I have yet to find a great belt in my research. They seem to either loosen up quickly, or not be comfortable under a loaded pack. Are most guys running suspenders or is there a good belt option out there?
I use suspenders, but I’d like to know about pack friendly belts as well. Are the First Lite, Sitka, Kryptek, etcbelts worth trying? All my belts are for concealed carry and are horribly painful under a pack.
I have two I like. The standard Hunting company belts are worthless because of the buckle. I really like the Eddie Bauer something. It’s stretchy won’t help a lot if you really need it to take up slack in the pant waist but if you need some tension it’s great and th buckle holds tight. I did not like the original kuiu because it was too stiff but the buckle is excellent. Tried the new kuiu belt and the new material is much softer and pliable but still has the same great buckle. My original kuiu was 2012 new belt 2017. Bison Designs makes most of the belts and you may find what you want from them. I’m sure there are others that work but these two are extremely comfortable and have solid buckles that do not loosen up. Most of not every single other Hunting brand belt out there will loosen at the buckle. I believe Sitka has a new stretchy belt like the Eddie Bauer and a very similar buckle.
the simple 1" wide belts that come on Columbia and Duluth pants. I don't have any trouble with these small buckles sitting to the right or left of center under the pack belts. Typical ladder lock tension seems to stay tight for me all day.
I wear something called a riggers belt. Old .mil habit.
I tried first lite and kuiu but the buckles didn’t hold well. Kept readjusting. They were not great for hanging gear off of either.
A riggers belt is wide enough to hold a gun or a pouch and has a buckle that won’t creep either loose or tight. Added bonus is it can be used for a drag strap, rappel anchor, safety harness, etc. there are many variants but I prefer the ones without cobra buckles. A bit of a weight penalty but reasonable for the added function at about 5-6oz.
Suspenders are my first choice but I wear my Kifaru belt every day. Ideal belt, especially with a backpack. Tried the others mentioned here, they can't compete. Heard one was used as a tourniquet. Garment Belts – Kifaru Intl. Online Store
Thanks for all of the replies. I have tried the Sitka in the past, but it did not work well and kept coming loose. Must have been an old model. I will look into the options stated here, sounds like you guys have some good options. I tried my leather belts but they sucked!
I bought an SKRE belt for my hunting cloths about 2 months ago. I wore it to work a few times and never looked back. I wear this thing everyday now. It is so much better than the old leather belt. probably going to buy another one just for hunting purposes.