Normal belts are boring. Sure, they keep your pants from falling down after you've loaded up your pockets. But being the EDCers that we are, we try to find utility and quality in every piece of our gear—including those that may seem like the last place you'd find something useful.
But the thing is, there's plenty of room on belts for extra features. And we're not talking just having an extra place to clip or attach things to. Their length, width, and hardware are prime places to add (or conceal) tools or other features. And even better: they'll all be within arms' reach.
There's also the fact that belts aren't and shouldn't be limited to just pieces of leather and metal. They can take cues from how other items meant for heavy everyday use are built, and come with better construction and materials. Heck, even the material itself can be useful, as can be seen below.
So we've rounded up 8 belts that do more than keep you decent in public. Each one comes with features and construction beyond what you would find at your local department store. And think about it: Batman doesn't wear a regular leather belt, does he?
BLACKHAWK! CQB/Rigger's Belt
When a belt meets military specifications for working with parachutes, then it's probably more than tough enough to last a lifetime of everyday use. BLACKHAWK!'s rigger's belt is built from nylon webbing with up to 7,000 pounds of tensile strength, with parachute-grade buckles and adapters that meet PIA-H-7195 standards.
Hanks Gunner Belt
While it looks like a regular leather belt, Hanks Belts aren't fooling around with the build quality of their US-made Gunner Belt. Designed for the wear, tear, and weight of CCW with 14-ounce, extra thick, full grain leather, Hanks Belts made sure this was the last leather belt you needed to buy. They're standing by it, too, with a 100-year warranty. And with its classic design and 5 colors to choose from, matching the Gunner Belt to your every outfit is simple.
You may have seen reinforced nylon on the straps and fittings of heavy-duty bags, so why not looped into your pants? 5.11 Tactical's TDU belt is made from rip-resistant nylon, making it a rugged, yet lightweight alternative to the usual leather. The material is fade- and fray-resistant and reinforced with quadruple stitching, giving it longevity even with hard use. The TDU belt also comes with a plastic buckle, so you can breeze through metal detectors while everyone else in line is still taking theirs off.
RattlerStrap Paracord Belt
We don't need to tell you how useful paracord is but we can tell you that a belt made from it has endless potential. We're talking over 100 feet of US-made, 550 utility cord with a thick, warp-resistant sheath handwoven around a titanium buckle. You can adjust it to fit your needs since it doesn't need any sizing holes, making it great for everyday wear. And if it so happens that you need to unravel the RattlerStrap in an emergency, RattlerStrap will re-make it into a belt at no extra charge.
Elite Survival Systems Cobra Rigger's Belt
It's well and good that a belt's main material is rugged and can carry thousands of pounds of weight, but a weak buckle means a weak belt all the same. Elite Survival Systems's Cobra belt solves this problem with an AustriAlpin Cobra D-ring buckle, an incredibly robust piece of hardware rated up to 4,000 pounds of straight pull strength. It's still easy to use thanks to its quick-release feature. Its integrated D-ring is also a prime spot for attachments for a keychain or other EDC essentials.
Grip6 No Holes Belt
Grip6 set out to solve 3 common problems most belts have: extra holes you never use, excess flap sticking out from your jeans and under your shirt, and bulky buckles that protrude indiscreetly. They address all 3 with their No Holes belt, made right in their shop in the USA. With mil-spec custom nylon webbing paired with an aircraft-grade aluminum buckle, the belt stays strong while staying lightweight and low-profile. And with multiple colors for both parts and an easy way to swap each of them out, there's no problem matching the belt with the rest of your EDC.
Condor Tactical Belt
While more at home on the field with a uniform than on your daily office commute, the Condor Tactical Belt nonetheless gives you extra storage when you need it. With two detachable pouches that can fit smaller essentials like a flashlight or multi-tool and a quick release buckle, it functions well as a grab-and-go belt that can work with your existing one. It's rugged, fully adjustable, and makes good use of its 2” width.
Brown Coat Tactical EDC Tactical Belt
Brown Coat Tactical is another made in the USA belt with one key feature: it makes use of another US-made piece of hardware, the Raptor buckle. It's an alternative to the Cobra buckle with a lower profile for a sleeker look. 1.5” scuba webbing is paired with 1” mil-spec nylon webbing for the extra durability you need when carrying heavier loadouts.
Are you using a tactical belt for your EDC? We'd love to hear which and why you chose it. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!