Bought the belt as I was upgrading from the old buckle style belt and I thought I would give the lever style a try. What a difference. No more fighting the buckle between sets or after the last. Just a flick of the lever and your set. The belt is very well made and requires quite a bit of rolling to break it in (a workout in itself if you're hand rolling like me). Mine is still a bit stiff (used it just a few times) but I figure the body heat and a bit of sweat will help loosen it up. I upgraded to the steel lever so I cannot rate the standard level but the upgraded lever holds like a clamp but is easy to release. Highly recommend.