Are you searching for the best tactical belt?
Whether you are preparing for a grid down emergency or hitting the deep wood trails, a tactical belt is a great tool to add to your arsenal. I have reviewed the top models available and after reading this article you will know my recommendations.
Check out the quick list below for links to customer reviews and prices for my best tactical belt picks, or read on for the full review:
- XTAC Quick-Release EDC Belt
- 5.11 TDU 1.5-Inch Belt Survival Tactical
- WOLF TACTICAL Heavy Duty Rigger’s Belt
- CONDOR Tactical Belt
- 5.11 Tactical Sierra Bravo Duty Law Enforcement Belt Kit
Selecting the Best Tactical Belt
There are a few things that you need to consider when shopping for a tactical belt so you can be sure that you are choosing the best one for your needs. The first thing that you should consider is its construction, as you want it to be rugged enough to easily hold all of your gear, but not so tight that you can’t easily move when you have it on.
You also need to make sure that it is durable enough to hold a gun without sagging, as you will want to be able to carry your handgun with you, and putting it on your tactical belt is a great way to do so. Some tactical belts may seem like they fit correctly but then are so loose that they sag when you put weight on them, which defeats the purpose of the belt.
Finally, look for one that will move with your body so you won’t struggle to breathe. I know that some people cinch their tactical belts very tight to ensure that they don’t slip down, but they are then unable to run through the woods because they are not able to take a deep enough breath.
Benefits of Having a Quality Tactical Belt
One of the key advantages of buying a great tactical belt is that it allows you to easily conceal-carry your gun. If you are looking for a way to carry your handgun where it is safe and comfortable, a tactical belt is a great option for you. These belts are a much better option for carrying concealed than trying to wear your holster on your regular belt, because they are designed to be durable and prevent the gun from shifting or moving.
What to Look For
Finding the right tactical belt for your needs is more involved than simply choosing one that is firm and durable. I recommend that you look for a tactical belt that is made from material that is two inches wide. While you certainly can opt for a thinner belt, the additional width will help prevent the belt from sagging when you have a holster or a multi-tool attached to your belt.
Additionally, look for a belt that is made from a fabric that won’t curl when it has attachments on it and which is designed so that it won’t fray on the end if it gets damaged, as a fraying belt won’t do you any good. If you do choose a belt made from a material that tends to fray, you will not be able to rest easy that your items are secure.
You also want to make sure that you look for a tactical belt that is easy to get on and off so you don’t have to struggle with it when you are in a hurry. There are a lot of belts that rely on D-ring enclosures, which is fine, but I think that tactical belts with quick release buckles are a much better option.
If you are going to be carrying your handgun and want to make sure that you have enough ammo with you at all times, you will want to consider a tactical belt that has magazine pouches. Not all tactical belts come with this feature, but I think it makes it a lot easier to carry extra ammo without needing to put it in your pockets.
Finally, look for a tactical belt that is fully adjustable. You don’t want to buy one that is sized, as this may not be the right size for you, and it means that you can’t gain or lose weight and expect your belt to still fit correctly.
How to Best Use Your New Tactical Belt
Make sure that when you are setting up your new tactical belt that you don’t accidentally overwhelm yourself by trying to carry too many things. I suggest a gun, a phone case, a radio holster, a keyring, and a scabbard for a knife.
If you are going to be out in the dark, it’s a good idea to put a flashlight on your belt as well, but not everyone will need this feature. It’s also smart to attach an empty carabiner or two to the belt so that you can hook other items onto your belt as needed, which will keep your hands free at all times.
The one thing to be careful about is to make sure that you don’t overload your belt, as this can put a lot of strain and pressure on your back. Overloading your tactical belt will quickly result in fatigue, which can be dangerous in a survival situation.
5 Best Tactical Belts
Whether you are looking for a concealed carry tactical belt or a belt rig for hunting, bugging out and backpacking I’ve reviewed the top options available. I’ve tested them for durability, comfort, and construction quality. Depending on your particular needs you are sure to find a great belt for your style.
