Grip6 Makes the Belt That Fits but Doesn’t Flap

Rating: 9/10 ?
  • 1 - Absolute Hot Garbage
  • 2 - Sorta Lukewarm Garbage
  • 3 - Strongly Flawed Design
  • 4 - Some Pros, Lots Of Cons
  • 5 - Acceptably Imperfect
  • 6 - Good Enough to Buy On Sale
  • 7 - Great, But Not Best-In-Class
  • 8 - Fantastic, with Some Footnotes
  • 9 - Shut Up And Take My Money
  • 10 - Absolute Design Nirvana
Price: $35
A man's hand holding a coffee mug and wearing a black Grip6 belt over dark slacks.
Grip6

I have a problem; my pants require a belt if I want them to stay on. But belts never fit me right, and there’s nothing more annoying than a loose belt flap. Fortunately, Grip6 belts fix all of that!

Here's What We Like

  • Fits you exactly right
  • No more freaking belt flap
  • Lasts forever

And What We Don't

  • A little bit on the expensive side for a belt
  • Slight learning curve to put on and take off

To be clear, this isn’t a review of a product some company sent me. I purchased a $35 Grip6 belt over 1-1/2 years ago, and I still love it. I wear it every day, but you can’t tell by looking.

I love the Grip6 because it fits comfortably and solves annoyances. It might be more expensive than a cheap belt you pick up at the local superstore, but you get what you pay for.

Buckles and Ratchets Are the Worst

A brown braided belt with one section showing a looser weave.
This braided belt fit until it wore out, and the braids loosened. Josh Hendrickson

Most belts work in one of two ways: a buckle-and-hole, or ratchet style. You’re probably familiar with the buckle system. You pass the end of your belt through the metal frame, and then insert the prong into the hole you want. If you’re lucky, the holes are spaced apart in a way that provides a good fit. If you’re like me, though, you always get caught between two holes: one is too tight and uncomfortable, and the other is too loose.

A slight alternative is the buckle-and-braided belt. Rather than holes, the manufacturer braids strips of material (typically leather) together, and you slip the prong between the strips. These are better, but the braid loosens over time; you go from perfect fit to no fit at all.

The ratchet system solves this problem, for the most part. You insert the belt end into the frame, and then pull the ratchet to tighten the belt. It’s similar to the ratchets used in cargo webbing on a truck or ship. With ratchet-style belts, you can get a perfect size (or very close to it). However, you still have that pesky end flap.

A belt end flap is that extra leftover bit of belt that goes past the buckle or ratchet system. If you’re fortunate, it fits perfectly into a belt loop. If you’re like me, though, it’s always frustratingly between loops and flaps around when you walk, stand, sit, or have the nerve to exist.

I can’t stand belt flap, but thankfully, there’s a better way.

Grip6 Belt Ends Go Inside the Loop

The Grip6 belt is comprised of two pieces: a long nylon strap, and a curved metal buckle with two slim holes on either side. You slip the strap through the outside of one hole until it catches to put them together. Then, slip the free end through the outside (not the inside) of the other buckle hole.

The handy video below demonstrates the process.

Because it goes from the outside to the inside, the end flap ends up inside the belt’s loop, so the belt holds it in place. Finally, end flaps are a thing of the past! And since this is a sliding system (somewhat similar to ratchet), the belt is always exactly as tight as you need it to be.

To take off the belt, just tilt the buckle and pull the other end of the belt (as shown in the video above). It takes some practice to master, but if you wear it every day, you’ll have it down in a week or so. Eventually, you might even be able to remove it one-handed!

A Grip6 black belt with black buckle in a loop.
A year and a half later, you can hardly tell this isn’t a new belt. Josh Hendrickson

Grip6 makes sizing easy, too—you just order your pants size. If you wear a 34 waist in jeans, for instance, order the size 34 belt.

If your belt is too long for some reason, it’s easy to fix. Because it’s a nylon strap, you can just cut the end of the belt to size—just make sure you cut the end without the buckle catch. Then, use a lighter to burn off the frayed ends.

If you decide to buy more than one belt, you can mix and match buckles and straps to suit your needs. Grip6 offers a multitude of styles, colors, and buckle materials.

A Belt That Lasts

A Grip6 nylon strap and buckle side-by-side.
You can take it apart to mix and match. The t-bar on the left side locks the nylon to the buckle. Josh Hendrickson

All of this goodness doesn’t matter if the belt fails, though. I know all-too-well from trying to use buckle and braid belts. But the Grip6 will last. I can say that not only from personal experience (I’ve worn mine daily since March 2018) but also because the company offers a guarantee.

Grip6 is so confident, it calls this a “Guaran-damn-tee,” and it’s an unlimited lifetime warranty. In the words of the company:

“Any time, any reason, any condition, and if your strap or buckle does break, we would sincerely love to know how you accomplished such a feat.”

If you live in the U.S., it might also please you to know that Grip6 makes its belts there.

I’ve wracked my brain to find something to complain about, but I honestly can’t come up with anything.

The worst I can level at the belt is its learning curve—this is the first time I’ve had to watch a video to learn how to put on a belt. Still, I had it down quickly.

It’s a little pricy, but this belt is darn near perfection—and that’s worth the extra money!

Rating: 9/10
Price: $35

Here’s What We Like

  • Fits you exactly right
  • No more freaking belt flap
  • Lasts forever

And What We Don't

  • A little bit on the expensive side for a belt
  • Slight learning curve to put on and take off

Josh Hendrickson Josh Hendrickson
Josh Hendrickson has worked in IT for nearly a decade, including four years spent repairing and servicing computers for Microsoft. He’s also a smarthome enthusiast who built his own smart mirror with just a frame, some electronics, a Raspberry Pi, and open-source code. Read Full Bio »

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