SBD and Inzer belts are both market leading products within the lifting industry. But which one is right for you? We list which and why in this week's blog!
There are a few things you need to know before we talk about the lifting accessories and determining which one is better - SBD or Inzer Belt.
Why Use A Lifting Belt?
Squats and deadlifts in particular put significant stress to the lifter’s back and are common heavy strength exercises. In these movements, the lifter exerts against a weight as resistance typically a barbell (also known as "resistance training").
Lifters should use a lifting belt when they are doing exercises that place stress on their lower back. The belts reduce the tension of pulling, which can cause serious injury if not properly accommodated for by this type movement pattern.
SBD vs Inzer Belt
There's a lot of debate in the lifting world about which is better: an SBD belt or an Inzer belt. Both have their pros and cons, but which one is really the best for you? Let's take a closer look at both brands and see what makes them different.
To start, it’s worth mentioning that we are talking about high quality, top end lifting belts. Belts that will last a lifetime and not fall victim to a few months of wear and tear! There are certainly more budget friendly lifting belts but we always recommend getting a professional quality belt if you plan to frequently include lifting in your gym routine.
This category of lifting belt is all about quality, durability and customer experience. With that in mind, lets take a look at the SBD product itself and see how it compares to its main competitor, Inzer Forever Lever belt.
SBD Belt Pros
SBD belts are a flagship product for SBD apparel. They are manufactured in England from the finest materials, and they are designed to provide both durability and function.
Our SBD belt has:
- 13mm thickness and 10cm in width.
- Black oiled leather finish with a red suede interior.
- IPF approved.
- English hide prepared for over five months for strength and longevity.
- Manufactured in Great Britain.
- Price £179.99
Inzer Advance Designs is an American based manufacturer. Their forever lever belt has been an iconic product in the lifting community and has made its reputation known in the UK.
The Inzer forever belt has:
- 13mm thickness and 10cm in width
- All Inzer Forever Belts™ are one solid thickness of exclusive leather, finished with a fine suede providing non-slip surface
- IPF approved
- Manufactured in USA
- Price £180
SBD or Inzer Belt Conclusion
As you can see, both products are very similar on paper, however, in application and use is where they differ.
Both belts use a lever buckle system. Inzer lever buckles require a screwdriver to adjust the tightness, which makes it challenging to use at times. The SBD Belt, on the other hand, allows you to easily adjust the buckle because it combines an easy-to-use gliding lever with prongs. It has 4 prongs that can fit into 10 different pairs of holes which is why it’s incredibly easy to adjust.
Both are great belts, but for us the SBD Belt takes the win on the following points:
- Ease of use
- Supreme Durability
If you’re serious about performing heavy barbell lifts, like squats and deadlifts, then a lifting belt is a solid investment. In fact, it may be the most important gym accessory you’ll ever buy. We also stock the Inzer Forever 10mm Buckle Belt!
At SBD Ireland, we stock only the highest quality lifting belts on the market. Each of our product lines are dedicated to those looking to get the best grind in the gym.