Army Camouflage or Solid Color Military Web Belts
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32 of 32 found the following review helpful:
Does the JobDec 16, 2011
I have a variety of these, bought over a span of at least 20 years, and almost certainly made by several different companies. Although the Rothco buckles are "made in Taiwan" they are identical (down to the smallest detail) to solid-brass buckles "made in America" which I purchased 15 years ago. Apparently, all buckles of this general type are made to the same government specified design. These are uniform belts NOT utility belts. If you want utility belts to hang gear from, consider 5.11 TDU 1.5-Inch Belt or UTG Heavy Duty Web Belt - Black
Pros/Cons: I happen to like the precise adjustment, and the ability to wear a belt very loosely when I don't actually need it to hold up my pants---such as when working at my desk. I like being able to adjust the belt on the "inside" (where the extra belt material is not visible), so that the end of the belt sticks out only 1" or so on the outside when worn loosely, and extends to my first belt loop when worn tight. Tightening such a belt in a hurry (e.g., if you have to stand up and shake a visitors hand) takes just a second and is barely noticeable---particularly compared to the awkward fumbling required to tighten a "regular" belt by several notches. Unfortunately, the belts are not so easy to thread though your belt loops as are slippery leather belts---not normally a problem, however it can be a hassle trying to put your web belt back on after going through airport screening.
Since these are manufactured by the millions primarily for military use (and to military specifications) they are high quality for the price. The fit and finish of the Rothco "gold" and "silver" buckles I bought was flawless. No sharp edges, no defects. However, different materials ARE available. The Rothco buckles are steel, and therefore send metal detectors screaming. Caution: The description of the color "brass" means "gold finish" NOT solid brass metal construction, similarly "silver" means "white metal". I have several expensive buckles of the same design in brushed-white and brushed-yellow real solid brass metal, which are NOT detected by airport metal scanners. Yes I said "white" brass---obviously mostly zinc---but called "white brass". Rothco also sells solid brass buckles separately: 4406 SOLID BRASS WEB BELT BUCKLE. However, the clip (or clips) on the end (or ends) of these belts are still steel, and will set off metal detectors.
"Setting" your Belt
When you "buckle up, pull the end of the belt to the left with your left hand to adjust the length. Simultaneously pull the the loose "gripper pin" to the right with the thumb and forefinger of your right hand---this sets the gripper tight so that the belt won't accidentally come loose. After a while it becomes such a habit you don't even think about.
All are 1 1/4" wide, the standard size for jeans, chinos, etc. The size (usually 44" or 54") is the length of the web belt, NOT including the buckle and is NOT a waist size. If your waist is >38", then buy a 54" belt. Some overlap is necessary. You can choose where you want the overlap---on the outside, say to your first belt loop; or on the inside (where it isn't visible); or both. The belts can easily be shortened (cut to any length you like with scissors), but don't be too quick to shorten the belts---you may need the extra length someday.
WEBBING (BELT) QUALITY
The Rothco web belts are thin and rigid, but are just as comfortable as thicker webbing. Rothco web belts have a clip at only one end (the end which goes through the buckle)---the other end is slightly ragged. Not a problem, but you might want to apply a little glue to the end to prevent fraying. Elmer's white household glue works well for this purpose. Elmer's All Multipurpose White Glue, 7 5/8 oz. (E379) Apply to the ragged end of the belt, work in, let dry. Elmer's glue is water soluble and flexible when dry. I've also used Beacon Fabri-tak which is not water soluble. Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive, 4-Ounce. It is harder to saturate the fabric with Fabri-tak, but it is particularly good for repairing fraying on old belts. Fraying (usually after years of use) occurs on the "business end" that goes through the buckle. If you've taken my advice, and have several extra inches on the "inside", you can cut off the frayed section and move the clip---or you can move the clip to the opposite end, so that the frayed section is now on the inside.
