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Accessorize your active and casual wardrobe with this multipurpose Friction Belt from Patagonia. Redesigned with a new 1-1/4-in wide polyester webbing, the Patagonia Friction Belt fits all sizes and has a rugged anodized metal buckle that resists rust and wear. It's a practical accessory for travel, backpacking or hanging around in your favorite resort town.


  • 1.25-in. wide polyester webbing
  • Anodized, corrosive-resistant finish on buckle
  • Made in one size only
  • 44" in lenght

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

64 Reviews

  • Great design: 27
  • Build quality: 26
  • Ease of use: 20
  • Great value: 16

  • none: 1
Durability: 4.9 / 5
Quality: 4.9 / 5

64 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Santa Clarita, CA
45-54 yrs

Utilitarian with great looks
September 17, 2013

Everything about it seem like it was done well. The cool minimal buckle design, webbing width, webbing pattern design, light weight, etc. I can hardly noticed that I am wearing a belt due to it's lightness. And it dries quickly. And it goes well with just about everything.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

It just works...
May 04, 2011

I received the belt today and it is slim, light, and stays in place as it should. I would not recommend this for anything other than casual wear or out in the woods. It is definitely two thin for anything larger than a phone/multi-tool/knife.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from New york ny
25-34 yrs

March 12, 2012

Love the belt, very high quality, strap is sturdy and buckel is stong and doesnt slip. I used with my north face ski pants last weekend and it was very comfotable and low weight and no problems.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Grand Rapids, MI
45-54 yrs

Nice belt for active wear
December 28, 2010

I work with children and am very active each day. I needed something to wear in class that is comfortable and professional looking and also not too heavy or bulky. This belt is perfect. It stays tight and can be sinched up if you want your pants held in place. I have worn it with jeans too but it does look a little casual compared to leather. I have two, the brown and the black with the patterns and they have much more style that a plain web belt. There is a pattern on the back that you can switch to for variety.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Just a perfect belt
September 17, 2010

Small minimal buckle with little bulge, sufficient width. I paid full price and it was still worth every penny!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Sandusky, Michigan
55-64 yrs

Does it's job
February 13, 2011

Nice quality product (typical Patagonia). Good looking. I got the blue one, and it goes great with pretty much any color pants/shorts. Looks to be good for up to and including a 38 inch waist (which is my size). Maybe a 40, but it'd be close. I like it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Great value

Great Belt!
July 15, 2009

Good quality, holds well and durable. However, it is a bit long, given my 34 waist.

Cool looking! Easy adjustment.
April 02, 2005

Nice belt. Goes with any pair of shorts or pants.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from SF, CA
25-34 yrs

Gift for my Girlfriend
December 16, 2011

This belt is pretty tough and tough to beat. The buckle and webbing are both great. We climb and ride motorcycles. This has been the perfect belt for out outdoor adventures and is great with her motorcycle pants.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever

This belt is frictionless and useless.
February 08, 2005

This belt is all but wothless. It has insufficient friction to hold and becomes loose every few minutes. It requires constant adjusting back to where it started. Buy some other belt.

Light but Doesnt Hold
November 22, 2009

Nice belt, very light and reversible with slightly different colors on each side. The buckle does not hold tight and the belt will slowly creep open if its tight.

Great Belt, just wish the size was a bit smaller
July 28, 2009

belt is probably suited for large waists so has to be cut for smaller waists. leaves a ragged edge that sometimes fray even after burning end to try and seal

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Arkansas
45-54 yrs

Great Belt
September 02, 2011

I bought one in 1993. I wear it probably 8 out of 10 days - year round. I'm wearing it now!! Since purchasing this belt, my weight has fluctuated anywhere from 190 to 225 lbs and it always fits perfectly. Extremely durable and easily adjusted.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: none

It looks good and keeps my pants up.
October 16, 2007

It looks good and keeps my pants up, what else is there to say about a belt.

Greatest Belt Ever
November 16, 2008

This belt is fantastic. It plays well on the trail and at the office (assuming your office is not Wall Street).

High Quality
March 13, 2005

The built serves its purpose. It's high quality and fashionable. There's only so much a belt can do.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Deschutes River
25-34 yrs

simple design, solid construction = Reliable
November 17, 2010

Great belts. This is my 2nd. I only bought another for the variety of color. My first has been used daily for almost 5 years! Great product that will last for years. Enjoy!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Alamosa, CO
55-64 yrs

My favorite belt
January 09, 2011

I have never owned a belt like this. It appears to be made of the same strong materials (buckle and webbing) as a climbing harness, and it has a classy appearance. I am very happy with this belt! It is infinitely adjustable up to the limit of its length, which suits me well. Some days I am fatter than others, and I need a little leeway. :^) Seriously, it is a great belt that I'll use for years.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, handsome artistic design
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Very nice!
February 11, 2011

Very good looking, and well made. I wish that it was a little wider, but fits casual pants well. Wouldn't be good for hanging things from; too thin. But for holding up pants securely, can't be beat. Haven't had it long, the 5 rating on durability is based on quality and my expectations.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from KY
55-64 yrs

great belt
January 13, 2013

bought this belt for my son after he lost weight and didn't want to buy all new hiking shorts. light weight/ easy to pack. he wears it to work now as a field biologist.

