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The 11 Best Belts for EDC in 2021

Gabriel Colin
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The 11 Best Belts for EDC in 2021

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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.

So we've rounded up 10 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?

5.11 Tactical 1.5“ Trainer Belt

5.11 Tactical 1.5“ Trainer Belt

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Specifications
Width
1.5"
Materials
Nylon, stainless steel
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Price
$
The 5.11 Tactical Trainer Belt is near the top of everyone’s list when it comes to recommending a quality EDC duty belt. Take it from me: I have only just replaced my personal 1.5“ Trainer Belt that I bought more a decade ago with with another one and I fully expect to get the same kind of life out of it despite daily use. That kind of longevity is fueled by the hardy design that uses hook and loop and a strong stainless steel belt buckle that will stand up to 5,100 lbs of force and the ultra-strong nylon mesh that won’t bend even if you clip a holster, radio, or other accessories to it all around your body.
Hanks Montana Bison Belt

Hanks Montana Bison Belt

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Specifications
Width
1.5"
Materials
Double-layered bison leather
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Just released
Price
$$
No one said that you have to pick between style and durability, and that’s exactly what the Montana Bison Belt by Hanks brings to the table. It features a double-layered construction, made out of two plies of luxurious bison leather, this gives it the thickness that it needs to help it against warping when you attach something like a firearm or a phone. This type of leather is also highly resistant against splitting, cracking or peeling. Out of the box, it comes with a stainless steel roller buckle, held together with Chicago screws, so you can easily swap it whenever you want. Finally, double-needle stitching adds an extra layer of durability to give it that “buy it for life” quality.
Pacsafe CashSafe Travel Belt Wallet

Pacsafe CashSafe Travel Belt Wallet

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Specifications
Width
1.2“
Materials
Polypropylene webbing
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Price
$
If you find yourself in unfamiliar locales, it can be handy to keep a reserve of cash or hide other expensive valuables in a belt like the Pacsafe CashSafe, which integrates a zipper into the lining of the belt. This ensures you still have some emergency resources in the unfortunate event that you get stripped of your valuables in a critical situation. And because the CashSafe belt is metal free, it’s a great travel belt because it won’t add to the hassle of going through airport security.
Arc’teryx Conveyor Belt

Arc’teryx Conveyor Belt

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Specifications
Width
1.5“
Materials
Nylon webbing, synthetic fiber
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Price
$
If you’re tired of cloth belts fraying after constant use, a belt like the Arc’teyrx Conveyor Belt deals with that problem by making the tip of the belt out of hardy synthetic materials that won’t fray despite heavy duty use. It also makes it easy to loop the belt through the buckle during use just like its namesake: in and out, simple as pie. Aside from the always-versatile all-black colorway, the Conveyor Belt is also available in lighter blue and grey colorways to more suit your style.
BLACKHAWK! Rigger's Belt with Cobra Buckle

BLACKHAWK! Rigger's Belt with Cobra Buckle

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Specifications
Width
1.75“
Materials
Nylon webbing
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Price
$$
If you do any sort of rappelling, this Rigger’s Belt should be your automatic choice for an EDC belt. It features military standard nylon and hook and loop construction with parachute-grade buckles and adapters that make this belt rated more than enough to hold your weight when you’re suspended in the air. This edition comes with BLACKHAWK!‘s Cobra buckle, which places an emphasis on security and ease of use. It features a two-clip system for locking-and unlocking, giving you an quick release with just one hand, but keeping you safe, since it’s nearly impossible to unlip it by just pressing on one side. You’ll know you’re fully secured when you hear its distinct clicking sound. And even if that’s not a thing you do on a daily basis, you can rest assured that the belt will stand up to more than you will likely subject it to while going about your daily tasks.
Magpul Tejas

Magpul Tejas "El Burro" Gun Belt 2.0

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Specifications
Width
1.5“
Materials
Reinforced polymer
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Price
$
Magpul is a master at making gear out of polymer, and the “El Burro” Gun Belt 2.0 is no exception. It’s made out of a single layer of waterproof reinforced polymer, which gives it a low-profile dress-belt performance while remaining sturdy enough for a sag-free carry. In this second iteration, they’ve also upgraded the buckle to a rugged antique silver finish for durability and a redesign that makes it lay completely flat against your body. This makes the newest El Burro significantly more comfortable and reduces print when you’re carrying a firearm. This made in Texas belt also includes the tools you need to remove its buckle, in case you ever need to. Finally, it comes in four different colors so you can pick the one that best goes with your style.
GRIP6 Carbon Fiber Belt

