Founded in 2007, SlideBelts is on a mission to redefine how we think about belts. By relying on a new patented ratcheting technology, SlideBelts allows you to get a perfect fit every time you put on one of their belts.
But just because the way of securing the belt is new, does that make it better?
See our thoughts in our review of SlideBelts below.
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We will be straightforward and honest with you in the review below.
For a belt, the packaging is standard. In the bubble envelope, you will receive just the packing slip and the product, no discount codes or marketing inserts:
It was nice to see a foam box to prevent the belt or buckle from being damaged during shipment:
Lastly, here’s a closeup of the SlideBelts box:
The packaging should be good if you intend to purchase this as a gift.
The belt comes in two components, the belt strap and the buckle.
Here’s a closer look at the belt buckle:
As you can see, it comes in a premium-looking brushed metal finish. In addition, the buckle looks sleek, making it suitable for semi-formal wear.
On the side, you will see the belt is made in China, and SlideBelts proudly stamps in the metal that the design is patented.
Related: View all of SlideBelts patents
Lastly, here’s how the underside of the belt buckle looks:
All around, the buckle has a fairly streamlined design.
The belt strap is a unique design. Rather than coming in pre-set lengths, SlideBelts requires you to trim to size.
As you can see on the belt strap, SlideBelts smartly guides where you should trim based on your current waist size (in inches):
When taking a pair of scissors to the belt, it was able to cut through the faux leather material with relatively little effort:
Here’s a closer look at the composition of the belt once cut:
As you can see, there is a veneer of the finish material paired with what appears to be a foam (bottom portion) and filler material (top portion).
SlideBelts makes belts in many other materials, including full-grain leather, top-grain leather, canvas, and more.
Rather than relying on a traditional pin-and-hole design, the belt has many ribs on the underside that the buckle can latch onto when securing:
This difference in mechanics allows you to adjust the belt to your exact preference for comfort and security.
The belt will seamlessly adjust to your waistline if you are between sizes or simply putting on or taking off weight.
At a standard width of 1.25″, the belt shouldn’t dig into your sides when sitting or bending over:
After trimming the belt strap, it’s now time to attach it to the buckle.
Admittedly, it wasn’t as obvious as one would expect. However, after a quick inspection, you will simply slide the clipped end into the buckle with the teeth side:
Once in, you will then firmly press down on the metal flap until it is fully fastened:
Putting On & Taking Off the Belt
Like any other belt, the SlideBelt is easy to put on.
However, where it differs from others significantly is in the tightening. Rather than pulling and lining it up the pin to a hole, you simply pull the belt until it is at your preferred comfort:
However, one major downside to this ratchet design is the noise. To demonstrate just how loud this belt is, here is a short video (I did not alter the audio in post-production):
It’s fairly loud. Whether quietly getting ready in the morning, or fastening the buckle in a public restroom, expect to get a few side glances.
Luckily, taking off the belt is silent and relatively effortless. By lifting the buckle, the belt will disengage the ribbed underside and will unfasten easily.
Once fastened, the SlideBelt wears well. Here are a few different looks at it when standing and sitting down:
When sitting down, notice that it doesn’t have a large gap between your back and the pants. The secure fit will prevent any embarrassing “plumbers crack” from occurring.
After wearing the SlideBelt, here are some candid thoughts about the design, performance, and comfort:
What We Liked
- The ability to fine-tune exactly to your waist size is the most significant advantage to this belt. It is nice to get an always secure fit.
- While subjective, the design is versatile and should work on most occasions.
- While we opted for their flagship black belt, the ability to upgrade to finer materials is excellent for those men who want greater versatility and durability.
What We Didn’t Like
- The noise was the biggest turn-off of the belt. The ratcheting noise is loud and cheapens the experience.
- To further lower the perceived quality of the belt, having to cut and fasten it to the buckle feels silly. I get why SlideBelts does this, but having to cut-to-size makes me wonder why I just paid so much for a new belt.
- $45 for faux leather is a bit too much.
I appreciate the innovation that SlideBelts is doing here. Men’s belts haven’t really changed over the past several decades and are ripe for disruption. However, the loud noise and the requirement to cut and assemble the belt drag on the overall experience. For a ratchet belt, it’s good. However, if you want a higher build quality and more traditional experience, better alternatives are available.
When researching the history of SlideBelts, there were a few things that we wanted to share. First, SlideBelts was founded in 2007 by Brig and Michelle Taylor. Second, SlideBelts is based out of El Dorado Hills, California. Lastly, SlideBelts started through a successful crowdfunding campaign that raised a total of $1 million on StartEngine (source).
Discounts & Promo Codes
If you are looking for a few ways to save when ordering from SlideBelts, your best bet is to head directly over to their site for promo codes that actually work.
By just sitting on the page for a moment and letting the lightbox activate, SlideBelts should present you with a 10% discount on your first order by simply providing your email address:
Additionally, when you scroll to the footer, you should also see an area where you can provide your email for “…exclusives, offers, and the latest from SlideBelts.”
SlideBelts currently offers a one-year limited warranty on all belts.
This warranty only covers defects in materials and workmanship. You can read more about warranty terms here.
The return and exchange policy for SlideBelts is interesting. The SlideBelts official return policy states the following:
SlideBelts accepts returns for unused, unaltered, and undamaged items for a full refund within 45 days of the original purchase. That being said, we proudly stand behind our products and assess returns on a case-by-case basis with guest satisfaction as our highest priority. We’ll always do our absolute best to deal with each situation with the best possible judgement and fairness; we hope our guests will be fair and reasonable with us as well.https://slidebelts.com/pages/returns-and-shipping-policies
Interestingly, when you buy a SlideBelt, you need to cut (i.e., alter / damage) the belt for it to fit correctly. So while I didn’t exercise the return policy for this review, I could see where things could go south quickly with them denying a return.
Ratchet Belt Alternatives
While SlideBelts has a patent on the ratcheting mechanism, there are a few alternatives to consider should you be interested in ratchet belts:
SlideBelts provides a new way for fastening a belt. While it does have some advantages, the major drawbacks of cutting the belt to size and noisy closure get in the way of the otherwise sleek design.
We hope that this review helped you learn more about SlideBelts and their unique belt.
Shawn Burns is the founder and senior editor of Tools of Men. He started this site with the goal of teaching men proper grooming habits and sensible style. Shawn’s expertise includes in-depth product reviews and how-to articles. Shawn was recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his expertise.