We have all had one of those belts...probably many of those belts. The ones that after a few months of wear start to crack at the holes.
Cracking caused by processed leather.
Most department store belts will do this in time. This is because the leather they are made from, if it is leather at all, is generally a processed leather product made from scraps of leather. The same way particle board is made from wood scraps.
The belts with a plastic back are even worse. Those could start cracking after a few wears.
Hanks Belts will never have this issue. They are made from full grain hides and never processed leather.
A hide and belts made from it
This results in solid rugged belts that last decades and not just months. See the thickness in the below photo? That belt will last!
So when shopping for a belt make sure it is a Full Grain leather belt. Belts marked Genuine Leather or Bonded leather just won't hold up. See the difference a real USA Made Full Grain leather belt makes!
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If you are using your belt to carry a firearm
BUY 2 SIZES LARGER THAN PANT SIZE:
EX: 36 PANTS...BUY 40 BELT
For use without carrying items on the belt.
BUY 1 SIZE LARGER THAN PANT SIZE:
EX: 36 PANTS...BUY 38 BELT
THIS RESULTS IN A GREAT FIT OVER 95% OF THE TIME.
100% PERFECT FIT:
MEASURE A BELT YOU ARE CURRENTLY WEARING
This is super easy to do, only takes a few minutes, and virtually guarantees a perfect fit. Just follow the below instructions and make sure the belt you measure fits you well the way you will be using it with any gear attached.
Lay out your belt on a smooth flat surface. It is probably slightly curved but don't worry about that. Just measure through the curve.
Place a tape measure where the buckle meets the leather (do not include buckle length in measurement) and measure, in inches, to the hole you currently use to buckle your belt:
Scroll down to the description on the page and click on the tab that says "Additional
Sizing Help" (on mobile phones scroll down under the description, and you will see the
Now scroll down to the belt sizing chart and match the measurement you got above with the number in the "Measurement to the 4th Hole" column in the chart.
If you are between measurements, size up one unless you plan on losing weight in which case you should size down one.
For example, if you measured 37" to the hole you currently use you should purchase a 38" belt size. If you measured 38" you should purchase a 40" belt size.
Note that our belts are made by hand and variances in measurements can occur. Variances are slight, though, and will not affect the sizing.
That's it! Select your size, double check it is correct on the add to cart button, and add to cart.
And just to be safe, Hanks Belts offers free exchanges if needed, so you never have to worry about additional cost if you do order an incorrect size.