I did not realize that tapered meant the belt would be wider on the bottom than the top all the way around; I thought the taper referred to the smaller width and the end of the belt. The belt looks great and supports a handgun very well. I also have a regular belt, non-tapered, that I have had for years. It still looks new. I am not sure if the tapered belt is more comfortable. Like all Galco products, it is very well made and will last for 50 years.