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Pioneer Cut – 10mm Thick – Power Lifting Belt

(59 customer reviews)

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Introducing the “Pioneer Cut”. It is a patented design* that Steve Strohm designed and partnered exclusively with Pioneer to bring to market. We have taken the existing traditional prong buckle and made it better and more customizable in terms of sizing. Offsetting two lines of holes, this design allows for you to tighten the belt in 1/2″ increments instead of the normal 1” that most companies currently offer. Due to the smaller increments, the belt can be worn at the correct tightness keeping the lifter more safe, and allowing the belt to be unbuckled much easier.

The 10mm Thick Power Lifting Belt (Double Sided Suede) Features:

  • Nickel plated rivets and buckle
  • High quality garment suede
  • Vegetable tanned, full grain sole leather
  • Made in the U.S.A.

*U.S. Patent number 11,224,531



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Have you ever had the problem where you can’t get your prong belt the right tightness? How about the problem of getting the belt off after a big lift?

Introducing the “Pioneer Cut”. It is a patented design* that Steve Strohm designed and partnered exclusively with Pioneer to bring to market. We have taken the existing traditional prong buckle and made it better and more customizable in terms of sizing. Offsetting two lines of holes, this design allows for you to tighten the belt in 1/2″ increments instead of the normal 1” that most companies currently offer. Due to the smaller increments, the belt can be worn at the correct tightness keeping the lifter more safe, and allowing the belt to be unbuckled much easier.

The Pioneer 10mm Thick Double Suede Powerlifting Belt is 100% made in the USA. We use the finest sole leather bends and garment suede to create one of the best belts on the market. This is the last belt you will ever need and is covered by our LIFETIME GUARANTEE. This belt is fully customizable right down to the stitch color.  Embroider your name or favorite saying on the back to make you belt truly one of a kind. This belt features a sturdy nickel plated roller buckle or black buckle and heavy duty rivets.  This belt is considerably more pliable than the 13mm counterpart if comfort is part of your needs.

If you have any questions about customizations, please feel free to contact us at 1-800-445-5262

The 10mm Thick Power Lifting Belt (Double Sided Suede) Features:

  • Nickel plated rivets and buckle
  • High quality garment suede
  • Vegetable tanned, full grain sole leather
  • Made in the U.S.A.

*U.S. Patent number 11,224,531

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 8 × 12 in

59 reviews for Pioneer Cut – 10mm Thick – Power Lifting Belt

  1. Vince (verified owner)

    On my 60th birthday, and after 40 years of weight-training, I decided it was time to retire my 35 year old leather power-lifting belt and splurge on a new one.

    While I used to compete locally in bodybuilding and power-lifting in my younger days, these days I train just to stay in shape. While I do not push as hard as a I did when younger, I can still manage a 405# bench and 600# squat when needed – so I still need and use a training belt.

    I started researching what is new in the world of weight training belts and came across many reviews, comparisons, and opinions. I was particularly impressed by what I thought what a relatively fair and unbiased comparison review of many of the popular belts on the market by Matt on YouTube. Since this was intended to be my “last” belt I wanted to be happy with my purchase. My previous belt was a hard 13 mm thick 4″ wide single prong that served me well but was really not all that comfortable, even after years of use. I always seemed to be between holes but didn’t want a lever belt. ( I also used a double prong in my younger days and really didn’t see any advantage so that was also out as an option)

    After several weeks of researching I happened to see the new “Pioneer” cut belts offered by General Leather Craft. I was a bit nervous since these seemed to be new and there were no reviews on their website nor anywhere on the net. Taking somewhat of a chance, I decided to order a 10 mm 4″ suede model. My previous belt had a center hole measurement of approximately 36″. While this is usually a “large” size in other manufacturers lines, it is a “medium” in the Pioneer Line.

    I ordered the belt on line (in my typical boring black color with red stitch and silver/nickel plated buckle) in a size medium. I immediately received an email confirmation and a day or two later I actually received a call from Greg at General Leather Craft confirming my choices and size. I was impressed by this personalized follow-up on their part.

