Pioneer Double Suede Powerlifting Belt

(124 customer reviews)


3″ Double Suede Powerlifting Belts must be made with a single prong or Pioneer Cut* buckle.

Double Suede Lifting Belt Features:

  • Nickel plated rivets and buckle
  • Comes in 10mm or 13mm thickness
  • Available with single prong, double prong or our patented Pioneer Cut hole design*
  • High quality suede, garment leather, or vinyl
  • Vegetable tanned, full grain sole leather
  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • Lifetime warranty

Recommended Uses:

  • All forms of strength training and general fitness
  • Presses, squats, deadlifts, weighted carries

Perfect for:

  • Adults and youth
  • Advanced, intermediate, beginner

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


3″ Double Suede Powerlifting Belts must be made with a single prong or Pioneer Cut* buckle.

The Pioneer Double Suede Powerlifting Belt is available in single prong, double prong or our patented Pioneer Cut 1/2″ hole design*. This one can be customized right down to the stitching of the belt.

The Pioneer 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 your 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

10mm Lifting Belt

This belt is single thick meaning it is constructed of a single piece of sole leather (6mm) with garment suede sewn on either side (4mm total, 2mm each side) offering a very pliable yet supportive belt. These belts must have stitching and will default to white unless specified otherwise.

13mm Lifting Belt

This is a double thick belt meaning it is constructed of two 4.5mm pieces of sole leather (9mm total of leather) cemented, pressed, and sewn together with 2mm suede on either side (4mm total in suede). These belts must have stitching and will default to white unless specified otherwise.

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

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 8 × 12 in

124 reviews for Pioneer Double Suede Powerlifting Belt

  1. Kevin

    VERY high quality. Core sole leather is 6.5mm thick, and smells delicious! Suede layers have a rich color and feels luxurious. Stitching is well done. Best of all, the price can’t be beat! Thanks for a wonderful product!

  2. Mackabella Fitness

    I just ordered a custom belt from General Leathercraft and I love it. They did an amazing job. Thanks guys


  3. Scott (verified owner)

    I do not think you will find a higher quality belt out there. The construction is top notch and the belt just feels right the first time you put it on. The only thing better than the belt itself is the unbelievable service Matt provides. As much effort and care that goes in to making the belts, goes in to making sure his customers are happy and satisfied. A job well done on all levels.

  4. Cathy T (verified owner)

    I received my belt the week after ordering it. It is a thing of beauty and obviously well crafted. I showed it off at the gym today and tried it for the first time. Comfortable but sturdy I can see myself loving and using this belt for all my lifting days. Thank you Matt for answering my questions quickly and politely. Great customer service, everything made in the USA and a lifetime warranty. Buy your powerlifting belts here and know you’re getting a top notch product!

  5. Nick S (verified owner)

    Been lifting in this belt for about 4 months now and I love it more each day. Great product and awesome quality! Would recommend to anyone looking for something that doesn’t need to be replaced for a long, long time. Plus my PR’s went up instantly after putting this bad boy on.

  6. Adrian F (verified owner)

    Just got my belt into today! It’s beautiful! Haven’t tried it out under the bar, but I’ve tried it on. This quality can really compete with the big guys! Customer service was great too. After I made my order, I changed my mind about the colors I wanted and I sent an email promptly to see if it could be changed (sorry guys.) They responded in less than five minutes saying it wouldn’t be a problem. I assumed there would be some delay, but it actually came in 2 days earlier than expected. It took less than two weeks to come in after I ordered it! Sure beats the 6-12 week waiting times of the bigger companies that offer custom colors.

  7. Riki

    I have been using my belt for a few months now. I am absolutely in love with it. It’s well made, arrived incredibly fast, and it helps give me leverages I could have never imagined were possible. It was amazing from the first use for my deadlifts, but I admit, it was tough getting used to the thickness of the belt for squats. However, I worked through that period, and now use this belt religiously. It keeps my core super tight and really helps me add weight to my lifts while keeping me stable. I can’t recommend a belt from General Leathercraft enough!

