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What are you using for a belt?....

Discussion in 'EDC Clothing' started by Gonzzo, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. daundu

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    I usually wear a belt I made out of a paratrooper's webbing and an old GM seatbelt buckle.

    It takes a bit of adjusting, but the buckle is convinient (and cool) enough to warrent the hassel.
     
  2. smokeeater908

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    I wear a riggers type belt but mine was made by PMI.
     
  3. FlaRider

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    The Beltman for 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 in leather belts and a wilderness instructor belt.
     
  4. S.E.G

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    I've been rocking a Wilderness 1.5" 5 stitch riggers belt for the last 4 years from deserts to jungles nothing bets them.
     
  5. Omega Man
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    Sure..I've got a couple 1 1/2 wide ones made that way, I use them mainly for camping and such. I wear an army issue fatigue belt in black with one of the old style buckles that I've had since I was in the Army. I also make my own leather belts sometimes, but haven't done so in awhile.
     
  7. Mister Scribble

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    Many years ago I picked up a thick, leather belt with a double row of holes and tongues at a
    local bargain store (which sadly no longer exists). It is still going strong.

    I've had more expensive "dress" belts that have crappy stitching and fall apart after
    a short period of time. But the thick bargain basement belt keeps on trucking. Good
    for both dress pants and jeans.
     
  8. oldsarge

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    A custom made double thick bull hide by "The Beltman"
     
  9. Brules

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    Bison belt.
     
  10. halvdan7

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    I am currently wearing one of these, http://www.jonestactical.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1&Itemid=3 . There is also a great review by Milspec Monkey here:
    http://milspecmonkey.com/weargear/belts . It took me awhiel to get one because the maker was away from his shop at conventions, etc. but well worth the wait. Communication was timely and responsive. The price is on par with a lot of what is out there (not much of this type and level). I wear this belt every day!
    Its comfortable in shorts, biz casual, jeans, BDUs, etc. Its holding up to wear and tear like you would expect from the materials in its construction as well. In short, I love it. My new favorite belt of all time.
    ~Halvdan7
     
  11. fallow

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    I have 3 Blackhawk CQB belts, 2 black and 1 Coyote. and a couple of dress leather by RM Williams, and Thomas Cook. Mostly wear the CQB's. Try not to wear the CQB's travelling though, it gets looks when you take it off for the scanner.
     
  12. Omega Man
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    I just gave in and went with a issue BDU belt from Ebay. The place had paracord which I needed anyway. I'll write about what I think when it arrives, hope it doesn't "roll" with a Wave and Nitecore, and cell phone on it.
     
  13. tire iron

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    I received a “Liger” gun belt from Tim @ Maxpedition in 2006. Tim sent it to me to T&E. I was initially very skeptical about its use as a CCW belt after viewing pictures of it. I voiced my opinion that I thought the buckle was too unconventional looking to avoid attracting attention. The last thing I want when “carrying” is for attention to be drawn to my waist area.

    Tim “put his money where his mouth is” – and “dared” me to use his belt for 30 days to see who was right – he was confident that the buckle wouldn’t attract undue attention – I was sure that it would.

    There also seemed to be some “BFC’s” (Big Fat Claims) regarding the Liger belt too – such as “Ligerthane” (the material the belt is made from) being:

    1. Highly abrasion- resistant
    2. Totally impervious to water, mildew, rot and resistant to many common solvents.
    3. Flexible along its length for comfort yet stiff along its width so you can carry holsters, sheaths, or pouches without the belt sagging or twisting.
    4. A super grip interior so the belt stays put
    5. A LigerDerm™ patterned exterior that gives it the look and feel of leather; it’s nice enough to wear with your BDU’s or dress pants and perfect for discrete CCW.
    6. Easy-to-clean, just rinse with mild detergent and wipe dry.

    This all sounded too “info-mercial-ish” to me. I thought “there is no way a belt can do all of that”.

    As soon as I took the belt out of the box – I thought – “Crud – this buckle probably WON’T attract undue attention”. After thinking about it for a second – I came to the conclusion that I had first viewed the buckle on my 19” computer screen – making the buckle several times larger than it really is in real life. The buckle – even though is VERY high quality – is diminutive enough to not warrant a “second look” – even with the prominent and visible rivet heads exposed.

