Hi everybody. I've searched all day today and yesterday and am agonizing about making this thread, but at the same time I value the opinions of those of you stronger than me, so let's say I'm the skinny kid at the gym asking stupid questions just for this thread. I'm on the novice side of things, but regardless I'm finding that my squat at heavy attempts is limited by my lower back tension. I don't want to put weight on the bar with a belt, I want to be more comfortable with what is on the bar with the belt. I don't have this issue with deadlifting, so I am thinking the belt will be mostly for squatting, but I want it to be useful for DLing too. http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=PD&cid=299&pid=5653 That is what I looked at originally. I am wondering if 6.5mm will be thick enough. if I buy an EliteFTS belt, I will be spending what I'd consider a fair amount of money on it, and I don't want to be too strong for it in a year. This is the 6.5mm I'm looking at. http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=PD&cid=299&pid=5853 My searching turned up APT belts, and I like the price. This is the APT I looked at. http://www.prowriststraps.com/inc/sdetail/316282 So these are my questions. At 180lbs, squatting 235 as a training max and pulling 315 as a training max with goals of 405/515 at least. 1) Will the 6.5mm be too thin in a year? Does anyone use a 6.5mm regularly? EliteFTS says it's a better "general use" belt. 2) Will a 13mm be too thick to deadlift in? (I read on this forum in my searching one of the stronger guys saying he couldn't pull in a 13mm belt) 3) Lever or prong? I prefer prongs, based on absolutely nothing except using the cheap one at the gym, but I'm open. 4) Will the APT one last me? I really like that eliteFTS one but if it's overkill or overpriced I like the APT too. 5) Finally, should I look at a 10mm or a 13mm? Feel free to call me names and point out how dumb I am, but an answer would be appreciated. Thanks guys.