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Occasionally, some customers notice squeaks and groans from their heavy duty leather belts. This is more heard of on the extra thick leather belts like our Steel Core belt which is a 20oz harness leather.

There are a couple of things that cause this and it is normal and expected in the thick leather belts made from Full Grain Harness leather. Softer leather is less likely to do this but we don't use this weaker leather in heavy duty belts.

The main areas that can squeak are:

  1. Where your gear meets the leather. Holster and mag cases rubbing against the leather can cause squeaks.

  2. Belt keeper area where the belt goes under the leather keeper.

  3. Where the buckle meets the leather.

Sometimes it's just the belt breaking in and will appear to be internal. Again the harness leather we use in our heavy duty belts requires some break in...much like the old unwashed jeans.

In time most of this goes away after several months of use. There are a couple of things you can do to reduce the squeaks.

  1. First trouble shoot the areas. Remove your gear and wear the belt. If the noise subsides there is your issue.

  2. Baby powder works great to alleviate the sounds. Sprinkle some around and under the belt keeper, under the buckle area, and under any gear you carry. This works the majority of the time and harms nothing plus you will smell fresh :) You can also buy unscented talcum powder.

  3. Apply a light belt dressing sparingly in the same areas above. Just use your fingers and don't use too much.

In time the noise should go away as the belt breaks in and molds to the gear and your particular wearing style.

So, much like a rugged 1-ton heavy-duty diesel pickup is going to make a little noise, a thick Full Grain Harness leather belt might groan a little.

Don't worry...it just means you have one hell of a rugged belt!

 





Belt Sizing Instructions

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QUICK FIT:

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
tab)

 


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.

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