Review: Nexbelt Ratcheing CCW belt

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I saw the Nexbelt at SHOT Show and got one to try out. I have been wearing it now as my EDC belt. The Nexbelt was designed for Golfers. However Nexbelt partnered with MGM targets to make the CCW series of belts. The Defender belts are reinforced leather for CCW. They also have a tactical belt line.

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The tactical nylon straps are made from a super-high-density microfiber material that’s an advanced composite of ultra-fine polyester fibers. I opted for the leather Defender belt as I already have enough tactical nylon belts.

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My assortment of EDC belts.

 

All of my EDC belts have a common theme. They are all tactical range belts. The buckles are big and stand out compared to the Nexbelt buckle.

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They sent me two buckles. The silver buckle is what they normally come with however I wanted the black coated one so I could laser engrave the TFB logo into it. They offered to do it for me when i mentioned that. It turned out great.

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The Nexbelt features a unique ratcheting system called “Precise Fit”. The ratcheting system allows the wearer to adjust the belt in 1/4″ increments compared to traditional belts with holes. I do not know the weight limit of the ratcheting system, compared to the tactical belts with Cobra buckles that are designed to hold a tremendous amount of weight. However I do not foresee needing to be hoisted by my belt when I need to dress up.

 

Changing belt buckles is easy. You just lift the tab underneath and slide the belt out. Then swap the buckle and close the tab to lock the buckle onto the belt.

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All Nexbelts are one size fits all. They can accommodate a 52″ waist. There are markings on the back side of the belt. Just cut the belt to your waist size.

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I was a little cautious and cut the band and extra inch just in case. It is easy to cut more off but you can’t add more belt if you cut it too short.

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I have been using the belt with my IWB holster for my Sig P938. I also used it as a range belt last Sunday at an action match. I hung my mag pouches and my OWB Off The Grid MKVI holster for my Glock with ALG Defense Six Second Mount. The belt held up great. Not sure about long term use as it is leather. We shall see. The one aspect that I like the most is how easy it is to put on and take off. You just slide the belt into the buckle and it automatically clicks to the precise-fit notches. Then if I need to open the belt I just press the release lever and the belt slides out with ease. I have not seen a faster belt system for carrying a gun. Sure the range belts with Cobra Buckles are fast to open and close but adjusting them takes longer. With the Nexbelt, adjusting and putting the belt on is one fluid motion.

The tactical nylon belts are $49.99 and the Defender leather belts are $59.99. Go to their website for more information.

 

Edit: As per request here is a picture of the cut end.

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Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • thedonn007

    Can you post a pic of what the cut end looks like. Will this eventually fray and break with the leather or nylon version?

    • Nicholas C

      I dont know about the nylon version. Here is the cut end.

      • thedonn007

        Thanks, as I suspected, it looks a bit unfinished for a dress belt.

        • Mmmtacos

          That’s the end you’re supposed to fit the buckle on, so no one is going to see it as the buckle should always be covering it.

      • Peeholestinger

        You could probably melt the ends of the nylon belt with a lighter to prevent fraying.

  • Mmmtacos

    Looks good, I thought there weren’t many options out there for regular belts: this, Magpul Tejas and the SuperBio belt. From first to last you definitely get more ability to adjust, and I quite like the simplicity of this ratcheting system but I have qualms about how it’ll hold up. It is the best price, but I have the most confidence in the Magpul belt holding up the longest and not warping… plus Magpul gets extra points for Texas.

    Now I wear an Ares Gear Ranger belt, it uses a Cobra buckle, which is all well and good, but it does tend to loosen itself very slowly throughout the day.

    • KestrelBike

      Check out Mean Gene leather belts, they use Ares Gear belt buckles. I really like my Mean Gene. It was pricy, but the quality is totally there. Beefy & sturdy. Love it.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Pretty much how I read belt posts…. Is it an Ares? No? I don’t care.

      I switched from Ranger to Ageis, it’s an upward move.

    • Mikial

      I have some 5-11 very tough CCW belts that look great with dress pants.

  • DekNgo

    Are they licensing this from Kore Essentials? The ratcheting mechanism looks exactly the same…

    Are the belts reinforced with some sort of polymer for stiffness?

    Do the tactical belts use the same ratcheting mechanism? The website doesn’t specify.

    • Yep same system in all the buckles.

    • Kevin Riley

      My comment regarding this was deleted.

  • Bill

    If that’s your collection of belts, you just aren’t trying 😉

    I saw these when introduced and the concept piques my curiosity, as I’m working assiduously on a weight loss program and definitely do not need to add more & multiple belts to the dozens I’ve already got.

    And appendix carry in a suit means you keep your coat buttoned all day, everywhere, standing, sitting, no matter what. As if getting poked in the groinitalia wasn’t bad enough.

    • LOL. I only put the Eidolon as AIWB for the photo. It looks better than if the holster were at my 3 O’clock position on my hip.

    • Mikial

      Which is why I go with the 4 o-clock position. I can still reach and draw very quickly and it’s a lot more comfortable.

      • Bill

        Indeed. It’s also more concealable, no matter what you’re wearing or how you are standing or sitting. And it’s defensible, whereas, like a crossdraw, a pistol in an appendix holster is easy to pin in your opponent’s holster.

        • Mikial

          Good point. The only person who should be in control of your gun is you.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Im surprised that more companies dont design coats and jackets with inside pockets made to fit handguns. I have a wool pea coat that just happens to have a perfect sized inner pocket for my P238.

  • FrenchKiss

    Meh. I’ll stick with my bigfoot gun belt.

  • Rick5555

    I’ve been using Kore Essentials for roughly a year and half now, on a daily basis. The belt has retained its rigidity and still looks good. As well as, the Kore belt is the same system and about $10 less. Kore also, has an assortment of belt buckles to choose from. Not saying this company isn’t any good. But, I know Kore’s are good and hold up in the long run.

  • Jack

    Any insight as to why they are going with a 1-7/16 inch width instead of the typical 1.5 or 1.75? You didn’t mention what size your holster was and if there was any noticeable play drawing and reholstering?

    • Nicholas C

      I don’t believe there are any other strap widths from Nexbelt. There is some pivoting of my holster but nothing terrible.

  • Chad Christenson

    I have one of their regular dress belts and love it! I have been curious as to their new tactical line. Might have to pick up one of each.

  • jerry young

    I use an all leather belt with no buckle and no holes, it’s Velcro fastened completely adjustable and costs around $30, it will pass through airport security since there is no buckle, I’ve been using this for 2 years now with very little wear, no ratchets or buckles just adjust it or re adjust it however you like, they are the same as used by some police for duty belts

  • Tim Barrera

    I recently transitioned to the “slide belt” or ratcheting belts as they are called, friggin love them! Been wanting a more solid belt though cor CCW! You sir have made my day!

  • midnitelamp

    how do you rank the nylon belts in the photo?

  • DIR911911 .

    got mine three days ago and I love it. I’ve carried concealed for about twenty years and this belt makes it a breeze. I work as a delivery driver and getting in and out of the car ALWAYS required readjusting my pants or belt but this belt makes that a thing of the past. I will be ordering more, super high quality and worth every penny.