Most gear heads bring a whole new definition to the table concerning everyday carry. Typically, these individuals are known to carry more heavyweight and tactical gear with them as opposed to lightweight and minimalist. Heavy-duty flashlights, multitools outfitted to last a lifetime and get the job done swiftly, and maybe even a bit of firearm protection to boot. These are the guys who don’t mess around with the small stuff and certainly don’t sweat it either. So, in accordance with carrying reliable gear, you can bet these guys favor reliable belts to keep everything intact.
Ask any fan of tactical belts what they look for when purchasing these one-of-a-kind items and odds are they’ll fire back with four key characteristics: the width, rigidity, materials, and buckle. In this instance, the desirable width of the belt should be between 1.25” and 2” thick. That’s because the thicker the band, the easier it is to distribute weight on the belt. Also, rigidity – or the stiffness of the belt – is a big plus as well since a rigid belt will assist in a clean draw. Desired materials here can range from person to person, it’s just important to choose the right ones. And finally, the buckle. Here it’s important to consider the type of closure on the belt. For instance, some buckles will support activities like repelling, however, the bottom line here is to find one that is sturdy and will support the added weight you’re carrying. So if you’re interested in picking up a tactical belt of your own, keep reading, for what follows are several options we feel meet these criteria quite well.
Condor Tactical Belt
For those who want a bit more convenience along with them on a daily basis or while on the range, Condor offers this durable and defense-ready 2” wide tactical belt complete with 2 magazine pouches and a quick release buckle. Outfitted as a modern-day gun belt, this piece will secure a holster and additional ammo without breaking a sweat.
5.11 Tactical 1.5 Inch
With a bold reputation for some of the best tactical gear around, 5.11 Tactical makes this simple yet reliable 1.5-inch belt for your wearing pleasure. It boasts a rip-resistant nylon construction complete with nylon webbing which, thanks to its buckle design, can be quickly converted into a secondary carry strap. Ergonomic, affordable and highly functional, this fade-resistant belt is a solid choice.
Manufactured here in the USA, each and every Travax Cinch belt is outfitted to handle whatever use and abuse are thrown its way. Especially when you consider it’s built from MIL-SPEC nylon webbing and features an aerospace-grade tempered aluminum buckle. Additionally, with a high-tensile strength of 2000 lbs, a compatibility with concealed carry and lifetime warranty, Trayvax is playing the long game here when it comes to quality tactical belts.
511 Tactical Alta Belt
Truly working to set the bar high, 511 Tactical’s heavy-duty Alta belt isn’t messing around thanks to its 1.75” thick nylon webbing construction. Stiff enough to support a holster and boasting a parachute-grade buckle, this belt is also easily converted into a tie-down or carry strap as well. Straight, simple and to the point. It’s what 511 Tactical does best.
Grip6 Adjustable No Holes Belt
One of the few minimalist tactical belts around, the Grip6 is both made here in the USA and is lightweight and comfortable for extended wear. It comes without any holes or flap, but with a fully adjustable strap to help you easily maintain a comfortable fit over longer periods of time. Each buckle is also laser cut and machined from 100 percent aerospace-grade aluminum, and the 1.5” belt webbing is made with military-grade nylon with a breaking strength of 2500 pounds.
Condor Cobra Tactical Belt
Boasting 1.75” inches of nylon webbing and a Cobra buckle with both 7000lbs and 2000lbs of tensile strength respectively, the Condor is one serious tactical belt. In addition, it’s incredibly durable thanks to its resin-treated ends and five rows of stitching. Also, because the Condor is made right here in the USA, you can trust in its reliable composition and performance.
Elite Survival Systems Shooters Belt
Outfitted as an ideal base option for any gear rig or carry setup, this Elite Survival Systems belt is made some of the toughest materials available. We’re talking Scuba nylon webbing, a structured inner core, reinforced stitching and a quick release buckle from AustriAlpin. Test one out for yourself and you’ll see these belts can host some series load bearing capacity. They’re also available in Black, Coyote Tan, and Wolf Gray depending on your preference.
Stratagem Instructor’s ER Cobra
Be prepared for anything with the help of the ER Cobra’s internal stiffener allowing you to mount holsters, magazine pouches, sheaths or any other amount of serious gear without causing the belt to snag or twist. It also features their Cobra buckle and comes equipped with a V-ring that’s certificated by the Parachute Industry Association. Ready whatever comes your way. That’s the Stratagem promise and they surely deliver with this tactical belt.
RattlerStrap Paracord Belt
What better way to come prepared than with a belt made from over 80 feet of 550 utility cord. Each RattlerStrap is also handwoven around a titanium buckle, is infinitely adjustable thanks to its composition and even if it comes down to using the paracord in an emergency situation, they’ll completely remake the belt for you at no additional charge. Not bad at all if you ask us.
SlideBelts Survival Belt
More than just a belt, the Survival Belt serves as an all-in-one survival kit on your waist. Complete with a width of 1.5” and fitting up to a 48” waist, this nifty belt boasts a handful of useful functionality should you find yourself in the backcountry for any amount of time. Features include a bottle opener, aluminum LED flashlight, and AUS-8 stainless steel knife, and Ferrocerium fire starter rod in the buckle. The belt also boasts up to 1500 PSI of tensile strength for pulling or carrying large and unwieldily items and is heat resistant up to 214 degrees F.