After the same experiences I got 2 black and a brown of the 5.11 belts about 7 years ago. The stiffener around the buckle holes I use broke long ago but the overall integrity didn't suffer. The black ones are starting to get a bit ragged and maybe ready to seperate on the edges where my holster sits and at the back belt loop. About time for a replacement. But the longest a belt has ever lasted for me.Tried cheap belts - didn't hold things up very well.
Heavy leather belts - wouldn't fit dress pants, worked OK with jeans, OK but not great for holding a gun.
Either of the above with suspenders - worked better, but a PITA.
5.11 Tactical Belt
Leather belt with stiffener insert - works well on dress pants or jeans. Wear it every day, and no problems.
I use one keeper for keys. I let my belt ride my hips.Odd question but it kinda fits in this thread: who here uses belt keepers? I have two pairs of cargo shorts that I cant use my thick nylon belts with. One has an integrated belt and both have loops that are too small. But I was thinking of using a smaller belt for the shorts, then using keepers with the thick belt to hold my sidearm. The keepers would prevent the thick belt from riding up or sliding down (not likely with my fat ***) and properly support a full frame handgun with extra mag and light. Whatcha think?