GRIP6 Carbon Fiber Belt

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Specifications
Width
1.75“
Materials
Military-grade nylon, carbon fiber
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Price
$$
This made in the USA belt is a low-profile nylon option with a mil-spec strap made to give you convenience and performance. It’s designed with concealed carry in mind, giving you the strength of a duty belt without screaming its purpose to casual observers. It’s also part of a modular system 100% made in the United States, letting you change out for other GRIP6 buckles and straps to get the look you need for the mission at hand. Speaking of the buckle, it’s made out of carbon fiber, giving you both durability and light weight. This material also comes in handy at security check-points thanks to metal-free construction. The buckle design itself comes with a unique system that makes it infinitely adjustable, allowing it to perfectly adapt to your body at any time.
Helikon-Tex Urban Line Cobra Tactical

Helikon-Tex Urban Line Cobra Tactical

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Specifications
Width
1.75“
Materials
Nylon webbing
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Price
$
If you hate having to deal with manipulating a buckle just to take your belt on and off every single day, you should take a look at a belt like the this made by Helikon-Tex with a AustriAlpin Cobra FC45 quick-release buckle that makes that as easy as putting on a seat belt in a car or plane. The belt is made out of durable nylon webbing and the buckle is rated to withstand 2000lbs of force so it’s going to last quite a lot longer than the standard bonded-leather cheapo deal you get at the discount store.
Groove Life Magnetic Buckle Belt

Groove Life Magnetic Buckle Belt

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Specifications
Width
1.5"
Materials
Nylon webbing with 5% stretch
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$
If you’re looking for a comfortable belt durable enough to stand up to everyday wear and tear but also outdoor adventures, the Groove Life Magnetic Buckle Belt is a solid choice. Made out of a proprietary nylon webbing, this belt was designed to prevent it from folding over itself inside your belt loops as well as a 5% stretch rate to maximize comfort. What really shines though, is its convenient magnetic buckle. Made out of A380 aluminum alloy, this buckle was designed to easily snap open and shut while retaining enough strength to prevent accidental unclipping. The belt also features a “one size fits most“ design, along with an infinitely adjustable buckle to keep the excess tucks neatly behind, staying in place with a secure keeper loop.
Kore Titanium Track Belt

Kore Titanium Track Belt

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Specifications
Width
1.375“
Materials
Full-grain leather, Grade 1 titanium
EDC Rating


Just released
Price
$$
The Kore Titanium Track Belt combines utility with luxury, featuring a full-grain leather construction along with a multi-purpose belt buckle. Made out of Grade 1 titanium, this buckle is full of surprises. First, it features a spring-loaded ratchet that uses a track instead of belt holes, preventing warping and unnecessary damage. It also comes with 40+ sizing points so you can further get a perfect fit. The buckle is also detachable, meaning that you can actually take it off while your belt stays on your pants, useful for situations like TSA checkpoints or concerts. Another reason to detach it is to use it to crack open a cold one, since it was designed as a bottle opener as well.
Blue Alpha Hybrid EDC Belt

Blue Alpha Hybrid EDC Belt

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Specifications
Width
1.5"
Materials
Nylon webbing
EDC Rating


Price
$$
The Hybrid EDC Belt attempts to give you the sturdy build you need for an inside-the-waistband carry while remaining flexible enough to stay comfortable. Made out of high-quality nylon webbing, the belt remains lightweight, however, it features two layers of the material, giving it the thickness it need to avoid warping whenever you’re carrying. It’s held together by bonded nylon thread to an extra strong and extra stiff belt. The buckle is machined out of 7075 aluminum, staying both lightweight and durable. It features a Cobra buckle as well, giving you a secure carry while staying easy to attach and release thanks to its two-clip construction.

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Lawrence ·

Half of these belts are NOT everyday carry belts at all. Grip 6? Groovy belt? conveyor belt? not gun belts. paid article.

Joe ·
Avoid Grip 6. Their sizing is all over the place and their customer service is lacking. I usually don’t complain about companies, but these folks failed me twice.