Powerlifting Gear And Equipment Reviews

Looking For The Best Powerlifting Belts

Powerlifting belts are one of the most important pieces of gear to invest in in the sport. This article aims to provide a little guidance in selecting a belt, as well as overview some of the best powerlifting belts.

Inzer Lever - Powerlifting Belts

The Inzer Advance Designs Forever Lever 10MM Belt is on the approved list for IPF sanctioned competitions.

Many belts can do the trick for providing adequate support and bracing for training. However, if you’re looking for belts that you can wear in competition, you need to be sure to make sure your belt is compliant with competition rules.

While different associations can have different rules, generally competition belts are required to be made out of either leather or suede. They are also typically not allowed to have additional padding, bracing, or supports.

Pricing in powerlifting belts can vary, and there are some good belts at lower price points. Be on the lookout, though, for belts that are made out of imitation leather or plastic as they will not hold up to continued use.

In the comparison table below you’ll find an overview of some of the best powerlifting belts. In the table you’ll be able to quickly see the belts by material, association compliance, price, and rating.

Note that the asterisks in the Association Compliance column of the table denote belts that are on the approved list of personal apparel and equipment for use at IPF sanctioned competitions.

Comparing Top-Rated Powerlifting Belts

PhotoNameMaterialAssociation CompliancePriceRating
LIFT 4 Inch Powerlifting BeltLeatherUSPA, IPL, AAU$$4.5
FlexzFitness Lever Buckle Powerlifting Belt 10mmSuedeUSAPL, IPF$$4.4
ARD CHAMPS 10MM BeltLeatherUSAPL, IPF$$$4.1
HHR 10 MMLeatherUSAPL$$4.7
Inzer Advance Designs Forever Lever Belt 10MMLeather/SuedeUSAPL, IPF*$$$4.7
Lifting Large Economy Competition 10 mm Powerlifting BeltSuedeUSAPL, IPF*$$4.0
Inzer Advance Designs Forever Buckle Belt 10MMLeather/SuedeUSAPL, IPF*$$$4.7
Titan Longhorn Powerlifting Single Prong BeltLeatherUSAPL, IPF*$$$4.8
Ader 4 Inch Power Lifting BeltLeather/SuedeN/A$$4.4
Dark Iron Fitness Weight Lifting BeltLeatherN/A$4.9
SBD Powerlifting BeltLeather/SuedeUSAPL, IPF*$$$$5.0

A Closer Look At Top-Rated Powerlifting Belts

Hopefully after looking over the comparison table of the best powerlifting belts you have a better idea of which ones may work best for you.

Below we’ll go into detail on three standout belts: the Inzer Forever Lever, the Inzer Forever Buckle, and the Dark Iron Fitness Weight Lifting belt.

Inzer Advance Designs Forever Lever 10MM Belt

Inzer Lever - Powerlifting BeltsThe Inzer Advance Designs Forever Lever 10MM Belt is one of the belts on the approved list of personal equipment for use at IPF sanctioned competitions.

Inzer’s focus is on quality and on providing maximum support. The belt is made from one solid piece of genuine leather and has a suede finish. Four rows of high density nylon stitching snuggly bind the suede finish to the leather strip. The edges of the belt are another tell of Inzer’s dedication to maximum performance; the edges are finished, but are not rounded as rounding lessens the functional width of the belt.

This belt features a lever as a tightening mechanism that is designed to be more convenient to fasten than a buckle. According to Inzer, their patented lever technology allows the belt tighten up to three inches tighter than a buckle belt.

Feedback for this belt is overwhelmingly positive. The only “drawback” that’s commonly mentioned is that the leather is stiff and therefore the belt takes a while to break in. Another con for some people is the price, as this belt runs slightly more expensive than other belts. In this case, the old adage of “you get what yo pay for” is quite fitting.

Another thing to keep in mind with these belts is black is the only color kept in stock. If you’d like another color belt (21 color options from Inzer!), it can take up to six weeks to arrive after your order is placed. You can also order black belts on Amazon for faster shipping, but the cost ruins around $30 more than ordering through Inzer.

Pros

  • On IPF approved equipment list
  • Made from one solid piece of high quality leather
  • Lever can tighten belt more than buckle closure
  • Edges are not rounded to functionally maximize belt width

Cons

  • Temporary con, belt is tough to break in
  • Orders from Inzer can take up to 6 weeks to be delivered
  • Higher cost than other belts

Inzer Advance Designs Forever Buckle 10MM Belt

Best Powerlifting Belts - Inzer Forever BuckleThe Inzer Advance Designs Forever Buckle 10MM Belt is another one of the belts on the approved list of personal equipment for use at IPF sanctioned competitions, and shares many similarities with the lever model.

Like the lever model, this powerlifting belt is made from one solid piece of genuine leather and has a suede finish. Likewise, it also has four rows of high density nylon stitching. Lastly, the edges of this belt are finished but are not rounded.

This belt has a zinc-plated steel roller buckle as a closure, designed for long-term durability. There are also a good number of closely-placed holes in the belt to make it able to tighten precisely.

The buckle is a single prong rather than a double prong, which some lifters see as a disadvantage.

You also need to plan ahead when ordering this belt from Inzer as it can take up to six weeks for your belt to be delivered.

Pros

  • On IPF approved equipment list
  • Made from one solid piece of high quality leather
  • Buckle is durable
  • Edges are not rounded to functionally maximize belt width

Cons

  • Temporary con, belt is tough to break in
  • Orders from Inzer can take up to 6 weeks to be delivered
  • Single prong buckle
  • Higher cost than other belts

Dark Iron Fitness Leather Weight Lifting Belt

Best Powerlifting Belts - Dark Iron FitnessThe Dark Iron Fitness Leather Weight Lifting Belt is an extremely popular choice. It has maintained a near perfect rating based off of thousands of reviews.

It is a genuine leather belt that measures 4 inches wide and 5mm thick. It features a double prong buckle closure. By all accounts, this belt is extremely durable with both leather and buckle holding up well over time.

One aspect lifters really like about this belt is that it’s surprisingly lightweight at just 1.5 pounds. Another pro is that this belt is relatively inexpensive compared to other belts, coming in at around half the price of the Inzer belts.

Dark Iron Fitness also offers a lifetime guarantee on the belt.

On the downside, while this belt seems to do the trick for training, it is not on the IPF approved gear list and therefore may not meet the required standards of some competitions. Just be aware of that if you’re planning on competing. The belt’s color is also known to occasionally rub off on clothing.

Despite those two drawbacks, the belt remains a crowd favorite.

Pros

  • Durable and functional
  • Lightweight
  • Inexpensive
  • Lifetime guarantee

Cons

  • Not on IPF approved equipment list
  • Color can rub off on clothes
  • Only 5mm thick, so not as ideal for heavy lifting