Leather Powerlifting Belts: Which One is Right for YOU?

A Complete Breakdown of All Leather Powerlifting Belts

Leather powerlifting belts are very durable and cost-effective. Invest in a good one and it’ll be with you for thousands and thousands of reps and a few years.

Get a cheap one and you might not even notice that it’s there to begin with — until it snaps in half, that is.

To cut to the chase, here are the winners from each category:

Best Overall: Pioneer Cut Belt by General Leathercraft (Go HERE to Buy)

Best Lever Belt: Inzer Forever Belt (Best Deal On the ‘Net)

Best Upgrade: SBD Belt (Buy it Here)

Best Budget: Sweat Steel Leather Belt (Buy On Amazon)

Before we go into the details of each, let’s define the criteria that we’re judging buy:

  • Functionality
    • How easy is it to adjust to your liking?
    • How easy is it to get it on and off?
    • How does it “feel” during lifts?
  • Pricing
    • Does the price reflect its performance/functionality?
    • How does it compare with other belts with similar functionality?
    • Shipping costs
  • Quality of Product
  • IPF-Approved

Best Overall: Pioneer Cut Belt

What makes the Pioneer Cut Belt the best belt on the market, in my opinion, is because of this:

  • The Pioneer Cut (half-inch spacing) allows this single-prong belt more micro-adjustments for exact tightness.
  • Great Pricing
  • IPF-Approved
  • High-Quality product that will LAST.
  • Single-prong makes it easy to adjust.
  • Easy to put it on and take it off.

I’ve been using it for quite a while now and it’s by far my favorite belt. It has a competitive price tag at $109, and it comes from a trusted company with great reviews.

Best Lever Belt: Inzer Forever Belt

Potentially a controversial choice, but there’s one main reason for why I’d consider the Inzer Forever Belt the go-to lever belt for serious lifters.


The SBD Belt has a $240 price tag. The main reason to choose the SBD Belt over this one would be because of the adjustable buckle.

In contrast, the Inzer Forever Belt needs to be unscrewed and it doesn’t allow for the same ease of adjustability. If you like your belt tight, and you’re in periods of weight loss and weight gain — that might be a primary consideration for you.

The Inzer Forever Belt also comes in 13-MM & 10-MM. It’s IPF-Approved & used by thousands of competitive lifters.

And the final note here, and why I really believe this is the Best Lever Belt is because performance (weight lifted on the bar) will be the same independent of the price tag.

Best Upgrade: SBD Belt

The SBD Belt is a premium leather belt which seems to be the most popular brand out there right now. It’s a bad boy. You can just tell.

The most unique feature about the SBD Belt is the adjustable buckle technology. It allows you the use of adjustability of a single-prong, with the ease of use of a lever belt. It is also:

  • IPF-Approved
  • 13-MM Thick & 4-in Wide
  • Patent-Pending Buckle Design for Easy Adjusting
  • Used by Thousands of Competitive Lifters to Smash PR’s
  • Sexiest Looking Belt
  • Increase of Instagram Clout

At any powerlifting meet or major competition in the last few years, it’d be hard to miss this belt. SBD has taken over in a major way.

This belt is a big reason why.

If you’re someone who has the budget to afford this and doesn’t want to fiddle around with a screwdriver to adjust the tightness of a belt — this is the choice for you.

Best Budget: Sweat Steel

I don’t know how popular this belt is but I found it on Amazon while shopping for a starter-level belt. I bought it for $50 and ended up using it very rigorously for a year-ish.

Thousands of reps later and a LOT of use: this belt served me faithfully and it’s always what I recommend beginner-level lifters to use.

  • It’s 10-mm and easy to break in
  • $50 for a great budget-level starter belt
  • Durable and built to last
  • One-day shipping for Amazon users (if available in your city)
  • Stainless steel buckle for zero rusting

In all, it’s a great starting belt for many people. The 10-mm will make it not restrictive at all and very easy to break in.

I would definitely recommend it as the go-to option for those still new to training with belts and looking for a budget or starter option.

Honor Mention: ROGUE Leather Belt

The Rogue leather belt is a very high-quality belt with also very competitive pricing. It looks great and is IPF-Approved.

The belt is backed by a trusted and reputable company, and you do get free shipping if you buy one of their cool Rogue shirts.

If it wasn’t for the Pioneer Cut being available, I’d most likely go with this belt. And that’s why I included it as the Honorable Mention.

  • IPF-Approved
  • Competitive Pricing
  • (FREE) Shipping – potentially
  • High quality & very durable
  • Manufactured in the USA by a well-known market leader