From Endurance to Dressage
Review: TACKBOX™ Soft Silicone Belt
I am always on the lookout for good quality belts. Currently, I alternate between two: a two-tone brown leather belt and a black Embrazio Curva Belt. I also have a blingy belt that I save for shows.
I have a hard time with belts because they are usually too expensive or too plain, usually both. I've had my eye on the C4 Belts and actually ordered one the other day (in ORANGE!). It's on back order and won't be here for another week or two. In the meantime, I spotted this silicon belt in the Dressage Extensions catalog.
When I saw the price, $20.95, I knew I had to give it a try. Dressage Extensions does not have free shipping, or even reasonable shipping, so a friend picked one up for me, and Chemaine delivered it. The shipping would have been $11.00. For a belt?
TACKBOX™ Soft Silicone Belt
I have to say, I really like this belt. I don't know how long it will stay bright white, but I am hoping that the silicone will wipe clean with a damp cloth or a Clorox Wipe. I ordered the large because I wear low rise breeches, but with the slight stretch of the belt, I have plenty of holes to tighten or loosen it. It's also a bit wider than I thought, but I actually prefer it as it works with the breeches I wear most often.
For $21 bucks, I think it's an awesome addition to any rider's belt collection. You just might want to find a cheaper way to get it shipped!
How many of you are wearing the C4 belts, by the way, and do you like them?
1/6/2016 06:26:18 am
I have one curved no-name black leather belt with some little blingy studs around the edge (very tiny, not much bling) that I wear all the time. Accessories, how I fail with thee.
1/6/2016 05:47:27 pm
I am not sure how it's gong to hold up for general use, but as far as the heat, nothing can make me any hotter here in Central CA. When it's a million degrees, the material of my belt won't change a thing. Even if I ride at dawn, it can be nearly 90 and on its way to a hundred plus. :0)
I have a wide C4 belt and I actually like it quite a bit. I say "actually" because I typically do not wear a belt, whether with breeches or non-horse wear. I decided though a while ago that a belt would make me look just a smidge more together and so I bought a mango-bay belt that I like and then the C4 as a Rolex souvenir. I really do like the C4 and probably should get another one. I'll admit I got super nervous when I had to chop it off to the right size but I did it (I started out cutting it longer than I sized it and then kept making adjustments until I liked the length).
1/6/2016 05:49:21 pm
I have hesitated getting one because I am 100% sure it will be the start of an "affordable" addiction. LOL
I love my c4 belt, I got it for blogger secret Santa last year (never have too many belts). The come always looks sharp (I have teal) and it's comfortable and holds my pants up. I get lots of compliments. I have the shiny buckle and the paint has chipped or rubbed off on a couple corners but no one other than me can see it.
1/6/2016 05:52:22 pm
Super good to know as I keep trying out other color combos on the website. I think I ordered a white buckle, but I am curious how the silver buckle looks. They're all plastic, aren't they? There are a couple of combos that I REALLY like and am eager to order. I think one every other month or so sounds reasonable, right?!
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About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
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