I purchased my belt from this web site a little over a year ago. I wear the belt mainly on the weekends. I was surprised that the belt loop/keeper just broke off for no reason. I never used the belt for anything but casual wear. I would not recommend this product to a friend.
I've had mine for about four years. The only reason I came back here is to buy another one. I will address some things that seem to be a sore spot for some people. Yes, the screws on the buckle of the belt can back out over time. This means two things, you should tighten them up every month or so and because they come out, you can put in whatever buckle you want. If you don't want to change the buckle, quit your whining and Loctite those bad boys. Life's not as hard as you're making it.
As far as wear goes, I have worn this about 300 days out of the year for the past four years and concealed a CZ75 P-01 or a CZ83 on it about 75% of that time. It holds up.
The one thing I will say is the finish on the buckle they give you begins to rub off to show the brass/alloy underneath the chrome finish after about 1.5 years of heavy use. If you can handle that, this is a fantastic belt. Like I said, I'm here to buy another.
Final thing... sizing. I wear 38in waist pants and wear a 3XL belt. I use the 3rd hole from the end. This leaves two more holes to graduate into and about 4in of overhang, perfect for normal attire.
Sizes are awkward. Medium is too exact and Large is too Large. This belt looks great, is very durable and wears well. My only complaint is the sizing, the medium needs to be about 1" longer with holes relocated.
It's been my everyday belt for 5 months, with IWB carry and standard holsters it does great. It's stiff and thick, but more importantly it's shaped and not a straight blank so it fits the waist more naturally for all day comfort.
As for the material, It's a Leather belt. Everyone knows it's a natural product that was tanned and stained. It's not Kevlar and will wear from abrasion just like your boots and gloves, so get over it. Take care of your leather belt and it will last. Clean it with saddle soap and condition it with some Lexol and you will have it around for year or three based on your use. It's not an heirloom belt, it's a commodity, just like your underwear you should have tossed out last year.
I have had both the brown and black belt for a year and wear them daily. They look more professional when having to wear a shirt and tie and support all duty gear and have shown no wear marks to date.
Decent sturdy belt but too weak to be a concealed carry belt. The belt sags when supporting a holster and firearm.
After 2 months, this belt started showing severe wear from being cinched and holding an XD Mod 2 and mag pouch daily. Just before the third month a screw holding the buckle together backed out and sheared without effort when putting it back. After contacting 5.11, we were told we could purchase new screws and secure them with loctite. They have been requested to update the product description to include replacement screws are available and to secure them with loctite as they are known to fall out.
i am a big fan of 511. I have numerous 511 shirts, pants, web belts and boots. I have been very pleased with all of them. However, this belt is not up to 511 quality. After only a couple of months, the belt keeper broke off (the loop that holds the end of the belt in place after buckling). The black finish is coming off and the stitching is showing wear. I question if the belt is actually leather or just imitation leather. It is just poor quality. I have numerous other leather belts several years old that still look like new. But not this 511 belt. It makes me think that 511 quality is not what it has been. Do not waste your money on this belt. It should last more than a few months. I definitely do not recommend this leather belt. It was not money well spent. After a few months, I now need to buy another belt. It will not be 511!!
After two years with this belt having gone through multiple strenuous and stressful situations and having to have approx 16-20lbs of gear(two pairs of handcuffs, a multi-tool, radio w/ holster, Otterbox Defender with belt clip for iPhone 4S, key silencer, Fenix TK15 w/flashlight holder, gloves in horizontal holder and 7-8 nylon belt keepers) attached to my person with this belt under it. My only regret was not picking up another on sooner because only after approx 2.5 years of everyday use, I need another. I will DEFINITELY be getting this belt again for on and off duty.
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