively worn horse hide or bull hide gun belts for the past 10 years, with or without a firearm.

    I probably have 6-8 of them currently, and I'm planning to order a couple more. I do have a Beltman or two that are finally getting worn out (after 10 years or so of use)
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