  8. Sean B. (verified owner)

    I was debating ordering from some of the more popular belt manufacturers but I am glad I went with GLM. I order my custom belt on Monday and relieved it 5 days later. I am absolutely astounded how fast the process was. I have used an Inzer belt in the past and in my opinion, this belt is of superior quality and the belt feels broken in upon opening the box.

    A note on sizing, I fell in the middle of a small and medium and I contacted Matt about it my concerns. He basically took two inches off a medium belt for me for the perfect fit.

    I can’t say enough good things, I will be a customer for life.

  9. Doug (verified owner)

    Currently own 2 custom Pioneer Powerlifting Belts.

    Belts are made of extremely high quality materials. I expect the belts to last at least my lifetime of continuous use. Other than normal wear and tear from daily use, my first belt is as good as new. Be warned, if your belt is not broken in or you are not used to +10mm powerlifting belts, you may possibly break a rib. The belt will break you before you break it, guaranteed.

    Customer service is impeccable. All your questions are answered immediately and details are confirmed. If your belt is even the slightest of not how you designed/requested it, it will be redone, no questions asked.

    My most recent belt looks so incredible that I do not even want to wear it. I rather put it on a shelf and display it like a piece of art. Seriously.

    I am a lifelong fan and customer.

  10. Eston C (verified owner)

    Belt is extremely high quality. The writing is also stitched in real nicely. Seems like it’s built to be durable. Definitely worth every penny, even the super expensive shipping to Canada.

  11. Dan (verified owner)

    Quality: top of the line could not find better.
    Appearance: perfect, couldn’t make a more physically appearing belt.
    Effectiveness: very very good, feel stronger with my pioneer belt on vs any other.
    Only reason I gave it a 4 out of 5 is because my custom message on the back doesn’t line up on my back, it’s on the side of my belt.

  12. Fred Wallace (verified owner)

    I got one of these custom made at 3″ wide, came out perfect, a real thing of beauty.

  13. Oscar Del Rio (verified owner)

    Awesome product

  14. Joey (verified owner)

    Very nice belt, outstanding build quality, fast shipping, and great customer service. upon arrival it already feels somewhat broken in unlike many thick leather belts out there. very satisfied.

  15. Frank Phillips

    My belt arrived sooner than anticipated and is beautiful in Red suede. I’ve had quite a few belts over the years, but this one is the nicest. This great looking and quality made belt will last for many years. Very happy I chose a Pioneer belt!

  16. Pablo Garciasalas (verified owner)

    Best thing about this company is everything! From quality to customer service. Ive used my belt for a month now and couldn’t be more satisfied. If you are looking for a solid purchase you’d be doing yourself a favor by purchasing from this awesome company (family owned and American made) thanks GLM. Life long customer and advocate, Pablo.

  17. Spencer Z (verified owner)

    Hands down the best belt i’ve ever had! I’m one of those guys that has to do research on something for months, then second guess myself for another month to finally make a decision. Let’s just say, i’m glad i chose Pioneer Fit! Customer service was outstanding and quality is top notch! I ordered a powerlifting belt with custom designs on it. The very next day they got a hold of me to confirm the order and to advise me on what would work/look better on the belt also to help with sizing. That’s customer service! Cannot say enough things about this belt, honestly if you’re looking for something strong and durable in the gym and that will last a long time, you’re at the right place. I’d had mine for about 4 months now and loving it! My brother will be ordering one in the next couple weeks and he can wait! I’ll be getting number 2 for me soon! Big thanks to the Pioneer Team!

  18. Jason P. (verified owner)

    I did a lot of research and looking around before I decided on my Pioneer single prong belt…and I’m glad I did! It’s great that they have a lot of options and colors to customize how you want it. My order came really fast! The appearance of my belt was awesome when I unboxed it. The sizing was also perfect. I had extra holes for adjustment. It fit perfectly right away with no feeling that I needed to break it in. This is the perfect belt I was looking for squatting everyday. I’m confident this belt will last a long time. It’s great to buy and support a family owned, made in USA company! Keep up the good work!

