Harbinger is known worldwide for their supportive strength gear. Their supportive gear covers a variety of needs including powerlifting, weightlifting, bodybuilding, and recreational lifting. Chances are you’ve seen their equipment in a gym at some point during your lifting career.

Their belts are made from multiple types of material and are thus meant for multiple needs. When we received the Harbinger 4″ Nylon Lifting Belt, I put it through a variety of tests. Nylon belts are known for their versatility, so I tried this belt with both power and strength exercises. The movements I personally tested this belt with were the back squat, deadlift, clean, and front squat.

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Stability

This belt felt similar in stability to other nylon belts I’ve tried. I like the 4″ width as it allows you to seamlessly adjust the belt from low to high on the torso if need be. The strap is three inches thick, which allows you to pull the belt tight with a lot of overlap. Personally, I liked the thicker strap, it held the belt securely across the abdomen. Some nylon belts have thinner straps and compromise belt stability.

When I performed cleans I felt stable with this belt, even at full-depth of the catch. In addition, this belt held me firmly during any form of squat I did. A test I like to do for belt stability is to flex at the torso in the hole of a squat. Instability in belts will result in the weight collapsing forward, but this held resisted and held my torso neutral.

Something to note about this belt is that it is nylon. If you’re a powerlifter who wants a stiff, rigid belt, then this may not be the best choice for you. Nylon won’t hold the body as firmly as leather during lifts such as the low-bar squat.

Comfort

Lifters who tend to choose cloth and nylon based belts tend to enjoy the comfort they offer. This belt has a softer inner lining, which I really liked. The inner lining is a noticeably softer material than the outside nylon. Personally, I love to lift shirtless and this belt felt comfortable on the skin. The metal buckle never made contact with the skin, so there wasn’t any scratching or chafing.

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An issue I did encounter was excessive sweating when I was going through a workout shirtless. The belt moved a little bit, but not too much. Someone who wants a very secure belt that doesn’t move easily, may find issue with this, especially if it’s on their bare skin.

Material

The material of this belt was interesting. As stated above, the inner lining is a softer cloth, which is forgiving on the skin and doesn’t pinch as much. The outside is a tougher nylon and feels secure. There’s a stainless steel buckle that provides an added sense of security. I really liked how the strap holding the buckle is well-sewn.

The velcro strap is three inches wide and provides ample strap to wrap and pull tight with. I never experienced an issue when it came to the velcro pieces making contact with each other. While there was ample velcro, a possible potential issue could be the velcro itself. Velcro does have a lifespan and this belt won’t be the best choice for those looking for a lifetime belt.

Durability

This belt felt durable upon my first lift with it. I liked that there was double stitching throughout the whole outer rim. It provided a firm feeling that snapped back when I tried to bend the belt. Another aspect I liked about this was the stainless steel loop that connects the velcro strap. Metal will be less prone to early wear and tear from heavy stress, as opposed to a plastic or synthetic loop.

The outside of the top and bottom of each belt has a little extra material covering them. This was a cool aspect that protects the belt from early fraying or coming undone. This belt has durable characteristics, but it’s important to keep in mind that it is nylon-based. A nylon belt will eventually show signs of aging, along with the velcro.

Price

The price for this belt starts at $16.99. This price falls right down the middle for a versatile nylon-based belt. I felt this price is fair for the recreational lifter or someone who needs a firm, durable belt. It won’t last a lifetime, which could steer away lifters who need a belt to last a longer period of time.

Final Word

The Harbinger 4″ Nylon Lifting Belt was a good belt when it came to versatility and comfort. I liked the different materials that cover the interior and exterior portions, plus the stainless steel loop. The price was also fair for what this belt offers, whether it be for the recreational or serious lifting. One thing to note is that this belt does contain a lot of velcro, which does have a lifespan and should be a consideration.

All in all, this belt provided the versatility and comfort a shirtless lifter might want from a versatile belt.

Harbinger 4" Nylon Weightlifting Belt

$16.99
8.2

Stability

8.0/10

Comfort

8.7/10

Material

8.3/10

Durability

7.8/10

Price

8.0/10

Pros

  • Thick Velcro
  • Versatile
  • Comfortable Fit

Cons

  • Velcro's Durability Issues
  • Not the Most Rigid

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Jake holds a Master's in Sports Science and a Bachelor's in Exercise Science. Currently, Jake serves as one of the full time writers and editors at BarBend. He's a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and has spoken at state conferences on the topics of writing in the fitness industry and building a brand. As of right now, Jake has published over 1,100 articles related to strength athletes and sports. Articles about powerlifting concepts, advanced strength & conditioning methods, and topics that sit atop a strong science foundation are Jake's bread-and-butter. On top of his personal writing, Jake edits and plans content for 15 writers and strength coaches who come from every strength sport.Prior to BarBend, Jake worked for two years as a strength and conditioning coach for hockey and lacrosse players, and was a writer at the Vitamin Shoppe's corporate office. Jake regularly competes in powerlifting in the 181 lb weight class, and considers himself a weightlifting shoe sneaker head. On the side of writing full time, Jake works as a part-time strength coach and works with clients through his personal business Concrete Athletics in Hoboken and New York City.