South Beach Leather pants belt loops mod

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South Beach Leather pants belt loops mod

Postby MFP 2020 » Wed Oct 13, 2010 6:01 pm

The SBL Max pants are the best ones out there, but the belt loops are standard size (like those on jeans) and are too small to take a garrison belt without excessive stress. I took my pants and the excess leather I cut off the legs to my tailor and had her replace the loops with more movie-accurate ones. I originally wanted a 7/8" width but she talked me into 3/4", and about 2" of loop. Removing the original loops left holes in the leather so instead of movie-accurate placement, I used their original locations. (Only us freaks will notice, and only after a careful study of screen grabs. On the movie pants there is a loop at the back seam, one at each of the outseams, and one each about halfway between the outseams and fly; the SBL pants have a loop at the back seam, one each behind the outseams, and one each closer to the fly.)

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I'm going to contact SBL and see if they'll modify their design, or at least offer their Max pants without loops. My next pair will have belt loops that are screen-accurate in size, width and placement. No one will ever see them because the jacket covers them, but I'll know.

Related: I dropped a few pounds since last year so the fit isn't quite as snug. Sorry, ladies. ;)
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Re: South Beach Leather pants belt loops mod

Postby Max Replica » Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:36 pm

Nice. Thanks for doing the research and legwork on this one. I may do that with mine at some point as well. So far mine haven't broken from my garrison belt, but I haven't worn them much. I guess it's likely I'll bust a loop at Wasteland Weekend. We need new pictures now that you and I have the two most accurate MM1 belts out there. You know, the belts that are rarely visible underneath the jacket...
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Re: South Beach Leather pants belt loops mod

Postby MFP 2020 » Wed Oct 27, 2010 6:53 pm

I'm glad I did the loops, but no one saw them at the event. But I knew...

That belt sheds dye like crazy. :o
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Re: South Beach Leather pants belt loops mod

Postby Max Replica » Fri Oct 29, 2010 9:16 am

I was so busy that I forgot to investigate the loops. Next time.

As for the dye, I use a cheap water based dye so that I can easily weather it with acetone. I guess what I need to do is put some sort of sealer over it once I've got it looking the way I want. I'll ask my leather guys what I should use. I can easily spruce your belt back up next time I see you.
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Re: South Beach Leather pants belt loops mod

Postby MFP 2020 » Mon Nov 08, 2010 12:02 pm

FYI, I forwarded photos and info to South Beach, asking whether they'd modify their Max pants or just offer them without belt loops (which, I suppose, has always been an option, considering their willingness to do custom orders). Here's what they said:

HI,
We are very much thank full to you for your feedbacks, Sure we will modify style & will make pants with or without loops as you want next time,
Your links & pictures are perfect & I am sure you have forwarded my web address www.SouthBeachLeather.com to all friends
Thanks for advice & cooperation
Regards
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So there you go, all you screen-accuracy freaks. ;)
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