I know it may seem strange my reviewing of a money belt given my general dislike of them, but the Craghoppers webbing money belt is different.
I generally dislike money belts or money bags for two main reasons, the first is the comfort factor, I don’t want to wear a nylon bag under my shirt in hot, tropical climate, it just isn’t comfortable for obvious reasons. More importantly however in all my experience I think they don’t do the job they are supposed to because they aren’t always completely invisible, and can often have the opposite desired effect and make people an even bigger target.
As I say in all my travel safety books, tourists and travellers in tourist regions can be targeted because thieves know they are likely to have a fair amount of cash or valuables on them, and they also know that many tourists will wear a bum bag or neck variant on the money belt, so will instantly look for it. They are commonplace now among many tourists and it’s not as if they are some big secret among the criminal fraternity.
That is why I generally advise travellers not to use them at all, and is also why I genuinely like this belt so much.
It isn’t like a normal money belt. The money aspect is hidden. Genuinely secret.
On the surface, the Craghoppers webbing money belt is just that, a practical, useful belt that is suitable for a wide array of everyday clothing items, and in that respect that is what it is and should be used for. It’s a good quality, solid belt that will keep your pants up.
Except it isn’t just that.
The zipped pocket is integral to the belt itself and sits on the inside of the belt over your left hip. It is genuinely hidden and there is absolutely nothing at all that would indicate this is anything more than a normal canvas belt.
The pocket isn’t huge for obvious reasons, it can’t fit a credit card or anything larger in, but what it can do is fit some folded paper cash and other small, flat valuables like a padlock key. For keeping an emergency stash of cash hidden or simply using it to hide half of your daily cash (so you aren’t pulling out wads of cash at every vendor) this belt is absolutely ideal.
At this price point, I’d pay this just for a good, solid webbing belt, I have done in the past in fact, so for this to also contain an awesome hidden safety feature is more than a massive bonus!
So for anyone concerned about safety and security on their travels, this belt is an absolutely perfect solution at a great price.
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This review was possible with a product supplied by Craghoppers. The views and opinions expressed are the authors own and are honest and factual without any bias. No incentives are ever accepted in return for positive coverage, and in the instances where assistance or products has been given by travel industry professionals and services, full editorial integrity is maintained and all reviews will remain honest and forthright.