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.