Well, it’s coming up on a year since my last contribution to this thread and I have to say, this product continues to perform wonderfully after a total of almost two years of daily wear. I use the ratcheting feature dozens of times every day because it’s so effortlessly fast and easy to do and because it makes life just that much more comfortable. I have to imagine this feature would be an absolute godsend for a heavier set person.
I don’t know that I’ve ever used the knife or the flashlight in all that time, mainly because I’m almost always carrying a more capable knife and flashlight elsewhere on my person. Nevertheless, the “survival” version of this belt was the right choice for me for two reasons. First, the buckle portion is made out of a durable polycarbonate type material that hides wear extremely well. There’s no need to worry about a finish wearing through, flaking off, or getting badly scratched up. Second, the belt itself is nigh on indestructible. The composite, multilayer construction is stupid strong and I haven’t seen the first sign of any cracking, fraying or other degradation. I’ve since purchased a second Slidebelt with a shiny metal buckle and leather belt for dressier use, but honestly, I think this one could do double duty. Great piece of gear.