Wilderness Belts, Anyone Recommend Them?


February 28, 2005, 09:13 PM
I've been using my lined velcro innerbelt that I use with my Sam Brown on duty. It's really stiff, but I'm thinking of getting somthing else, if this one gets lost or left somewhere I'm screwed. Who has experience with these belts?

Also of note, I don't like having to pull the belt so tight that I can't sit down comfortable and say, eat mexican food. So is this belt flimsy to where it has to be absolutely cinched down?

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February 28, 2005, 10:29 PM
It's a great belt. it's not too stiff in regard to being able to move, but it doesn't fold over with a full size pistol and magazines. I use one every day at work and have a radio, keys, maglite, and multi-tool hanging off of it and I can't recall having to hike up my pants other than the fact they've gotten too big.

I think I'm going to buy another one. I've had mine for about a year and it's still going great. I just want a backup.

March 1, 2005, 02:10 AM
The best belt I own for the money it will do for you what you are asking.

March 1, 2005, 10:19 AM
...............and it's a perfect match for comfort and support-------rigid enough for holster support but not so bad that it cuts into your side when sitting/bending etc.

I've seen the instructor models(w/ plastic insert) and they were way too stiff.

Just follow proper sizing routine and you'll be set.

Have 1-1/2 inch belts in black and khaki - I think they stopped the khaki color and now have somethind in between O.D. and a grey.................

March 1, 2005, 11:11 AM
I own two of the 5 stitch. I don't wear it as an inner belt on my duty rig due to the buckle getting in the way. They are great for plain clothes carry though.

March 1, 2005, 11:18 AM
I find it to be pretty rigid (mine has the insert). Actually, I tend to use it a bit less for every day wear because I cannot bend it (and it is too thick) for the hook on my cell phone to slip over it. I can get my other belts (which are actually wider) to scrunch enough to get the hook over it, but not the Wilderness. As a pure gun belt it is great!

Make sure you follow their instructions for sizing, it is stiff enough that some holsters will take up a lot of belt and leave it tight.


Zak Smith
March 1, 2005, 11:35 AM
Yes, all the time for everyday wear, carry, and competition.

March 1, 2005, 01:17 PM

CSM (with the insert) holds up your pants and everything else you could possibly stick on there.

Good stuff.

March 1, 2005, 05:39 PM
Thanks guys.

March 1, 2005, 06:54 PM
Wilderness Belts, Anyone Recommend Them?


March 1, 2005, 10:49 PM
Bigtime recommend!

Additionally, I also just bought thier 'frequent traveler' belt for a 'normal' jeans/casual/compact 1911 carry belt (w/polyymer insert) in tan. While it isn't as comfy as the standard Instructor as it's not as wide, it works well nonetheless for it's intended purpose anyway, and looks more 'normal' than the thick black Instructor belt I already have if I can't cover that up for any reason.

I like the coyote tan so much I do believe I'm going to order an Instructor in it as well.


March 1, 2005, 11:38 PM
Highly recommend it. I currently have the 1.75" in black. Getting a 1.5 in tan. Looks a little more dressier and less conspicuous.

March 1, 2005, 11:48 PM
Does the belt fit most blue jeans?

March 2, 2005, 12:32 AM
I have the 1.5" belt and it does fit blue jeans, holds up to the weight of a pistol and I can still move comfortably.

March 2, 2005, 08:39 AM
I'm wearing the 1.5" w/ jeans as I sit here in my office. Probably my favorite belt.

March 2, 2005, 11:14 AM
By the way, Brooks Brothers dress pants accomodate the 1.75" CSM belt. It is a big, very sturdy belt. Dress pants for the highly tactical.

March 2, 2005, 11:19 AM
How are the ring belts? Do they look less "tactical" than the regular belts? Do they offer as much support?

How khaki is the coyote color?

March 2, 2005, 05:34 PM
Anything Wilderness makes is good stuff. The ring belts offer very good support and come with aluminum or plastic[for airports] rings.Then you can put their Zip-slide holster on the belt and you're ready to go....the color is khaki .

