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.