Thin vs Thick & Soft vs Rigid: On thicker web belts, the clip is sometimes not compressed enough and catches in the buckle---the solution is several whacks with a hammer (cover with a peice of cloth so you don't mar the finish) to close the clip more tightly. It is unlikely that the clips of the thinner Rothco belts will ever catch in the buckles. Soft belts can "fall out" of your first belt loop and flop around. However, the more rigid Rothco web belts don't flop around, and are unlikely to "fall out" of the first belt loop. In short, the thin rigid webbing is an improvement over the old thicker, softer, webbing.
PROBLEM--buckle "falls off"
Many reviewers report that the buckle "falls off" the belt because the gripper (on the back side) doesn't grip well. Apparently the reason for this is the "standard" design, which was originally for the thicker softer belt webbing. The gripper doesn't grip the thinner harder webbing so tightly. When you originally setup the belt, pull hard to set the teeth. Temporarily, you can "shim" it up with a scrap of paper,or a short length of Scotch "invisible" tape on the buckle under the gripper, for a tighter grip. Perhaps the best "shim" is a 1" x 1/2" piece of the sticky part of a "Post-it" (stick the sticky side to the back side of the buckle under the gripper)---because it is easy to maneuver into place, and will stay where you put it. However, even without shimming, after about two weeks of use (without moving the position of the gripper), the gripper will "set" and you are unlikely to have problems after that.
Why only 4 stars? Only because I like my solid-brass buckles better---they are undetected by metal detectors and will never rust nor tarnish, and I think that the brushed finish is more attractive than the shiny finish. Inevitable scratches and abrasions are very obvious on the shiny buckles, but are invisible on the "brushed"-finish buckles.
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
It's a belt. The belt works. The materials are cheap feelingFeb 24, 2012
I got this belt in black. It works OK. The material is a little cheap, the buckle is VERY lightweight. I dont know if I would trust this to hold a holster with a 9 or .40 in it. Maybe a 380. The belts in the army/navy stores are a bit higher quality than this and run about $2-3 more, but with the shipping its about even.
5 of 5 found the following review helpful:
Works, but certainly not cottonJul 02, 2011
By Jolly Roger belt
I've had this belt for a few weeks now and overall I'm OK with it, neither disappointed nor ecstatic. I have not had the issue of the buckle coming off like other reviewers reported.
-It works as intended.
-Long enough to fit most everyone and length is easily adjusted.
-It is NOT a cotton belt as stated, the material is nylon (or something similar), the solid color belts may be different though.
-At 1.25" wide the belt feels a little narrow, 1.375 or 1.5 inches would be more comfortable.
-Pattern is painted onto the belt and not stitched.
-The buckle could be more sturdy, but that's probably not realistic at the price.
It's well worth it as a decorative belt for occasional use, but I wouldn't recommend it as a functional belt for everyday use.
6 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Not goodMar 18, 2012
This feels like hemp or jute type webbing ,it might be cotton but boy it is stiff.It most definitely is not synthetic, at least not the khaki I received. Sizing is good, I'm a 36"-37" and a 44" leaves 7"-8" past buckle. The buckle is a little hard to loosen the first couple times but getting easier.I can not see the buckle getting loose or coming off under any normal circumstance.Don't think you will find a better belt at this price point. Really don't see how a more expensive belt could be any better.Will be ordering more in different colors.The color I have is khaki w/ black buckle.
OOps, downgrading from 5 to 1 star. Been wearing this belt for a little over a month,not daily.It has now become smooth where the catch grabs the webbing and will not stay snug.When sitting or bending the belt now slips and becomes loose.Constantly adjusting to fit.I doubt it will be usable much longer. Will not be buying more.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Sturdy. Great value.Mar 29, 2012
By Emily L.
I ordered the 44" black belt with black buckle. Product arrived very quickly. It is a sturdy belt, 1.5" wide, made of heavy duty cotton. I prefer cotton to nylon because they seem to be just as durable in all but the most extreme conditions and hold onto the belt buckle more securely because they are less likely to slip than nylon. Anyway, my two cents.
The buckle is heavy duty enough. Not quite bullet proof but sturdy enough to last a long time. Definitely worth the money.
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