I’ve been on a bit of a belt journey in the last year or so. In late 2017 I started on the Keto diet. I had hit a high of 325 pounds. For quite a few years, I had been carrying my CCW pistol with the support of a CrossBreed Classic 1.5″ Gun Belt. It held up well over the years, but when I started dropping weight I ran out of holes in the belt. I ran into the guys over at CrossBreed at a trade show and they told me to send it in for trimming and new holes. When it arrived they realized I had an older model and they had made improvements since. Instead of trimming my existing belt, they sent me a whole new unit. I am very happy with their customer service and would buy again in a heartbeat.
Fast forward a few months and I was contracted to do an article for Athlon Outdoors dealing with CCW clothing. I received a Klik Belt with a quick release Cobra buckle to review in the article. The Klik belt was nice in that once you tensioned it properly you could undo it and redo it easily. Pressing the two buttons on the buckle quickly released the belt.
It did have a major drawback though, to get the belt on you had to first unthread the buckle from the belt and then thread it through your pants. Once back up front, you are able to thread the buckle on the thin end of the belt and tension it properly. This quickly got old when trying to remove the belt from the pants.
While looking at 5.11 Tactical’s website I stumbled onto their belts. The belt I chose to have them send for review was the 1.5″ Tactical Trainer Belt. This belt uses a stainless steel buckle rated up to 5,100 pounds. The belt itself is constructed from an ultra tough nylon webbing. The belt also has velcro integrated into it to make sure the belt stays were you put it.
I feel the 5.11 belt is the best of both worlds between the CrossBreed and the Klik Belt. I really like the classy leather look of the CrossBreed belt, but I’m still losing weight and I often find myself in situations where the proper tension is between two existing holes. The Klik Belt would give me that infinite tension adjustments, but the cumbersome threading of the buckle is too big of a drawback for me.
The 5.11 belt I got was in a stylish charcoal gray color. It’s clean and simple with it’s matte silver buckle. The belt threads on and off easily and when I need a tension adjustment it’s a simple act of pulling the velcro portion apart and reapplying after adjustment. I’m down around 85 pounds from my 325 pound high. I still have quite a bit of weight to lose so the infinite adjustability of the 5.11 belt will suit me just fine for awhile.
5.11 isn’t the only company producing belts like this, but I’ve been satisfied with the belt, and the quality of all 5.11 products. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this belt to anyone needing a good gun belt.
The 5.11 Belt runs between $30-$50 on Amazon depending on color and size.
The CrossBreed Belt runs between $68-81 on Amazon depending on size.
The Klik Belt runs $109 on Amazon.