This is a pretty common question that pops up on a regular basis. The short answer is the belt is molding to your body style.
Belts will mold and form to your body much like a pair of leather shoes will. Each person will have varying degrees of curving on the belt based on their body size, weight, and how they wear their pants. This is actually desirable and makes the belt form to your body and custom fit you resulting in a comfortable firm fit.
It is usually most noticeable in the back of the belt. Take Brad here for example:
Brad is a big guy and his belts will mold to his body shape and the fact he wears his pants a bit lower in the front. It is perfectly normal for a curve to develop in his belt and again makes the belt fit better and comfortably.
You will also see bends and indentations in the belt where it contacts belt keepers. Again, this is most noticeable in the back of the belt and especially when there is a single belt keeper in the back middle of the pants instead of two keepers...one off to each side of the center of the pants back.
You can minimize this a bit buy buying very thick belts like our Premier Double Leather Belt or our Old World Harness Belt. These belts will curve less than a lighter weight belt. For the most resistance to this, our Steel Core Belt is recommended.
Some people even say they thread their belts the opposite direction every now and then to even out the curving. Really not necessary, but other than perhaps being a bit uncomfortable won't hurt anything.
So to close. The Curving of your belt is just it molding to your particular body style. It will not affect the performance of the belt and in the ends makes it more comfortable!
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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.