This belt is very cool. I purchased the black version and the leather is nice and thick. The buckle feels and looks beautiful, and the forged steel gives it a nice weight. I've worn the belt for a couple of days, so the leather is still rather stiff, but I expect it to soften up in time. This is my first time using this particular style of buckle, so the muscle memory isn't quite there yet. I was initially unsure of whether I'd like this belt because all my belts in the past have had roller buckles, but I really can't fault this at all. I'm honestly considering getting the brown version as well... If not that, then I will probably take a look into another SDA belt!