Kit Focus — Arcade Belts Smartweave Adventure Belt

It might seem a strange thing to review and feature a belt on an expedition adventure site, but in truth it is one component of clothing that can make a fundamental difference to comfort on long hikes and adventure activities. The Arcade Belts brand specialises in producing 'adventure worthy' belts, which are also smart enough for your daily routine. The Smartweave Hudson belt has become my go-to travel belt.

The concept behind Arcade Belts is that a belt should be a device that adds to the comfort and fit of everyday and outdoor sports trousers; it should not feel restrictive or restraining, but just keep your trousers in place whatever activities you venture into.

The Arcade belts are made from webbing that has natural rubber interwoven into its strands, to provide a super stretchy waistband. It is exceptionally durable, very stretchy, lightweight, and water resistant; meaning you can go anywhere, and push your boundaries, without feeling restrained.

The Hudson model I have features a metal buckle, but you can also get versions with high strength composite buckles to further reduce weight, and even avoid the need to remove the belt at airport security.

Rather than having pre-set holes, the Smartweave webbing on the Arcade belt allows you to just pierce through the webbing at your chosen length; ideal for maximum adjustment and comfort.

I found the Arcade Belt to be a real game-changer. I remember all too well the thick webbing strap belts that I used in the Combined Cadet Force, and this is leaps and bounds ahead of that in terms of comfort and adaptability. You can still fit it out with pouches and holsters, and it does not need to be restrictively tight to keep it in place—it remains comfortable whether cycling, walking, or just exploring.

Adaptable, functional, smart, and robust. Four attributes that make for a great piece of versatile outdoor wear.

>> View the Arcade Belts range here <<



Arcade Belts EU provided The Expedition Journals with a Hudson belt for testing and review

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