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever

March 17, 2010

Love the classic Patagonia design and low profile (no buckle bulge beneath my shirt). Also, it's lightweight and easy to pack.


No it
January 21, 2011

Many cool colors and prints. The one I bought is red and rust colored with cicle and semi circle design. I owned many belts of this type of design and they all slip and loosen so I'm always re-tightening my belt. Not the Patagonia Friction Belt!

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Orlando, FL
25-34 yrs

December 22, 2010

Awesome belt. Simple/quality construction. Very slim and functional...does not add a lot of bulk under clothes.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great belt
December 09, 2010

I needed a belt for some hiking pants that have a big waist, and this belt works perfectly. It doesn't interfere with my pack and doesn't loosen up. Great belt!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use

very functional and durable
October 15, 2004

A very good belt. I owned one during college and liked the fact that it did not fray. Goes great with jeans, chinos or cargo shorts.

my son loved it
October 01, 2004

quick service no shipping $--gotta love it love the "stories"

QUALITY, FUNCTION, STYLE, COMFORT - the belt has it all
September 09, 2010

QUALITY, FUNCTION, STYLE and COMFORT - the Patagonia friction belt has it all. I love how it lays flat and doesn't add an ugly bulge. It does NOT slip and stays exactly where you want it without the traditional holes and spike of a normal belt buckle. Absolutely would recommend this belt.

Light & Secure
May 17, 2005

I have some other belts by a major company, that is a another name for a buffalo, starting fray at the buckle after a short time. So far the Patagonia belts are holding up. Thanks.

A belt for any occasion
September 10, 2002

The simple design of this belt allows it to match well with any sport short of travel pant. It comes in a large enough size that you would want to "hot knife" it to your appropriate size.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great belt
July 06, 2011

light and strong belt. great purchase...i like it alot. its light. how long does thing have to be? i like the blue better than the red .........................................................................................................................get it

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Alamosa, CO
55-64 yrs

Still my favorite belt.
June 14, 2013

I have liked this belt so much, I bought every available color. Doubling the belt back through its buckle prevents slippage, just like a climbing harness. You won't be disappointed!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, fitz roy / bali blue is nice

Versatile athletic belt
October 10, 2004

Does a good job of keeping your pants/shorts up while doing anything athletic. The adjustable strap holds firm and is infinitely resizable. It is reversible so you actually are getting two belts in one.

Small belt, very plain
June 26, 2009

Another small belt, very small buckle, plain style. Not what I was looking for.

Ideal belt for purpose. Should last awhile
November 15, 2004

Ideal belt for its purpose. Should last awhile.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from PA
45-54 yrs

January 14, 2012

Exactly what I expected of a friction belt. Neat design of turtles that turned out even cooler in real life than it appeared in the picture: it's a turtle inside a turtle design. The belt was a little too long for me so I cut it and burned the new edge and now it's just right.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Great design
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Geneseo NY
45-54 yrs

No Leather Here
September 20, 2012

Not a fan of leather belts. This belt fits smoothly to the body (no break in period required). You get the right length then cut off the extra, take a lighter and seal the end and thats it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Great value

February 07, 2004

I've worn this belt almost every day since I got it a few years ago. I've even used it as a makeshift harness for prussiking up ropes on trees...

Great lightweight belt
August 09, 2009

I owned a Silverfoot belt for a few years that was built similar to this but I like this design better because it is less bulky, breathes reasonably well, and has no problem losing grip with the buckle - so no need to keep readjusting since it stays where you put it. Another advantage that this item has over similar products is its width - 3/4" and 1" are fairly standard, but this 1 1/4" really gives a lot of stability.

good belt for casual wear
August 21, 2008

this is a nice simple belt that is purely functional. No bells and whistles with this baby, just there to keep your pants up.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Detroit, MI
25-34 yrs

November 02, 2010

It's simple but solid. This is the one what I looking for. Look so cool! Don't wait, just get it!!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Gaithersburg, MD
35-44 yrs

