Before you buy a gun belt that might be around your waist every day, there are 2 big questions you need to answer - how and where do you intend to use your gun belt ? And what type of firearm, holster and accessories are you going to carry ?
If you carry a light to medium weight firearm (IWB or OWB) on a frequent or regular basis, around town, for work or play, you need a comfortable, secure, perfect-fitting, gun belt - that ultimately provides a smooth, fast draw. The best choice >> the Trakline EDC Gun Belt by Kore Essentials.
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What makes Trakline gun belts the best choice for concealed every day carry ?
First, NO belt holes. That's right. Instead our Trakline belts use a hidden, virtually indestructible track sewn into the back of the belt to give you over 40+ size positions. This means you can adjust your Trakline gun belt 1/4" at a time. No more wearing a belt that's too loose or cinched too tight. The Trakline concealed carry belts are 800% more adjustable than a traditional leather gun belt (5-7 holes).
Trakline's genuine leather belts (1.5" wide) are reinforced with a polycore for added support and stiffness to prevent sag or roll-over. It's one-size and fits every waist from 28" up to 54", and snugs to your precise waist size every time you put it on. And it's not overly thick or stiff, but comfortable enough to wear all day - every day.
The classic ratchet buckle mechanism locks into the track. It's constructed of high-strength alloy with a gunmetal finish. The buckle pops off instantly, allowing the owner to swap gun belt colors, or pass thru security. And most important - it doesn't look like a gun belt, because no one needs to know you're carrying.
Trakline EDC gun belts are not intended for use as a heavy-duty, tactical belts. Instead our belts are intended for use with light to medium weight holstered firearms up to 4 lbs.
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Things to consider before choosing a concealed carry gun belt >>
MATERIALS & DURABILITY
Gun belts are constructed using a whole host of various materials these days, but the most popular is leather and nylon tactical webbing. These two materials are supportive, flexible and very durable.
On the range or in outdoor settings, the tactical style belts with nylon webbing are the most durable. Especially if your crawling thru the undergrowth, or other physical maneuvers, in hostile environments. The adjust-ability and fit with nylon gun belts is very good and they can take a real beating. These belts are generally not reinforced but are 2 layers of nylon sewn together and use either Velcro or snap buckles to fasten and adjust. Leather can work here too, but you run the risk of scratching, scaring or scuffing your belt, if that matters to you.
Around town, for work or play, a leather belt is typically more suitable. As a matter of fact, most gun belts are really just very thick leather belts, many even feature internal reinforced plastic, nylon or steel cores to add additional stiffness. One school of thought, especially among some gun belt wearers, is "the thicker the better". But the truth is overly thick, stiff belts are binding and uncomfortable to wear all day, especially if you sit a portion of the time. And wearing a super thick gun belt in public, is a tell tale sign of concealed carry. And in my opinion, no one needs to know you're carrying. Stealth mode is best. So if you're carrying a light to medium weight firearm frequently, the thickest belt isn't the best gun belt. The best edc belt is one that fits snug and secure to your precise waist size, provides sufficient sturdiness to support your particular firearm, and feels comfortable enough to wear all day - walking, sitting, moving, etc. If you get this right - you get a smooth, fast draw and real concealment.
Gun buckles for these belts are constructed using alloys, stainless steel, plastics and steel. All of these materials can work well in various situations and environments when used properly. Most importantly your gun buckle needs to be durable, reliable and lock the belt securely so it doesn't slip.
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SUPPORT & SIZE
So a gun belt with the right amount of support, without sag or rollover, along with the right fit - is the goal with ccw belts. You need something that keeps your holstered firearm right next to your waist in a secure, supported fashion. If your belt is too loose or too tight it's a problem. It's hard to get a fast draw if your belt and holster is sagging, or if it's too tight.
Trakline Gun Belt Inside the waist band (IWB) carry
COMFORT & FIT
I think it goes without saying that if you're wearing a concealed carry belt on a daily basis, for extended periods of time, comfort and fit are king. Of course, that's assuming you have a belt sturdy enough to support your sidearm.
When it comes to IWB or OWB, the best-fitting, most comfortable leather EDC belt is the Trakline Gun Belt. Trakline belts give you over 40+ sizing positions, using a hidden, virtually indestructible track system. This simple innovation allows you to adjust your belt in small 1/4" increments. This makes Trakline belts 800% more adjustable versus a traditional leather gun belt with just 5-7 holes. You can't beat that.
FUNCTION & FASHION
In the world of concealed carry - function always trumps fashion. We can all agree that your gun belt needs to work properly, before it looks good. This is especially true with heavy-duty, tactical gun belts. Harsh environments and rugged maneuvers requires . You need a simple, durable buckle and belt that functions in any condition. Fashion doesn't really come into play here at all. If you're talking leather gun belts in a more urban or metropolitan environment fashion does play a role. Again if your gun belt is plain, overly thick leather belt, it may say "I'm wearing a gun belt". So a little style, can go a long way in preventing that gun belt look.
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GUARANTEE & WARRANTY
It's important to make sure the holster belt you choose has a 30 day money-back guarantee. If you don't like what you buy, because of how it fits, looks, feels, or supports your firearm, you want to be able to send it back for a full refund. Second, it's just as important to get a good warranty. It's obvious but if something goes wrong with your belt, or it breaks - you want to be able to contact the company and get a replacement. Some companies throw out lifetime warranty, which on the surface sounds great, but how many companies are going to be around for a lifetime? A year should be sufficient and is realistic.
There's really no need to spend over $60 to get a great gun belt. Anything that seems cheap to you, is just that - cheaply made with inferior materials and workmanship. You get what you pay for. And conversely any leather or tactical edc belt over $60, is probably marked up too much.
CONCEALMENT & FAST DRAW
At the end of the day the ultimate goal is a gun belt that keeps your pistol concealed, comfortably and securely at your side, so if you ever need it, it comes out fast and smooth to protect and defend yourself.
Trakline EDC gun belts by Kore Essentials is the best fitting, most comfortable, secure gun belt you'll ever own.
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