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5.11 Belt

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by Dooger, Apr 13, 2012.

  1. Last edited: Apr 13, 2012

  2. Lowjiber


    Jan 26, 2012
    Las Vegas
    I wear one and like it when carrying my LC9 OWB. Mine is the 1.75" model which as five rows of stitching to firm it up. If I'm not mistaken, the 1.5" has only three rows of stitches.

    When I carry my G19, I switch to a leather gun-belt.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2012
  3. firefighter4215


    Nov 2, 2009
    For iwb carry I really like it. I use a supertuck style holster for my 27. That belt has proven to be the most comfortable for me. It allows for the absolute perfect fit, 100% of the time. For iwb, I even choose it over my Beltman belt.

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  4. f1pap


    Feb 2, 2011
    i have found that it doesnt stay tight, the trainer belt has velcro and i can load it up w/ a holster, mags & torch and stays tight
  5. jb1911


    Sep 21, 2011
    Buy a Wilderness 5-Stitch Instructor belt, they're made in America.
  6. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    Second the Wilderness.
    Same price point and American made.

    People can say what they want about how good their chinese belts are.
    The simple fact is the Wilderness is better in every way. It's also not made for a slave labor wage in chinese sweat shop, by a 6 year old female orphan.
  7. jb1911


    Sep 21, 2011
    Well said my friend.
  8. TSAX


    Jun 5, 2010
    I have this belt and like it, for $20 its not bad, are there better out there yes.

    Last edited: Apr 13, 2012
  9. FireForged

    FireForged Millenium #3936 Millennium Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    Rebel South
    The trainer belt is about the only 5.11 belt that I have liked. The plastic buckle belts are a real pain to tighten up. I bought 2 of the plastic buckle versions (a regular and the double duty)... threw them both in a drawer 15min after I got them. The trainer belt is nice and I wear it almost daily.
  10. I'm a lifelong leather belt guy. I decided to try nylon and posted a very similar thread to this. The nylon vets shouted, "Wilderness!" I listened and bought one. I'm very happy with the product. Get the reinforced. You won't be sorry.
  11. BigAl at GT

    BigAl at GT

    Apr 10, 2012
    I bought this belt from Mountain Khaki at an outdoor shop. It is very stiff and stays tight all day. I was worried that it would slip loose, but no issue so far. I tried one of the belts with velco but they seamed like too much hassel.

    Last edited: Apr 15, 2012
  12. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    Try the 1.75" with internal stiffener. Yes its thick, but fits the loops on all my jeans and khaki shorts.

    That is a serious strap. A 1911 or P226 with two spare mags is nothing for that belt. I have had mine since 2004 and its still going strong.
  13. MadMonkey

    MadMonkey Spershul Furces

    Aug 18, 2010
    < Big 5.11 fan here, I'm wearing the shorts right now and the same belt.

    I bought it for carry about a year ago. I liked it at first, as it was stiff and held well (IWB and OWB). However, I've been wearing it almost every day here, and it has gotten significantly looser and less stiff. I don't know that I'd continue using it back home for carry... probably go back to my 5.11 leather belt instead.

    It's a decent value for the money and it has held together well. But I'd spend a little extra and get something that will last.
  14. Zeroskillet

    Zeroskillet MIA 305

    Dec 13, 2007
    Miami, FL
    I dont see a belt in their inventory that is $20, idunno?
  15. BroncoAZ

    BroncoAZ Glockalfeliac

    Mar 21, 2007
    Feels like Mexico
    Made in China, no thanks. I use the Wilderness instructor CSM belt with the internal polymer stiffener. It works well and holds great all day. Just make sure you get the correct size, I ended up buying the same size as I wear in a leather belt and realized a few weeks in that it was too short. I ended up purchasing another size up and it fits perfect.
  16. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    You probably won't. I mean after all they are made here in America.

    Easy fit belts start at $30.95 for their frequent flyer belt.
    Standard Instructor belts start at $39.95, same with the easy fit Instructor belts. 3 stitch is included in the price. Add $5 for for the 5 stitch option, and $10 for the CSM.

    Sizes 25 through 70...
    Easy fit from XS to 15XL. Though if you had a gut that's over 100 inches around. I doubt you'd have any need for a belt.
  17. Jason D

    Jason D INFRINGED Silver Member Millennium Member

    Jun 16, 1999
    Mivonks, MI
    I should clarify...
    That bit about the 100 inch gut was not directed at anyone that's posted. It's more of a general observation from looking at the Wilderness site.
  18. IvanVic


    Apr 19, 2012
    I ended up returning my 5.11 belt and switching to a Wilderness easy-fit instructor belt.

    It should be noted that the 5.11 belt was not junk, and I also own a pair of their tac-lite pants and shorts. Ultimately, the 5.11 did not come in a 5-stitch for the 1.5" model. The 1.75" model isn't practical if you want a belt that is versatile, IMO.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2012
  19. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    Pretty much,

    It's also a far better belt.