I’m an accessory addict, I’ll admit it. One of my particular weaknesses is belts, but I’ve always had difficulty finding that perfect one that worked seamlessly from barn, to work, to home, and always matched my wardrobe. That changed with my discovery of the wonderful company called C4 and its range of awesome plastic belts.
I first discovered this company through social media, in a post shared by another business I regularly follow. I was intrigued, and when a sale came up, decided to give it a shot. I picked up two belts, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality and durability when they arrived.
So, in the typical style of in-depth reviews here at The Eloquent Equine, here are the factors I looked at:
✔ Overall Fit
How do the belts fit? What is the sizing like? Are they comfortable to wear all the time?
What are they made of? How does this impact the quality of the belt?
Do they stand the test of time (and regular barn wear and tear)?
Do they transfer seamlessly between barn, work, and home? Can I match them to multiple wardrobe styles?
How much do they cost? How does it compare to other brands?
I’ve been using and wearing C4 belts exclusively now for several months, so here’s how they stack up to my years of experience with other belt brands.
One of the greatest things about C4 belts is that you can cut them to the size you need. No need to punch extra holes in a belt that’s too big, or get stuck with one you thought would fit (but didn’t), one size fits most. When your belt arrives you just throw it on, fit it to the hole you want, and cut of the excess. Then attach the buckle and away you go!
Each belt even comes with handy instructions just in case.
These belts are made of plastic, thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) to be exact. According to the C4 website, this is the same plastic used to line snowmobile tracks. So it’s a belt built to last. The benefit of being made of plastic also means the belt is waterproof, and it doesn’t get discoloured or attract unwanted odours.
I know the thought of a plastic belt may be a turn off to some (I was skeptical at first I admit, because I usually wear leather belts), it’s actually not that bad. The belts are not a cheap shiny plastic you may think of when you think “plastic”. They have more of a firm rubber like texture to them.
The material is also great if you are using these belts between the barn and your everyday. I used to reserve a specific belt for the barn, and others for work/home because often the fabric and leather belts would pick up that characteristic barn smell. Leather belts can be cleaned, it’s true, but it can be a hassle to do regularly. I’ve found that my C4 belts don’t pick up a smell, and if they get dirty or dusty I just wipe them off with a cloth, or rinse them in the sink for a minute and dry them. It makes for easy and convenient cleaning, at home or on the go. According to the C4 site, you can also toss your belt in the top rack of your dishwasher or on a cold water setting in your washing machine for a thorough clean as well.
As an added bonus, C4 belts are animal and earth friendly (they are 100% recyclable … if you happened to need to get rid of one)!
The C4 website touts the durability of their belts, but do they really hold up to the pressures of everyday life? I would argue, in my experience so far, yes they do. I’ve had my belts for several months now, and they have survived the day to day, full days at the barn, and riding all while still looking brand new. They’ve gotten wet, been exposed to the summer sun and the chills of winter, and there are no tears or cracks in the rubber and there are still in perfect shape.
Further, I love the fact that they don’t scrunch up at the back. Many of my fabric and leather belts get this characteristic crunched up look at the back after regular wear, and its just doesn’t look nice. My C4 belts have yet to have that problem, which is a definite bonus.
If ever there was a belt company built to match your daily style, I would argue its C4. They offer a range of colour and pattern options in both their Classic and Skinny belts, and a wide assortment of buckle colours. The ability to interchange the belt buckles means there is an almost endless possibility of combinations. My first purchase was two belts, but I have four potential colour options because I can wear my black belt with the black buckle or the red one, and my red belt with the red buckle or the black one. The more belts and/or buckles you have, the more endless the possibilities.
I also find they work with almost every outfit. They look nice with breeches and with jeans, allowing them to transition seamlessly between barn and home. Some of the less crazy colours would also undoubtedly pair well with dress pants in a business casual work environment.
Both the Classic and Skinny C4 belts retail (on their website) for $29.99 USD, with some of the more elaborate prints retailing at $32.99 USD. Part of that cost (10%) gets donated back to a cause of your choice.
Depending on where you typically buy your belts, and the type of belt you generally buy, the value of the price point varies. C4 belts are definitely more expensive than some belts I’ve purchased from some of the big box stores (which are usually around the $8 – $20 mark), but are cheaper than some of the expensive leather and “equestrian” belts I’ve bought from tack stores (which range from $30 – $100).
I would argue that it’s a relatively fair price for a belt, it can be a bit expensive if you are ordering online from outside the U.S. and have shipping and currency conversion to contend with. If that’s the case for you, I would recommend checking to see if any of your local tack stores are stockists to avoid those issues.
Knowing that these belts will likely last me awhile, and that they have held up better than those I have had in the past, makes me content with the price I paid.
I’m definitely looking forward to continued wear with my C4 belts, and if you are interested in seeing the C4 belt or grabbing one for yourself, check out their website: c4belts.com
- Endless colour options
- Supports local charities