  19. Jakob West (verified owner)

    This belt is amazing quality. It definitely fit into my price range and came in the color I was looking for. It took about 1.5 weeks for it to get here and I was immediately impressed.

  20. Zack (verified owner)

    I got my belt about a month ago now. 10mm double suede gray, maroon embroidery, size small, single prong. Wanted to wait until it was broken it and I got a good sense of the belt. Overall, it’s pretty damn awesome. Has it made my lifts go up? I have no idea, my programming doesn’t have me max but every 3 months. Has the belt made me feel more stable, secure, and safe? Yes, 10/10 it has helped. Very sturdy, very well made, and very pliable. The belt looks incredible. Gray with maroon was the way to go. Purple with gray will be the next.

    There’s only one minor thing I have against it. I measured for and ordered a small while I was 172lbs. It was perfect there, 5 holes from the tightest during lift. I’ve started my bulk now, and bloated some, and I’m now 3 holes from the largest. Worried I may get a little too big before I can order another belt.

  21. Russel Nguyen (verified owner)

    Will be reviewing this to an Inzer 10mm and a Titan Longhorn. 1st, out of the box it requires no break in time whatsoever. You can wear the belt instantly without any struggle. It is a tad bit stiffer than the Longhorn, but not nearly as stiff as the Inzer.

    What I noticed with Inzer is that their 10mm is closer to 11.5 almost 12mm thick even. This just means that Inzer like to upscale their 10mm just a bit. However, if you’re going to buy the 13mm from Inzer, it’s not really worth the extra 1-1.5mm of thickness for $10 more since it is essentially almost the same thickness. Why Inzer does this I don’t know.

    The Longhorn is pretty on point with it being 10mm. Again, same thing being that it is very supple out of the box and can be worn instantly. The Longhorn may be too supple for some people, so the 2nd time I bought one it had to be double prong. I felt the single prong wasn’t doing enough for the suppleness of it. I think you guys use stiffer leather than the Longhorn which would be my best guess.

    Shipping times would vary between belts. 1st time through Inzer, 4 weeks. 2nd time through them it was 7 weeks. The custom Longhorn that I ordered took 3 months. I got my Pioneer belt in 10 days.

    One thing I’d like to point out is the loop. Thank god someone used a thinner loop so that the buckle could go in easier. Inzer and Titan both stay with the thick ass loops so it’s incredibly hard to go in and out. Couple that with the fact that the loop is really close to the prong, so you’d have to bend the belt even further back.

    One gripe I’d say is that the prong is a bit loose. Not sure if that’s a good thing or bad thing, but Inzer and Titan both have prongs that are quite firm and don’t wiggle as much. I’m kinda all over the place with this review, but I’m thinking things as I go along. It is USAPL approved at local meets. Probably not for Nationally ranked meets and not yet IPF approved.

  22. Diane K (verified owner)

    Love my belt! It is very well made and the colors of the suede are deep and rich looking. Customer service is awesome. I wanted my belt to represent team school colors, The staff took pictures of the suede so I could choose before ordering. I also was able to have my belt custom sized because my waist size is between sizes.The belt arrived in 2 weeks and I received tracking info on the shipment. I ordered the black buckle- so glad I did. It looks very sharp with the black finished edging on the belt. Best of all, I’ve already had 2 pr’s with this beauty.

  23. David G (verified owner)

    30 days from ordering to my hands with custom colors and embroidery. Quality and finish is phenomenal. Even more impressive was the price. Bench belt will be ordered directly.

  24. David A. Gossage (verified owner)

    Received my second double suede belt a month, or so, ago. Why anyone would get a different belt is beyond me. Top notch materials and the damn best customer service you could ever want.

    The compliments on how this belt looks are non stop. People are blown away at how inexpensive it was with full customization.

    Stop reading and get one!

