This belt makes no sense. As a swat sniper and police officer for 28 years, I've seen my share of tactical belts. This one is nicely built but the loop isn't rated for emergency rapel so what's the point? The belt makes it nearly impossible to thread an OWB holster onto it and you have to put the belt on backward to thread it through your belt loops. Great belt in theory and workmanship. However it needs re-thought especially considering it cost $90.
What I really like about this belt is the fact that the velcroed standing end is on the left, weak(for me), female side. This enables me to simply unthread the strong, male, side from a couple of pant loops in order to rig something on the right side.
The problem is that the loop is also on the right side and will no way thread through an OWB holster. This means that I have to wear the belt backwards and remove the female buckle to thread through a holster. Of course, then you have to readjust the belt size and hassle weaving the hooks under the pant loops and over the loop material.
If only the loop were the metal variety on the female side. That would be ideal.
It was me go to belt for a specific pair of pants. The web loop makes it hard to take off each pair of pants, the metal buckle sets off every metal detector. I would love to see them make this buckle in an airport friendly material. If you have any kind of gut the buckle will jab into you and kinda hurt a little (which should motivate you to lose the gut).
Simply put Great idea, Not Great product.
The size runs Small Especially if you run a concealed pistol order one size larger.
The Belt is not rated for use as a emergency / hasty harness , so Operator beware.
Does not work with 5.11 or Vertex Pants
Due to design you must put it on backwards
So if you buy this belt don't expect to use it on multiple pants.
I got this belt yesterday, so far I'm very impressed. The build quality is outstanding. The belt is very stiff and rigid. Perfect for carrying a firearm or using with a battle belt. The cobra buckle is smooth and makes a lovable click sound. It makes me feel like batman clipping on his utility belt haha. I really love this belt . Some people may be concerned because the width of the belt is 1.75 inches and most of the 511 pants have a 1.5 inch belt loop. All I have to say is don't worry about it. I use this belt with my 511 strike pants and it works perfectly.
I use this belt daily. It is stiff, sturdy, and fast to fasten. Because I am a "lefty" my IWB kydex holster snaps on just between the caribiner loop and the 5.11 logo tab. Had I been righthanded, I doubt my holster belt clip at 1.75" would've snapped on d/t the doubled over Velcro to the right. Now I know these belts are tactical and are not intended for IWB (but rather OWB) but why not market to all carry groups? I'm happy with my purchase and believe the price is right for the quality of the belt but the cobra buckle sold me. The large size fits me with a 38 inch just below the waist but not on the hip measurement.
I think its a great belt, a little expensive. But not having the loop rated and having to thread it through the belt loops makes me want to cut it off. If its not rated, no one will use it so why the Guchi crap...if its not usable. Just my .02
I'd been using a Kuhl belt for about a year before it started loosening on me. I decided to get a quality belt that'd last so I came to 5.11. This belt is very comfortable, I bought a size bigger after reading the reviews and it's larger than I thought it would be. I can easily keep my in-the-waist EDC PX4 and dual kydex mag holster with no problems. The velcro can attach loosely to the belt itself when your not carrying. Great for MOLLE bags and other attachments when hiking as well. Very well made and the latch is superbly strong. The web hook is the only downside, as it isn't rated, it'd be great if they moved it off to the 2 o'clock position for keys. Other than that I'm very happy with it!
I previously wrote a somewhat negative review of this belt which was posted for a little while. I received follow up emails from 5.11 customer service asking more questions of my negative opinion to which I provided. A short time later...my review mysteriously disappeared.
Here is the deal. This is an okay belt for very specific uses. If you want to carry a drop holster that has a big loop to weave the belt through and your pants have very large belt loops….this is a great belt. I had a hard time getting the buckle through 5.11s own pants so plan accordingly. The single biggest drawback to this belt is that you have to put it on backwards compared to almost every other belt ever made. Notice how the large part of the buckle falls on your right side? This means you have to start it on the right hip and work your way around to your left hip. If you are right handed this means you have to go through your holster first and then all the way around, which is cumbersome. Think you will just wear the buckle the other way, not so fast, the belt is pre-curved to only fit your hips a certain way so that won't work. Like so many 5.11 products as of late, great idea and poor execution. If they actually tested it with actual law enforcement/military people this would have been sorted out immediately. And the rigging loop? why bother if you aren't going to rate it. No professional would ever trust it without a rating so you might as well remove it and make the belt a hundred times easier to put on and get though a holster loop. Back to the drawing board please.
I have a 34 inch waist. I ordered a medium.. It was too small. I suspect that these belts are undersized. Now of course most sizes are out of stock. It's a frustration, since I sent back the medium weeks ago.