View Full Version : Ratchet Belts

08-02-2022, 09:15 AM
Ratchet Belts- convenience and adjustability is great. Won’t win a strength competition in a wrestling match but for 95% of the time they work well. That being said, anyone have any favorite brands that are stronger than others (Amazon generics)?

08-02-2022, 09:18 AM
I have been using the Bladetech one for a while now. Its held up great.

08-02-2022, 10:33 AM
I have been using a "Nextbelt" for about a year now. It has proven to be a good, comfortable design that easily supports a sidearm. I am a fan!

08-02-2022, 12:31 PM
Been carrying on my Kore for years. Love them.

08-02-2022, 02:24 PM
depends what im wearing a belt for, typically i will either use nexbelt or a groovebelt, but i've also got riggers that i use for hunts

Marco Innocenti
08-02-2022, 03:01 PM
I wore a Kore Essentials 1.75” nylon-web all through Brent’s PGF a few years ago up in WA. Worked great. Still my EDC belt. I have 4. (2 nylon-web, 2 dress leather.)

Another student (local cop, former USMC Force Reconnaissance) wore a NexBelt EDC 1.5” nylon-web belt. Also held up great. (And he rolled hard, in his regular duty carrier.)

I had one of the small square NexBelt Ultimate AIWB 1.5” buckle break. The little metal ratchet tab that engages the teeth in the belt strap broke off. NexBelt sent me a new one, no questions.

I wouldn’t use one as the basis for a Duty/battle belt, but for EDC they seem solid.

08-02-2022, 05:03 PM
My Bladetech has "by NexBelt" on it. Not sure if its a straight rebrand or if its modified. Been using it for a couple years EDC and with pouches hanging off it at work and its held up very well from the abuse.

chad newton
08-02-2022, 05:40 PM
I’ve used all kinds of belts and they all work depending on holster or mag holders. Even the braided nylon belts from Tijuana with belt buckles....

chad newton
08-02-2022, 05:50 PM
Also personalized...

Johnny C!
08-02-2022, 06:03 PM
I now have 2 Blue Alpha Low Pro EDC Belts,
and one Low Pro Liner Belt for one of my
war belts, that I ordered based on a
thread that I thought I read here, but I
didn't find with a quick search. I am sold
on them & won't wear anything else.


08-02-2022, 09:39 PM
I have experience with Kore and Nexbelt. Both have been excellent. I lean towards Kore because it is closer to a true inch and a half wide. The Nexbelt is a little more narrow.

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08-03-2022, 07:47 AM
I have one ratcheting belt (older, unknown maker) that has held up well for EDC, but I've never grappled in it or hung a bunch of gear on it. Shortly after I got that, I bought my first Aegis belt from Ares Gear, and that became my go-to. It similarly allows infinite adjustability, but uses the simple, time-proven design of a friction fit slider (just like the old Boy Scout belts). Mean Gene makes a leather belt with the same Aegis buckle. Sissy-boy fashionistas from New York would say that it doesn't go with a suit, but in Alaska and Texas it matches just fine. In these, I have run them with lots of gear and they held up well. When grappling, they may actually offer a detriment: they are so solid that if your opponent gets a grip on it then he's really got a hold of you.

08-03-2022, 11:50 AM
I started using the Kore belts about 5.5 years ago. My black leather one fell apart in maybe 1/2 a year. I still have the brown leather one, but after I got the black leather Blade-Tech one, I replaced my brown Kore one with another Blade-Tech & have since gotten a nylon Blade-Tech. My understanding is that NextBelt makes the belts for themselves & for Blade-Tech. I switched because the NB's just appear to be better built & of higher quality. They've also lasted for quite a few years. I don't wear any other belts & probably wear the black leather one the most (3-4 days every week), & switch off between the brown & nylon one for the remainder of the week.

The NB/BT belts are more expensive (I think about 50% more), but they've been worth it for me. You can get just the belt (Like Kore does) & re-use the buckle.