SHIPPING: Low Vis Battle Belt

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High Threat Concealment announced the company is now shipping its Low Vis Battle Belt. This padded waist belt is covered with PALS webbing to attach all sorts of gear including a pistol holster, magazine pouches and more. According to the company, this belt “weighs less, rides closer and packs neater than conventional battle belts.”

I expect that the majority of these belts will be sold to weekend operators who like to go to attend “high speed, low drag” boutique firearms schools for the experience rather than the education. And for that, I wish HTC every commercial success. There is a lot of money in that market to tap into.

However, that does not mean that the Low Vis Battle Belt doesn’t have a useful purpose. I imagine it can be very useful to a specific niche of folks who get paid to carry arms.

For example, a contractor providing security overseas may be able to make good use of this belt – especially when circumstances preclude the use of a plate carrier where some gear might otherwise be carried. Likewise, I could see these having a role in some kinds of undercover law enforcement duties – such as the cover team on certain intelligence gathering details.

An argument can also be made for having such a belt by the bedside in case your home is invaded and you have ample warning to wake up and don the belt.

According to the company, these are made to order and carry a price of $105. The buyer has a choice in colors: coyote tan or black. Optional underbelts, holsters, magazine carriers, IFAKs and more are also available from HTC.

HTC is the same company that developed a CCW rig for the Troy PDW.



Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Swarf

    $105?! That’s… well, that’s something all right.

    This is in the “camo is $50 more than black because HSLD smooth operators will pay it” camp.

    More power to them.

    • The_Automator

      Sewing like this takes time and materials. $105 isn’t out of line for what they’re offering. Most gear makers offer something similar for a very similar price.

    • 40mmCattleDog

      $105 is right in line with most US made gear made out of quality US produced materiel’s. If you want to go run sweatshop worker Chinese made crap be my guest, but don’t think all nylon is made equally just because its Multicam and has PALS on it.

    • Blake

      Dude Milspec fabric and thread is insanely strong. The thread alone has some insanely high breaking point. That kind of stuff does not come cheap, nor does the more powerful equipment needed to create items out of it.

      That aside, I’ve never seen a real soldier use something like this. I can see a use for competition shooters, but other than that I agree that the main market is mall ninjas.

      • Bill

        While I’m not a fan of this particular rig, I’ve used similar types of kit on stakeouts, surveillance and while over-watching undercovers. You wont “see” real soldiers using this ’cause it really isn’t designed for them.

        • Toxie

          This rig (fully outfitted with pouches etc) approaches $500.

          Anyone in real law enforcement knows that’s pie-in-the-sky expensive. Its something that’s not any more concealable than the same regular duty belt every cop in america is wearing, disregarding the holster which no one in LE would use because of the zero retention. And the duty belt cost half of that. And even worn every day, still lasts for a decade or better.

          Extremely well made yes. Mall-ninjaery? Hell yes.

          • Bill

            “Mall-ninjaery? Hell yes.”

            Ipso Facto, they will sell them by the boatload.

          • Jeff S

            It’s standard issue to all DS agents… I would imagine any civilian sales are just because they have over runs – this stuff is geared to executive protection first, mall ninjas third.

    • Bill

      But by the time you add all of their pouches the rig becomes sick expensive, particularly when compared to lo-viz chest rigs, the Das Ding or even conventional belt rigs.

  • QuadGMoto

    This rig also seems to make sense for some types of competitions.

  • Ethan762

    I use a similar belt for all my competetive shooting. 1 belt with modular HSGI tacos for 3-Gun, PRS matches, and sometimes USPSA.

    That said, yeah – if I felt like I needed to bring a rifle with me somewhere, the plate carrier would be coming too.

  • Chad

    Having seen this equipment in person, its top notch! And worth the money.
    From a contractors pov, it would be very comfortable to wear all day.
    From a competitor pov, it would hold up well on the field.
    I have their med blow kit and its an amazing piece and very well thought out in design.
    Great bunch guys, great company and at a great price.
    If you already have something like, when it wears out and you have to replace it you should consider this kit.
    If you don’t have one, then this kit will last you.
    Plus, the belts don’t bend and wear like other belts on the market.
    Well worth it!

  • TheSmellofNapalm

    Cool, but WHERE is the concealable PDW catch?

  • HTC will make bank on armchair commandos, but it’s the Personal Security Detail folks who’ll get the most/best use from it; this looks like it could conceal a heck of a lot of gear very effectively under a blazer or windbreaker and still leave plenty of room for a PDW on a shoulder rig or single point sling.

    Also, it’s good to know the new Magpul AK magazines will still fit Kydex mag pouches meant for old school steel magazines.

    • Bill

      On the extremely rare occasions I wear a sportcoat or suit jacket, I’ve had a tailor alter them to fit over a pistol, mags, cuffs and stuff. Without wearing a circus tent I’m not sure any jacket will conceal this well; the wearer will still look like a bag of doorknobs, but when they’re already carrying a M4 I suppose it doesn’t matter.

      • Where there’s a whip will, there’s a way– do a google image search for [john bianchi conealed], that magnificent bastard can apparently clank and clatter his way into a black tie dinner party with twenty or so concealed handguns.

  • Badwolf

    This is perfect! My edc hi speed low drag operational tactical scissors dig into my crotch.

  • politicsbyothermeans

    I am a big fan of subloads but this looks like it would ride too high to work with a plate carrier. Still, I could think of a few situations where this would be an option.