  25. Rob (verified owner)

    I received my belt in 3 weeks which is faster than expected considering I had custom work done on it and it only took one workout for me to know it was worth every penny. I love it and it’s so much better than my previous belt. I have recommended it to everyone in my gym who is looking for a belt. Also, it looks awesome. Cannot hype these belts up enough.

  26. Joshua (verified owner)

    This is my 2nd belt from Pioneer (first was 6.5mm powerlifting belt). This time I ordered a 10mm 4″ Double Suede Power Lifting belt with custom options including embroidery and black edging and received it extremely fast! From order to delivery was 16 days! Incredible quality as always. My lifting partners were very impressed with it! Great price. Customer service was top notch. I had a few questions and all were answered immediately via email! Don’t hesitate if you are thinking about ordering one.

  27. Rachel (verified owner)

    We ordered a custom belt and it’s such solid construction, definitely quality materials. About a year after heavy daily usage one of the stitches started to come off, no biggie to the function of the belt but customer service was more than happy fix the issue for us and even pay for return shipping. Thank you Pioneer!

  28. Mike Lucotch (verified owner)

    My son and I ordered father and son custom made 10mm Power Lifting Belts, and they arrived over the weekend. My belt is a 4″ belt, and my son’s is a 3″ belt. Matt and Kimberly could not have been nicer through the ordering process. For example, Kimberly suggested getting extra holes in the 3″ belt, so we can both use it for pulling or as a bench belt. My son wanted his school colors, which is my alma mater, so they match. These belts are outstanding! Pioneer belts can be customized with a wide range of options including embroidery with pictures and logos. We didn’t opt for any embroidery, but the options are endless. Pioneer allows you to order as much or as little customization as you’d like. Plus, all belts are guaranteed for life. The belts were shipped in 3 weeks and the package arrived 2 days later. I know they had two machines down for a period of time, so we are pleased with the turnaround. Also, the customer service is excellent. If you’re in the market for a new belt, don’t hesitate. Watch the videos on this site and contact Matt or Kimberly before you order with any questions. You won’t be sorry!

  29. cpirkle45 (verified owner)

    By FAR the best customer service I have ever received. I made multiple changes after ordering (sorry about that :/), and they were both beyond pleasant and accommodating. I absolutely love the belt and customizations. As a regular gym goer and powerlifting competitor, it will be perfect for it all!

  30. Robert (verified owner)

    I am extraordinarily happy with this purchase. To start, the lead time was exactly 4 weeks, which is what was expected given that I didn’t ask for any customizations. To be sure, a month does feel like a long time to wait, but it is the standard time frame for belt companies.

    I ordered the belt in grey, and the color matches the pictures perfectly. A close inspection left me very impressed with the stitching. The only minor flaw seems to be a small incision (1/4″ long) near the widest hole setting. Perhaps it was nicked by a very fine blade? Regardless, it’s not at all noticeable unless one is looking for it.

    The instructions provided in terms of measurement were very helpful. I measured my waist at 39″, which put me right in the middle of the Large sizing. I mention this because once I did put on the belt, I noticed that when tightened to the desired hole (the 4th tightest for me), there was a significant amount of the tongue left to go through the hoop. I had some light deadlift work on Friday after heavy squats, but I went ahead and used the belt to start the break-in process. After one set, I found I had to rotate the belt on my waist so as to keep the tongue from catching on my arm. I’m not sure if this would be addressed by adjusting sizing specifications or tweaking the design (maybe eliminating the small taper at the end); however, it is why I went with 4 stars instead of 5.

    First time wearing it at the gym, I was asked where I got it. The quality of the product just sells itself. I’ll definitely be a repeat customer if I decide to order a custom belt or one with a lever design.

  31. Mike Morrison

    The Pioneer team created a custom belt for me in 2014 and to this day it still has that brand new PR smell. I have carried that belt through thick and thin and have accomplished many great things. Folk songs have been written about the majestic power of the belt. In some countries, my belt is the face of their currency. Constantly world leaders have asked that my belt be there to support their people. I truly believe my belt is the hero that Gotham needs. My belt is the only belt that has crossed over from bodybuilding to powerlifting, but also DC to Marvel, Sith to Jedi, In&Out to Whataburger. I absolutely love my belt. God Bless you PIONEER and God Bless the USA!

