Monday, February 18, 2013

MArooned Product Review: Dragon Leatherworks Belt

Last month I received a leather belt from Dennis at Dragon Leatherworks. He's expanding his line of quality leather products to gunbelts, and sent out a handful of pre-production models to certain gunbloggers for review. Naturally, being a shameless gear whore wanting to help my friend out, I begged asked to help out.

After having worn this belt for literally every day for the past month, I think it's time for a more in-depth review.

Here's a shot right when I got it:

And here it is after a month of solid wear:

Yeah, not much difference, is there?

After a month of daily use, the notch that I use has a little bit of wear on it. NO cracking, nothing like that, just evidence that this belt has been used in one position over the rest. The entire rest of the belt looks brand new. As a daily wear belt, it's perhaps a bit of overkill - ridiculously overbuilt for merely holding one's pants up - but it does give a good indication of how it will wear over time.

How does it work as a gunbelt, you ask?

Pretty damn good.

That's a two pound, three ounce Smith & Wesson K-frame model 13. With the Dragon Leatherworks gun belt, I can carry it around all day long like it was a 12 ounce Snubbie from Hell™. With a decent cover garment (one advantage to New England winters!) I can carry this around all day long and not even notice the weight. The belt distributes the weight of even a steel-framed revolver very well; I've carried the S&W M&P9 compact as well and it's like nothing's there at all.

I wracked my brain trying to come up with a downside to this belt, and really, the best I could come up with was that it's thick. Yeah, I know. That's not a bug, it's a feature. You have to be deliberate when getting it through belt loops and holster loops. Which, again, is really not a bad thing at all, just that if you're used to traditional belts it takes some getting used to. The belt has held up remarkably over the first month, and I'll revisit how it's holding up sometime late summer/early fall to see if there's any noticeable difference.

Right now, though, two thumbs WAY up for the Dragon Leatherworks gunbelt!

That is all.

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