I don’t know about you, but I suffer from what I like to call WSG, or “Winter Growth Syndrome”. As an already large guy, that extra few pounds make my belts critical. In the past ten years as the 6 pack became a case and then became a keg, combined with the fact I have NEVER had hips, I have done what every man I know has done - I have resorted to icepicks and other assorted sharp instruments to add holes to the standard leather belt as I shrink and expand. A standard belt usually has five holes in one inch increments, almost always assuring that my belts were too tight or too loose. Add to that the fact that I always carry as a knife, lighter, change, flashlight, wallet, and occasionally a weapon, I find myself with a case of droopy drawers or pants so tight I am uncomfortable. One night, as I was up working with the TV on for background noise, I caught a commercial for a sliding belt that I stopped to watch. What a great idea - a belt that is micro-adjustable. I then came back to reality and thought as with most “as seen on TV things”, I knew it would probably last me a month before I was buying another one. I also knew that if “made for TV” had one, there were others like it. I started looking for an alternative and boy did I find one in a company called Anson Belt Company.
Anson Belt Company was started by Frank and David Ferree, and these gentlemen have come up with a stylish, sturdy, micro-adjustable belt that has interchangeable belts and buckles. The belt’s buckling mechanism offers 30 size choices, spaced one-quarter of an inch apart, covering almost 8 inches.
During a trip to the Orient, Frank found and purchased an adjustable belt. He then immediately began to search for similar belts to add to his collection. He checked every website and belt outlet imaginable, and even called friends and family all over the country to ask them to check out their local men's clothing stores. Nowhere could he find another belt like the one he had brought home from Asia.
After quite a long while of looking for a similar type belt with no success, he realized It was an opportunity to good to pass up and he decided to create his own company. With the help of his son, David, they worked to research, redesign, and perfect this product. After almost four years of consultation with attorneys, engineers, importers, web designers and marketers, they proudly launched Anson Belt & Buckle Company in 2009.
After I found their website, www.ansonbelt.com, and read the story and perused the products, I decided to order just one to try, but ended up receiving three as the price point is too good to pass up – I mean three high quality belts and two buckles or two belts and three buckles for under $100.00 is an incredible bargain. I have paid between $35.00 and $75.00 for just one leather, split leather, canvas, manmade material, or sewn leather belts only to be unhappy with them when they didn’t do the job. I personally like 1.5” belts but they offer 1.25” as well and the buckles come in assorted styles and colors, thus assuring you can go from slacks to jeans in any color you can think of and have a belt for all occasions.
When your belts and buckles arrive, you will find them stylishly packed inside satiny bags in a gift box. If you give them as a gift, the recipient will be pleasantly surprised. The next thing you do is cut your belt to fit…. leave it just a little long as you can cut more off but can’t add any back. Finally, pair your buckle with your belt and clamp it on, slide the belt through your loops, feed the belt into the buckle and adjust. I made sure to order mine in time for my week-long vacation which saw lots of walking and additions of extra things in my pockets as we picked up change, brochures, and goods we purchased in the places we visited. For the first time in years I did not have to adjust my pants 20 times a day. I simply set the desired hold and the belt took care of the rest. At the end of the day or after a large meal, I let the buckle out a smidge allowing me to breathe easier while my pants stayed where they were supposed to. To say these belts are amazing is an understatement and I will be ordering another three shortly. Why am I so confident in these belts? Because in fact, they are so confident that they back all their products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, as well as a lifetime guarantee.
A Penacook resident. All thoughts and writings are his opinions and his alone.