  32. Lauren Syslo (verified owner)

    I ordered this belt a few months ago and I’m absolutely in love with it. The quality is amazing and the colors look just like the picture. The customer service from this company is excellent (which is hard to find these days). Although this belt will last me a lifetime I will definitely be ordering from this company again!

  33. 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”!

  34. Ivan Perez (verified owner)

    Over a year of using it and the quality of the belt has kept it looking like new. Very sturdy and craps all over commercial belts.

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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!

  38. Kasi (verified owner)

    I just got my belt today and the quality is amazing!!! The color is exactly what I wanted (pink). I couldn’t be happier with this purchase and would recommend this belt and company to anyone.

  39. Katie (verified owner)

    LOVE this belt!! Received it a few weeks ago, used it for a Strongman comp and using regularly for heavy squats and deadlifts. Color (grey) is perfect and the belt itself is extremely well-made. Fantastic quality and service, would definitely recommend!

  40. Brandon

    Use this as my bench and deadlift belt. 13 mm pioneer belt broke in quicker than my inzer. It’s beyond stiff, but still comfortable. Like a really comfortable 2×4 lol. Plus the customer service is beyond amazing. I’m a pioneer fan for life.

  41. crn.diaz (verified owner)

    Long due review of my custom belt. I’ll try to keep it brief I promise: ) I was in the market not only for a great belt to use in the gym but a customizable belt at that. From the moment I emailed Pioneer asking questions to the moment I placed my order Pioneer customer service was above and beyond amazing! Not only did they get my order right they took the extra step to make sure all the details from the size to the stitching in the belt was just right, A+++! As to the belt itself I can not be more happy! The attention to detail, the stitching, the leather down to the buckle is superb! The belt is definitely a must have for those who are in the market for a great belt, it certainly does support me on my heavy lifts and the quality is top notch. The belt is stiff (a plus for me) but still very comfortable. Overall I am beyond impressed and satisfied with my custom belt and customer service from Pioneer! : )

  42. Curt (verified owner)

    Highest quality belt I have seen. Very soft right out of the box and required no break in time. Suede and buckle feel to be very high quality. The upgrades I chose to add, (black edging, black stitching, & black buckle) look very good and were well worth the extra money spent. The pride and craftsmanship put into these belts is apparent. I would highly recommend a Pioneer belt to anybody looking for a new belt.

  43. 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

  44. 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!

  45. 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

  46. jeremytrubilla (verified owner)

    So I can sum up everything you need to know about this belt in two words… “Buy it”

    If you want more detail, continue to read…

    First off you should know this is a first class company with beyond excellent customer service and oh yeah they give back to the sport in so many ways. For that reason alone they have my business and recommendation for life… now on to the belt.

    This belt is perfect in every aspect, custom to what I wanted, personalized, and built like a tank. It does take a little breaking in if you are planning on using it for deadlift, but overall was not unbearable. This belt is more than enough for the casual gym goer and still more than enough for a serious powerlifter… perhaps at the elite level (I.e. 800-1000 pound squats and deads) you might want to bump up to the 13mm, but I am not sure how you would get more support than this belt gives(perhaps lining it with concrete?).

    I have owned the belt now for just about 6 months and really couldn’t be any happier. I think my wife gets a little pissed when I bring it to bed with me, but hey she doesn’t help me hit PR’s on my deadlift.

    so to end I will take some poetic license with their slogan “Don’t buy a belt, buy your belt” .

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. james.j.c.mahoney.19 (verified owner)

    Wow. I got a custom belt in Royal Blue with the tapered tongue and black lining, basically looks like the first photo. I am amazed at the quality of this thing. I’ve bought horrible ones from amazon for 35$, and this one is a bit more expensive, but well worth it.
    When I first took it out of the box I was excited, and then when I wore it, it was like nothing I’ve ever used before. My back felt protected and completely locked in. I’ve used numerous other belts before none which felt like this one, and it already feels like it’s molding to my body. I have lost a little weight since I bought it and have like two notches left which is a little worrisome! But that is my own fault.
    If your on the fence, I highly recommend this belt. It looks awesome and feels better.

