- Buckle closure
- Genuine Leather - 1.5" wide, smooth leather with no needless holes to crack or wear out
- A Perfect Fit Every Time - Scratch resistant, metal ratchet buckle and 1 / 4" spaced teeth in leather adjusts to the exact size you need
- Removable Buckle - Handy for going through airport security, swapping buckles, and allows you to cut leather down to a smaller size if necessary
- Buy a Belt, Feed a Family - A DOLLAR from every belt goes to fight global hunger - Thanks for being a part of The Mission!
- Warning: May Cause Delusions of Grandeur - You will still need to keep your day job and pay your taxes, even though you won't feel like it
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The Mission Belt is an evolution in belt design, style and function. The belt is sleek and clean, and provides a perfect fit for everyone. With no holes to stretch or wear over time, your genuine leather belt always looks great. Not only is it the best belt ever manufactured, it's comfortably priced as well. The tip of the belt inserts into the ratchet belt buckle, where a locking mechanism holds the belt in place from the back. To remove the belt, just press the small metal lever on the bottom of the buckle, and the belt slides out of the buckle. You're no longer restricted to 1 inch size adjustments, but can get a perfect custom-fit every time. Not only will you look good, you'll feel good too, because a DOLLAR from every Mission Belt sold goes to help hungry families worldwide become self-sufficient. It's a hand up and not a handout. There is more than enough food for everyone, and you can check out many of our worthy Mission Belt funds recipients through our Kiva profile. This is the belt that you saw on the hit series Shark Tank & Beyond the Tank with a partnership with fashion mogul Daymond John. Thanks for being a part of The Mission!
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B00PKWINTI
- Date first listed on Amazon: November 14, 2014
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UPDATE: After roughly 6 months of normal wear and tear the leather grips were completely worn out (see second picture) to the point that it wouldn't hold for more than 15 minutes before coming undone. Also the buckle (black) is very prone to dings and scratches which makes it look really bad.
I reached out to their Customer Service team via their Online Chat feature and was instructed to email them my order info and some pictures of the damage. Without hesitation they offered to send me a replacement and even modify it slightly by sending me the Steel buckle at my request as I feel that would be less prone to scratching (and if it does it won't show as easily). Hopefully this new one lasts longer, but as for Customer Service goes, they get an A+ in my book.
Update: I sent an email with photos of the problem to "firstname.lastname@example.org" and they responded quickly and favorably to my request for free replacement leather. The fact that they live up to their "100% satisfaction" statement says a lot, so I'm glad to share this information and up my satisfaction rating. I really do like the belt functionality so hopefully the replacement will be of better quality.
I gave this a one-star because Mission Belt needs to know that there is a serious problem with the construction and quality of their belts, and they need to do something about it! See for yourself...I have included several photos. One photo shows the pitted buckle. Another photo points out the fact that "yeah it's leather," as if that means it's higher quality or something, but right at that spot, the "leather" has split! The leather has worn off in some places, making it look cheap an inferior. In several places, the belt has just split open with a giant crack. And it's falling apart where the gear rack is located on the underside of the belt.
The belt has a nice feel to it - I think it is two full leather straps with something else in the middle for support, and the buckle works really nicely to give a comfortable fit. At 1-1/2", mission belts seem to be the widest of this type of belt out there, and while that is narrower than I prefer for a casual belt, that width can work for casual and formal settings. Competitors are even narrower - too narrow for casual wear.
I tried 2 competitor belts - slidebelt and fire kiln (or something similar to that). The slidebelt is a ratchet system where you pull open on the actual buckle instead of a little tab just below the buckle. The slidebelt Buckle system seems "cooler" - it's sleeker, but I think that feeling is mainly in my head, as no one sees the little tab on the mission belt. Visually and as far as how well they work, it is probably the same. The slidebelt ratchet is held closed with a spring, while the mission belt uses a magnet. Maybe the mission belt system is sturdier, but both buckles will probably last a long time. The mission belts are offered in two widths, which was the difference-maker for me -ultimately, I returned the slidebelt because it was just too narrow for casual wear. The slidebelt comes in 3 varieties of leather. I got the lowest quality of slidebelt leather, which made the price within a few dollars of the mission belt. The leather quality of this slidebelt and the mission belt seemed the same - not a high quality leather, but sufficient. one of my 2 mission belt buckles is matte black, as was the slidebelt buckle I tested. Both looked really nice.
The fire kiln brand I tried uses the same type of buckle as the mission belt and my initial reaction was that the buckle was the the same, but the belt was such a terrible, bendy plastic that I didn't really focus on the buckle. The strap was also too narrow (like the slidebelt). I gave that belt a poor review based solely on the strap, but when the company wrote me to explain that based on complaints, they revised their description so it no longer refers to the strap as being leather, I redid my review. If you don't care about the strap being leather and want a narrow belt, this brand may be more attractive since the buckle seems on par with mission, but the full belt is less money.
if you're looking for a shade of brown, mission belt has more shades Than slidebelt. I had trouble finding the right one because the belts look different in the various, available pictures, so here's my tip for you with browns - based on my experience with the mocha, chocolate, and dark brown straps, the photos mission provides of the guy wearing the belt most accurately shows the color; the photos of the belt by itself are not as accurate for judging what the color will look like in real life.
I bought the black with the iron buckle and the dark brown with a "swat black" buckle, which is more of a matte black. the buckles are interchangeable and I'm really happy with my choices. The look of the iron buckle is really cool for a casual look and is not nearly as rough as it looks in the photo. If there was a "formal to casual" scale where a shiny silver buckle is a "1" - most formal, and the buckle in the picture is a "10," then I'd say the real iron buckle is a Is definitely "casual only" but it looks really nice. It probably would be similar with the bronze buckle. The swat black can be used for either, formal or casual, so if you really want a single buckle that can work in all situations, swat black is probably the way to go. With both of these, the mission belt logo is either not visible or not noticeable. The black and dark brown belts look good with both buckles. I did not like the mocha or chocolate with the iron buckle, but they looked nice with the swat black.
Mission belt customer service was nice and responsive. I Did experience "quality Control" problems. With the iron buckle had to order the belt 3 times to get a good buckle. The first 2 had weird discoloration on them. Customer service was helpful and would have sent a replacement, but it was faster to rebuy and return through Amazon. What I learned that both "problem" buckles were made in the single facility that stocks the Amazon warehouse in Hillsborough County, FL. The 3rd time I ordered the belt, I worked it to get one from a different facility. When I ordered a brown belt with swat blswat strap, I received a white belt with swat buckle one time and a cloth blue strap with a matte silver buckle another time. Fwiw, the silver buckle seemed nice, and could also work in casual and formal situations, but I do not think the cloth belt would be comfortable - it's a nice nylon (I think) material on the outside with a layer of plastic on the inside that I think would cause sweating and discomfort, but maybe it needs to be that way to support the ratchet system. If I were going to go with a nonleather casual belt, I'd probably take a closer look at Grip6.
Overall, I like the width of the mission strap better than others I've seen and mission is like the quality of the leather as much or more than other ratchet belts I tried although it is definitely a lower quality leather than the regular belts I am used to. I expect the belt and buckle to wear well; I really like the look of the iron And swat black buckles; and customer service was very responsive and helpful.