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Creating a belt that can handle the worst you can throw at it and look good doing it.
Combining SlideBelts' classic style and simplicity with the rugged, reliable versatility of outdoor essentials, the Survival Belt is a one-of-a-kind belt made for adventure enthusiasts.
Combining SlideBelts' classic style and simplicity with the rugged, reliable versatility of outdoor essentials, the Survival Belt is a one-of-a-kind belt made for adventure enthusiasts.
2,099 backers pledged $200,032 to help bring this project to life.

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 We have a history of success. You get to be part of our next innovation.

Simplicity is important to us. We are belt makers - how complex can it get? Is it even possible for a belt maker to stray from simplicity? Well, not long ago that was very true. But the line between technology and apparel is quickly diminishing. Simplicity is important when it comes to wearable tech. Many companies are getting excited about wearables and jumping head first into production, without remembering the two most important features of any worthwhile product: SIMPLICITY and USEFULNESS.

"A ratchet belt with a bottle opener buckle and a rugged strap... waterproof, abrasion resistant and UV protected."
"A ratchet belt with a bottle opener buckle and a rugged strap... waterproof, abrasion resistant and UV protected."
                              
"SlideBelts isn’t new to the scene. The brand has been making unique “ratchet-style” belts for more than five years."
"SlideBelts isn’t new to the scene. The brand has been making unique “ratchet-style” belts for more than five years."
"If you're all about the outdoors, you should probably look into getting a SlideBelt."
"If you're all about the outdoors, you should probably look into getting a SlideBelt."
"With its latest design, SlideBelts rolls that buckle system into a more rugged, ready-for-anything belt."
"With its latest design, SlideBelts rolls that buckle system into a more rugged, ready-for-anything belt."
"...if adventure is what you seek, you are going to need a belt that goes beyond holding up your pants..."
"...if adventure is what you seek, you are going to need a belt that goes beyond holding up your pants..."
 
"Is it time to demand more from your belt?"
"Is it time to demand more from your belt?"
"Functionality and style need not be mutually exclusive."
"Functionality and style need not be mutually exclusive."

We already make a very unique product called a SlideBelt. The product has received rave reviews, and although we appreciate simplicity we also know that INNOVATION is vital to success -- and it is exciting, for customers and for manufacturers! We've worked hard to develop prototypes of belts similar to what you've seen in the video above. Basically, we're integrating our evolved holeless belt buckle into a ridiculously tough new kind of belt. 

Currently, we have finalized production for the U.S. Made rugged strap, and we have the redesigned U.S. Made prototypes of the four different buckles. All versions are based off the simplest buckle of the four: this is what we call the Base Buckle. It comes in two material options: stainless steel for high resilience and industrial strength protection, or a sleek matte black version made from a proprietary hybrid polymer mix. 

From that survival Base Buckle, we have developed prototypes of 3 different buckle types: one with a fire starter, one with a multi-tool + fire starter, and one with a fire starter, multi-tool, and GPS. Bringing these prototypes to market is exactly why we're here on Kickstarter. At the bottom of this page is a section called SLIDE WITH US, where we detail the logistics and R&D tasks required to bring our products to mass-production, without sacrificing our iron-clad design priorities.

Our team is unique, in that we don't sacrifice simplicity and style, for the sake of shareholders ---  we loathe cheaply made products, or anything created purely for the sake of making a profit. Yes, part of it is about making money. But we love what we do because we love what we make, and the challenges that come with it. Our iron-clad design priorities for this project are very straightforward:

Simplicity    >   Durability   >   Made in U.S.   >   Style   >    Features

If adding features impedes the durability or simplicity of a product, we don't do it. We are happy to say that the Survival SlideBelt has successfully met our criteria, in all variations.

As the campaign grows to each goal, "THE HUNTER" and "THE EXPLORER" buckles will become available as upgrades -- the backer paying the pledge difference. Additional rewards will be created, identical as the current ones, except it will be specifically for that new buckle option. The backer can then choose to upgrade or stay with "THE SURVIVOR" buckle option.

But before going anywhere, you should understand how the Base Buckle works. A small tab in the buckle engages with "teeth" on the bottom of the strap, similar to how a zip tie functions. That allows for 30 distinct size positions at 1/4" intervals. No holes means no wear & tear on an innocent piece of leather.

