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Getting the half belt out of the way

This question is for Schott. A common aggravation for a lot of us is the dangling half belt and many people just cut them off which kills the resale of the jacket. I don't like removing them so I've modified several belts over the years with a "keeper" black velcro strip, a leather strip or a snap installed on both sides so I can fold the buckle side as well as the tounge side into the 1st loop and secure them there (see photo). Does Schott offer a retro-fit like this or when a jacket is ordered can a "keeper" system like this be installed?

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Harlock on 12/16/12 at 09:26 AM

Why not just use the buckle???

CycleSchizo on 12/16/12 at 09:59 AM

I'm talking about a loose buckle when not riding and the jacket is open. I don't think too many would ride a 2nd time with the buckle flapping in the wind. This is why I posted "This question is for Schott", I just wanted an answer from them about the modification. I've been riding since 1962, have owned 74 bikes and have scratched tanks from loose buckles, had the buckles catch on things when dangling and had rear belt loop snaps on 125s scratch paint. I've seen riders with dangling belts get too close to other rider's machines and hit them (not a good scene when colors are involved). After I witnessed an altercation from scratched paint I came up with a system to hold buckles out of the way when not in use and several riding buddies use it too. All you have to do is look at eBay to see how many riders have elected to cut the belts off many manufacturer's classic jackets, Schott included. Sure you can buy a belt-less jacket (of which I have several) but sometimes I prefer to slip into my old belted classics. A belt keeper is a smart idea that works and if I choose to ride unbuckled, problem solved.

garzo on 12/16/12 at 06:35 PM

The new Perfectos have come for the past decade or so with a snap at the bottom to secure the belt buckle, so Schott has already taken care of the flapping at least on the left side.

Gail on 12/17/12 at 07:57 AM

We do have a snap on the belt for our jackets to eliminate the buckle hanging and scratching the bike. It appears you have solved your personal problem, as you ride without buckling your jacket. I am sure our members who want to ride without the jacket being buckled will fine this as helpful solution and can do the same modification you have done. I have replied to many customers who have cut, remodeled, and redesigned their jackets for their personal need or styling. Gail

CycleSchizo on 12/17/12 at 08:34 AM

Thanks garzo and Gail, my jackets are older and don't have the keeper snap. I appreciate the clarification, I guess I'll keep doing what I'm doing.

YoungGun on 12/21/12 at 08:22 PM

Funny, I bought a brand new 618 perfecto less than a year ago from Schott directly and it didn't come with a snap to secure the loose belt.  Hence, not all Perfectos in the last ten years come with the belt snap.  Or, does that mean I got a more than ten year old stock jacket???

Metalhead6x3 on 12/24/12 at 01:29 PM

Yeah, sometimes the belt gets in the way, but that's the style of the jacket! Maybe get a jacket that doesn't have a belt (I think there are some similar styles...classic look...w/o the belt.) I like the belt myself. One thing I do, however, is put a small black rubber band around the buckle to keep it from jingling.

Gail on 01/03/13 at 12:47 PM

Please email me your full name and the bar code from the label on the ticket in the small change pocket. I can then check your order. Last year the jacket should have had the snap on the belt. My email address is gail@schottnyc.com or you can post the info in a reply on the blog here. gail

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