Gear Review: Klik Belts’ Belts

Klik Belts

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.

Klik Belts

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.

Additionally, Klik Belts makes dog collars and some other accessories, too, such as the keychains seen in a photo up top.

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

Width: 1.5″
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
Warranty: Lifetime
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?

comments

  1. avatar strych9 says:

    I have one of these too. I find the one ply works well enough for carrying what I carry day to day plus some. I also find this article to be spot on about the ease and quickness of the buckle.

    I will voice a single complaint. It IS possible (though it takes some work) to get only on half of the buckle tab locked (only one of the exterior clips to engage). When this happens the belt still works just fine in terms of staying put BUT to take it off you will have to make sure you engage the other half of the mechanism because when the buckle is only half engaged it’s lock locks at an angle where it cannot release.

    Push the buckle to being fully latched on both sides and it will unlock with ease.

    1. avatar strych9 says:

      *one half of the buckle…

      derp.

  2. avatar *Shrugs Sheepishly* says:

    Best belt money can buy to quickly disconnect it when you have to take a dump. Since the buckles won’t fit through most belt loops, the rapid-disconnect feature is only really useful if either you want to leave your belt+gear already rigged on a specific pair of pants that you can quickly don/doff, or if you need to drop trow in a panic to muscle out a beefy grinder.

  3. avatar Defens says:

    Nice review, and looks like a well-crafted belt.

    I, too, like the Cobra buckles – that mechanical “snick” is a very satisfying sound to the mechanically inclined.

    My everyday belt is a Hybrid EDC from Blue Alpha gear. They had custom Cobra buckles built that use a smaller width female half, which is affixed to the belt with a short length of narrower webbing. The result is that the buckle and the belt material are the same width, and pass through belt loops easily. I’ll probably order another of these in a different color, I like them so well.

    https://bluealphagear.com/collections/belts/products/hybrid-edc-belt

    1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

      I asked the owner of Klik Belts about the new, slim Cobra buckles I had been seeing pop up elsewhere. At the time, I was pretty sure I wanted to pass the buckle through my belt loops, too, rather than thread the buckle on at the end. He said they aren’t using them for two reasons: dropping down to that narrow, thin section of webbing hugely decreases the overall strength of the belt, and it takes more time to work that buckle through the vast majority of typical belt loops than to just thread the normal Cobra buckle on the end. Yeah, that slim buckle is only 1.5″ tall but it’s still quite fat. It’s so much faster and easier to thread the finished end of a nylon strap through belt loops that you end up ready-to-go sooner anyway. After using this belt for a couple months, I now believe it. Total non-issue to put the buckle on and I can easily thread the strap through even ‘dressy’ jeans belt loops without a hangup and without looking. Plus, as mentioned, in many cases the belt will just stay threaded onto a pair of pants for a few days straight anyway.

      1. avatar Jack says:

        I’ve got 2 bluealpha gear hybrid belts. It’s got the smaller female buckle. I don’t doubt that you lose some strength with the smaller webbing but I also doubt that the strength lost is enough to matter for the use of the belt. If someone has had issues with them, I’d love to hear. I’m not rappelling, scuba diving or going to war with it. The smaller buckle fits through most of my belt loops with minimal effort. A little bit of effort required on tighter loops. I’ve not had to disassemble the belt to get it setup. For comparison, I have an HSGI 1.5″ with the big buckle. It’s also been a great belt but much less convenient because of the larger buckle. FWIW

      2. avatar raz-0 says:

        The problem with threading the full sized belts trough isn’t the act of threading them. It’s the velcro. You can either push it through the loops, adjust, and attach the velcro over the belt loops. The result of this, based on the belts I have seen like this being worn long term, is your velcro getting buggered up more rapidly and being a mess and failing to secure the loose end of the belt. Given the price tag on most of these belts, this is a poor option IMO.

        Your other option is to try and thread the tail back under the loops and that is just a giant PITA because of the velcro and lack of space. This is NOT easier than fitting the reduced size buckle through any belt loops that will fit it.

        The comments on here to one of the various cobra buckled belts reviews turned me on to the blue force EDC belt. It works great. So thanks to whoever that was.

        1. avatar Jeremy S. says:

          There is no Velcro on this belt at all. The tail is usually the perfect length that it doesn’t require anything other than one belt loop to keep it from flipping around. But all of these Klik Belts ship with a simple elastic “tail tamer” that holds the tail to the belt should the length end up a bit long or your belt loop(s) isn’t in the ideal place. They also sell some silicone-like tail tamers that are similar to a livestrong bracelet but smaller.

          BTW, so many holsters have fixed brackets/loops/whatever that even a buckle that passes through belt loops has to be removed to pass through the holster’s loops anyway.

  4. avatar joetast says:

    What a great idea, not so much the belt but the dog collars. Usually I give bad reviews just to be an ass, but this is great.

  5. avatar Darkman says:

    Been making belts like these for years. Used lap style seat belts. Belts from 70’s model cars work the best as the buckle is smaller and the locking insert will pass through your belt loops.

    1. avatar Snatchums says:

      I seem to remember that being a trendy thing in the 90’s

  6. avatar Hank says:

    Au contraire! There’s plenty sexy about a belt review! I’ll leave it at that. I just bought three new belts, so infortunatley I’m not in the market or I would. Bet next time I need one I think I’ll be buying one.

  7. avatar Ansel Hazen says:

    Ok, those of us that go commando just say NO to “a few days straight”. And if you DO violate that rule we all really don’t want to know.

  8. avatar Sid says:

    I have been considering using one for a duty belt. Anyone have experience loading one with pouches for various carry items (holster, handcuff case, magazine pouches)?

  9. avatar PeterK says:

    That’s a surprisingly good price on these. They look like great belts.

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