I have an elephant 1.5 inch Beltman and I do like it. However, after all the sizing considerations I still ended up with an inch shy from optimal. Whatever you think you need is likely to be too short, so add, add, add, another inch or two! I'm a 33 waist and I have a 36-inch Beltman. This thing will be handed down to my skinny-ass son much sooner than expected. Oh well, my next copy will be a 38-incher'. If this all sounds crazy just remember I warned you.