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Best untanned belts

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by alexwgoody, Aug 10, 2009.

  1. alexwgoody

    alexwgoody Senior member

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    I'm looking into getting an untanned leather belt, and it seems like in the $100 and less range, it's Tanner, Corter, or ALD. Which is the best quality leather? The ALD one is the most expensive, but is that only due to the brand being well known? Have any other suggestions?
     
  2. JoyDiffusion

    JoyDiffusion Senior member

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    I'm thinking of getting one from Hollows Leather... found him on here, and his stuff looks really nice. Some stock pieces, some custom I think. Maybe someone who's gotten one of his untanned can chime in...
     
  3. rapdancin

    rapdancin Senior member

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    unlucky

    i just got one from him, its fantastic (and was also inexpensive--$55)
     
  4. iwhelan

    iwhelan Senior member

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    I'm looking into getting an untanned leather belt, and it seems like in the $100 and less range, it's Tanner, Corter, or ALD. Which is the best quality leather? The ALD one is the most expensive, but is that only due to the brand being well known? Have any other suggestions?

    I don't know which is best, but I have a Corter belt (not the super-thick one) and it has been great for the last year or more. I like it a lot.

    -Ian
     
  5. BrettChaotix

    BrettChaotix Senior member

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    Unlucky is your man. Excellent work. I have 3 belts from him.
     
  6. kontai69

    kontai69 Senior member

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    I'm looking into getting an untanned leather belt, and it seems like in the $100 and less range, it's Tanner, Corter, or ALD. Which is the best quality leather? The ALD one is the most expensive, but is that only due to the brand being well known? Have any other suggestions?
    I have a Leather Goods Connection bridle leather belt in "natural" undyed leather. The leather is thick and supple...
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    FYI, I guess you mean to say "undyed or natural" instead of "untanned". All leather is tanned. Tanning is the process in which the animal hide is "cured" to prevent rotting. Whether or not it is dyed or stained is another matter.
     
  7. Barrylicious

    Barrylicious Senior member

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    I was just about to post about LGC belts. Really, really like them.
     
  8. edubs01

    edubs01 Senior member

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    Do peeps find that raw denim tends to bleed onto the belts?
     
  9. NeurotRP

    NeurotRP Active Member

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    I have a corter leather belt, I highly recommend it.
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  10. socialdtk

    socialdtk Senior member

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    Unlucky makes an amazing belt at an unbeatable price. I own two unlucky belts and bought several others as Christmas gifts for family and friends. You can find more infomation on Unlucky and his belts here: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...ight=horsehide
     
  11. amongmany

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    I'll throw in a vote for Tanner. I bought one of their tan belts about 18 months ago. It has aged so wonderfully that I recently picked up two more in different colors. Be prepared to wait for your order for a little while as they make them per order, but their quality is excellent.
     
  12. Chip

    Chip Senior member

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    Do peeps find that raw denim tends to bleed onto the belts?

    Yeah son, they gets blue stains on they belts.
     
  13. xchen

    xchen Senior member

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    I bought my Tanner belt well over 2 years ago and I've worn it almost every day since then. It's nice, but I might get one of those LGC belts to have something a little nicer looking for work.

    I've bought leather goods from Tanner, Corter, and Hollows, and all are really good leathercrafters. You'll wind up with a nice piece no matter which direction you end up going.
     
  14. brimley

    brimley Senior member

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    I see that this is an old thread, but I'll comment on my Tanner. Have had it well over a year, leather is awesome, nice thickness and width without being ridiculous in either department. The aging of the leather is fantastic, makes me happy every time I handle it.

    However, the hardware is unimpressive in heft, shape, and finish. It's just a little too...ordinary, compared to the character of the rest of the belt.

    I got mine pretty cheap on B&S (~$45?) and I'm definitely not disappointed. However, if I buy another untanned belt I will probably go with ALD, maybe unlucky.
     
  15. fueledbynewjersey

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    reprehensible Senior member

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    Opinions? It looks like this belt is two pieces bonded unlike the higher end ones that are one solid piece.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/HEAVY-MENs-NATUR...item22f9b0dfbf


    Can't really tell if it's bonded from the picture. Does look ugly to me, though.

    The usual suspects (unlucky, corter, LGC, tanner, etc.) all put out fine products at very reasonable prices. I don't see much reason to look beyond them unless you're looking for something special/specific.
     
  17. dibadiba

    dibadiba Senior member

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    the one in that ebay link looks pretty cheap. not sure why it was done with black edges, not to mention the edgework looks poor
     
  18. Faded501s

    Faded501s Senior member

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    I don't know, I'm far from an expert but that eBay belt doesn't look bad for the price. It's stamped "Top Grain" so it's not Full Grain but still, $25 vs $55+. I guess it depends on how much you want to spend.

     
  19. entrero

    entrero Senior member

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    Can't really tell if it's bonded from the picture. Does look ugly to me, though. The usual suspects (unlucky, corter, LGC, tanner, etc.) all put out fine products at very reasonable prices. I don't see much reason to look beyond them unless you're looking for something special/specific.
    If the "ebay belt" looks bad, than the same can be said for LGC, tanner etc. Only difference is the edge is not finished. It's those typical leather belt do-it-yourself blanks that are sold out there. A lot of factors can determine the final price, in this case is brand and a blind forum following.
     
  20. reprehensible

    reprehensible Senior member

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    If the "ebay belt" looks bad, than the same can be said for LGC, tanner etc.

    No.

    No.

    You are a moron.
     

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