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I took a 6 mile urban hike yesterday - a trip to and from the closest supermarket that sells Gardenburgers. I had my new (2004 model) Snugpak Sleeka Force 35 pack with a hard sided cooler that barely fit in it, ice, and, for the walk home, frozen food. My side under the belt hurt for a few minutes in the beginning, and the area under the buckle itched for a few minutes. Even though that particular part of the discomfort went away soon enough, I'm considering changing the belt I wear under the pack. Is there a better choice of belt, or should I not wear any belt under the pack belt? This is the type of belt I wore:

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I wear the flattest belt with the thinnest buckle I can find.  Currently, that means a 3/4 inch flat web belt, with a small side release nylon buckle.  Anything to keep the buckle and belt from creating irritation spots.  

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I wear the flattest belt with the thinnest buckle I can find.  Currently, that means a 3/4 inch flat web belt, with a small side release nylon buckle.  Anything to keep the buckle and belt from creating irritation spots.  

Yep.  As little as possible.
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OK, I'm onto something now...belts with an "ITW G-Hook" like the ATLAS belt are made for this.
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I use a Bison Belt or most of my pants have a belt built into them.
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suspenders do better job.
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No belt for me - elastic waist most often. I don't like having to wear a belt for the reasons you've already mentioned.

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I like something frilly...or if I'm in the mood perhaps in a bit of a distressed look that would be complimentary to my boots.

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I wear the flattest belt with the thinnest buckle I can find.  Currently, that means a 3/4 inch flat web belt, with a small side release nylon buckle.  Anything to keep the buckle and belt from creating irritation spots.  

Yep.  As little as possible.

+2.  Most my hiking pants come with a little nylon webbing belt and an intentionally thin nylon/plastic buckle that does the job and doesn't bother me at all.

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and more of the same.  no belt for the most part; one pair of shorts came with a very low-profile piece of webbing and flat plastic buckle, works fine under a hip belt.
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The pants I've been wearing lately have a built in belt that does irritate me. It all seems to be worse because I'm fat.
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My pack belt and pants belt rarely occupy the same space.  Pack belt is usually higher.

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I use a Bison Belt or most of my pants have a belt built into them.

+1      Bison's seem to last forever and are very thin.......unlike the one's I bumped into in Yellowstone  :O


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No belt for me - elastic waist most often. I don't like having to wear a belt for the reasons you've already mentioned.

I know you're a guy and all so they probably wouldn't work for me anyway, but what pants do you have that have elastic waists?  I would love a pair of hiking pants with an all-elastic waist, and can't seem to find any.

As for the OP, yeah, the flattest belt you can find, with the  least buckle.


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No belt for me - elastic waist most often. I don't like having to wear a belt for the reasons you've already mentioned.

I know you're a guy and all so they probably wouldn't work for me anyway, but what pants do you have that have elastic waists?  I would love a pair of hiking pants with an all-elastic waist, and can't seem to find any.

As for the OP, yeah, the flattest belt you can find, with the  least buckle.

I also favor elastic waist bands for wearing under a climbing harness as well as backpacking.

My favorite shorts are the Prana Mojos which have a completely flat waistband.
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Don't get me started on elastic waists. They're always tighter than I want them. For walking with stuff in the pockets, there's no way around that with elastic. They're too insecure and too tight at the same time. For sleeping, when I get a new pair of elastic-waist  boxers or lounge pants, I cut the stitching along a 6" section of the waist to remove the gathers and expose the elastic, then I cut the elastic and flatten the material that had the gathers and sew it together again so the waist is just barely tight enough to keep them on.
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No belt for me - elastic waist most often. I don't like having to wear a belt for the reasons you've already mentioned.

I know you're a guy and all so they probably wouldn't work for me anyway, but what pants do you have that have elastic waists?  I would love a pair of hiking pants with an all-elastic waist, and can't seem to find any.

As for the OP, yeah, the flattest belt you can find, with the  least buckle.

In summer these days, most often you'll find me in a pair of basketball shorts (that go down below the knees). I also decided to "convert" a pair of khaki shorts that are "dress shorts" into backpacking shorts. Nothing is off-limits in my world of dress for backpacking. In winter, I use a thin pair of synthetic long underwear with elastic banded Gore-Tex military rainshell pants over the top.

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I use a Bison Belt or most of my pants have a belt built into them.

Another vote for Bison belts.  I find them pretty darn practical.

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 I would love a pair of hiking pants with an all-elastic waist, and can't seem to find any.

I think Eddie Bauer carries that kind of pant and belt in a women's style.  Might be worth checking them out.  My Eddie Bauer convertible pants have the built in belt and flat plastic buckle and they've been great.  When not wearing them, I use a Bison belt.

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In summer these days, most often you'll find me in a pair of basketball shorts (that go down below the knees). I also decided to "convert" a pair of khaki shorts that are "dress shorts" into backpacking shorts. Nothing is off-limits in my world of dress for backpacking. In winter, I use a thin pair of synthetic long underwear with elastic banded Gore-Tex military rainshell pants over the top.

Tigger, no need to brag about being a fashion icon. :D

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My pack belt and pants belt rarely occupy the same space.  Pack belt is usually higher.

Same for me, though my pack belt is wide and tends to push into the top of my belt buckle sometimes, pushing it down into my increasingly soft belly. There's actually something to be said about not being too thin around that part - helps absorb some of that pressure. But too much certainly  makes it harder to properly secure the pack belt.
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I use a Patagonia "friction belt"-think that's what it's called. Very low profile, and cheap. I dislike belts, but it helps keep my pants from getting pushed down in the back when I straighten up from bending over with a pack on.
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Bison belt fan here, but I have a Karu that is very stiff with a unique flat buckle that is a close second. Third choice is the belt I stripped out of a pair of MH Canyon pants that I shredded in July.

I have a Patagonia friction belt that never mustered enough gription-friction for active packing but is OK office wear.


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