Liger Gun Belt Review
I received my Liger Gun Belt around two weeks ago, so I have had some experience with it wearing it off and on and now am ready to give my opinions on it.
This is a beautiful belt. The Ligerthane material according to Liger Products has a “LigerDerm patterned exterior that gives it the look and feel of leather.” I can’t argue with that one bit. The appearance of this belt is as fine as any leather belt I have owned and nicer than many. So far the material doesn’t show a single mark.
Likewise, the buckle is very nice looking. Made of a single billet of aircraft aluminum and hard anodized, it also shows not an individual mark. Care according to Liger is “rinse with mild detergent & wipe dry.” Simple enough. I suppose after several months use it will appear about as good as the day it came from the factory.
The fit of the belt is as expected. I measured according to the instructions, & my belt is comfortable hooked right in the middle hole. Add a pistol IWB, & it hooks one hole further out. The belt is advertised as being 1 ½” wide, and according to my measuring tape, it comes just a hair inside of that. Width is 5/32”, 3/32” thinner than my good quality (Waldon) leather gun belt which runs right at ¼” thick.
As it is 37.5% thinner than the Waldon belt, I was concerned it wouldn’t have the rigidity to support an on the belt holster. That concern was certainly unfounded as it showed almost no flex with a Glock 19 with fully loaded mag suspended from it although it is healthy as a thin leather belt around your waist. Imagine this is thanks to the “high-strength resin-embedded polyester fabric core.” Whatever. It works.
Liger claims the belt is impenetrable to water, mildew, rot and resistant to many conventional solvents thanks to highly abrasion-resistant polyurethane coating. The coating also gives the belt a “super grip” inside that holds the belt in place and keeps whatever is sitting on the belt from moving around. Anything you put on the belt does not run.
If you place your holster right in the sweet spot where you like to carry it, it will stay right there. This same extra grip performs threading the belt through the belt loops a little bit greater of an ordeal than with a regular leather belt. For me, it took at least double as long to thread on the Liger belt through the loops of my jeans or BDU style cargo shorts. Not a big deal but it is an added aggravation during the early morning hours I could have done without.
Another & ever more significant minus for me is the design of the buckle. Only it is difficult to fasten and unfasten. The hook is hard to get in (and out of) the holes and to pull the belt tight you have to run the loose end under the buckle end, & this involves getting a few fingers inside the belt so you can’t quickly pull as close as you would like.
It can be done, but it sure isn’t as easy as I would like & nowhere as convenient as a traditional buckle. The buckle looks good & appears very strong, but I don’t know that those benefits outweigh the negatives of the design.