Looks like ze Germans appreciate Cobra buckles as well; STRATAGEM has stepped up to the plate offering a nice rigger's belt package with their Instructor´s ER COBRA Belt. The materials are all MIL-SPEC with construction utilizing the standard principles used in airborne gear fabrication.
You may have not of heard of him, but Jones Tactical is hitting the scene offering some no messing around heavy duty custom gear. For this particular review I am checking out the Cobra Shooters Belt which hence the name uses the pinnacle of heavy duty buckles, Cobra buckles. What is so special about this buckle you might ask? Well a common problem in other belts is that the webbing strength is rated much much higher than the buckle. The Corba however is rated closer to the webbing, getting into rowdy 2500+ lbs country which not even the fattest bastard on the planet can threaten.
If you ever need a good load of gear attached to your belt, I highly recommend a padded belt. Using a traditional thick webbing belt will consistently result in pain and discomfort when worn for long periods with only moderate loads. One of the more advanced padded belt design's is Blue Force Gear's SOC-C belt displayed in this entry. Those whom have used other padded belts will immediately notice the SOC-C is much easier to adjust and change belts out of. Typically a lot of routing and velcro dodging is required, however the SOC-C has a flap based design for full access.
I like to help out the little businesses out there when I can so wanted to spread the word about this cost effective belt. Construction is minimal using mil-spec materials. The base is MIL-W-4088 type VII webbing (about 1.75" wide) that is sewn down in a serious way and the buckle is a classic rigger belt style rated for 2500 lbs. The lengths typically come long so you can easily cut and burn as desired. Clearly it can hold up your pants, but when it comes down to a crap situation it has the capability to save your life as well. <wildland ebay store>
5.11-TACTICAL TDU Belt 1.5" Plastic
Saturday, 07 July 2007 21:40
Based on the original TDU belt, but with a light yet durable plastic buckle for ease of use going through airports with no hassle. Clean execution and more than enough to keep your pants up. Recommended place of purchase: <www.lapolicegear.com>