The first belt I have had last longer than a year, holds up to my Harley belt buckle like no other belt I have owned...
I am truly a fan of the 5.11 dressbelt. As many have stated in other reviews the permastiff insert is outstanding for supporting concealed carry tools and EDC items. The ultimate flaw is it tends to break at the hole you wear it most. I'm on my third one. I can't say that I'm getting a year out of each one using it literally ever day. But maybe 9-10 months per belt, even after it cracks before I absolutely have to ditch it. Wish 5.11 could find that happy medium on the leather dress belts between rigidity and insert durability.
The belt is stiff and does a good job of carrying a holster/gun but the finish is junk and has worn off far to quickly. The actual construction of the belt is durable enough but I bought this type of belt (rather than a web belt) for the looks, so I can dress up a little more with it and the look is the first thing to start failing on it.
I wanted to like this belt, but I can't. The belt is plenty stiff for carrying my heavy frame pistol in a holster. However, the leather is not durable and very prone to wear and scratching during normal use. I wear this belt as my everyday casual belt, and I use it for carry 3-4 times per month. Within 6 months the belt was completely scratched up.
I like the belt insert. It makes this belt nice and stiff. If it was a durable leather product I could rate it 5 stars. As it is 5.11 needs to completely re-visit the outer construction of this belt.
I have had this belt for 3 months now. At first look into loved it, looked well built felt sturdy great for conceal carry. It does support a firearm well but the quality of finish is terrible. After 2 weeks one of the buttons that hold the buckle blew out so I've been careful not to lose the other one that is left the black is worn off the belt all around where my holster sits and is also showing severe wear around the rest of the belt. I am very disappointed in this product.
I had high hopes with my 511 belt, but was very disappointed when it prematurely fell apart after only a couple months. It is not solid leather and even my cell phone belt clip damaged the inner layer.
I own this belt in black and brown, for about 6 years now. The black looks almost like the day I bought it and the brown is finally getting replaced.
I broke the Kydex insert by loosing a lot of weight and the amount of belt I had to force through the buckle and loop finally snapped the Kydex. So I'm buying another one.
For those who complain about the dye rubbing off, if you polish your belts like you polish your shoes the dye will hold up, that is if you actually polish your shoes.
I haven't purchased this belt yet but for those saying the dye isn't good, here is what you can do. Having been a shoe repairman for 39 years, I feel I can tell you how to make that finish much better. Go to your local shoe repair shop and buy a bottle of Lincoln brand dye in brown. It will darken the leather but be a rich brown tone. Do it in an outdoor or garage environment so as not to fumigate family members. The odor is strong but very tolerable. Put two coats on allowing 24 hrs. drying in between coats. After the second coat let dry as before. You'll see a bronze casting look on the belt. No worries. Just take a clean cloth and rub it very well. It will be gone. Let the dye cure for several days before wearing and feast buff it prior to wearing. The fibers are now totally penetrated with the color, not top finish dyed. When it shows wear down the road repeat with one coat. Hope this helps someone.
Permastiff insert inherently flawed causing cotton stitching to break/separate leather halves on belt.
Had belt about 2 months and wear daily. The area where I draw the belt through the buckle show signs of the dye wearing off as it is cracking. I have other "gun belts" I've had for many years and never showed this type of wear until they were very old. Cheap Chinese crap. No more 511 gear for me. Hope no one's life depends on it!
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