SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Finding every-day-carry survival gear that doesn’t make the wearer look like a member of the local militia just got easier, thanks to a company called SlideBelts.
SlideBelts has been making leather ratchet belts for almost a decade. Now, with the launch of its newest product, the Survival Belt, the company has turned a fashionable accessory into a useful tool for the outdoors.
“The result of years of blood, sweat and tears is one of the most unique wearable tech products on the market,” said the company press release. “For those adventurous enough to brave the most extreme terrain, SlideBelts set out to incorporate survival essentials into an everyday wearable accessory, allowing you to carry less and adventure more.”
Specifically, it’s the Survival Belt’s buckle that makes this product so unique. What looks like an average department store box-frame buckle that shoppers might find on web belts actually contains several features any survivalist or camper would want.
That is, the Survival Belt buckle comes with four cool tools: an integrated folding stainless steel knife, a bottle opener, an LED flashlight and a ferrocerium fire starter rod, all housed within the buckle.
The company says the buckle is composed of highly durable glass-filled nylon. The knife is made of heat-treated AUS-8 stainless steel with a durable Titanium Nitride coating, and a liner locking mechanism that allows the knife to be opened with one hand.
The strap is composed of an internal webbing core coated in a durable TPU alloy protective shield. This proprietary combination is leather-free, and complies with Food and Drug Administrations skin-sensitivity requirements. Additionally, the straps reportedly have a 2,000-pound tensile strength and are designed to remain rigid without twisting.
Another interesting component of the belt is that it is free from the holes that traditional belts use. The Survival Belt buckle locks into the notches on the underside of the strap, providing a comfortable fit and a longer-lasting belt. Meaning the material will not get damaged or cracked from normal use.
Made in the USA, the Survival Belt took three-years to develop with the R&D financed through a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign that raised more than $200,000 for the concept.
That the company boasts quality, and style along with the functionality of the new Survival Belt means this new product will easily make it as a perfectly hidden tool that doubles as a fashionable work or casual outfit accessory.
The belt retails for $180 and comes in a 48 inch, one-size-fits-all length that the purchaser can trim to fit at home.
Future offerings by the company include “The Hunter” with a multi-tool that features a saw blade, scraper and can opener, and “The Explorer” which has the same features of the Hunter but adds a built-in GPS for tracking that can be followed on the Internet.
SlideBelts is a wearable tech company that designs, manufactures and sells innovative ratchet belts without holes for the perfect fit every time. Entrepreneur Brig Taylor that patented the ratchet system in place of traditional belt holes founded it in 2007.