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Arcade Midnighter Belt - Review

Jul 8, 2014 at 14:37
by Jordan Carr  
Sport specific belts aren't something we have seen much in the mountain bike realm, but Arcade Belts hope to change that. After developing a range of sport and casual belts for a number of uses, Arcade is turning their sights towards the growing bike industry. With a skate and snowboard background, Arcade is focused on creating belts that will keep your skinny jeans, ski pants or bike shorts where you want them while still being comfortable and durable. The Midnighter belt is the brands all black offering designed to be a versatile piece of steeze in both your casual and shredding wardrobe. Constructed using a 1.5" wide high tensile elastic band, the Midnighter is meant to fit snug while allowing for comfortable movement. Up front a plastic LockFit buckle that provides "one size fits" all sizing in a minimalist fashion. Arcade claims the Midnighter is 'weather proof' while also being washer/dryer compatible. Available in only Black/Black, it is also one size fits all. MSRP: $24 USD

Arcade Midnighter Belt

At first glance, the LockFit plastic buckle seemed flimsy and cheap, but it proved durable and was a nice touch to keeping the Midnighter belt light and comfortable. High tensile elastic added a comfortable change from most stiff non-elastic style belts.

Pinkbike's Take:
bigquotes When the Arcade Midnighter showed up for testing, we were skeptical that it would be any better than other "cheap" included belts we have seen on some of our riding shorts. We were glad that we were critical though, because if a product changes our mind it must really be well designed. The Arcade is a prime example. Yeah, we probably wouldn't run out and buy a new belt because it is going to make us faster or make our mundane lives any more exciting. But the Arcade Midnighter was the most comfortable belt we have worn both on and off the bike. It's elasticity kept it comfortable, even when we needed to snug it up past comfort. Adjusting the belt is done by pulling the elastic band through the buckle and looping it back. This worked great if you were adjusting the belt beforehand, but made it difficult to make any adjustments on the fly. On and off accessibility is done via the up front buckle, which at first glance feels cheap and breakable but has been functional and durable after many months of use. If you are in the market for a new belt, check out Arcade. You don't need to be any specific type of person to appreciate a good belt, especially one that can work both on the bike and off while still being super stylish. - Jordan Carr

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