  51. 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.

  52. 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.

  53. Steven Baker (verified owner)

    Just got my belt in the mail yesterday. Original order was late October 20th or so. So not even 4 weeks for a fully customized belt with no extra embroidery is awesome. I got the 13 mm pioneer cut belt and couldn’t be any happier. I decided to go rust color on the inside, grey for outer layer, regular buckle, white stitching and black edging. Looks beautiful. Worth the extra cost for a high quality, hand made belt. The pioneer cut is the way to go. Suede feels great and the buckle is stout. The best quality knuckle I’ve seen on the market. If you have an issue deciding to get black buckle versus regular. I went with regular because over time I have heard that the black buckle will eventually start to chip. Not an issue with quality because that will happen. I went with the traditional nickle buckle because sometimes you can also have to much black depending on how much black you have. I went with white stitching to contrast with the other colors. The one thing I do wish that pioneer did was to stitch around the adjustment holes. Probably not gonna make a difference with how well It will hold up, it just looks bad ass. I initially thought 13 mm was gonna be to thick but I am glad I went with the higher thickness. My original belt was 10 mm and is now probably a little less. The 13 mm isn’t to thick. It doesn’t feel bulky. It feels great even with my dimensions. I had the belt 32 inches on the center hole, so small belt. I am 5′ 9″ with a normal torso length and the 13 mm is perfect. I am also a lighter lifter competing in the 148 pound class. So if you think 13 mm is to thick, I suggest you get it and I promise you won’t be disappointed. The rivets are top notch. The belt loop for the tongue is stout also and riveted in. Damn I can go on and on about how bad ass this belt is. Hands down the best overall. The next best but far a far second and third would be Bob’s belts and Best belts but Pioneer blows them all out the water. For the price and how much customization there is and the final cost, you can’t find a better deal. Also I got it on sale. Who does that now a days for a custom power belt. The shipping only took 3 days total without paying and arm and a leg. Shit, I better stop typing. Get this belt and stop looking elsewhere.

  54. 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.

  55. 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.

  56. 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.

  57. 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.

  58. Andreu

    I ordered the non-embroidered belt on November 11, received an email saying that it had been delivered to Fedex on November 28 and finally got the belt on December 4. Everything within the time limits.
    I’m not an expert but I think it is a product of excellent quality and it seems to have a great durability.
    The customer service has been very good. Since I sent a first mail asking some doubts (without having made the order) until they answered me, only a few hours passed. And afterwards they kindly made me some suggestions. Furthermore, being an international client, they warned me about duties and taxes and informed me of the two options I had: Fedex and USPS.
    I’m from Spain and, if anyone is interested, with Fedex I had to pay about 35€. In terms of customs tax (19.51€), administrative expenses (13.50€) and another small charge (2.84€). Of duties I didn’t have to pay anything.
    As I said before I am not an expert, but I would recommend this belt 100%.

  59. 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.

  60. Miguel Aguilar (verified owner)

    Well I purchased this beautiful custom powerlifting belt for my wife who is just getting into powerlifting because she has recently discovered that she’s alot stronger than she thought that she was. I figured that this would be a great XMas gift so I ordered one. All I have to say is wow very impressed with how it came out !!! The attention to detail and quality is just supirior to anything out there that I’ve purchased in the past for myself !!! I will post pictures of the belt on instagram so the world could see that these guys are no joke and will make you a real high end quality belt thats truly custom made for you !!! I highly recommend these belts thanks alot guys !!!

  61. Jamal Pollok

    I purchased this belt early this month, and it looks and feels amazing. Wanted to wait a few weeks to break it in before I review, but I can’t wait! This is my first personal powerlifting belt, after using no belt or used gym bodybuilding belts for months, and I’m glad I made this choice. It’s very solid, the craftsmanship is high quality, you can tell this is built to last. Good belt!

