Thanks to this belt I'm alive, I being using this belt since 2014 and this week a criminal atack me with a .22 gun and he shot me at close range.
This amazing belt crush the bullet and stop most of the fragments, I'm really thankful with that purchase 3 years ago.
Great quality product.
I usually wear a large size in belts. However, given the advice of some of the earlier reviews I ordered an extra large.
When I went to try it out on a new pair of 5.11 pants, the belt was too big. The overlapping velco interfered with the belt loops of my holster. So I am returning it for a size smaller, i.e., a large.
IMHO, using the next larger size advice did not work. For some people this advice was spot-on, but it didn't apply to my situation.
5.11 customer service has been excellent! They seem to understand the problem and provided a RAN without any questions.
I needed an everyday best that would support an IWB holster and not loosen. With CCW you need a proper belt and holster. Everyone seems to think you need a tiny gun but NO. Don't kid yourself. This is the proper belt. I use it with a Hidden Hybrid with two polymer J clips. It tightens up, velcros secure. No problems with carrying. Love the belt
I wear size 40 jeans and ordered the XL (40-42) belt and it fits perfectly with 5" that goes past the 1st belt loop.
At the bottom of the product page they warn that these run small and I would have to agree. This belt size is perfect for jean size 38-40. If you wear 42 jeans, then order the XXL.
The buckle tightens up nicely and the belt is thick. I prefer the trainer model as it is 1.5" wide and easier to fish through belt loops. I ordered the charcoal color with the satin finish buckle and it looks sharp. You could wear this with khakis and it would look more professional than the all black version.
Took 5 days for delivery.
I bought this at a local retailer 4 years ago because I wanted something better for CCW. I didn't expect for it to hold up like it did. I carry every day, and was amazed at the fact that this belt lasted 4 years. In fairness I could still wear it but the velcro is starting to wear out and I wanted to try one of the cobra buckles. Not much more you can want out of a belt.
I have one of these belts that i wear everyday, and have been for 2 years now. 5 STARS!!!
BUT living in Alaska i would like bigger sizes for winter competition shooting. Wearing Bibs or a one piece jumpsuit, in the winter time is a must to stay warm when it gets to below 0 with a wind chill. I have made do by getting to belts and placing them together. but would really like bigger sizes.
ive had this belt for a few years and it is as strong as the day i bought it
Fat guy here, w/ no *ss...wear size 38 and conceal carry. One Review suggested get 2 sizes bigger( 2xl) especially if you carry (makes sense).. it almost fits but not quite, soft velcro gets snagged on buckle,cant snug up..have to now go through the bs of exchanging. chart suggests a L, im going with an Xl should be just right. Disappointed I didnt go with my "gut"..no pun intended..Dont read too far into reviews...belt looks amazing just as advertised.
I bought this belt originally for the pistol range in lieu of leather belts which get wet and soggy during hot TX summer. You still sweat but at least it easier to dry out later. Now I wear it all the time as I wear a heavier gun for EDC (concealed) and a 1/1/4" leather belt gun belt is not ridged enough to hold up the gun. Also the traditional leather belt is a challenge to get it into the correct notch; either too loose or too tight. This belt lets one pull as tight as needed and hold it in place with the hook/loop. Wear different trousers or accessories on belt you can easily adjust. Most important to pick the right size so check carefully. It takes a little longer to get the belt on/off especially if you add accessories of one sort or another but it is worth it once everything is in place.
This is a heavy duty, tough, belt. I had problems shopping for the correct size, like others have stated. Here's what I did.
I went to a local sporting good store that I knew had 5.11 gear in stock. I wear a size 36 waist pants. My belt, using another mfgs. sizing method is between 41, and 42 inches. I tried a size LARGE, and it was going to obviously come up a little short for my use. I switched to the 2XL, and got a perfect fit.
Very Happy with this purchase of the Trainer Belt.
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