    A few weeks later I received shipping and tracking information followed up by the belt itself a couple days later – just in time for leg training that evening. I was very surprised how pliable and comfortable this belt was right out of the box. I can honestly say that after a few workouts in is better broken in and more comfortable than my old 35 year old model (which I suspect has a middle layer of the “rhombus” (sp) stiff leather that Matt notes being used by many manufacturers). I took out my micrometer and measured the thickness of the belt at various places. It ranged in measured from 9.8 – 10.0 mm – very consistent!

    Due to the belt’s comfort, I actually forget to take it off at times and find myself wearing it during much of my work-out sessions. The double hole “Pioneer” cut design makes all the difference in the world. The 1/2″ hole spacing easily accommodates variations due to water retention, clothing choice, and how tight I want the belt for specific lifts. Before I ordered I was somewhat dubious about the long term durability of the buckle design, but it appears to be very solid.

    if you are undecided about this new design or never considered a single prong belt before, I would strongly encourage you to consider this new option. I cannot find a single “con” re. the belt design nor it’s construction. The great service provided my Matt and his team is just icing on the cake.

    I was wrong about one thing. I thought this was the last belt I would ever purchase but I now have a 13 mm 4″ 100% sole leather model on order While the 10 mm suede belt is probably the best overall belt for my (or anyone’s) general use, I was so impressed by how much this belt helped my squatting that I splurged on this “heavy duty” model. I will review this model once I receive and have some use “under my belt”!

  2. Brandon Campbell Diamond

    I’m someone who has always favored lever belts over prongs. For me, it was always a pain to try to get a tight fit in a prong belt. I’d resort to using the rack to brace against to get it as tight as possible. It always seemed that perfect hole was just out of reach. After having spent some time with the Pioneer Cut holes, I have to admit it evens the playing field. You get the same great quality we’ve all come to expect from Pioneer, with the ability to get a precision fit much easier. Nice work!

  3. Ryley White (verified owner)

    This isn’t just buying a belt, this is making an investment in your training for the long run. Not only is this belt gorgeous to look at, but she performs well too, standing up to the heaviest of lifts. The support offered is like none other. With the holes being closer together, finding the perfect tightness before a lift has never been easier. It’s a pleasure to wear such an awesome innovation in the sport of powerlifting. This is THE powerlifting belt to buy, it’s a decision my girlfriend and I are thankful we made, and one we are confident that we will never regret.

  4. Rhaiany (verified owner)

    Could not be happier with this belt! Perfect for anyone who struggles with their weight fluctuating on a day to day basis. I ordered mine in fuschia, and customized the belt loop – and I am absolutely in love with it! What I was most impressed with however, was the quality of the customer service – I received my belt in less than 2 weeks (waited almost 3 months!!! for my inzer lever belt that was not customized like my pioneer fit one). I follow pioneer fit on instagram and one of the owners is constantly doing live videos showing their belts and how everything is moving along, very hands on and really shows that he cares about their customers and the products they put out!

  5. Joseph Deppe

    First actual quality belt I’ve ever purchased and love it can adjust to any of my lifts and there customer service is hands down the best I’ve seen in a long time

  6. Jason (verified owner)

    The quality of the belt and the customer service is exceptional. After a quick call about sizing, it was recommended I ask for the belt to be shifted by an inch. I got mine in Navy and it is a beauty. The way this belt works is awesome because of the various times of day I have to train. The smaller increments make it much easier to feel comfortable at any time of day. Best of all, I got the belt in two weeks. I’ll be placing an order for the missus soon!

  7. Miguel

    Best belt i ever had, beautuifully crafted, awesome. Comfortable, clearly a quality product.
    Despite all the bothers and questions i asked, the sales service person, Greg, is a very understanding profesional that adapts to your needs, i ll buy again and certainly recommend

  8. Will (verified owner)

    I write this a s review for my wife, whom I bought the belt for. To start out, she hates PL belts but has used her 10mm Inzer for a few years out of necessity of lifting. She always complained about it either being too tight or loose, so the added adjustability of the pioneer cut seemed like it would fix that. It has. When I told her she was getting a new belt, she was dreading the break-in period. Once I unboxed it and she saw how beautiful the belt was and how pliable it was off the start, she was converted and I was out of the dog house. Amazing belt.

