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What is a Ratchet Belt ?

November 18, 2016

What is a Ratchet Belt ?

What is a ratchet belt ?  A Ratchet Belt is a type of belt buckle that uses a hidden track to adjust the belt with - NOT belt holes. Why is this better? Because traditional belts use 5-7 holes spaced about 1 inch (25 cm) or more apart. But your waist sizes typically fluctuates 1/4 inch at a time.  A ratchet belt let's you adjust in small 1/4 inch increments to match this fluctuation. A small knob under the buckle is used to adjust or remove the belt buckle entirely.


Kore ratchet belts for men. How does a ratchet belt work. The no-holes belt for men.

Ratchet belts are 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 and a post 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.

The best way to understand how a ratchet belt works is to see one in action. Link to  "How It Works Video"

Those who want to shop ratchet belts can link to - SHOP TRAKLINE BELTS 

How a ratchet belt works compared to a traditional mens leather belt.

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.
Men's ratchet belt buckle and black leather belt. The "Express Belt" with Trakline technology by Kore Essentials

The Trakline brand "Express" ratchet belt buckle and black smooth leather (no-holes) belt by Kore Essentials (above). 

Ratchet belts have been in existence for over a decade in many parts of Asia but are just now becoming increasingly popular with American and European belt wearers.  It's true that a ratchet belt provides a much better, more comfortable fit and holds it's appearance longer than traditional men's belts. 


Ratchet belts are also commonly referred to as track belts, trackline belts, automatic belts, no-hole belts, hole-less belts, track belts, zip belts, or slide belts.