    I wore this belt every day but one for the past month – and not ONE person commented on the belt or buckle. I wore this belt to work – I wore this belt to play – I wore this belt to the local IDPA match – I wore this belt while taking my wife out to dinner – I wore this belt to church – I wore this belt EVERYWHERE – and not one comment from anyone! Nor did I notice anyone doing a “double take” on this belt/buckle either. The “color scheme” I ordered was the “Tan belt/Grey-Silver buckle”. I ordered this color on purpose – with a couple of reasons in mind. First reason was – I am kind of “long” on black leather belts – so I thought I would “expand my wardrobe” to include a tan belt. The second reason is that I felt the “Black belt/Black buckle” was a little more “covert” – and I wanted the “worst case” belt – to REALLY see if no one noticed this belt. And – no one did – so I can say with complete confidence that the Black on Black belt would be just fine in this area too. And – I think the Black on Black belt would even work with a suit. (My tan one looks fine in “Dockers” – but I personally feel it wouldn’t work with a suit – just my opinion though.)

    So – my position on the viability of this as a CCW belt from an aesthetic standpoint is this: It won’t attract undue attention to the waist area.

    Now you are probably asking – “What about all the BFC’s regarding this belt?”

    Let’s talk about each point – one by one.

    First BFC is this: “Highly abrasion resistant”. This is a true claim. This belt is much more resistant to abrasion than either of the leather belts I have – or the “riggers” belts I have. The “outside” is sort of “slick” – it wards off abrasion better than the alternatives.

    Second BFC is “Totally impervious to water, mildew, rot and resistant to many common solvents.” I know it is impervious to water – as I went swimming with this belt on. It won’t absorb ANY water (or sweat). I also rubbed on it with some gun cleaning supplies – and – nothing happened. Looks like the second BFC is true too.

    Third BFC is “Flexible along its length for comfort yet stiff along its width so you can carry holsters, sheaths, or pouches without the belt sagging or twisting.” I thought – no way! I have some riggers belts that have a “plastic” stiffener in them – and some thick leather belts – and they STILL “roll” somewhat – so this belt has got to “roll” too. Well – I was the most surprised on this one. It DOESN’T roll. I wore a fully loaded Safariland 6004, a HSGI thigh rig and a G-Code SOC rig for a few days each – and there was ZERO “roll”. The belt didn’t even realize there was a “side load” on it. I TRIED to get the belt to roll – and I failed. That is what really got me to saying “Hmmmmmm…..this is some belt”.

    Fourth BFC is “A super grip interior so the belt stays put”. I thought this was going to be “mutually exclusive” to the First BFC – being abrasion resistant. I thought “there is no way it can be abrasion resistant AND have a “super” grip interior”. Well – I was wrong. The bad news is – if you don’t get your equipment set “just right” before you tighten the belt – all you will do by trying to adjust the position of your gear is twist your pants around your body. At least that has been my experience. Good news is – once you DO get your gear set just right and tighten the belt – your gear ISN’T moving! It will be exactly where you put it as if you “super glued” your rig to that spot on the belt.

    Fifth BFC is “A LigerDerm™ patterned exterior that gives it the look and feel of leather; it’s nice enough to wear with your BDU’s or dress pants and perfect for discrete CCW.” This is true. It does indeed look like leather.

    Sixth and final BFC is “Easy-to-clean, just rinse with mild detergent and wipe dry.” True.

    So – is this belt perfect?? No – it is not. What is??

    Here are my “wishes”. I wish there was some other way to “fasten” the belt – like a “riggers” belt. I just don’t like “holes” on a belt. I feel it limits me to a series of “compromises”. However – all of my leather belts share this same dilemma too – and I still wear them…

    This belt will not absorb any sweat – so it may seem a tad “warmer” than a leather or nylon belt that will absorb sweat. However – sweat will deteriorate leather – and isn’t good for riggers belts either. I wore this belt in temperatures over 100 F – and I really didn’t recognize any heat build-up – but some may. However I LIKE the idea that it is impervious to sweat.

