After trying several supposedly sturdy belts, I went with a beltman bull hide belt. That was about 5 years ago and it's still going strong and looks brand new. The horse is a little more sturdy but the shark is gorgeous. Just make sure to follow the directions for sizing exactly. also get the 7 hole vs the 5 since it makes smaller adjustments when you need to. I'd also recommend to stick to the 1.5 inch, most pants will handle it and it's much better to distribute the weight on a wider belt.