While I have certainly enjoyed my various typical gunbelts, they have almost always been a bit like the Goldiloks fairy tale – too tight or too loose, which has not been the belt’s fault. Given that I swap across various jeans, pants, IWB, OWB and other carry methods, no one belt setting meets my changing requirements. Its annoying.
Fortunately, a bit of American ingenuity is stepping up to the plate with ratchet belts. While they have been around a bit, the tactical market has been keen to maximize on the trend, allowing for self-defenders to carry a bit more comfortably and without the stretching belt loop holes.
In steps Boxer Tactical, owned by none other than Amidst the Noise’s Billy Johnson. Boxer has introduced the Apogee Belt, which combines tactical and taticool into a useable and fully modular ratcheting system. The buckle is 5 pieces of fully machined billet aluminum (no nasty castings) and the belt is a coated polyester Biothane webbing. Combined with the wide-teeth notches, the belt is easily sized for the given EDC.
Introduced in a 1.5″ configuration, the belt is available in a black belt and buckle configuration, silver/wolfgrey, and dark earth/coyote. Pricing for the 100% made-in-the-USA belt is set at $99, and if it lasts as long as its ease of use – its a bargain.