March 2, 2005, 08:26 PM
I finally picked one up at the shot show after seeing it in person.....best 20 bucks I ever spent....including that time in Thailand.

March 2, 2005, 10:12 PM
How are the ring belts? Do they look less "tactical" than the regular belts? Do they offer as much support?

How khaki is the coyote color?

The ring belts look like a cross between wannabe rockclimber and trendy college kid. What looks tactical is in the eye of the beholder. I was wearing a tan church t-shirt and someone at church asked me if I was going to Iraq. :rolleyes:

The coyote color is more of a medium brown. Wilderness used to (not sure if they still do) have a tan type of brown. I like the Coyote better, the light tan ones don't really go well with non-outdoorsey type of pants.

March 3, 2005, 10:46 PM
Wilderness Belts are great. Be sure to get one with the polymer insert!

March 4, 2005, 01:47 AM
Wilderness belts are the best out there

March 4, 2005, 02:34 PM
I've tried them and didn't care for them. The buckle is heavy, I find it much slower to put on than leather. The edges are sharp/rough, unless you're skinny when your skin contacts the edge it won't feel good. If you really reach for something it flat out bites. As for being supportive, my Rafter S belt is stiffer than the 5-stitch and looks better too.

March 4, 2005, 04:24 PM
great belt. i have the 1.5 inch 5 stithc model. been using mine for 4 years and it still looks new.

March 7, 2005, 04:51 PM
I wear the "frequent flyer" belt in brown when I fly(about once every six weeks). It's very comfortable. The last time I flew I set off the metal detector ( I always make sure I have no metal on me), the TSA agent swore it was the ring buckles on the belt, to which I assured her they were non-metallic. Agent was unconvinced, I actually had to remove the belt, which of course has no metal in it. Holding up my trousers with one hand I proceeded to walk through and set it off again. After pat down and wand no metal was found and I was allowed to proceed. I never did figure out what set off the dectector. Anyways, I got the belt cause I got tired of having to take mine off in airports.

Take care

March 11, 2005, 12:57 PM
Are the CSM belts w/ insert comfortable enough for everyday wear?

March 11, 2005, 03:41 PM
To me the csms are pretty comfy. I have been wearing mine more often in the last couple of weeks since I have been doing field work and leaving my usual spec-ops rigger belt on my bdu's and using the Wilderness belt for my casual office wear days. I thought it would be a pain to stow in my pack (I ride my bike to the office) but it has not really been the case. I have the 1.5 inch csm. I have had leather belts that were stiffer and less comfortable. Like I said earlier, my biggest gripe is that my cell phone pouch does not clip nicely over it, but that is more a grip with the pouch. ymmv


March 12, 2005, 04:34 PM
What is a wilderness belt? Anybody have a link?

March 12, 2005, 05:28 PM

(I recommended the 5 stitch, minimumly).


March 12, 2005, 05:42 PM

March 20, 2005, 10:29 AM

I've been wearing a Wilderness belt for around 3 years, casually. I have a tan 5-stitch. Provided you like the style, they are hard to beat, value-wise. Since you've been wearing that Safariland liner as a belt, this may just be a step up for you, style-wise. :evil: Anyway, you're welcome to borrow mine for a week, if you can fit it around your waist. :neener: It's a 34.


March 20, 2005, 10:33 AM
I have the Uncle Mikes verison. Around 30 bucks from my local shop.

Love it...

March 20, 2005, 04:16 PM
Actually Techbrute I went ahead and bought a Gunleather belt from Ft. Worth. So far it's been outstanding, except I hate how gun leather creaks all the time when new.

As for a size 34 belt....that's nice. I had a size 34 when I was 16. Fortunantly puberty kept me from being built like a complete poon........oh, wait. Sorry. :evil:

March 20, 2005, 04:22 PM
As for a size 34 belt....that's nice. I had a size 34 when I was 16. Fortunantly puberty kept me from being built like a complete poon........ Yeah, puberty and beer... :neener:

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