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The 10 Best Belts for EDC in 2020

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The 10 Best Belts for EDC in 2020

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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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$
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 Everyday Work Belt

Hanks Everyday Work Belt

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Specifications
Width
1.5“
Materials
Full-grain North American steer leather, black oxide steel
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$$
Hanks Belts stands by the quality of their Everyday Work Belt with extra durable materials and a 100-year warranty to back up their product. It’s made from 13 oz steer hide, a leather that won’t sag, lose its shape, or break at the holes like lesser leather belts. Hanks slices the full-grain leather right from the hide, and hand-builds their belts with a powder-coated black oxide steel buckle to complete the tough, made in the USA package.
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! CQB/Riggers Belt

BLACKHAWK! CQB/Riggers Belt

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Specifications
Width
1.75“
Materials
Nylon webbing, parachute-grade buckles and adapters meet PIA-H-7195 standards
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$
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. 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 to and from your house every day.
Magpul Tejas “El Original” Gun Belt 2.0

Magpul Tejas “El Original” Gun Belt 2.0

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Specifications
Width
1.5“
Materials
Top-grade bull hide, polymer interior, chrome-plated buckle
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Price
$$
Magpul is well-known for their prowess in making gun gear out of polymer, but they’re also masters at making quality leather goods like their Tejas “El Original” gun belt. The secret to the sturdiness of their belt is the two layer construction: top-grade bullhide leather in the front for a classy rustic aesthetic and a reinforced polymer interior that makes this belt stronger and more water resistant than a fully-leather traditional belt. And as its name implies, you can hang a big firearm (or large knife) off this belt with no problem because it won’t warp like its lesser bonded leather cousins, and it looks better, too.
GRIP6 WorkBelt

GRIP6 WorkBelt

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Specifications
Width
1.75“
Materials
Military-grade nylon, T6061 aluminum
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$
The GRIP6 WorkBelt is a low-profile nylon belt with a mil-spec strap and a convenient buckle design that allows for easy adjustment and comfortable long-term wear. It’s designed with concealed carry in mind, giving you the strength of a duty belt without screaming to the casual observer that something’s a bit off about the way you look. 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.
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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$
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.
Flint and Tinder 365 Belt

Flint and Tinder 365 Belt

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Specifications
Width
1.5“
Materials
10-12 oz Wickett & Craig full-grain leather, brass
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Just released
Price
$$
If you really just want a great leather belt without a lot of the tactical bells and whistles but care about quality and longevity in the gear you buy, you should buy a quality leather belt like this Flint and Tinder 365 Belt, which is made by hand in Massachusetts. As its name implies, it’s made to last up to use every single day of the year, with premium Wickett & Craig full-grain bridle leather that will only look better as you wear it through the years after it develops some character through use. The pure brass hardware is built to last as well, and with its 1.5" width it’ll work with just about any pair of pants your shorts you decide to wear while looking great too.
Kore Essentials X4 Gun Belt

Kore Essentials X4 Gun Belt

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Specifications
Width
1.5“
Materials
Top grain leather, stainless steel
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Price
$$
If you want the rock-solid dependability that a tactical duty belt offers but you need to keep things low profile and dressy enough to wear with a business casual look, check out the X4 Gun Belt from Kore Essentials. Two things in particular make this an excellent everyday carry belt: the first is the unique ratcheting system built into the buckle that makes putting on this belt and keeping it on your waist a breeze compared to the standard leather belt. The second is the top grain leather construction that’s made to look more dressy than the standard tactical belt you might find elsewhere. The end result is a heavy-duty tactical belt that’s rated to carry a gun in its holster (as well as other accessories) while looking like a regular belt to everyone else who happens to see you in public.

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