October 5, 2007 Designed for outdoor sports and sailing, the Branie belt features a ratcheted closure system similar to that used on ski boots which allows adjustments in micro increments of 2 millimeters. The durable belt is also 100% waterproof and recyclable, making it a practical and eco-friendly option.
Traditional belt designs of buckles with pins and holes don’t always fit properly so the Branie was designed with that it mind. The belt is tightened by pulling the handle up (if you go too far there is a quick-release button to open it and start again) and the tail disappears neatly and discretely behind its head, creating symmetrical closure.
The entire closure system has been designed to work faultlessly over 10,000 times which would last over five years even if you wore the belt every day and readjusted it five times per day. For added durability in the outdoors it has a thermoplastic-resin handle, a pliable, 100% waterproof body and an optional add-on utility clip.
The Branie retails for US$70 and is available in a range of colors: Black Lab, Bright Eye, Prisma Light, Tiger Blossom, Titan Magic, Jungle Fever, Cyclope Eye, Parrot Tail, Pink Panther.
The innovative design recently won the ID, RedDot, and Good Design Awards and was the official belt of the Belgian team at the Olympics in Athens in 2004.
There are a lot of belt designs around now that forego the pin and holes in favor of a sliding, adjustable clip that creates a better fit, but the point of difference for the Branie is the durability of the material used as opposed to traditional cotton or nylon designs.