To loosen or release the belt, just lift up on the lever and pull the strap out.

The concept of a belt without holes has been around for longer than you might think. In many countries in Eastern Europe and Asia, holeless belts are somewhat common. They've also been gaining traction in various military outfits all over the world since the eighties. However, their popularity in North America as a fashion accessory is a somewhat new development.

As one of the front-runners establishing these belts in North America, we were very excited to get started. However, we think it's lazy and dishonest to rely solely on novelty to sell a product. We wanted to make something that was our own uniquely improved design. The prevalent version of the ratchet belt had a few issues, including:

a) An unreliable mechanism that jammed and/or slipped

b) A heavy and bulky buckle

c) An obtrusive release lever poked into your stomach

We've been continuously improving our SlideBelts buckle mechanism for the 6 years that we've been in business. We never want to fall into the trap of "good enough." The Survival SlideBelt is simply a larger step towards a better belt.

Our current generation of belt is a great design, but we wanted to adapt both the buckle and strap into an entirely new model specifically built to face extreme conditions. 

The material that we are using for this new belt strap is manufactured by an excellent company in the United States. They have a great deal of experience making products where reliability and durability are critical. We have worked closely with them to develop our current prototypes, and we have successfully tested & improved the material to meet our own expectations. Imagine a webbing material, coated in Superman's sweat:

Since this belt is meant to endure punishment, we wanted to make sure that the strap would be up to the task.

We've worked hard to drastically improve the manufacturing process of our strap, without losing the option to produce it in long rolls. Once the Kickstarter project is complete, we plan to offer additional lengths of the strap for utility purposes. If you need twenty feet of a nearly indestructible strap, we want you to be covered.

If standard, then we laser cut it to the proper length, and then fit it to the buckle. Buckles and straps are interchangeable. If buying by the roll, the options are endless: keep them in your truck storage, pull them out in an emergency and use it with your own belt buckle.

It's tough, versatile, and very light. It almost seems a shame to use it only for belts.

There are five different styles of strap to choose from:

Sizing:

Length

1. The full length of the strap without the buckle is 50 inches for individual belts.

2. Additional lengths are available depending on the reward level. 

Width

1. All straps are 1.25 inches wide.

We are uniquely suited to achieve this wearable tech feat.

We have a history of success, YOU get to be part of our next innovation.

The graph above speaks for itself, but we are fans of clarity. If anything still isn't clear, or you have additional questions not covered on this page, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We've tried to give everyone the product they want, without making the options process too complex or overwhelming the average backer with too many details about the product. As this Kickstarter campaign progresses, we will keep adding to our FAQ at the bottom of this page -- so if you are looking for more info about the technology used or materials sourced, you will likely find it in the FAQ in due time.

Originally, we thought of simply upgrading the buckle as goals were hit --- but we decided that having different buckles to choose from was the best scenario. Why? Because some people want a rugged belt without a mult-tool or a fire starter. Or some don't like the idea of a GPS on their buckle. So consequently, we will have 4 buckle choices. We want survival to be as customized and comfortable for you as possible.

We need your backing to help fund production. We have worked hard on bringing our vision to reality, but we need funds to follow through properly with this project. We're not looking for "good enough." We're looking for "the best it can be."

Specifically, your money will go towards:

1. R&D. We want to research, source, and test our materials rigorously. 

2. Production. Purchasing high quality raw proprietary materials from U.S. factories isn't cheap, but we're determined to do so. 

3. Logistics. Distribution and other associated costs. 

Wearers will rely on this belt to hold up under a wide variety of harsh conditions. That requires unwavering attention to quality, with no afterthoughts or cut corners. We want to build something that you can be proud to fund and we can be proud to provide.

If you're interested in our products and want to see more of what we're all about, please feel free to hit us up on any of our social media outlets. 

                                                                                                

Risks and challenges

With any new endeavor, there's always a degree of uncertainty. This is the first time that we've tackled a product in the "tactical/outdoors" category. In order to do so, we'll need to work with new partners, materials, and manufacturing processes. It would be irresponsible to say that we've foreseen every problem that could arise. However, we've done our homework and are confident that we can meet this challenge. We're not uncomfortable or unfamiliar with the difficulties that come with cutting into a new niche. With your support, we will persevere and see this project through.

