- 5.11 TDU 1.5-Inch Belt
- BLACKHAWK! CQB/Rigger’s Belt
- Condor Tactical Belt
- Propper Tactical Duty Belt
- 5.11 Tactical Operator 1 3/4-Inch Belt
- Elite Survival Systems Elite CO Shooters Belt with Cobra Buckle, 1.5″
- 5.11 Tactical Trainer 1.5 Inch Belt
- Fairwin Survival Military Style Tactical Rigger Belt Army Trainer Fire Rescue Webbing belt
- What to Look For
Tactical belts provide a combination of fashion and function. Belts should be more than just an item that keeps your pants up, but they should be able to serve another function. With a tactical belt, you can use it to clip certain items on your belts like your mobile phone or guns.
Read on to find out how eight of the highest-rating and best-selling tactical belts fare in our no-bias assessment of the best tactical belts in town.
We judge each of them in just two categories. The first is its fashion or its physical aesthetics. The second factor is how it functions as a tactical belt.
5.11 TDU 1.5-Inch Belt
The first tactical belt that has made the cut is the 5.11 TDU 1.5-Inch Belt, which is made of a heavy-duty nylon webbing with triple stitched reinforcements while the buckle is made out of a low profile plastic buckle. Since it is made of plastic, you do not have to remove it when going through the airport security, which means less time is spent to remove and re-wear this belt. This is available in three color options which are black, green and coyote brown.
Moreover, this belt is fade and rip resistant so you can use it several times and it will still look like it is brand new. You have the option to use this as a tie down or a carry strap, whichever way you fancy. You might be wondering why this tactical belt is one of the best-selling models and that is because of the wide range of available sizes. It can fit those with a tiny waist as there is a small sized belt that measures 28 inches and it also has a quadruple XL belt size that measures 54 inches. You can opt to purchase some 5.11 pouches and attach them to the belt so you can just toss in your mobile phone in there. You can also use a clip so that you can safely attach your keys to your belt.
BLACKHAWK! CQB/Rigger’s Belt
When you want more variety for color options, the BLACKHAWK! CQB/Rigger’s Belt comes in coyote tan, black, olive drab, and desert sand brown colors. It comes with a 1.75-inches webbing and a parachute-grade buckle and adapters that are able to meet PIA-H-7195 standards. It is a tactical belt that comes with hooks and loops that are able to secure the running end. You have three size options that come in small, medium, and large. The small size can fit those with a waist size of 34 inches, while the medium one can fit those with a waistline of 41 inches. If you are on the larger side, the large belt can fit those with a waist size of 41 inches to 51 inches.
The durability of this tactical belt is unquestionable as it was able to withstand the weight of my mobile phones and my large collection of keys. I attached two pouches because I have one phone for my business and another one for my personal use. I also carry ten keys at once for my home, my car, and my office. Surprisingly, the belt remained solid without any signs of distress despite the fact that it carried a huge amount of items. Moreover, I did not have to worry about the location of my things because I know where to find.
Condor Tactical Belt
The next tactical belt is the Condor Tactical Belt, which can fit those with a 44-inch waistline. You can use it for a variety of purposes as it comes with two magazine pouches and you can quickly unbuckle them as it comes with a wide two-inch quick release buckle. The buckle makes it adjustable and the belt is extremely durable. Moreover, you have the option to get a belt that is color black, tan, Multicam, or olive drab.
In terms of functionality, it is ideal for field training as it was able to make room for my ASG Dan Wesson Revolver. However, the magazine pouch does not appear to be secure as it comes with a Velcro opening and the Velcro does not appear to be as solid as I would hope. However, the buckle used is made of plastic, which makes it ideal for those who usually travel by air as you do not need to remove the belt when going through metal detectors.
Propper Tactical Duty Belt
Another tactical belt that has caught our eye is the Propper Tactical Duty Belt that has been made with a sturdy 1.5-inch single layer nylon webbing with a molded buckle that can be easily adjusted to make sure that your pants hold on tightly, despite the weight of the items you carry. You can choose between black, coyote, green, khaki, or olive Propper Tactical Duty Belt. While it is not necessarily the best tactical belt on the list, it is the cheapest model with a great value for your money.
The buckle is made of plastic, but it is a durable material so you do not need to worry about it breaking off if you use it. The belt is intentionally longer, so you might want to trim it if you find uncomfortable it to wear. I decided to cut off mine to my desired length plus a bit of allowance. Afterward, I used a lighter to even out the edges I cut off. You can do my method or you can have a professional do it for you.
