Galco's Flexible and Ambidextrous Nylon Trail Belt

Luke C.
by Luke C.
Galco’s Flexible, Durable, and Ambidextrous Nylon Trail Belt

I really like rigid EDC belts that feature Cobra buckles. For the last 3 or 4 years, I’ve worn one pretty much every day. However, one major downside to these rigid belts is that they tend to be pretty uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time while hiking. That is why the Galco Trail Belt seems like a pretty interesting adaptation of the EDC belt design.

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Galco's Flexible, Durable, and Ambidextrous Nylon Trail Belt

Galco’s Flexible and Ambidextrous Nylon Trail Belt

The Galco Trail Belt features a standard quick-release Cobra Pro buckle with a D-ring and is only 1-1/2″ wide making it fit into slimmer pants loops. In addition, the Cobra Pro buckle features a D-ring that can be used in tandem with the 18kN rated buckle to secure yourself to a rappelling line or another clip-on harness. According to Galco, the Trail Belt is also ANSI Z359.1 rated for fall protection which should give you a good idea of just how durable this flexible nylon belt is.

The nylon belt construction allows it to be more comfortable than a rigid EDC belt and should also be a great fit for use as a hiking belt or active work-shift belt. The ambidextrous design means you can adjust the belt to optimize for either a left or right-handed raw. The belt comes in 5 different sizes to fit most shooters and is sold for a price of $98 from the Galco Gunleather website. Let us know if you’ve had any experiences with similar belts or if you just prefer to run a standard leather gunbelt or even a rigid EDC belt.

Galco's Flexible, Durable, and Ambidextrous Nylon Trail Belt

CNC Machined for flawless precision, reliability, and safety – with no sharp edges

For smaller pants loops, the male buckle half is easily removed before threading through the pants loops then replaced on the belt tail before buckling. Reverse to remove belt from smaller pants loops.

Ideal for left hand holster use, the tension adjustment is on the right side when looped through the pants counter-clockwise (as is customary by US males). Looping the belt clockwise puts the adjustment on the left side and best accommodates right-side holster carry.

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  • Tirod3 Tirod3 on May 08, 2022

    The Cobra buckle was originally designed for air ambulance use as patient tie downs. So, fast release is a primary and overall strength another requirement.

    They were never intended to be used for garment wear. This is the same mistake we made in the days of the Wilderness belt - a 2 1/2 ton truck cargo strap is overkill. Very few of us will ever rappel with this belt and very few would buy one just to rappel with - green line, 1" tubular, or a certified seat would would be far cheaper than relying on belt loops to hold your belt in and still keep it from sliding up to your armpits.

    Show me pants with 1,500 PSI rated belt loops. No? Then wear the appropriate belt for rappeling and wear pants that can use a normal belt to hold them up - like a 5.11 which is more than adequate for $20 vs $98.

    Sorry, the entire idea of belts with expensive cargo buckles is for tacticool - and if somebody needs to rappel at a seconds notice, show me underwear with the harness sewn in. Really. Dyneema fabric panels to grab your cheeks and sit comfortably on the rope while operating operationally in an Aussie Assault on full auto. Right?

    A G hook for combat beer elimination is about as high speed as we need to get. [sips Fosters can from oil spout] but what would I know about that?

  • Suppressed Suppressed on May 10, 2022

    Luke, if you like rigid EDC Cobra belts you may be interested in one of these. I picked one up at a big online retailer for like $50 just to try it out and it really impressed me.