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    TIME CAPSULE
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    "To be remembered, is to not be forgotten." You become an honorary member of the SlideBelts Survival Team! You will receive project updates, and your name will be front and center on our Wall of Fame on SlideBelts.com

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    7 YEAR FAMINE (base buckle)
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    This is our Base Buckle early bird offer - a gift for those who prepare during the times of plenty.
    Congrats! You beat the rush! We'll ship you the Base Buckle --- identical to the survivor buckle, but without the fire starter. For your support, you get a standard, no-frills, durable survival buckle, plus rugged strap in the color of your choice - custom fit up to 50" waist. While this base buckle has no fire starter, or GPS, it still opens bottles, looks fantastic, withstands most hostile scenarios, and includes our unique strap built to last.

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    We'll ship you the Base Buckle --- identical to the survivor buckle, but without the fire starter. For your support, you get a standard, no-frills, durable survival buckle, plus rugged strap in the color of your choice - custom fit up to 50" waist. While this base buckle has no fire starter, or GPS, it still opens bottles, looks fantastic, withstands most hostile scenarios, and includes our unique strap built to last.

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    7 YEAR FAMINE (survivor buckle)
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    This is our early bird offer - a gift for those who prepare during the times of plenty.
    Congrats! You beat the rush! We'll ship you "THE SURVIVOR" buckle, plus rugged strap in the color of your choice - custom fit up to 50" waist.

    Upgradable to "THE HUNTER" or "THE EXPLORER" buckles when they are unlocked. Each buckle is unlocked when the corresponding stretch goal is reached. When that happens, a new reward will be added that is identical to this reward, except the buckle included will be "THE HUNTER" or "THE EXPLORER". This will allow you the choice to upgrade to that newly unlocked buckle - and pledge the difference - or just keep the current reward, and stick with "THE SURVIVOR" buckle.

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    Even the most basic of survival scenarios still needs the best tool. We'll ship you "THE SURVIVOR" buckle, plus rugged strap in the color of your choice - custom fit up to 50" waist.

    Upgradable to "THE HUNTER" or "THE EXPLORER" buckles when they are unlocked. Each buckle is unlocked when the corresponding stretch goal is reached. When that happens, a new reward will be added that is identical to this reward, except the buckle included will be "THE HUNTER" or "THE EXPLORER". This will allow you the choice to upgrade to that newly unlocked buckle - and pledge the difference - or just keep the current reward, and stick with "THE SURVIVOR" buckle.

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    For the early bird backers, we'll ship you "THE HUNTER" buckle, plus rugged strap in the color of your choice - custom fit up to 50" waist.

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    Even the most basic of survival scenarios still needs the best tool. We'll ship you "THE HUNTER" buckle, plus rugged strap in the color of your choice - custom fit up to 50" waist.

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    SOLAR STORM
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    This is our limited edition ammo boxed set, for those who appreciate a good storm, or a downed power grid. Thanks for your support! You get "THE SURVIVOR" buckle and your choice of two rugged straps of your color choice, custom up to 50", all shipped in the limited edition "AMMO BOX" packaging. You also got a "Carry Less, Adventure More" t-shirt.

    Upgradable to "THE HUNTER" or "THE EXPLORER" buckles when they are unlocked. Each buckle is unlocked when the corresponding stretch goal is reached. When that happens, a new reward will be added that is identical to this reward, except the buckle included will be "THE HUNTER" or "THE EXPLORER". This will allow you the choice to upgrade to that newly unlocked buckle - and pledge the difference - or just keep the current reward, and stick with "THE SURVIVOR" buckle.

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    SOLAR STORM (Hunter Buckle)
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    This is our limited edition ammo boxed set, for those who appreciate a good storm, or a downed power grid. Thanks for your support! You get "THE HUNTER" buckle and your choice of two rugged straps of your color choice, custom up to 50", all shipped in the limited edition "AMMO BOX" packaging. You also got a "Carry Less, Adventure More" t-shirt.

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    NUCLEAR WINTER
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    Surviving isn't enough - survive with a style uniquely your own. This is our CUSTOMIZED buckle reward option. Engrave it, make it yours. We wanted to give you the opportunity to do just that. Be one of the first to receive "THE SURVIVOR" buckle with a custom engraving of your choice, including two 50" rugged straps, with the limited edition "AMMO BOX" packaging. You also get a limited edition "Carry Less, Adventure More" t-shirt.

