A good belt really is crucial if you’ll be carrying even a moderately sized pistol on a day basis. This especially holds true if, like me, you decided that Springfield Armory’s finest boat anchor will be your EDC piece. I have watched helplessly as spindly little dress belts have been crushed under the weight of my mighty XD(m). The only belt that has consistently kept my pants and my gat off the ground is my CompTac Kydex reinforced contour belt. But, the biggest failing of that system comes with the use of IWB holsters that use the waistband of my pants to rest on . . .
A prime example from my holster collection are the C-clips and J clips used on some of CompTac’s holsters. As long as I’m wearing sturdy denim or canvas, those clips don’t present a problem. But sometimes a pair of lighter weight chinos is in the cards, and Mike McSorly at EDC Belts has a solution for your woes.
Mike’s EDC belt uses a very sturdy Nylon inner belt covered by a leather-backed nylon outer belt to cover the clips and other accoutrements necessary to carry your piece. What this allows is a VERY stiff ring of nylon on which to hang holsters and mag pouches while allowing you to wear thinner or lighter pants that would normally buckle under the weight of a typical full-sized handgun.
In this respect, this belt works very well. I’ve been able to wear a variety of holster/pant combos I normally couldn’t with a regular leather belt. If you cinch down on the buckle sufficiently, you can nearly cut off blood flow to the lower extremities. I don’t recommend that for EDC, but rest assured that in my testing, the EDC belt remained unscathed whilst supporting my pants, phone, wallet, a GLOCK 19, and an extra magazine.
Unlike your typical EDC belts, this one requires a bit more of a ritual in the morning and evening as it becomes semi permanently attached to your pants during the day. First, you must remove the male end of the buckle, thread the belt through your belt loops, then add any holsters that don’t quick-disconnect. Once you’ve accomplished that, thread the male buckle back in place, adjust the length, and click it into place.
As you can see in the photos above, there’s an elastic cuff that the stiff nylon inner ring rests inside. If I had my way, the nylon ring would be about two inches longer so that it firmly rested inside the elastic cuff. At what appeared to be the typical outer belt setting, the nylon ring would just rest inside the cuff. My hope is that future revisions would have a slightly longer inner ring.
Another nit that needs picking is the stitching work. Full disclosure, I got a very early run of the belt so it’s possible that Mike’s later products will have some smoother edges and a bit more “polish.” This belt’s reason for being is to provide a good looking leather belt with a very functional inner core that can hold the heaviest of heaters. While it certainly does the latter part well, the first part is marginal. It looks nice enough from 10 feet, but close inspection reveals that this is still very much an industrial product.
Overall, I feel that Mike has a solid product on his hands. The belt took whatever I threw at it over the course of nearly two months of everyday carry in a variety of wardrobes. I tried OWB, IWB, AIWB, and strapped mag pouches, flashlights, and all manner of junk to it. I couldn’t get it to fail. Probably the ultimate test came during the carbine competition last month when I ran my Garand. As you can see in the video, I have an OWB holster with my XD(m), a dump pouch on the back, and a mag pouch holding about 40 rounds of .30-06 and an extra 19 round XD(m) magazine. All told that’s a lot of gear to hang on a belt and the EDC belt performed flawlessly while I ran around like an idiot.
Specifications: Leather EDC Belt
- Buckle: 1.5″ Quick Detach AustriAlpin Cobra Buckle
- Dual layer construction: A rigid, inner structural belt combined with an adjutsable outer belt.
- Inner belt: rigid, load-bearing, double-thick rigger’s webbing
- Outer Belt: composite of heavy duty nylon webbing and a kid leather outer
- Colors: Black, brown and white with various colors of buckle are now available.
- Price: $100 on EDCbelts.com. Various prices available on their Kickstarter page
Durability * * * * *
I’m fairly destructive, but I was unable to put a dent in this belt. The buckle is stupid stout, the inner belt is like wearing an iron band around your waist, and when cinched down, the outer belt effectively retains anything between it and the inner belt. I wore this belt every day for 2 months and was unable to find any flaws in construction.
Fit & Finish * * * *
This belt ran true to size, but you should accurately measure yourself before you submit your order as all belts are custom made. I’m knocking one star off for the leather being a little rough around the edges, and the inner belt not being quite long enough to fit firmly inside the elastic cuff. If those two items were addressed, this would be a firm five star belt
Overall Rating * * * *
This is one of the stoutest belts I’ve ever had the pleasure of putting my hands on and is a nearly constant companion in my wardrobe. I’d like to see the overall finish out a bit better, but for $100 this is still a great buy if you’re in the market for a hellishly stout belt with some cool features. The two part construction results in a very useful belt that actively retains all the parts and pieces in your EDC kit.