Your belt is the foundation of everyday carry, especially if you are carrying concealed. The belt needs to be rigid enough to keep your gear where it needs to be without having to constantly adjust it, but not too rigid to where it’s uncomfortable to wear and difficult to run through your belt loops.
Over the years I’ve been through several iterations of belts from various manufacturers. It’s hard to tell whether a belt will suit your needs by looking at pictures online; you need to actually try it on to know. When I’m looking for a belt to support my everyday carry loadout and my firearm it needs to meet a few requirements:
- The belt has to be 1.5” in order to be worn with standard blue jeans or other pants. I’m not always going to be wearing high-speed tactical ninja pants that support a 1.75” riggers belt.
- The belt needs to be low profile in the front to reduce printing when wearing a t-shirt. Personally, I just don’t like any belt with a large belt buckle that bulges out in the front.
- Typically any piece of kit I carry for my daily loadout needs to fill at least two purposes, if not three (that goes for the belt too). Some may think of using it as a tourniquet, but I’m not an advocate of using a belt for that (that’s why I carry a SWAT-T with me every day). I prefer a belt that can be removed quickly to be used as either a weapon, or to wrap around an overhead opening mechanism for doors (this prevents someone from opening the door if you have barricaded yourself in a room). These are usually found in hotels and other commercial buildings.
- I prefer a belt made in the United States (personal preference).
A belt I found that meets all the above criteria was designed by Dom Raso over at Dynamis Alliance. The belt is a low profile (1.5”) belt which closes via hook and loop (Velcro), that’s it. Before we get into the exact specs of the belt take a look at the product video by Dynamis Alliance.
This belt is as simple as it gets. It’s a single piece of heavy-duty nylon webbing with hook and loop velcro on the end (no buckles to deal with). The belt is extremely easy to thread through standard belt loops and is rigid enough to support my concealed carry gun (a full size Glock 17), inside the waistband knife (Cold Steel Braveheart), and whatever you choose to carry in your pockets.
Specifications (courtesy of dynamisalliance.com)
- 1 1/2″ nylon webbing
- Change pocket – As shown in the video, with a few coins in the change pocket, you can remove the belt and use it as an improvised sap. This is a pretty cool feature that I have not seen in any other belt. Other belts may have a similar pocket, but they are located on the backside of the belt. The change pocket on the Dynamis Alliance belt was purposely designed to be in the front for this very reason. On the 1.5″ version of this belt the pocket is pretty small to work with. I keep a small Buck 525 folding knife in the coin pocket of my belt.
- Cash/doc pocket – This comes in handy for a 20 dollar bill and a small piece of rainproof paper with emergency contact phone numbers. You’re only limited by your imagination for accessorizing this belt. Again, on the 1.5″ version I was unable to use this pocket for cash. What I ended up putting in the pocket was a small magnesium fire starter. Between the small Buck knife and this fire starter the belt makes a nice survival belt to wear on day hikes.
- Spare Key Pocket – This is pretty straight forward. For me I use this pocket for a spare car key. Past experience tells me that I need a spare car key more often than a spare house key.
- Dynamis embroidered Logo (you have the option of either the standard red logo or a grey logo that is more low profile). I personally went with the standard red.
- MSRP is $65 direct from Dynamis Alliance.
This article is courtesy of The Loadout Room.