XTAC Quick-Release EDC Belt
This great-looking tactical belt is very basic but is great for anyone who wants to be able to fully customize their belt so they don’t accidentally leave anything behind when out in the woods. It’s designed to easily hold a handgun without bending or buckling, which helps prevent the gun from sagging and being carried in a dangerous position.
- Features two layers of webbing
- Reinforced for additional rigidity
- Military grade metal buckle is designed to last and is easy to operate
- Fully adjustable
- Designed to prevent any sagging or bending
- Only 1.5” wide
5.11 TDU 1.5-Inch Belt Survival Tactical
Users who are worried about not being able to find a tactical belt that perfectly fits their body may want to consider this option, as it comes in set sizes. While this does make it a little harder to adjust, especially if you gain or lose a lot of weight, it is a good option for people who are worried about finding a larger or smaller belt.
- Made from 100% nylon to prevent ripping and fraying
- Low-profile buckle won’t snag on your clothing or when you are moving through the woods
- Three colors to choose from
- Not adjustable, comes in set sizes
WOLF TACTICAL Heavy Duty Rigger’s Belt
Once the fit of this tactical belt has been adjusted correctly, it provides a snug and comfortable fit, which is great, as it won’t shift position while you are out in the woods. It can be a little tricky to find the right fit and choose the right size of belt for you, however, but the three color options are all attractive.
- 1.75”-wide nylon webbing
- Designed to support any handgun without sagging
- Made from rugged nylon webbing
- Metal buckle is unbreakable
- Easily adjusted as there are no set holes
- Velcro isn’t attached on the short edge and hooks itself on your belt loops
CONDOR Tactical Belt
The fully adjustable fit of this belt allows you to easily adjust it on the fly, ensuring that it is snug enough to fit securely but not so tight that you can’t breathe. The inner belt lining keeps the belt from shifting positions, and the adjustable loops allow you to easily and quickly attach other items to the belt, which is great for when you are in a grid-down situation.
- 2” wide belt is designed to never sag or bend
- Three great colors to choose from
- Quick-release buckle can easily be operated with one hand
- Fits up to 44” waist
- Includes two magazine pouches
- Keepers aren’t very high-quality and may break
5.11 Tactical Sierra Bravo Duty Law Enforcement Belt Kit
This is a very durable and reliable tactical belt that actually consists of an inner and an outer part. Thanks to the construction and design of this belt, it is very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. The keepers help hold the two belts together and can be used to carry additional gear, as well. Often used as a duty belt, this option from 5.11 is designed to last for a long time.
- Ships with main belt, inner belt, and three keepers
- Made from 1690D nylon
- Waterproof back coating
- Integrates easily with MOLLE gear
- Keepers are very high-quality and designed to support a lot of weight
- Inner belt tends to stick to the outer belt
For more tactical and survival gear guides and tips check out these articles:
- Best Tactical Boots
- Best Tactical Vest and Plate Carrier
- Best Tactical Backpack
- Best Range Bag
- Best Combat Boots
- Best Tactical Tomahawk
- Best Bushcraft Knife
- Best Survival Machete
- Best Survival Shovel
- Best Military Watch
While all of these tactical belts are a great option, I think that the Condor belt is the best choice on this list. I love how easily you can attach different items to the belt and the fact that it ships with two magazine pouches. If you are going to be carrying a handgun, this is the obvious choice for you. It won’t sag or bend thanks to how wide it is, and the quick-release buckle is designed to not only be incredibly easy to use, but also to function correctly when you are in a hurry so you can get the belt on and off easily.
Fred is the Ready Zeal owner and editor. He has been passionately pursuing all things emergency preparation since working alongside his grandfather as a boy growing up in the Midwest. When not working on the family homestead he can be found brewing coffee and reading a good book or backpacking in the wilderness. Contact Fred at [email protected]