The above video is from 2014. The current men's Leather Tow Belt only comes in one width and the buckle and rivets were upgraded to 316 Stainless Steel instead of nickel plated brass. Please look at our simple logical sizing chart below. Until about November, we said, "Buy two sizes bigger than the waist size you generally wear. But we started using a logical sizing chart below instead.
We only use Full Grain Leather and don't buy any belt that isn't. Here's why. A hide of leather is like a roof. The top part has the shingles on it which are the toughest and most resistant part of the roof. Likewise, leather has grain as the top layer and it's really strong and resistant too. Some companies shave off the top layer of the leather (grain) to get rid of the scars so they can use the entire hide and not cut around scars. But that's like someone shaving the shingles off of the roof so it looks better. So stupid. If they shave some off but there's a little left, then that's called Top Grain. Genuine or Split Leather is technically what it's called when there is no grain left.
We changed our buckle and rivets from nickel plated brass to 316 Stainless Steel. The brass was good enough, but our new hardware is way better. Some say it's like killing a fly with a shotgun, but it makes me feel good inside knowing that I'm wearing such strong hardware on this man's leather belt. Our clips were tested and rated to hold up to 750 lbs. and this buckle is thicker than our clips. So I'm thinking about 1000 lbs.
To sew all of these great materials together with a cheap thread would be like using a cardboard hatch on a really nice submarine. So, I chose the strongest and longest lasting thread I could find, and then bought the thick version of it. It is a marine grade polyester thread, the kind they use to sew parachutes and sails for ships. If your life depends on it, then this is the thread they use. Nylon is trash, but much cheaper and leather belts fall apart in a short time with use and UV light because of it.
I designed this leather belt with 9 holes that are 3/4" apart so this thick leather belt fits comfortably and just right before and after meals. Most belts only have 5 holes that are 1" apart. I designed it with the holes starting 2" from the tip instead of starting 4 inches from the tip like most leather belts. You never know when those holes closer to the tip will be needed for tying down something on the roof rack of your rig. I don't know why more belt makers don't design their belts this way.
This leather belt was not just made with one layer of full grain leather, but with three. Even quality companies just use two layers of quality leather and then put a layer of some filler in between to get the edges raised. I designed this belt with a layer of full grain in the middle too. Even though I can't see it, I have the nice feeling that this thick leather belt is quality through and through. This doesn't matter to most people, but it matters to me.
PLEASE READ THIS CHART
Thickness: 5.50mm to 6mm