Both of my belts were custom made at a local leather shop. I depend on them, and they have yet to let me down. My 1 1/4" gets worn a lot more than the 1 1/2" because the 1 1/2" won't fit all of my belt loops. Nothing wrong with a thick leather belt that cost you $30 IMO. Rather spend the extra $70 on ammo, or magazines, or the lottery.