Saturday, September 21, 2013

Condor Rigger's Belt

Today we are talking rigger's belts.  Before we get into the specs on this one (from Condor and available at Evike HERE for $25), let's talk about rigger's belts in general.  Rigger's belts are a high-duty, heavy-use belt that a variety of tactical manufacturers make.  These are not just a belt made out of webbing - these things are beastly.  The webbing used is durable and usually thicker that rock climbing webbing, and the buckles are usually highly durable as well.  The harness is forged steel and has an 8,000 pound tensile strength.

Rigger's belts are all about carrying and bearing weight.  You can put a ton of gear (holster, pistol, mags, pouches, etc.) on a rigger's belt and, if it's well made, it will hold and and not sag under the weight.

Let's talk a look at this one from Condor. You can get it over at Evike in Tan, Black, Foliage, and OD.  The sizes run from Small to Extra Large.  This one is tan and (as you'll see) is Medium/Large.  I actually had to send the Large back because it was too big for me (I'm was a 38 when I got the Large and it was way too big).

Here's a look at the belt straight on.

A look at the belt from the top.

And the size is located on outside of the belt under the Condor logo.

Putting on the belt - well, it's not rocket science.  You run the belt through your belt loops on your pants and then back between the moving metal slide on the front.  It's got velcro on it and a lot of it, so if you do it right, this thing will stay ON.

A look at the hardware - all metal.

Take a look at the stitching on the back.  This thing is made to be USED.

Here's what it looks like on.  The smaller piece of webbing on the right of this photo is for you to make any final, minor adjustments.  Also, note that it'll take some time to 'break in'.  If the belt seems very stiff, that's good - that means it's made well and it should be (for the first few times using) a little hard to get on and set up.

You can loop the velcro back UNDER your pants belt look, but the velcro grabs so much that I find that a serious pain.  If I was using this to bear some serious weight, I would do so, but in general I don't find it necessary.

So who is this for?   First off, it's a good investment for $25.  You can wear this day-in and day-out and it'll hold up for a long time.  So I'd say if you just want a hearty belt that'll last - this is a good option.  Secondly, in relation to airsoft, if you prefer to go high-speed/low-drag, this might be something to pick up.  Let's say you don't want to run a vest or chest rig.  No problem.  Toss a few mag pouches on here, maybe a dump pouch, and a small utility pouch, and you're good to go.  Can you do that on a lower-cost belt?  Well, you CAN, but you can also walk to Boston from Maine, but I think driving makes more sense.  This belt will hold up and it won't sag, thereby keeping your gear in place and your pants...well...on.

Thanks to Evike for their sponsorship of this review.

- Carp

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