  9. Grant Nagle (verified owner)

    Belt arrived today. 10mm pioneer cut. Fits perfect and plenty of room to grow into… or out of. Initial impression pulling it out of the box: best belt I’ve ever had in my hands. I cannot imagine getting a 13mm because this 10mm is so thick and sturdy. Buckle and prong feel strong. I don’t see how anything could possible break on it.

    Only gripe was the 2 or 3 week wait for a stock item but I knew what I was getting into when I ordered it.
    5 stars all day.

  10. jwilksnm (verified owner)

    I just got my belt in the mail today, tried it out, and am happy to say that it is squat day tomorrow; perfect timing!

    Craftsmanship matters to me. I think that things should be designed thoughtfully, executed precisely, function optimally, and look beautiful. This belt exceeds those standards.

    When I ordered my belt I got an email from Greg with a question about my order. He offered a couple of solutions to the issue and made the changes we agreed on. I sure appreciated his attention to detail and his expertise.

    This has been a truly great experience and I can not recommend General Leather Craft more highly.

  11. Ron

    Love it, been using my 10 mm belt for a few months and it’s been amazballs. Was sent here from the Massenomics guys and super happy with the decision. It is my first belt so I don’t have the most experience or knowledge about any belts. Saying that it is super nice being able to throw it on and get the prong in close to right and just lift.

  12. Steve (verified owner)

    Received my belt on tuesday used today for heavy lift day 2 weeks out from a competition, and hit 105% of my previous PR for 3 reps. and 120% 1RM. This belt is hands down the best i’ve worn, yes the wait is long to get it, but don’t let that stop you. If you want a belt for life this is it.. i love it so much I’m going to order another one with custom logo on it.

  13. Wild Bill (verified owner)

    I purchased this belt after watching a review by Alan Thrall on his YouTube channel. I am always skeptical of reviews on YouTube in general but it seemed genuine so I decided pick one up. I have been really pushing heavier and heavier weights so it was time to get a belt.

    The belt is very nicely made. The fit and finish of the buckle, holes, suede finish all clean.

    As far as performance it broke in quick. It didn’t require rolling and unrolling to soften it up. Within a week or so of use it was flexible enough to make taking on and off easy with no loss of rigidity across the belt. I do like the hole spacing. It allows me to get it to the right fit. The suede is tacky and helps keep the belt in place. I compared this to a friend’s Inzer and this wins hands down. All in all top performance.

    I was fortunate to get in during a sale and shipped to me with the extra cost for a XXL belt still under $100 but even at regular prices still worth it. They say 4-6 weeks for basic belts. I had mine in about a week and a half.

    This is a belt that seems like it will last for many years to come. It has become as essential to my gym kit as my lifting shoes, chalk, and knee sleeves.

  14. Tyler (verified owner)

    Impeccable quality.

    I had another belt with the same dimensions and when I decided to order this one, the difference in quality is amazing. I’d class myself in the “intermediate” range and it gets the job done without a problem.

    The pioneer loop set up works very well with people who fluctuate weight on purpose. It saves the hassle of moving a lever every so often.

  15. Cody (verified owner)

    I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. For reference I’m 6’4″ 230 and my waist is roughly 36 inches. I ordered a 4″ width medium size pioneer cut belt and it fits great. I also got a message embroidered on the inside and outside of the belt and the stitching and quality is top notch.Their Instagram page is great if you want something customized and you want to see what they’re capable of making.

  16. spalding.caleb (verified owner)

    I am very happy with this belt! I’m 5’9″ 150lbs with a 30waist. I bought a small and it fits well. This is the first belt I bought and I followed the video for sizing the belt. The stitching is very solid and the belt is not very hard to break in. I cannot wait to hit a PR with this belt. Also, my friend who’s 5’11 200lbs barrows my belt when he lifts.

  17. Heather R (verified owner)

    I used a 4″ lever belt for several years, but as a short (5’5″) woman getting it seated above the hip bones meant it touched my lower ribs: needless to say, that’s neither comfortable nor helpful. Ordered the 3″ 10mm Pioneer cut in small to the UK in late November and it was delivered less than 3 weeks later. Size is perfect, the narrow width fits me so much better, and the 1/2″ sizing is amazing. I can get it exactly right for each lift. And, it looks stunning too, bright coloured and solidly built. I can’t recommend the 3″ option enough – I considered it for ages and wish I’d bought sooner.