    Upgradable to "THE HUNTER" or "THE EXPLORER" buckles when they are unlocked. Each buckle is unlocked when the corresponding stretch goal is reached. When that happens, a new reward will be added that is identical to this reward, except the buckle included will be "THE HUNTER" or "THE EXPLORER". This will allow you the choice to upgrade to that newly unlocked buckle - and pledge the difference - or just keep the current reward, and stick with "THE SURVIVOR" buckle.

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    NUCLEAR WINTER (Hunter Buckle)
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    Surviving isn't enough - survive with a style uniquely your own. This is our CUSTOMIZED buckle reward option. Engrave it, make it yours. We wanted to give you the opportunity to do just that. Be one of the first to receive "THE HUNTER" buckle with a custom engraving of your choice, including two 50" rugged straps, with the limited edition "AMMO BOX" packaging. You also get a limited edition "Carry Less, Adventure More" t-shirt.

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    ZOMBIE INVASION
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    Plan for the worst, prepare for the unknown. Why have just a regular sized strap, when you can have a 20 ft., 2000 lb. tensile strength tie-down! This reward gets you "THE SURVIVOR" buckle, with a 50" strap of your choice, the limited edition "AMMO BOX" packaging, and an interchangeable 20 ft. rugged tie-down strap. You also get a limited edition "Carry Less, Adventure More" t-shirt, and the coveted camouflage SlideBelt hat.

    Upgradable to "THE HUNTER" or "THE EXPLORER" buckles when they are unlocked. Each buckle is unlocked when the corresponding stretch goal is reached. When that happens, a new reward will be added that is identical to this reward, except the buckle included will be "THE HUNTER" or "THE EXPLORER". This will allow you the choice to upgrade to that newly unlocked buckle - and pledge the difference - or just keep the current reward, and stick with "THE SURVIVOR" buckle.

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    ZOMBIE INVASION (Hunter Buckle)
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    Plan for the worst, prepare for the unknown. Why have just a regular sized strap, when you can have a 20 ft., 2000 lb. tensile strength tie-down! This reward gets you "THE HUNTER" buckle, with a 50" strap of your choice, the limited edition "AMMO BOX" packaging, and an interchangeable 20 ft. rugged tie-down strap. You also get a limited edition "Carry Less, Adventure More" t-shirt, and the coveted camouflage SlideBelt hat.

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    SURVIVOR + HUNTER + EXPLORER. For a donation at this level you will receive each of the 3 survival belts, plus all the rewards at the $269 level, plus the entire Slidebelts "Wildside", "Classic" and "Premium" Collections. That is 10 different "Classic buckles", 17 different "Wild side" buckles , 11 different colors of the "Classic" leather straps, 4 different colors of the "Full Grain Premium" leather straps, plus 13 different canvas straps. You can mix and match and not wear the same belt for months!

    Fully Upgraded. The ARMAGEDDON reward is unique in that you do not need to worry about upgrading or pledging the difference. Assuming all stretch goals are reached, with this reward you will automatically receive 1x "SURVIVOR", 1x "HUNTER", and 1x "EXPLORER".

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    SURVIVOR'S TRIBE
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    All of ARMAGEDDON rewards, plus:

    You are immortalized! One of the Survival buckle & strap combinations of your choice will be named after you. Plus, our unique Kickstarter green survival belt, signed by all the designers, plus, a collector's edition original buckle mold used to create our prototypes. Most importantly, you'll never have to worry about buying another belt again!

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    CREATOR'S TRIBE
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    All of ARMAGEDDON rewards, plus:

    One of the survival product lines named after you. Plus, our unique Kickstarter green survival belt, signed by all the designers, plus, a collector's edition original buckle mold used to create our prototypes, and you'll never have to worry about buying another belt again! We'll also fly you out to the SlideBelts Headquarters in Northern California, where you will meet with the creative team and collaborate on the next big project. The founders will personally gift you a collector's edition case containing the first SlideBelt buckle we ever made, one of only three in existence. Most importantly, you get to have lunch with Matt Edwards, the manly yet sensitive star of our Kickstarter video. Your support has pushed us to extraordinary new heights. THANK YOU!

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