Does Your EDC Belt Really Fit? (NexBelt Review)
No, I’m not talking about rigidity of the belt itself. That characteristic is terrible for a concealed carry belt charged with the job of holding a two or three-pound gun safety on your midsection. In fact, a carry belt should be as inflexible as possible. Meet the NexBelt.
What I am talking about is its ability to adjust properly to your waist size, especially if you elect to carry inside the waistband. If you add magazine carriers, even outside the waistband versions, your exact belt circumference will also vary. Last but not least, I can’t speak for you, but my waist size varies a bit from day to day and with my choice of tucked in (or not) shirts.
All of those first-world problems should be solved by those holes in your belt, right? Well, technically, yes. In practice, belt holes are an imperfect solution since they’re spaced far apart. I think it’s an international law that the perfect setting always has to fall squarely between two existing holes in your belt.
Enter the NexBelt. This nifty belt is designed from the ground up for every day carry of whatever. Here’s how it works. The interior of the belt has a center lining made entirely of “ratchets” that are mere millimeters apart. Those are your adjustment points. The holes on the gun belt I’m wearing while I write this are 1 1/8 inches apart, so that’s my maximum discomfort distance if the perfect adjustment if just shy of one of those holes. With the NexBelt, your maximum “perfect fit error” is just a small fraction of an inch.
Wearing a leather IWB today instead of the Kydex one you had on yesterday? No worries, you can instantly size your belt accordingly. Adding a magazine carrier to your carry load today? No worries. The same applies if you have any other configuration that impacts the perfect belt size.
The company offers a huge variety of styles including everyday casual to dressy leather options. If you’re getting one as a concealed carry belt, be sure to order from the EDC catalog as those models are built with extra rigidity to properly support the weight of a holstered handgun.
Tom McHale is a committed learning junkie always seeking a new subject victim. As a lifelong student of whatever grabs his attention on any particular day, he thrives on beating rabbit trails into submission. In between his time as a high-tech marketing executive, restaurant owner, and hamster cosmetology practitioner, he’s published seven books and nearly 1,500 articles about guns, shooting, and the American way.