  18. robjohn71 (verified owner)

    I am a non competitive lifter who uses strength training for general fitness and conditioning. I mainly concentrate on the 4 main lifts. I am 5’9″ and ordered the 10mm x 4 “. It is my first belt. After a couple of days struggling to get comfortable, my belt now feels broken in and I have got the hang of using it to create inter abdominal pressure. I was tossing up the idea of getting the 3″ model, but with Matt’s suggestion I went with the 4″ and believe it is the right choice for my height and torso length. My belt also looks amazing and the quality is awesome. For all those getting their first belt, be prepared to experiment with belt position in terms of how tight and how high/low on torso. I find small adjustments make a big difference and this is why the 1/2” hole spacing on the Pioneer Cut are the bomb.

  19. C.V. Klardie (verified owner)

    Absolutely impressed with this company. Customer service was phenomenal. My phone call was answered first try. All my questions were answered professionally, with respect, and advise was given to lead me in the best fitting product. The belts were manufactured to a beautiful exacting quality. The delivery was ahead of the expressed lead time. All around great experience, rare in today’s world. My belt was comfortable straight out of the box and I believe it will become more so as it is broken in to fit my body. Well done!

  20. Justin Jordan

    Absolutely amazing quality and craftsmanship. 100% the best belt I have ever had.

  21. Robert (verified owner)

    10 years of lifting experience and a couple of months of actual powerlifting training here. I had felt no need for a weightlifting belt before and when I did use one just to try the experience, I found that I couldn’t brace properly (as the belt would be either extremely tight or just a bit loose) or that some part of it would dig into my back. I gave some serious thought into getting one a few months back when I started training properly, but I just couldn’t find a belt that looked like it’d feel good to wear. This doesn’t just look the part, but damn does it do its job well! This belt is solid, well stitched and yet really comfortable to wear (and I haven’t even broken it in with heavy sets). On top of that I appreciated Matt’s customer service when I had questions regarding shipping. Drove 4 hours just to pick this up (don’t live in the US) and it was worth every second of the drive. Good job Pioneer!

  22. David

    Odered my Pioneer Cut belt last year in July. From the first class customer service because of very fast answers of my questions to awesome quality from the belt everything is just awesome. I will definitely order myself another belt soon.
    Absolutely recommend their products.

  23. twowheelninja (verified owner)

    Very happy with the belt.

    This was my first ever belt and when I received it I was excited to use it. After doing some heavy squats and deadlifts, I thought I made a mistake by going with a 4″ instead of a 3″ because it was painful to use it. The next day my ribs were bruised from the edges digging in and I wanted nothing to do with this belt.
    I spent an evening on the couch just rolling it out back and forth to soften up the leather. This made a small improvement, but as the weeks went by, the belt broke in from regular use. Now it fits me perfectly and I’m very happy with it.

  24. Warren (verified owner)

    It was disappointing getting such a well constructed belt… Now I don’t have anything to complain about!

  25. Michael

    I decided to lose 50lbs. At the start of this journey, I knew I would have a struggle with the holes of my previous belt being 1″ apart. My previous belt was rarely the right fit, I was always in-between holes, it would always be too loose or too tight. I finally lost enough weight that I would have to drill a hole into my last belt. Instead, I figured this was a great excuse to buy this belt. It was an excellent purchase and I don’t know if I could ever go back to a normal cut belt. I can always find a perfect hole to fit me. When I lose some weight, it’s always easy to go down holes gradually. If I don’t want it as tight, I can go up one without it being too ridiculously loose.
    The belt is really well made and looks great. It doesn’t take too long to break in. I’ve owned a previous belt that never broke in (I watched Matt’s video comparing belts to find out why that actually was).
    I’ve emailed Matt before and he tries to be as accommodating as possible. The customer service this good is rare and I always appreciate it when it happens.
    The one downside is that it does take a while to ship the belt… I was counting down the days until it finally arrived. The good news is that it’s worth the wait.

  26. tankerco (verified owner)

    This belt is fantastic! I included my abdominal measurement along with a rough measurement of an old belt in the note section when ordering. Bottom Line: the belt fits like a glove, and I love it.

