Thomas Bates Hiker Travel Money Belt Made in the USA
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- SECURE THE ESSENTIALS - Easily Accessed Undercover Zipper Pocket that Holds up to $10000 in Cash. Keep Your Travel Documents Safe and Secure. Conceals Paper Copy of your Passport, Spare Keys, Survival Equipment
- NO CONSTANT WORRY - Our Scratch Proof Polycabonate Buckle that Locks in to Place for a Comfortable Secure Fit for Men and Women.
- NON-METAL / HYPOALLERGENIC - Pass Through Security Checkpoints Easily With Our TSA Friendly Beep Free Design - Allowing for Machine Washable Use. Made in the USA.
- DURABLE DESIGN - Military Grade Nylon Webbing Guarantees a Long Lasting Belt That Will Keep You Safe From Pickpockets and Theft during your Travels.
- SIZING - Fits To Size. 42. Cut and Singe to Fit. Always Buy One Size Above Your Belt Waist Size to Guarantee The Best Experience.
Discreet, Safe and Secure
Hide away money and other small, valuable items inside the discreet inner zipper pocket. This pocket does not show to anyone, so it will go completely unnoticed. Excellent for traveling and having spare money that you simply can not lose. The large 22-inch interior zipper pouch can hold 20+ dollar bills.
The Hiker Money Belt design is designed to be lightweight, comfortable, and last a long time. The polycarbonate buckle opens 90 degrees, and audibly snaps closed. The Hiker buckle is completely metal free and hypoallergenic. The webbing is a nylon blend military web, capable of holding a lot of weight, and will never cause worry for users. Proudly Made in the USA!
Remove belt to have full access to inside zipper pocket
Fold bills to fit appropriately inside hidden pocket. USD bills will require folding horizontally twice
Zip up and put belt back on – enjoy your day knowing your money is completely safe
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2022
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In the reviews I noted some concern about the strength of the buckle, and, although I haven't seen any problems yet, I decided to modify mine by replacing the buckle with a metal one. Yes, I know that will defeat the whole "pass through metal detectors" aspect, but I don't believe that is paramount. A money belt is about keeping your cash stash out of the hands of the bad guys, and for that to happen it has to reliable. Besides, the more a money belt looks like an ordinary one the better, for reasons that should be very obvious. With the original buckle this belt tends to say "traveler," whereas with my modification it now says "veteran wearing his old GI belt." From a security perspective I much prefer that message.
As far as getting through airline security checkpoints, a lot of security agents will make you remove your belt not matter what it is made of, so you might as well go with the vastly stronger metal GI buckle.
Hence, the modification:
1. Get yourself a GI type metal buckle and tip. By this I mean the old 1.25 inch belts, not the wider "BDU Belts" that came out later. I prefer the open buckle, such as we wore with utlities, but either model will do. Web Belt Buckle & Tip Pack The tip is optional, but it does help "camoflage" the money belt. Again, the less unusual it looks, the better. As you will see, these buckles and tips are available in colors, and by matching the buckle and tip to the right color belt your modification will look very much a GI uniform belt.
2. With a box cutter or razor knife remove the plastic buckle by cutting the belt as close to the stitching as you can on the reverse side. Don't undo the stitching itself as it holds the money compartment in place on that end.
3. With a match or candle clean up the nylon threads that remain. You will have a section of belt, beyond the stitching, that is the perfect length to accept a GI web belt buckle, of either the open or closed face variety. Clip it on as you would with any military web belt.
4. On the other end attach the metal tip by folding it over as far as you can by hand, then carefully applying further pressure with pliers (over a piece of protective cloth, of course).
You will end up with a money belt that looks just like a standard 1.25 military web belt. You may have to slip it off in airports, but it will not attract attention in ordinary wear, and, best of all, you won't have to worry about a flimsy looking plastic buckle failing when you're a gazillion miles from home.
PS: Never put all your eggs in one basket. To this handy device you want to add something that one should never leave the country without-- Desantis Elastic Ankle Ambidextrous Wallet, Black . Your wallet with ID and credit cards (in scan-proof sleeves) get carried here, UNDER your sock. In a pocket (preferably front) keep a small "dummy" wallet with some unimportant or outdated ID, perhaps a cancelled credit card or two, and, above all, some cash you can afford to lose.
This is what you readily hand over to the knucklehead who demands it. He runs off thinking he's won, whereas you are the big winner. No guarantees, of course, but a well thought out and rehearsed plan improves your chances.
By JustP on July 13, 2022
Originally, I purchased for traveling especially in 3rd world countries, but I found it to be the best of all my belts. Several times I have realized that I accidentally forgot my wallet and I'm all the way in town.
With this belt on, you always have money and I also carry a copy of my passport and driver's license in it. That's a lot of great comfort and security for 20 bucks !
By the way, they last forever too....
Overall, I would recommend this as an inexpensive way to conceal cash. It was only used on the one trip so far, so we can't speak to how well it will hold up with multiple uses, but for the price even if it only holds up for a couple of trips it is still worth the money.