What Is Anson Belt?
It's a micro adjustable holeless belt with interchangeable buckles.
That's it. Blog over. See you next week!
Just kidding, if that introduction went over your head let me break it down, but first an intro to the intro.
I heard about Anson belt last year when I attended Stylecon 2016, a men's conference started by two major style youtubers Antonio Centeno and Aaron Merino.
They may have mentioned it in past videos, can't remember, but that was my first time meeting the father - son duo that started the Anson Belt company.
As mentioned in a previous post, the atmosphere at Stylecon is so intimate that you can easily talk to reps and founders of companies that sponsored the event.
So I briefly met the two last year and this year stylecon and just made it in my mind to get a belt I've been hearing so much about.
Micro adjustable? holeless? interchangeable? what the heck? I've never heard these terms before in reference to a belt. So I took advantage of a special offer they had and got three belts with two interchangeable buckles.
Before I get into the features let's talk about the packaging.
It came in a plain white box but once you open it, oh boy! I have a thing for beautifully presented products. I compare it with food, it could be the best tasting food known to man, if it's presented poorly I'm not touching it. So if a product is presented right, you've won half the battle with me, and Anson Belt hit it out of the ball park with that!
Micro Adjustable/Holeless Belts – every belt come with a row of ridges that are a quarter of an inch apart.
Being so close to each other, this allows you to your exact waist size. Put it this way, there are off the rack suits that kinda sorta fit you, then there’s custom made suits that fit you your exact body type.
Think of Anson Belts as the custom suit and every other “holely” belt as off the rack. If you are like me, there was a point in time of your life in which you punched new holes in your belt to fit your waist right.
It was unsightly! And to make it worse, the crease of the leather just exposed the cheap quality of the belt. With the Anson Belt, you dodge all of that.
There’s no need to crank it back and crease it and the micro adjustable technology leaves no room for holes. Double win!
Btw, I chose the 1.25" width belts which is the standard size for slacks, chinos and jeans can be slightly bigger.
The Buckle – I’ll be honest, this part intrigued me. I’ve never seen a buckle detached from a belt before, and you can use that same buckle on another color and style of belt? Mind blown!
Thus the term interchangeable. Now these buckles have a ratchet that latches on to the above mentioned quarter inch spaced ridges and that ratchet is attached to a lever that allows you to release the hold and loosen or tighten the belt.
There’s another lever on the buckle that has what I would consider a set of razor sharp teeth. Now, if you wish to change the belt, simply flip this lever, detach the belt, attach the belt you desire and then clip it down.
The teeth is what holds the belt in place keeping it attached to the buckle.
Pretty sweet. These buckles are very sturdy, can take a beating and still function like it’s supposed to.
Option of casual belts - Maybe yall better than me but I had no clue there were any such thing as casual belts.
Well over at Anson Belt website you'll see a plethora of casual belts to choose from to go with your shorts, jeans and chinos.
How To Measure It.
The belt comes extremely long so you'll have to cut it but......DON'T CUT THE PART WITH THE RIDGES! I've read some horror stories online of guys who accidentally cut the wrong part.
So what I did which seemed like the most logical is, I took my old belt and laid it next to the Anson Belt, got the right lengthen cut it a little bit long than my old belt. The reason for doing this was because I didn't know how the new belt and it ridges would work so I'd rather be safe than sorry by cutting it a tad bit longer than my old belt.
It's easier to cut it longer then shorten it than cutting it short and realizing you need it a little longer, then you're screwed.
Once you cut it, attach a buckle of your choice to it (remember the lever with the teeth) and off you go. Simple.
How Is This Beneficial To The Athletic Man?
So we have three body types as athletic guys: Ectomorph (tend to be tall and lean), Mesomorph (broad shoulders small waist, upside down triangle shape, me) and Endomorph (broad shoulders, waist is slightly bigger than a mesomorph, more like a trapezoid shape).
Our bodies change according to our age and fitness routine. From personal experience I see the Mesomorph and Endomorph can go back and forth in size.
I was always into sportsbut I had an Endomorph shape in my younger days. Ever since I took my fitness seriously in 2010, I slimmed my waist down significantly.
Remember how I said I was punching holes in my belt? yea that was around this time. It was never appealing to see a self manufactured hole on a creased belt, it just looked off.
Here's how the Anson Belt will work for you. No matter how many times your waist size fluctuates, those quarter inch spaced ridges will hit your exact waist size. No artifical hole. No unsightly creases.
Are Anson Belts the only micro adjustable belts with interchangeable buckles the only ones in existence? No they have competitors.
I even saw an infomercial one night weeks ago. But! The best form of marketing, word of mouth (which also is the worst form of marketing, but that's for another blog) is the reason I got this belt.
Fellow bloggers I converse with kept talking about how awesome this belt is and as the proud own of three belts and two buckles, I've joined the club.
Maybe I'll try another company and review in the future but Anson is my first, and they currently occupy a great market share of my heart right now.
Really good leather, very sturdy buckles, I have a feeling Anson Belt will be around for a long time (I sure hope they do because I need a burgundy belt and casual ones too).