I really like the Inzer Lever. I run 13mm, but 10mm will work as well. They are also guaranteed “forever” and if something goes wrong they reportedly just send you a new belt. Some prefer the prong, but I think the lever works really well.
13mm are stiffer. if you compete some feds, i think, dont allow that thickness.
i have a 2 prong belt, i will never by another as its a bitch to get on and off. a single prong wouldnt be that bad IMO.
i also have a spud belt which i will use if i just need a bit more support but its not critical like overhead pressing. i use my lever belt for squats, deadlifts, farmers and other heavy stuff. i will use it in competition for the first time next weekend. it took some getting used to but i prefer it now over any belt if i were only to choose one.
To clarify, a lever takes less time to get on and off once its set, but more time to adjust if you like to rachet it down differently for different lifts or if you want to share your belt with someone of a different girth. Then you have to remove two screws, which takes between 30 seconds and 2 minutes depending on how skilled you are with a screw driver. “More time” but really not a big deal at all, IMO.
I have a Cardillo belt that I like quite a lot. INZER is obviously fantastic as well. I would say 13mm and NO TAPER. Belt should be the same all the way around. Mine is double prong. People bitch about double prong all the time, and I agree single prong is more convenient. In the face of lifting hundreds of pounds though, I never found the challenge of undoing a second prong to be that bad relatively speaking lol. Lever belts are really cool though.
I went with a belt off of ebay for about $30. I’ve had it for over a year now and I don’t have a single complaint (other than maybe I should have gone single prong instead of double). I don’t think there is much of a science to making these things so I felt fine going that direction.
I’ve got a lever belt from Inzer, 10mm and have been really happy with it.
I recently bought my wife a belt from bestbelts http://www.bestbelts.net/ and I WILL be buying another belt for myself in the future, from them. They can pre-break in the leather so it’s not a huge pain in the ass, they’re fast, will work with you on the phone/email to customize exactly what your belt should be like. Want extra holes drilled in it? They’ll do it. Very nice people, great to work with, and can’t wait to buy another belt from them. When I do, it’ll be the Prime, in a single prong.
Ok well I think I will definitely get an inzer, is there a good reason to go with a PR belt over the other forever belts on that page? What about those tapered belts? [/quote]
Never tried one of those PR belts, but they are not allowed in all Feds. Not allowed in IPF for sure.
I always just go with the standard Inzer forever 10mm, with single prong. Never get the double prong, I used to have one and it’s a huge hassle if you’re trying to crank it tight with gear on, or trying to get it off when really tight. The lever belts are nice if you always use the same setting.
Inzer Lever. 13mm. IPF legal. I am 5’4" and have used the same belt (with different setting) from 148 to 181 lb wt class, from 1998 to now. The lever allows you to use the belt by yourself. I will never use a prong belt.
I own an Inzer lever belt (10mm) and I don’t consider using anything different ever again. The only con is that if you want to share it with someone or if you use different settings for different lifts you need to unscrew and screw it again. Other than that it’s way more comfortable to use than prong belts, and cooler too XD.
My Inzer single prong 10mm belt is the best lifting belt I have ever had and I have tried many. The Inzer belt, from day one, seemed to feel natural and conform to my body. Though this is a subjective opinion, I believe that there is no better belt out there and it’s worth every penny.