Alright, I’m not going to waste time telling you why it is important for your belt to be quality. I think that alongside wallets, belts are probably one of the biggest rip-offs that brand name companies sell. If you are going to spend a bit of money and get a nice belt, make sure it is going to last.
Saddleback Leather Belt Review– Overall Best Value
Pros: You may have heard me say it in my other reviews, but I absolutely love the Saddleback Leather website. They say their belts are strong enough to tow a train, and I believe them. They have a 100 year warranty, which means that if you want to, this could be the last belt you ever have to buy. They come in several colors, and are custom ordered to fit your size. And they will repair them free of charge, and even pay for the shipping!
Cons: Not a whole lot of variety. The belts are beautiful, but only have a few styles and 3-4 colors per style.
Company Integrity: Solid as a rock. The 100 year warranty might have tipped you off, but these guys are serious about quality, doing replacements, and repairs all for free. Not only that, but Dave is hilarious, and has an awesome background story.
Overall Rating: 4.5. Overall best bang for your buck, I would go with SaddleBack.The only reason they aren’t a solid 5 is because of the limited inventory and lack of customization. But their goal is to make strong products and they do it well. If you were to ask “Where should I get a new belt?”, this would be my first suggestion.
FoxCreek Leather -Lower Cost Quality
Pros: They are made with full grain leather, and are very reasonably priced. You get to choose which buckle you want, which is a nice little bonus, and they pay for your shipping.
Cons: They don’t have a very wide selection. They seem to specialize more in the biker clothing, so they only have a few basic belts. They have a 30 day return policy, which is fine in its own right, but pales next to the 100 year warranty of SaddleBack.
Company Integrity: My first thought would be backwoods, but they have made some technological improvements in the last few years. It is a family run business, and that brings with it a feeling of trust and integrity. You don’t have to call an 800 number to ask someone in India about your problems, you just contact Paul or his employees in their little shop in Virginia and deal with it directly.
Overall Rating: 2. At least for belts. They excel more in other areas, but their belts are fairly basic. I would recommend them, but I wouldn’t try and give you a hard sell on them. Their fine. I mean, I’m a college student. I understand what it is like to live on a budget. I know that some of our budgets may be more restrictive than others. FoxCreek makes it so that we don’t have to have some garbage bonded leather belt, even with low funds. They are a local American “Mom and Pop” type business that fits nicely in the “quality items on a budget” category.
Pros: These are full grain leather belts, and a lot of it is even vegetable tanned, which is impressive since that usually doesn’t give the color selection that they have. Speaking of which, they have a ton of variety in their colors and styles and prices.
Cons: Some of them are a bit pricey, but they are quality. The belts themselves don’t really have any flaws that rub me the wrong way though. They have a few cloth ones, so as long as you don’t think those are leather(they make it pretty obvious), then you are good.
Company Integrity: They have a super cool campaign called Give Will that gives backpacks to underprivileged kids for school. I think that is awesome. I give them big points for that. On the downside, their customer service response time isn’t stellar. I know that is a small thing, but I like to put it out there. They also make a big deal about their Lifetime Warranty, which is great, but when you read the fine print it is pretty limited. It especially pales in comparison to SaddleBacks absurdly long warranty.
Overall Rating: 2. I really like what they stand for. I like them as a company. I like their belts. however, they are up against tough competition. They do excel in the area of variety and customization. You get way more options with them than you do with our other belt companies we’ve looked at.