  62. 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.

  63. 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!

  64. Justin Jordan

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

  65. 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!

  66. 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.

  67. Michael Preskar (verified owner)

    The 10mm double suede belt is awesome. I’m coming from using a 15 plus year old economy gold’s gym Oly style belt. I’ve really started to focus more on powerlifting and came upon Pioneer when researching. The craftsmanship is top notch and the belt was comfortable right out of the box. Material is supple and the edges are worked so there are no sharp edges digging in when squatting. I will be purchasing an Oly style belt next. Thanks for taking pride in your product!

  68. 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.

  69. Henry Liberty

    This belt is fantastic. I upgraded from a 10mm power lever belt and the added thickness is noticeable. The break in time was very minimal and it’s one of if not the BEST power belt on the market given quality, durability, and price.

  70. Warren (verified owner)

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

  71. 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.

  72. 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.

  73. 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!

  74. 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!

  75. 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!

  76. Kaitlin C (verified owner)

    Just recently switched to a Pioneer belt with this cut, and I absolutely love it. I went with the 13mm thickness because that’s what my previous belt claimed to be (14mm actually), and let me tell you, there’s absolutely no comparison between the two. My new pioneer makes my other belt look like a funny joke. I also tried the pioneer cut because it always seemed like I could never get a perfect fit regardless of the layers of clothing I had on. Or, it’d be a bit too tight and the lift would be negatively effected due to the tightness.

    All the extra options for belt tightness the pioneer cut belt offers really sets it a cut above the rest, no pun intended.

    Although my belt isn’t super broken in yet, it was comfortable immediately and it’s only getting better. This belt has far exceeded my expectations, so much so that I ordered my boyfriend one as well.

    Highly highly recommended, especially this cut – it makes everything about getting ready for and performing the lift so much easier.

  77. Linh

    I like to give reviews after I have used a product for a good while. My wife bought me this belt about 18 months ago after my inzer was stolen. First impressions right off the bat was this is no flimsy belt. It was very well constructed, detailed and solid. Black finish has held very well. Performance was excellent and just gets better. Even with my inzer “broken in” it did not feel as solid and comfortable at the same time as this belt. If only I could give this belt more stars.

  78. 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.

  79. 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!

  80. 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.

  81. 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

  82. 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.

  83. 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

  84. 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.

  85. 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.

  86. 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.

  87. drg0708 (verified owner)

    I’m not sure you understand. This is the company you want to support. This is the belt you want. There simply is no comparison. Do it….now.

  88. gastark

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

  89. Leighann

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

  90. Iron Office

    I’ve bought over 20 belts and at least another 20 accessories from Pioneer. Including the 10mm double suede, cure leather outside, pioneer cut, lever, buckle, knee and wrist wraps, straps, gun/work belts, and some other stuff. Everything has been perfect so far. The one time there was a flaw, it was fixed right away without even raising an eyebrow. Love Matt and his team, and I recommend them to everyone in the fitness industry.

  91. 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.

  92. 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

  93. 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.

  94. Daniel

    These belts are awesome! Bought one for myself and one for my girlfriend, and we both love them.
    We were both not shure if we wanted 13 or 10 mm, especially my girlfriend who feared she was too small for a belt that heavy, but we are both happy with the 13 mm.
    They feel really solid and supportive, but with a little break-in they are still very comfortable to use. The “half inch hole spacing” works like a dream, how has no one done that before? :)

    We also got to experience the customer service, since we had a minor issue with the order, and never have I experienced such good service – these people clearly stands behind their product 100%.

    I don’t know anything about leatherworks, but the quality seems over the top! The price was so fair that I regret ever bying a cheaper belt before this one..

    Cheers from a happy danish customer!

