Pioneer Cut™ – 10mm Thick – Power Lifting Belt

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 29 customer ratings
(29 customer reviews)
Pioneer Cut Belt

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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 Patent Pending 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
  • 100% genuine sole leather
  • Made in the U.S.A.

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Each of our belts are handmade in the USA and come with many options to make them as unique as you are! Please review each option carefully and make sure to answer all of the questions!

 

Start by selecting a size and some basic options and the form will guide you through the available customizations for your belt.

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29 reviews for Pioneer Cut™ – 10mm Thick – Power Lifting Belt

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Justin Jordan

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

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    twowheelninja (verified owner)

    Very happy with the belt.

    FIRST TIME BELT BUYERS, READ!
    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    Warren (verified owner)

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

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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. Rated 5 out of 5

    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!

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