  27. Brodie (verified owner)

    I must say this is my favorite belt I have ever owned. The quality is top notch and the belt feels really good. The customization was exactly how I wanted it to look. I must say the customer service from Pioneer was outstanding. When I received my belt it was unfortubetly a little scuffed from the shipping process. I sent an email in and got a response right away. Pioneer took care of the shipping for me and repaired the belt and sent it back to me (I had it within 5 days!). I would high recommend purchasing from Pioneer because they will take care of you even after the purchase!

  28. Kevin (verified owner)

    I love my belt, it is by far the best I have ever used! It takes a while but the belt breaks in great and retains its stiffness. The quality of the material and workmanship is top notch and there is so many little details in it that make it great. I got mine customized and there was a few issues, when I mentioned it to them they took care of it right away. I would highly recommend these belts to anyone, they are top quality and their staff is very helpful and friendly. If I ever need another belt I am getting it from here!

  29. Chase Turnbull (verified owner)

    After wanting one of these belts for some time I finally pulled the trigger. As soon as it arrived I was in the gym that day breaking it in. First time using a belt. I felt extremely confident that it would do what it needed. The construction is absolutely flawless and you can see the craftsmanship that they put into their work. Will be ordering another belt specifically for competition soon!

  30. Dylan

    I absolutely adore my belt, being able to adjust the tightness just right. The quality of craftsmanship is none other. Honestly, my only complaint is it’s just so darn gorgeous I wanna admire it, not use it at times.

  31. Tim (verified owner)

    Incredible quality. I really feel like I can brace against the belt and it feels very sturdy. Don’t be afraid of getting some embroidery on it, as well. It looks really great!

  32. Howe.dp (verified owner)

    ***A note about measuring***

    Just got my 2nd Pioneer Cut belt, the first one being in September 2018. Both are of great quality, workmanship, and feel.

    On both belts, the measurement I provided (cinched around navel) coincided with the distance between the center of the 9th hole (of 20 holes) from the tongue to the leather fold by the buckle. I was under the impression that the provided measurement should be between the 10th and 11th holes. This ~5/8 inch “error” actually allowed me to use the first belt for longer than I would have, because I ended up losing a bunch of weight.

    It won’t impact my need for a new belt if I grow out of this new one, because I’ll just go back to the old one, but for some people I hope this information may be helpful.

  33. DUSTIN WORKER (verified owner)

    Own two Pioneer belts. One double prong, one pioneer cut. Both are amazing. The pioneer is custom, and could not have come out better. already planning a third. Also extremely responsive to any and all customer requests. Customer for life

  34. Roberto Mendez (verified owner)

    So I have tried many different kinds of belts varying from your Walmart quality belts to belts on Amazon, but nothing compares to these belts. These are some legit high quality belts that I don’t believe I’ve seen anywhere else. They’re comfortable to lift but stiff enough to help me on even my heaviest lifts. I have never felt more confident doing heavy weights than I have when wearing this belt. From the second you pull it out of the box you can tell this is a high quality product, and I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. My only issue was that I did not customize it enough! Best gym equipment purchase I’ve made and I highly recommend these belts.

  35. Gianni (verified owner)

    This is by far the best belt. Was great during times of caloric deficit and surplus in off-season training. I wouldn’t trade my pioneer cut belt for anything else. They are durable to be thrown and man handled

  36. Keanu Ishimoto (verified owner)

    I would highly recommend this company for its products as well as elite grade customer service. Belt is probably one of the best I own.

  37. Joshua Hurst (verified owner)

    Started by getting the stock belt but loved it so much I went ahead and ordered a custom. The Pioneer Cut makes all the difference! Tossed away my old Inzer belt once I tried this one out.

  38. Ryan urbanec

    Absolutely the company to make your nee belt. Workmanship is best in the buisness. And the company represents what all companies should aspire to be with quality, customer service, and involvement in the community and sport of powerlifting.

  39. gastark

    Got this belt for Christmas and literally couldn’t be happier. Amazing product made by an amazing company.

  40. Leighann

    This belt is so amazing, I bought two. Such a great company with great customer service!

  41. abanaira (verified owner)

    I just got my 10mm belt this morning and it was way more than I expected, the craftsmanship is superior, the quality is 10/10, will order again, worth buying and will definitely recommend to my friends. thanks, pioneer.

