Buying a Tactical Belt? Here’s What to Consider!
Can you think of pieces of gear that civilians, people in law enforcement, search and rescue team members, military personnel, firefighters, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts all share? Tactical belts – compact yet practical equipment created to help you carry essential gear like weapons, accessories and multi-tools, like the versatile Leatherman pocket tools securely and discretely.
They’re beneficial for easily storing your important items at hand, providing easy access, and are vital for survival, so you come to understand they’re much different than your regular belts that lack durability. As such, they require careful consideration when shopping in order to ensure yo end up investing your money in the tactical belt that’s right for you out of a range of designs.
To make shopping for the right belt easier for you, bear in mind the purpose and use as your guiding points. The difference between everyday use and tactical operations use is that EDC belts feature a simple design whereas tactical belts require more high-quality features and durability.
Consider the Types
Based on the variety of uses, you can choose from rigger, instructor, tactical gun, tactical web and tactical magnetic latching belts. The first two aren’t designed to carry your gear, but they can hold your pants up during strenuous activities like rock climbing and fast roping thanks to the added strength with stitching.
The gun type is sturdy and thick, and as its name implies, it’s a great option for military and police use as it’s created to carry guns, and it features various pouches for other belongings. These properties also turn it into a nice addition for your hunting accessories.
The webbing type makes for great everyday casual use as it’s simple, yet it can securely store some of your gear, much like the new magnetic design.
Consider the Materials
Nylon is one of the most popular materials you’re going to come across when shopping, because of its outstanding properties such as resistance to wear and tear, along with being stretchy and offering pleasant breathability that makes for comfortable, extended use. It’s safe to say that it can be a better choice than the all-time favourite leather.
However, despite this, it doesn’t mean all designs have what it takes to safely store your prized belongings and rid you of discomfort. For this reason, you need to pay attention to design features, such as reinforced stitching so you can rest assured you buy a strong and durable tactical belt. Besides focusing on buying a model with several stitching rows, don’t forget to check the tensile strength too – the higher the better.
Consider the Adjustability
While you may be drawn to the looks of the designs of other materials that offer adjustability with holes, a nylon belt is much better because you don’t have to tighten it too hard to get it secured by micro-adjusting it.
Moreover, you can pick from tactical belt models with plastic buckles, perfect for passing through detectors at security checkpoints without beeping, and sturdy metal buckles with secure-locking system that are ideal for supporting bigger weights of gear for field missions. As they’re so different, base your purchase on the material and aesthetics you’re after, as well as the operation you need them for.
Moreover, take your pants into consideration as well, since some belts might be bulkier than you need and you might not be able to use them properly, in which case you should look for a removable buckle. For the sake of the right fit, don’t forget to check the belt’s size too, or rather its length, to be sure you get one that’s able to keep both your equipment and pants up!
Consider the Rigidity
This is another important aspect as it has to do with whether or not a belt is good enough to carry the weapons and accessories in, such as tactical Olight flashlights, without them rolling. When purchasing, it’s necessary to have your equipment in mind, specifically the type (i.e. weight and size) and the number of pieces you’ll carry. The more gear you intend to carry on the belt, the more rigidity you have to look for.
If you plan on using military belts for personal safety, i.e. only to carry one smaller gun, then you don’t need a model that’s too rigid. Whereas if you need the tactical belt for work and have to bring along heavier weapons and other tactical accessories, then consider a wider and thicker design that features heavy-duty construction to prevent sagging and twisting by evenly distributing the weight.
Consider the Extra Features
Since there are so many different types of belts, created for various purposes, you also have to consider the additional features in your purchase, such as attachments for your multi-tool, holster attachments for concealment, as well as loops for compatibility with MOLLE. Be sure to include all of this in your list of priorities when on the quest for the ideal belt.