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Kabuki Embossed + Shaved Lever Belt



  • Shipping Note: Belts are hand-made to order and can take 6-7 weeks to ship.
  • For exchanges or refunds please contact Kabuki Strength via email or phone, NOT Pioneer.
  • Belts will ship via FedEx or USPS from Pioneer's facility in Texas.



  • X-Small- 22″-31″
  • Small- 27″- 36″
  • Medium- 31″-40″
  • Large- 35″-44″
  • X-Large- 39″-48″
  • XX-Large- 43″-52″
  • XXX-Large- 47″-56″
  • XXXX-Large -52"-61".

 (Chart based on waist size in inches)



Introducing our newest product in partnership with Pioneer Leathercraft - the affordably priced, yet uniquely featured "Kabuki Strength" leather lever belt.


    Like our (anti-fragile) belt, this is a 13mm full-grain leather belt with a full 4" width. 


    What set this belt apart from every other belt on the market? We've worked with Pioneer to create a highly unique “Shave” design exclusive to Kabuki Strength. The “Shave” strategically tapers the thickness of the belt’s overlapping portions in order to minimize bulk and gapping at the site of the lever.⁣


    This fits our philosophy of creating an even 360-degree IAP distribution equally throughout the lifter's midsection. From a comfort standpoint, lifters will notice an immediate improvement in comfort and wearability, thereby eliminating the one flaw that drives people away from using lever belts.


    Our design reduces the gap from 13mm to 4mm, which in our experience makes for a much more comfortable belt, leading to better IAP and performance.


    Official Belt Specifications:

    • 4" belt
    • 13mm thickness
    • Raw leather hide
    • Proprietary “Shave” design exclusive to Kabuki Strength 
    • Embossed "Kabuki Strength" logo with squat face letter "U"
    • Patented Lever


    Keep in mind you are not getting a generic leather belt made in china, or imported then embroidered. These are the highest quality leather belts available, made by hand right here in the USA by skilled leatherworkers and craftsmen. This is an iconic belt that will stand the test of time, both functionally and as a collectors item! 

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    • Do you charge when the order is received or when the belt ships?

      We charge when the order is received.

    • Can these sizes be made customizable at all? I know if ordering directly from pioneer they can.

      Currently the two belts we sell are sold as is and without any further customizations

    • Is this the belt with the "adjustable" lever? I thought I saw a video on IG about a new type of lever.

      Hey Jaime,

      I don't know the adjustable level you're referring to but the lever on these belts is just a standard lever like the ones pioneer uses for all of their other belts

    • Are the belts returnable if you order the wrong size?

      Pioneer's return policy can be viewed here:

    • Is it possible to get the belt with no logo or lettering?

      Currently all we offer is the version of the belt advertised here. If you would like you can contact pioneer directly regarding customizations.

    • Is this belt going to be approved for IPF use? Is the belt legal in other federations?

      Pioneer is not one of the brands that is on the IPF approved list, meaning it won't pass gear checks for international competitions. However it does meet the specifications in the USAPL rulebook, and can be used at local USAPL meets.

    • As far as the sizing goes, where should we be measuring? I wear a 38"-40" pant but I know thats not the same thing. I just don't want to buy one and it be too big/small causing me to return it.

      Here is a link to pioneers instructions on how to measure for a belt:

    • Is there a warranty on this belt? If so, how long is it good for? Thank you for your time!

      Lifetime on raw materials and worksmanship. Meaning if the stitching breaks and belt fails apart, we will repair or replace forever. - Direct from Pioneer Leathercraft

    • Is there a warranty on this product? If so, how many years?

      Lifetime on raw materials and worksmanship. Meaning if the stitching breaks and belt fails apart, we will repair or replace forever. - Direct from Pioneer Leathercraft

    • Hi, do you have these in ready stock atm? I am leaving Canada soon and would like to get a hold of this. I have less than 4 weeks. Thanks.

      Unfortunately we do not stock these belts as they are each individually made by Pioneer and then drop shipped by them as well. This is also why we have to have it posted that the belts can take up to 4 weeks to ship. They will sometimes ship sooner but it just depends on the backlog Pioneer has at the time.

    • Is it approved in uspa federations or any

      You will need to check the rulebook for each federation, since approved gear lists do tend to change annually.  However, as a competitor, I do know this belt is currently approved by the USPA and IPL.

    • Are the kabuki belts approved for use in powerlifting competitions? And if so which federations is it approved for?

      You will need to consult your chosen federation's rulebook to be certain.  Approved equipment lists change yearly with most powerlifting federations.  However, I can personally attest that the anti-fragile belt is USPA/IPL approved.

    • Is the upgraded PAL lever the same as on the Signature Belt? i.e. is it black and have the Kabuki face on it? Thanks

      Yes, all PAL's sold by Kabuki Strength will have the Squat Face on them.

    • Where do I order the grey suede belt?

      The belt that we offer in grey suede is the Kabuki Signature PAL.

    • If i don’t choose the $79 PAL lever option what does the belt come with?

      If you do not choose the PAL, the belts come with a regular lever attachment from Pioneer.

    • Do you ship to australia?

      We do ship to Australia.  In order to obtain a shipping quote, go to our website and add the items you want to your online cart.  Then, during the check-out process, you will enter your shipping address.  At that time, all shipping options for that location will auto-populate.  You may select the best option for you, based on rate and shipping time.  Most of our international customers prefer to use UPS Worldwide Expedited Shipping, since that has most packages arriving within a week of shipment and also covers customs brokerage fees.  VAT and import taxes are the responsibility of the customer and UPS will collect those prior to delivery, if applicable.

    • What is the waist Measurements For the 4xl belt

      A 4X would be 52" to 61".  That information will be added to our product page immediately.  I apologize for the inconvenience.

    • Can you get this belt in black? And what is the difference between this one and the anti-fragile belt

      The Kabuki embossed belt only comes in this shade of tan leather.  The Anti-fragile belt is black suede.  The letters are embossed into the Kabuki belt and not stitched, like the Anti-fragile.  Both are 'tapered' or 'shaved' and both are lever belts.

    • I want to order this belt as a present for my boyfriend, is there any way I can make a customized phrase embossed? And also is the exchange possible if I'm ordering from abroad (in case the size doesn't match)?

      I'm sorry.  We cannot customize the belts with embossed phrases.  However, we can exchange the belt if the sizing is not correct.

    • I see on the size chart the belt range for 3Xl is 47-56” and there’s a 4xl offered in the menu What size range is the 4xl?

      The 4XL for the Kabuki embossed belt would be a 51" to 60" belt size.

    • The kabuki strength embossed shaved belt by pioneer. Is it available in 3” as opposed to 4”. I know pioneer will do that, just wondering if it can be done for this specific one. Thanks

      You may be able to contact them after placing the order and they can make the modification for you. They are usually pretty great about stuff like this, however, I can't give you a definitive answer.

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