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Not all pant sizes were created equal. There’s a little known phenomena in the clothing world referred to as vanity sizing. Typically, when a guy buys a pair of jeans the sizing is marked with two numbers, a waist and an inseam. You would assume that if you’re buying a pair of pants with a 32” waist, that your waist is 32” as well. Unfortunately, that’s just not the case.


Clothing manufacturers are actually trying to flatter us! They’re trying to make us feel better by selling us 32” pants when our waist size is probably closer to 38”. Since the United States does not have standardized clothing sizes, manufacturers can label their clothing how they choose.

Not only is there variation among sizes, but there’s also variation among manufacturers. A study by Esquire magazine found that different brands of jeans can vary by as much as 5”. For instance, a pair of Old Navy jeans labeled as 36” had a five-inch variation from a pair of H&M jeans. The worst part, neither pair of jeans actually measured 36”. They were only marked that way to make you feel skinny.

Due to this variation, when we first launched our Cinch web belt, we decided to list the actual length of the belt (i.e., 40”, 50”, etc.). Unfortunately, some people were getting confused, assuming that a 40” belt should coincide with 40” pants. People wanted to be able to select their belt size based on their pant size. This left us with a major dilemma since pant sizes are all across the board when compared to different clothing brands.

Despite the variations among manufacturers and the fact that jean size does not reflect waist size, we did find an easy way to come fairly close to your actual waist size. We recommend adding 8-10 inches to your typical jean size. By adding eight to ten inches, you’ll come pretty close. But by no means is it exact. Remember, sizing varies by manufacturer and someone wearing a pair of 36” Old Navy jeans is going to have a 5” variation from someone wearing a pair of H&M jeans.

Size Pant size Length (inches)
SMALL 30-34 42
MEDIUM 34-38 46
LARGE 38-42 50
X-LARGE 42-46 54

 

We’ve allowed for extra room, so the worst that will happen is you end up with a few extra inches of tail. If you want a more precise measurement, however, you’re going to have to actually measure your waist. We recommend the following techniques:

How to Size Your Belt and Measure Your Waist

  1. Wrap a cloth measuring tape around your waist.
  2. Don’t suck in!
  3. Double-check to make sure.

    How to Size and Measure Without a Measuring Tape:

    1. Find a piece of yarn, string or a cable.
    2. Wrap the yarn, string or cable around your waist and mark or hold the spot where it ends.
    3. Use a dollar bill (or any bill) to measure the length. A dollar bill is 6 inches long, so you can use it to determine the length of your yarn, string or cable. You can fold it in half for a 3” ruler or fold it in half again for a 1.5” ruler to get more precise measurements.

    It's also important to keep in mind the length of tail that you're comfortable with. 2-4 inches is common for most web belts. We don't recommend anything under two inches.

    If you have questions or need help never hesitate to contact us at support@trayvax.com.

     


    17 Responses

    mike sacca
    mike sacca

    January 01, 2022

    what is the width of the belt strap?

    Natashia Magyar
    Natashia Magyar

    December 02, 2021

    I bought a cinch web belt 2 years ago as a gift. He has wore this belt almost every day. Still looks brand new and he loves it! Thank you so much for your quality products.

    Rufus
    Rufus

    May 17, 2021

    I love my belt and my wallet

    Robert C Love
    Robert C Love

    December 28, 2020

    What is the width of the cinch web belt?

    Brian Zig
    Brian Zig

    November 04, 2020

    Hi CJ,

    We used to have a more rigid webbing, but unfortunately a lot of customers had complained about it. We switched over from the super stiff webbing to a more form like fitted one, that is flexible. I hope you enjoy it as much as our customers do!

    Brian Zig

    CJ
    CJ

    November 02, 2020

    I’ve had the medium cinch for many years now and I’ve LOVED it for carrying! I recently gained some weight 😂 and had to get the large cinch. I just received the large cinch yesterday and noticed it isn’t nearly as rigid as my old one; it’s quite flimsy. The rigidity is a reason I loved my originally cinch. Is this just an error or do they become les Rigid with size?

    phil
    phil

    August 03, 2020

    I couldn’t figure out how to place an order for 2 cinch belts

    Thomas Rodriguez
    Thomas Rodriguez

    February 25, 2020

    When I clicked on the picture of your cinch belt the price stated
    19.95, when I clicked the price went to 29.95 how much is the belt?

    Marshall Putnam
    Marshall Putnam

    February 25, 2020

    I’m on the fence about your wallet and web belt. My man concern is that I carry my wallet in my back right hand pocket. Will that metal wallet cut holes in my pants. Does the web belt stay tight all day a when set at the length. I use 2.25" leather work belt presently with standard buckle. Please send comment to my email address.

    Marshall Putnam
    Marshall Putnam

    December 08, 2019

    I’m on the fence about your wallet and web belt. My man concern is that I carry my wallet in my back right hand pocket. Will that metal wallet cut holes in my pants. Does the web belt stay tight all day a when set at the length. I use 2.25" leather work belt presently with standard buckle. Please send comment to my email address.

    Matt
    Matt

    October 02, 2019

    Just got my belt today. And when I opened it, I was super happy with the quality of this product. I didn’t take into consideration that I will have a full-size handgun with holster in my appendix region so I should’ve upped my size to a medium. I’ll be ordering a new one and selling this one to my buddy so he gets to experience this great product!!

    Wade
    Wade

    February 25, 2020

    My waist measures at 33.5”~34”. Should I get a small or medium Cinch belt? Thanks (30-34) or (34-38)

    Emon Mahamud
    Emon Mahamud

    February 25, 2020

    Black belt It looks a lot beautiful. People use black belt most often.

    James Vandine
    James Vandine

    May 11, 2017

    Just got my belt yesterday, I have to say it’s very well made, great materials and super comfortable. Thanks for making great products! I’ll certainly be a repeat customer.

    mario m.
    mario m.

    April 13, 2017

    i just got my belt on Tuesday and all i can say is WOW best belt i ever used is so easy to adjust and stays nice and tight, good work TRAYVAX

    Carlos Fernandez
    Carlos Fernandez

    April 13, 2017

    Saludos. I saw a video from Talon Sai about your company and products. I was so impressed with your products so I ordered a belt and a wallet. They looks so good and practical. The thing is that I can’t wait to see them in my hands. The package should be here this Friday. Because of a holyday I will pick it up Saturday. I do believe that the wallet will be with me forever.

    Tony Diliberto
    Tony Diliberto

    April 12, 2017

    I can’t wait to get my belt. I have had the axis wallet for about 2 years now. I have sold about 10 wallets. From my grocery check out guy to my buddies that see it. First they look at it at dinner and the next time I see them, they have one. I am betting the belt will be the same. Thanks for making such solid and cool products. I have never been this proud of a wallet.

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