I got this to support my back and lessen back pain. It does both well and is non-restrictive to movements. Not only that but offers good protection both from trauma and cuts being about ¼” thick, which means about ½” thick where there is an overlap, and about ¾” thick where there is an overlap involving the belts. I have more overlap, protecting my mid section, than shown in the photo. The leather is of excellent quality and the belt well constructed. Glad I bought it. However I found two issues and overcame both. Having a 38” waist I ordered S/M and the sucker would fall to the floor with no resistance. I just relocated one rivet in each belt, and punched new holes in the belts. A few of the factory rivets popped. That issue may have been corrected by now, I bought mine several years ago.
I would give this 4 stars due to the issues stated above, but when clicking so I get a 3 star rating and the belt deserves better than that. So MRL gives me a choice of 3 or 5 stars with nothing in between.
February 10, 2018
The entire belt is thick leather and seems very well made. Looks and feels great, slims me down and adds a layer of protection for sparring.
The only caveat is sizing! I have a 44" waist so I ordered the L/XL originally. It was HUGE and I had to exchange it. By my measurement the S/M fits 41” to 48” waists, the L/XL fits 48” to 55”
The problem with the rivets seems to have been fixed, mine go all the way through and are sturdy.
December 24, 2017
Great leather with a really nice color to it. Mine hve a more reddish tint to them that pictured, but thats ok. Whats not ok is that the manufacturer seems to have opted for the cheapest rivets imaginable; as both of the two that I ordered ( one for me and one for a friend) lost rivets upon the first wearing. I would appreciate a bit more Quality Assurance in the future
June 05, 2012
The leather is of exceptional quality but the rivets could have been done better. They seem to be just glued into place instead of actually riveted.
September 28, 2011
Belt is made of a very strong, sturdy leather, and feels protective. Fits well and the buckles are easy to manage.
December 25, 2008
Great construction very comfortable did not restrict movements.
December 12, 2008