  95. Alex

    Not sure why it took me so long to write a review. Ordered my lever belt last year Fall 2018 with custom print on the back of the belt. Looks amazing and it feels great. After daily use the belt is still in fantastic shape. Highly recommend to purchase this if you are serious about lifting

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    Thank you

  98. 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 :)

  99. 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!

  100. 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.

  101. 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.

  102. 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!

  103. Andrew

    I customized one of these for a Christmas gift to my brother in 2019 and the belt has been excellent ever since. It has endured many workouts over the past year and still looks as good as it did on the first day. Looking to get another one for myself soon. Definitely recommend!

  104. 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!

  105. Brent W (verified owner)

    I ordered myself a custom embroidered belt as a birthday present, and I couldn’t be more happy with the quality of the belt and its look. I haven’t noticed any defects – the custom stitching and colors are fantastic.

    The belt performs just as I expect it to. From the FAQ these belts use 9-10mm of leader with 3mm of suede and I’ve found that to be plenty of support. After one week of use it is still very stiff and can dig into my hip bones in some positions, but the roller on the end of the buckle is very effective for cinching or loosening depending on the lift. I’m really glad I spent a few extra bucks to get something that is both effective and beautiful for my home gym.

  106. 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,

  107. Katelift (verified owner)

    This is my second Pioneer belt, and I am absolutely IN LOVE. Both of my belts are 4″ wide, 10mm, suede powerlifting belts with a 2-prong buckle and a tapered tongue. They are approved for powerlifting competition, and they are honestly the best belt out there.

    I ordered my new belt as a birthday gift to myself, but I feel it’s important to say that my first belt did not NEED to be replaced. I’ve had my original belt for 8 years now, and it’s held up in color, quality, sturdiness, and functionality.

    The craftsmanship of these belts is unparalleled, and the fact that I got the exact same quality 8 years apart says a lot. This is the kind of package you open and get EXACTLY what you pictured but with the quality expectations truly exceeded. Well worth the price!

  108. 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!

  109. 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.

  110. Jon B (verified owner)

    I’ve had my double suede belt for nearly 7 years now and it’s still holding up extremely well. It’s been through heavy squats, deadlifts and other functional exercises from myself and others who are stronger than I am. Just purchased another one as a gift for a friend. Highly recommend!

  111. Autumn (verified owner)

    I ordered a belt as a Christmas gift and I wasn’t sure if I would have it in time because I missed the deadline for customized belts to be here by then. I received it in 7 weeks, 2.5 weeks before Christmas. I am very happy. Love this company, they produce very high quality items.

  112. 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!

  113. 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!

  114. 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.

  115. 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!

  116. 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.

  117. 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.

  118. 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.

  119. Grace Aldana

    I have had my custom belt for over two years now, and stand behind this company through and through, it’s so high quality, completely durable, the black did fade a little but understandable since it’s been through lifts and in and out of gym bags!
    I highly recommend everyone to purchase Pioneer instead of shopping around for more “affordable” belts!

  120. Tyrone Jackson (verified owner)

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the team for a job well done. Throughout the entire process from creating the belts for my sons, Pam was outstanding, by keeping me in the loop and providing pictures every step of the way. The belts came today and my sons were ecstatic and said “These are FIRE” in youth terms means “great”. I would highly recommend this company to anyone seeking weightlifting belts.

  121. C. G.

    ive had my belt for a while now and it is top notch — really recommend the product

  122. Matt W (verified owner)

    I’ve had my Pioneer Cut belt for almost 5 years now and it’s still going strong. Never a disappointment when ordering any Pioneer products. Belts, wrist wraps, knee wraps, whatever your order just know it’s made to last 👍🏼

  123. Brandon

    I’ve had this belt since 2016 and it’s still a beast. The thing has been used and abused but is still holding up. Some minor separation and paint chipping from the buckle which is to be expected with 8 years of use. Only reason I ordered a new belt was due to weight loss!

  124. Brian Knopf (verified owner)

    I thought nothing could beat my pioneer patriotic leaver belt…..I was wrong! This pioneer cut 3” 10mm belt is perfect! Absolutely perfect!

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