  42. Diego Salvatierra

    Best belt on the market. The fact that you can customize it, and reserve it as fast as competitors stock belts is mind blowing. The suede is high quality, and the leather is very soft. Suprising his comfortable this belt really is.

    Im surprised how tight I’m able to get this belt. The 1/2″ increments are great. I tend to fluctuate 1 inch every few days, and being able to adjust on the fly, or even between dl and squat is awesome.

    I love this belt. My wife purchased it for my birthday close to a year ago, had my last name embroidered on the outside. Subtle, tasteful. After a year of hard use, aside from the chalk marks, looks good as new.

    I’ve let some buddies borrow it at the gym, and all of them have turned around and purchased their own. It’s just that good. 10 out of 10

  43. Blake (verified owner)

    BLUF: High quality, hand-made, American-made products, exceptional customer service need I say more?
    Customer service: amazing. Before I ordered my belt I sent Matt (CEO/Owner, think about that in this context…) 5-6 messages with questions about various options. Every message was answered within 24 hours. After I placed my order I waited about 10 days and asked for a rough time estimate as I knew they were incredibly busy after July 4th. Again, Matt got back to me within 24 hours. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I had my belt in hand 15 days after my order was placed.
    Quality: I just received my belt yesterday and I was able to use it for a heavy squat session. The colors of the sued and the stitching were just what I imagined and the quality of the craftsmanship in my Pioneer cut belt is impeccable. It looks flawless and I have no doubt it will live up to Pioneer’s reputation. The belts are hand made in Texas. All that adds up to an unbeatable combination.
    Thank you to Matt and all the guys at Pioneer/General Leathercraft. Your success is proof that you are doing things right. Thank you for the exceptional customer service I received and the flawless product.

  44. Ryan Skinner (verified owner)

    A magnificent belt and a wonderful company.

    The belt is flawless and it appears that the staff at General Leathercraft worked hard to get it to me before Christmas without me even asking them to do so. It did indeed arrive in South Africa 6 days before Christmas. General Leathercraft went above and beyond for me, I am grateful for them going the extra mile and I definitely received more than what I paid for.

    I’ll take some pictures of the belt this weekend and post it on Facebook and Instagram…. and Twitter and where ever else I can reach people to hopefully bring in some new customers :)

  45. Zion Kim

    I love this belt! It is super comfortable and the staff was just amazing they helped me be super confident I was receiving the right size and answer all my questions! Thank you so much!

  46. James Saunders (verified owner)

    I considered a couple other belt companies before purchasing this belt. Cannot be happier. I’m almost always in between belt notches due to some strategically placed excess skin in the mid section. This belt gives me the perfect fit for every separate type of lift I do. The shipping was listed as up to 6 weeks, but I received mine in under a week! Very impressive. The quality is top notch, and the belt feels great. Thanks for a great product.

  47. Steve (verified owner)

    Great Craftmanship!

    This is the first time my wife and I ordered belts. The process was so easy and we were able to spot our belts being made on the website. Delivery time was less than anticipated. I can’t say enough positive things about the service received. We are delighted with the quality of the belts and look forward to future Pioneer purchases.

  48. Autumn Coules (verified owner)

    I ordered this belt for my (now) ex boyfriend for Christmas. Customized with his name and everything. We broke up and luckily when I called the manufacturer, they were able to change the original name to something else. Now I can get use out of it, I was terrified it would have been a waste if they weren’t able to change that. Thankful for the lady that did that!

  49. Dean Smith (verified owner)

    My belt came in much quicker than expected (within 10 days!) and I have used it 4 times so far and I absolutely love it!

    I got the buckskin color on the outside and black on inside and they look great! It is the 4 inch wide and gives me ample amounts of support. I am 6 ft 1 inch so it does not hurt or hit my ribs or hips too much. Feels super high quality, and I expect this will be the last belt I ever need.

    One thing to note is there is a part on the end of the belt that the sued is coming apart from the leather. Seems like it was a little miss on the glue. But I am not worried cause I am sure I could send it in whenever I want and get it fixed. Very small minor issue and doesn’t change my mind about the quality of the belt!

