A ratchet belt is a relatively new innovation that greatly improves the function of a traditional belt in several ways. First, it's common knowledge that your waist size fluctuates throughout the day, as you eat, walk, sit, exercise, etc., and yet a traditional belt only provides 5-7 one inch spaced holes to adjust with. The problem - your belt is typically either too tight or too loose. The solution - a ratchet belt let's the wearer adjust 1/4" at a time. The ratchet belt accomplishes this by eliminating belt holes and replacing them with a nylon track (with teeth like notches) sewn into the back of the leather belt, hidden from sight (see photos below). This track contains between 30-40 adjustment notches in small 1/4" increments. A ratchet belt user can snug the belt to their exact waist size every time. A small release and adjustment lever is typically located under the buckle and is easy to operate. The overall result is a perfect fit.
Additionally the track system eliminates unsightly belt holes that stretch out and crease over time on traditional belts. Most ratchet belt buckles pop off to allow you to swap buckles and belt colors, or to pass thru airport security with the leather still on. Some Trakline buckles even open bottle tops easily.
A ratchet belt track with 40+ sizing positions (back of belt) compared to a traditional leather belt with 5 holes (above).
Ratchet belt buckle with spring-loaded mechanism for durability and no sticking (back of buckle). Magnet mechanism tend to stick and are less reliable. Release tab is located on the bottom of the buckle when worn properly.
The Trakline brand "Express" ratchet belt buckle and black smooth leather (no-holes) belt by Kore Essentials (above).
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