While there’s nothing sexy about a belt review, a good belt really is the foundation of your carry setup. Duty, competition, and everyday concealed carry may have different belt requirements, but for all these uses and more, Klik Belts has you covered.
As it turns out, Klik Belts’ HQ is only a few miles from my house. I shot over there and visited with the owner, learning all about their product offerings and how and where they’re made. Turns out these belts are made by hand (well, with the help of burly sewing machines) in the Austin, TX area with the best materials Klik Belts can source. Including Austrian-made 7075 aluminum Cobra buckles available in four finish colors and mil-spec nylon webbing in at least five colors.
I’ve been wearing this 1.5″ gray/gray 2-ply Tactical Belt every day for over two months now. Whether it’s nothing but my Beretta Nano in its Kydex IWB holster or a range day setup with a larger gun carried OWB plus four extra magazines, it does the job and does it well.
This is actually the first belt I’ve owned with a Cobra buckle. I’ve played with them before but didn’t get the appeal so never purchased one. It seemed like a PITA to thread the loose end of the belt through the male buckle every time you put the belt on, as the buckle is too wide to fit through most belt loops.
Turns out it’s really a non-issue. It takes like five seconds and it’s easy. An infinitely-adjustable belt is pretty nice, too, to accommodate for different pants, different guns, large meals, going commando, etc. Besides, I’m not exactly a fashionista, so it isn’t entirely abnormal for me to wear the same pants or shorts a couple (okay, fine, a few) days in a row, which means the buckle gets unKliked but the belt stays on the pants.
Same, too, for really quick things like going to the little editors’ room or fulfilling my marital duties. The Cobra buckle is faster than just about anything else, releasing with a pinch of the brass release levers and instantly clicking back together by simply pushing the halves together. It does all this while maintaining the same belt tension you had before.
Clicking the buckle together is oddly satisfying. The manufacturer has done a really good job — whether incidentally or intentionally — creating a pleasing sensory experience. Like a fine double action trigger, there’s a smooth rolling resistance ahead of a clean and sudden click, which is both audible and tactile. I realize this is nerdy, but the satisfaction of clicking a Cobra buckle together is one of the reasons people like them.
I’ve found the 2-ply to be perfect for EDC needs and most range use. It’s still plenty pliable enough in the ‘wrap’ direction to be comfortable and conform to my shape, yet it’s very stiff and strong in the vertical direction to support the weight of any reasonable carry gun. The outer layer is your typical high-strength, yet soft-feeling nylon webbing, while the inner layer is “a proprietary rigid webbing.”
These belts take about 4,000 lbs of pull force to break.
If a 1.5″, 2-ply belt isn’t enough for your duty, competition, or excessive EDC purposes, Klik Belts also offers a 1.75″-width Duty Belt with up to 3-ply thickness. Both 1.5″ and 1.75″ belts are also available with a D-Ring for rescue, dog walking, or other use.
Overall I’ve been extremely happy with my Klik Belt and it has become my new EDC belt of choice. It hits the nail on the head with that perfect balance of stiffness and flexibility. Plus I think it looks good and I’ve definitely become a fan of the Cobra Buckle. Pricing is fair — $65 for the 2-ply Tactical.
Klik Belts also makes ordering easy — simply select the waist size of your favorite pants. Nothing weird like measuring waist size and adding eight inches or some other unique system. Wear size 34 pants? Get a size 34 belt. This makes sense.
I asked to borrow a sampling of belts just for photos, but Klik Belts suggested we keep them for use as prizes in our weekend photo caption contest and other giveaways. So, watch this space for a chance to snag one of the belts seen above.
Or, head on over to Klik Belts and use the coupon code they’ve provided for TTAG’s readership: TTAG10 (10% off plus free shipping)
Specifications: Klik Belts 1.5″ 2-ply Tactical Belt
Build: Outer layer mil-spec nylon webbing, inner layer rigid webbing
Buckle: 7075 aluminum and brass Cobra Buckle (“world’s strongest buckle”)
Length: Order your pants waist size
Adjustment: About 12″ of adjustable webbing “tail,” within which it’s infinitely adjustable.
Colors: Four+ buckle colors/finishes, five+ webbing colors
MSRP: $65 (depending on style and options, Klik Belts run $49 to $89. Use coupon code TTAG10 for 10% off and free shipping)
Ratings (out of five stars):
Quality: * * * * *
Made in the U.S. with top-quality materials and fine attention to detail. These are well-made, high-quality belts indeed.
Comfort * * * * *
Infinitely adjustable and plenty bendy in the wrap-around direction, the 2-ply Tactical Klik Belt is comfortable for all-day-every-day wear. It’s stiff enough in the vertical direction to support the weight of most any EDC firearm without having to be cinched down more snugly than you’d like.
Customize This * * * * *
Choose 1- or 2-ply webbing in a 1.5″ belt or 1- or 3-ply in a 1.75″ belt. D-Ring or no D-Ring. Then combine the four or more buckle finishes and five or more webbing colors to come up with the look you like. End result: a ton of options.
Overall * * * * *
I’d like to complain about something, but I really can’t come up with it. These are awesome EDC belts and I’ve been extremely happy using mine every day for over two months now, with no end in sight. It’s holding up great, holds my gun and pants up great, looks good, fits comfortably, clicks together with Salad Fingers-like weird satisfaction…what more could a guy want?