Opinions on Wilderness Belt....


Gary in Pennsylvania
August 25, 2004, 07:48 AM
Anyone have one? How 'thick' is it? And, just cuz ya gotta be realistic, does it match ( coordinate ) as well with slacks/dockers as it would with a pair of blue jeans? Price is nice - but I'm also looking at a well-made purpose made leather gun belt.


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August 25, 2004, 07:53 AM
For the past six months, I have worn a Wilderness Instructor's belt as my everyday belt.

It's just fine.

I wear slacks and button-up shirts at work mostly.

It goes with those, jeans, shorts, whatever.

By thickness, do you mean width of the belt, or sectional thickness?

They come in two different widths....1.5 inches and 1.75 inches, I think.

The thickness is very workable.

I got mine when I chanced to make a trip to Phoenix, AZ, and got it right there in the Dillon Precision storefront.

I did learn this.......At the time, my waist was around a 36. But, I needed the size 38 belt.....here's why. The belt is designed for you to wear a holster, mag holders, etc, on it.

So, whatever your waist size is, get the belt that's the next size up to give you room to put stuff on the belt when you choose to do so.

About the only time I wear a holster is when I teach handgun courses.


August 25, 2004, 07:59 AM
I just got a 1 1/4 " belt from them which is a new size.It's made of two layers of nylon sewn together for a thickness of 3/16". The buckle is two metal rings so it's for casual wear in my view. The belt is made in different widths but is quite stiff and strong so will support any gun out there. I also have an instructor belt and other items from them and they all are the highest quality....Leather belts also should be two layers sewn together for strength and stiffness....BTW the neatest product of Wilderness I think is their Zip-slide holster which I've had for many years and it really works well { temporarily out of production]

August 25, 2004, 08:39 AM
Great belt! Very Stiff and Comfortable. However, I'm not sure I'd wear it with dockers in a business environment--it is black nylon after all.

But for casual wear it is perfect. Be aware that most cell phone clips won't clamp around a 1.5" belt. Just a small detail but something to think about. I've ended up clipping mine to a belt loop.

Good luck. BTW Practical Tactical (http://www.practicaltactical.com) has them for the regular price but with free shipping. Great people to work with.


Gary in Pennsylvania
August 25, 2004, 08:43 AM
How adjustable is it? Right now I'm a 38" waist - but I'm on my bech down to 36". Will the wilderness accomodate that kind of change?


August 25, 2004, 09:11 AM

I have a 5-stitch, 1.25" Wilderness belt....and found it to work quite well for carrying a G22 in a Sidearmor OWB holster. One thing about the belt I especially like is its range of adjustability. Because of the velcro, I would say you can adjust it over a range of 3".

Looking back...I probably should have gone with the 1.5" belt only because it might be a bit better to carry a holster and a bunch of mags (I don't have any mag pouches yet)....but the 1.25" has worked great and has enough range of adjustability to be a winner.

good luck

Wayne D
August 25, 2004, 09:45 AM
Go to the Practical Tactical link posted by usp_fan above. They have very good instructions for measuring for the belt and how much adjustment it will have. In my case I wear 36 jeans and the 38 belt works best for me.

Gary in Pennsylvania
August 25, 2004, 09:50 AM

August 25, 2004, 12:11 PM
I have the 1.5-inch 5-stitch in both Black and Khaki - great belts all around.

One quirck I don't like- the velcro "shows" more on the khaki belt - depending how far you have the belt cinched - some will show - it's a lighter color than the khaki belt - a cosmetic annoyance and nothing more.

It's not an issue on the black belt.

August 25, 2004, 12:59 PM
It matches more with Oakley boots and a nylon or plastic strapped watch than Danner boots and a black leather watch.

It makes you look hardcore but to the untactical, it comes off more as rockclimbing poser than 'I have a gun'.

Great belt. I have the 1.25" ring belt and 1.75" CSM belt.

August 25, 2004, 01:38 PM
It is a fine belt, but IMO, leather is far more versatile as it is not as tactical looking as the Wilderness belt.

I have a Milt Sparks belt that I am thrilled with.

If most of your pants will fit it, I'd recommend a 1.75" belt.

Well, that is if you're going to be carrying a heavy gun. :)

If not, 1.5 should be fine.

August 25, 2004, 01:57 PM
Works great, nothing better.

I wore mine with a suit once.

August 25, 2004, 02:09 PM
I was about to wear mine out of the house with a pair of jeans once and my wife said "What's with the new belt? It looks like you made it yourself."

And that, as they say, was that.

- Gabe :)

August 25, 2004, 02:44 PM
I wear my 5-stitch nearly every day. It accomodates just me, or me and my IWB holster. Very comfortable and good support for all the belt stuff.

And being that I AM a rock climber, it's not a rock climbing poser belt. I just happen to wear it for other than rock climbing (I have a climbing harness for that).

August 25, 2004, 03:37 PM
Very durable, stiff enough to support a pistol, and OK for casual wear. Never had any funny looks, or any comments about it. I guess if I had a carabiner in my pocket and some rope handy I could even use it to rappel in an emergency but most buildings around here are only one story.:)

August 25, 2004, 03:50 PM
its great, its been my EDB for about 3 years.
Also wilderness has top notch customer service. The velcro on my belt started to detatch due to a glue that they no longer use. I sent my belt in and 5 dollars for shipping and I got a belt that is as good as new.


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