5.11 Tactical Operator 1 3/4-Inch Belt
Another 5.11 Tactical Belt that has raised the bar when it comes to a belt’s functionality is the 5.11 Tactical Operator 1 3/4-Inch Belt. It is not only functional, but it is also long lasting and comfortable to wear. It is made with a durable 1.75-inch nylon mesh webbing with a reinforced stitching and a stainless steel buckle with a 6,000-pound rating that has a black matte finishing. There are several size options that range from small to a triple XL and the color options can come in black, coyote brown or green.
Like all 5.11 tactical belts, you can just buy some of their pouches and attach it to the belt to ensure that your essentials are attached to your body. This is the ideal gift for the men in your life or you can simply add this to your belt collection as it is highly functional and durable.
Elite Survival Systems Elite CO Shooters Belt with Cobra Buckle, 1.5″
Elite Survival Systems has added a tactical belt buckle to their catalog, which is called the Elite Survival Systems Elite CO Shooters Belt with Cobra Buckle and it comes in either black or coyote tan or wolf gray colors with a measurement of 1.5-inch. In terms of size, those with a waistline of 26 to 31 inches can fit in the small belt, while the medium belt can fit those with a waistline of 32 to 38 inches. There are also large and extra large belts, which can fit people with a 39 to 44-inch waist size and 45 inches and above size respectively.
The construction of the Elite Survival Systems Elite CO Shooters Belt with Cobra Buckle begins with a 1.5-inch heavy-duty nylon webbing construction and a 1.5” Cobra buckle that was able to exceed Mil Spec guidelines for dust or sand or salt water. Due to the durability of the belt, it is able to support the weight of holsters and pouches. It is also able to support the weight of the items that you put in your containers, which adds to the functionality of this tactical belt.
5.11 Tactical Trainer 1.5 Inch Belt
Another tactical belt from the 5.11 line is the 5.11 Tactical Trainer 1.5 Inch Belt. There is another one and a half inch belt on the list, but it was made with plastic buckle and this one comes with a solid stainless steel buckle that has a black matte finish with a 6,000-pound rating. However, it comes with the same 1.5-inch nylon mesh with a reinforced stitching. No matter what your waist size is, there is a 5.11 Tactical Trainer 1.5 Inch Belt that is right for you as you can choose between a small sized belt to a triple XL belt. In addition to this, you can choose between three color options, which are black, coyote brown, and green.
Fairwin Survival Military Style Tactical Rigger Belt Army Trainer Fire Rescue Webbing belt
The final tactical belt is the Fairwin Survival Military Style Tactical Rigger Belt Army Trainer Fire Rescue Webbing belt comes in either black, army green or desert brown colors. The belt size is at 48 to 49 inches and it is best for those with a waistline of 36 to 42 inches. The belt uses a 5# nylon thread that is durable and adjustable. You can adjust it to ensure that your pants would not fall off, but you can also use it to store some of your items, which makes it perfect for outdoor sports and field training. More than just being a tactical belt, it also features a two-month unconditional return guarantee and a two-year warranty.
I tried attaching my dog’s leash to the belt with my dog on the other end and it did not break, but I had to run as quick as my dog, which was pretty difficult, to begin with. However, it freed up my hands to do other things like making a call and buying a beverage without losing track of my pet. If your belt can handle the weight of another living creature, then it surely is a high-quality belt that deserves a round of applause.
What to Look For
When buying your tactical belt, you have to consider the materials used on the belt and the buckle.
The actual belt on tactical belts is commonly made using nylon materials as it is more durable, even when you add in the weight of the items that you clip on your belt. Some tactical belts, on the other hand, are made from leather materials to maintain a more fashionable appearance.
Belt buckles are commonly made with metal as they appear to be sturdier and long lasting. However, when you want to add to the functionality of a belt, you can use a tactical belt with a plastic buckle as you can easily go through metal detectors when you wear a plastic buckle.
There are more things that you should consider like the length of your belt. It is important to measure the belt versus your waist as you do not want a belt that is too short or too tight for your use. Another important consideration is your budget as you want a belt that is not only fashionable and functional but economical as well. In addition to this, you would also want a tactical belt that can carry the weight of the items that you intend to purchase because you want a tactical belt that can withstand the weight that you will put on it.
Tactical belts do not have as much following as other kinds of the belt as it is not as fashionable as other belts. However, it adds more value to your purchase as it is able to work in a variety of ways and it can serve different purposes.
A tactical belt provides convenience to the user as you do not need to put your items in a bag. This is particularly helpful because people tend to misplace or forget bags. You can also avoid putting your valuables in a pocket, which avoids instances of pickpockets. It provides a certain amount of security for the items that you attach to your tactical belt.
Another advantage provided by a tactical belt is the fact that everything is within your reach. You do not need to keep looking for items in your bag. When your phone is ringing, you know where to find them. When you need your train ticket, you have an easy access.
We hope our review helped you in making your choice for a tactical belt.