  50. Calvin Burke

    AMAZIN belt with great adjustment capabilities. The only con is it left a stain of the color of the dye on a shirt of mine.
    Was gifted it for Christmas of 2017. Belt was ALWAYS kept in my dry, clean gym bag which was either indoors or in a gym locker.
    Cannot say anything else con-wise, the belt is a beast and has held up structurally.
    Just bummed out that I have a giant red ring around my torso on a few of my shirts….

    • Matt Hadden (verified owner)

      Hey Calvin,

      Thank you for your kind words. If you want, I can change that red suede out to a different color (tan, grey, or any other softer color) will alleviate that issue completely. The suede is supposed to be colorfast and not crock (technical leather term for bleed), so I would be happy to do this at no charge to you. Just let me know if/when you are interested.

      Thanks again,

  51. Vik Khanna (verified owner)

    At almost age 64, this fall I will mark the start of my 47th consecutive year of training. And what a way to start the new training year. After a lifetime of lifting in off-the-shelf belts from run-of-the-mill retailers, my wife encourage me to indulge myself and get a Pioneer belt. A+++. As a shorter, lighter lifter, I got the 3″ Pioneer cut, and it is perfect. Customized exactly the way I wanted, with designs both inside and out. The first belt Pioneer made for me had a mistake; they remade the belt in record time. Outstanding product, outstanding customer service. Highly recommended. Lift on!

  52. Mark Applegate (verified owner)

    I opened the box and was so happy to see how amazing this belt looked. The material felt amazing and my workout was filled with style. Great company and great product. The belt is comfortable and feel very sturdy. Very pleased with this product and the work that went into it.

  53. Dante Santi

    This belt is amazing. I have used several belts over the 15 years that I have been training and this belt is BY FAR the most comfortable, yet still effective, one I have ever used. As soon as It arrived I put it on (after admiring the amazing craftsmanship) and went out to my garage for a set of squats and when I got to 405lbs the weight seemed to move even faster than before. The abdominal pressure that this belt provides is amazing (belts I’ve used in the past just never seemed to give the right pressure) and I’m sure I’ll be able to hit a new PR in the near future. Also, as many have stated, the 1/2″ increments give the perfect fit as well as flexibility when you maybe had too big of a cheat meal the night before. I could not be happier with this belt and will be recommending it to all of my fellow training enthusiasts. Thank you Pioneer!

  54. jhayes020 (verified owner)

    Wow! I absolutely LOVE this belt! From start to finish, it was a pleasure to work with Pioneer. I received periodic updates about the status of my order, and I received my belt in two weeks! The buckskin color is a beautiful light brown, and the quality of the belt is top notch. I’m looking forward to getting years of good use out of this belt! Thank you!

  55. Ingo (verified owner)

    Received my 10mm 4in belt with the adjustable lever and I love it. The new adjustable lever makes adjustments quick and easy. Very secure and stable.

  56. Sue

    I love my new 10mm pioneer cut suede belt. It’s well made and the peach color has a very pretty blush tone to it and goes with a lot of my lighter clothes. Pioneer’s customer service was top notch – they sent updates from each step of the manufacturing process. I would recommend this belt!

  57. John (verified owner)

    The pioneer cut makes all the difference! Got mine today and it’s definitely worth the money. I got back into lifting about a year ago, and I’ve just been using the community belts at my gym, which are made by pioneer, so I knew I’d love this belt. I didn’t realize how much more comfortable that 1/2” difference could be! In my opinion the pioneer cut should be the new standard for belts.

  58. Gabriele Minutiello (verified owner)

    I heard about Pioneer from Alan Thrall and the Barbell Medicine guys, so I had no doubt the belt was great.

    Being relatively new to barbell training and powerlifting, I wasn’t sure I really needed such and elite belt…but in the end I went for the 10mm 4inc PioneerCut belt and I am extremely satisfied with it.

    Ordering from Italy, it tooks a couple of weeks to get it delivered, but every step of the process was well documented and there were no problem at any point.

    I have never had another belt so I can’t really compare to other products, I can only say that the belt looks amazing, and felt great from the first rep.

  59. Corbin (verified owner)

    Great quality belt, great customer service (I was updated on every step my belt was on), and a reasonable price. I will not be going back to the standard 1″ separation between holes as the 1/2″ is perfect for days I feel bigger or smaller than usual.

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