This was bought for me as a present so I had no input in it's selection nor did I know how much it cost. The leather is stiff as a previous reviewer already said but this will change over time and means the belt will last longer. I was already happy with it but now that I know it only cost six quid I am even more impressed. When you're working off the ground it's really frustrating not having tools to hand. This belt goes a long way to rectifying this irritation.