    So – what is the bottom line you ask??? It is my opinion – won through experience – that this belt is the BEST “CCW” belt on the market today. If there was a way to buckle this like a riggers belt – I would be so bold as to say that this would be the best belt on the planet for any and all tactical uses – be they CCW or for use by SpecOps units in lieu of a riggers belt. I am REALLY impressed with this “Liger” belt. The next $59 I can free up from CINC House and I will be ordering a Black on Black one – and these two Liger belts will replace ALL of my leather belts. I am not easily impressed – in fact I am very skeptical regarding claims made by most manufacturers and gear sellers – but this is one fine belt.


    UPDATE

    About two months after I wrote the above - I purchased two new belts from Tim @ Maxpedition – one is a black belt with grey/silver buckle and the other is a dark brown belt with a grey/silver buckle (you can also order each belt with a “black” buckle).

    The thing I really like about these two belts is that they are “sharper” looking than my original tan belt. My tan belt looks great in very casual wear – but it is not my favorite for general wear – simply because of the color. I feel it is too light for my needs. I ordered it that way though.

    On the other hand - the black and brown belts look great in business casual dress, and as you can see by the pictures below – they also work great when wearing a white shirt and tie or even a suit (in the picture I removed my suit coat so you could see more of the belt).

    Black belt - front view
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    Black belt - side view
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    Brown belt - front view
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    Brown belt - side view
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    The dark brown belt works great when wearing blue jeans, or it also works great with 5.11 pants too (as does the black and tan belt). The black belt is a little too “dressy” for blue jeans (I have never been accused of being real fashion conscious either – it is my wife that told me she liked the brown belt for blue jeans). That in and of itself should speak volumes about how these belts look – my WIFE likes how they look. She usually “tolerates” what I wear – and has never made comments about all my other belts – but she told me that she likes the brown and black Liger belts better than she like ALL my other leather belts. I have since picked my jaw up off the floor! LOL

    I wear business casual almost every day – and I find myself wearing the black belt the most while dressed in this fashion, and the brown belt gets the most use when I am a little more “dressed down”.

    The amazing thing to me is – I no longer use any of my leather belts now that I have these Liger belts. They are superior in every way compared to leather belts – especially when one is carrying concealed.

    An update also – it has been FOUR YEARS since I have received my original Liger belt. I have worn them every day since then – and they look virtually the same as they did FOUR YEARS ago when they were brand new. There is now some minor scuffing (WAY less than my leather belts scuffed in six months) – there is NO “rolling” of the belt when subjected to a “load” – there has been no “stretching” – it is an amazing belt.

    If you are in the market for a CCW belt – or just a belt that is nearly indestructible and looks good too – I would suggest you give one of the Liger belts a try – if you are like me – you’ll find that your other belts stay in the closet!


    cheers

    tire iron
     
  14. dowtech

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    +1 on the Ti Wilderness belt!
     
  15. Claren

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    I wear this one:

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    Urban Fighting Belt

    It's made by the same guy who makes the Sneaky active shooter bags. I like it because it's sturdy, but comfortable. I don't do the CHL thing (yet), so I don't need the stiffness of the wilderness belts. This belt is sturdy without feeling like a piece of cardboard wrapped around my waist. It's also very adjustable.
     
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    I just buy 1.75 inch nylon online and sew on a plastic buckle: for casual wear this works great for me, since most of my pants are 5.11's. For more dress up occasions I've got the usual array of leather belts.
     
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    I wear nothing but the 5.11 TDUs or 5.11 Trainer. My dad uses an old neck tie for his belt.
     
  18. skeet

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    Wilderness Instructor belt in 5-stitch. When this one dies I will just buy another.
     
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    I really like the issue BDU belt I got. It's about as thick/stiff as I thought it'd be, but it performs better than I'd hoped. Since it's 1.75" it just fits all the pants I've put it on. The width holds it in place when unbuckled, it also has enough friction to keep it in place. I always have to loop the belt back into the first pants loop when unbuckled, to keep items from sliding off my right hip. But I don't seem to have that problem with this belt.