Nice belt
July 27, 2011

I was looking for a belt that was not too wide or thick, a belt that would lie flat against my waist and a buckle that did stick out and get caught on things. This belt definitely fits the bill. I wear it all the time. I have a 34" waist and it fits really well with not much excess belt material to get in the way. Great belt for all activities. I even wear it when I do yoga.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Belting out thanks
April 22, 2005

I won't get caught with my pants down wearing this belt, which is aesthetically attractive and ethically reassuring: I can trust Patagonia's manufacturing processes to be more environmentally sound than other companies', and none of our bovine compadres had to suffer just so I can keep my trousers around my waist.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Arlington, VA
35-44 yrs

Great and slim!
March 25, 2011

I bought this belt because my thicker Patagonia Tech Web belt (although I love it) has a huge buckle which protrudes out and makes me look awkward. This belt is light, thin, durable, and does not slip! What more can you ask for? You can cut the end and seal it with some heat if you want it shorter. I now own three of them in various colors. I might buy more!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from atl
35-44 yrs

great low profile belt
November 08, 2012

great low profile belt. also like that it doesn't say patagonia's just implied by it's overwhelming coolness. also, this belt does what it is supposed to do--hold up your pants. the friction works!

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever, Great value

Love the belts. Smooth transaction. Would order again.
September 05, 2008

Fine product. I want more an expect to order them.

Excellent belt
February 25, 2010

This belt was exactly what I was looking for -- low profile and functional. No slipping whatsoever! Another high-quality Patagonia product.

Great Belt
April 04, 2005

Good looking go anywhere belt at a great Altrec price.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
35-44 yrs

great belt
October 17, 2010

just as stated in add, great choices and great fit, it is easy to wear and has a great selection

Pros: Great design, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Chicago
45-54 yrs

Great belt for shorts!
April 15, 2013

Tough, well made belt that is perfect for shorts and summertime wear. Think of it as a lightweight version of Patagonia's Tech web belt. Provides the functionality without the heft and bulk of their Tech web belt. Highly recommended!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Nice Belt
February 26, 2011

This belt is just what I was looking for. It is lightweight, durable, and easy to adjust. The length is a little long for me, but since the material is so lightweight it doesn't hang down below my shirt. Overall, a very nice, simple belt.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Orlando
45-54 yrs

Patagonia Friction Belt
January 04, 2011

I just received this belt from Altrec and could not be happier with the purchase. The belt is not bulky but is very sturdily made (like all Patagonia products I have had over the years). It holds tight with no slippage at all, and is a nice length-no excess to cut off. It was delivered QUICK by FedEx Ground, even with the holidays! I'll be back for more Altrec purchases soon. Thanks!

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

typical Patagonia quality
October 17, 2006

A very nice basic piece that does its job well. Can't beat the price and the ironclad guuarantee.


Stiil the bast
April 12, 2010

Patagonia Friction Belt is still the best. I have never found another any better. Between my wife and me we own 5.

Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Tallahassee, FL
25-34 yrs

October 04, 2010

This is a great item at a good value. I've already worn the belt a dozen times!

Pros: Great design, Great value
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

35-44 yrs

September 12, 2011

This is the best belt I have ever owned...light weighted, sturdy, never gone loose! Also it feels good to wear a belt like this other than those leather ones, only for the thought of animals' welfare....thumb up!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

I wear it all the time
October 13, 2010

I bought the belt to use while hiking and backpacing, but actually wear it all the time. It's infinitly adjustable and will last forever.

Good basic belt
October 15, 2006

This makes for a good belt, not great, but above average. I liked it well enough to order the Tech Web Belt, which is a thicker, more robust version of this belt.

does it's job
March 07, 2005

this belt does what it's supposed to. looks great too.

not a bad belt
February 05, 2005

basic climbing belt, as others have said very functional and should last awhile. not a bad price either, being Patagonia.

Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Northeast - USA
45-54 yrs

High Quality Belt
February 12, 2012

The friction belt concept is simple and works great! Once you own a belt like this or the Patagonia Tech Web Belt you'll never want to go back to a belt with a traditional style. You just cinch the belt as tight as you want it and it doesn't slip. No messing around and problem free! The friction belt is really thin. I like the wider Tech Web Belt better but both are great products!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Great looking, durable belt
January 24, 2006

This belt has a metal closure, and the overall belt is made of very durable material. Plus 1% for the planet. You can't beat this belt. Well worth every penney. This was my first, but will not be my last.

March 14, 2006

its perfect I like that quality and color

Sturdy and Functional
May 04, 2006

Well constructed. Belt stays in place under stressful motion. So lightweight you'll forget you're wearing it.

A belt anyone would love.
February 27, 2005

The Friction belt made by Patagonia is a great all around durable yet stylish belt. It is reversible so it's like getting two belts for the price of one. It is a great buy and I would recommend this belt to anyone.

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