Top positive review
Good quality, well made, great fit. UPDATE: Some issues with wear and tear on the brown belt.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 July 2020
I paid £20 for the double-pack (black and brown) and they arrived promptly and in good order. I've had them for a couple of weeks now, so I feel I can comment accurately on their robustness and durability.
The packaging is fine, more functional than lavish, but perfectly acceptable. Both belts had protective tissue securely wrapped around each buckle, so that was reassuring. The size was spot on. I am a size 34 waist and I ordered a 105cm belt length, and that fitted me perfectly with a 3 or 4 inch over-run. There is a slight 'give' in the belt - pull it hard and it will stretch ever so slightly, so it will expand to a degree.
The colour is very good, with the 'leather' ends of the belt matching the colour of the fabric part extremely closely. It's a nice, deep colour, with quite a matte finish on the fabric of the belt. The ends of the belt are almost certainly not leather, but do feel very substantial indeed, with a very good finish to the stitching - no loose ends or bits that need trimming.
The buckles are very weighty, and are extremely well finished. They have a reassuring solidity to them which gives them a real premium feel. It is very easy to push the prong through the belt - it just takes a bit of courage the first time you do it. But it secures itself well, and doesn't leave any mark where the hole has been. I was initially concerned that repeated use of the belt would produce visible wear around the spot where the metal prong pushes through the woven fabric, but to date, this has not happened. In fact, the belt is so well designed that I can't see it happening for a very long time.
Overall, I am exceedingly pleased with this purchase. I don't think it was an absolute bargain, but getting 2 belts of this quality for £20 seems to me to be very reasonable indeed. This, and the fact that the belts look very good when worn means that I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them.
I hope you have found this review to be helpful.
UPDATE: I've been using these belts on and off for a few weeks now, and the brown belt in particular is showing some distinct signs of wear and tear - more than I consider acceptable, especially since the brown belt has been used a fraction of the time the black belt has been used. The issue here is two-fold: 1) the 'leather' part of the brown belt is looking particularly scruffy - it hasn't responded well to everyday use, and 2) the material the brown belt is made from is starting to fray at the point where the prong is pushed through the webbing, to the extent that fibres are now sticking through the back of the belt. This does not render the belt unusable, but it is looking far scruffier than I would have expected. The black belt, by comparison, looks as good as the day I received it, even though I've worn it almost daily.
Is this worth docking a star from it? Yes. The belts are still a good buy, but I'm less than happy with the way the brown belt has worn down so quickly. Hopefully you can see the issues on the attached photos. Accordingly, I've downgraded the rating to a 4 star (If I could, I would have given a 3.5 star rating)
Again, I hope you have found this review to be helpful.