I’m always surprised to see guys hauling around 3 pounds of everyday carry gear using some old leather belt designed to hold up THEIR PANTS, not 3 pounds of gear.
Sure, your old leather belt “may work fine”, but it’s amazing how much better life works when you’ve got the right tool for the job.
Concealed Carry / Everyday Carry Challenges
If you carry a 2-pound firearm and another pound of related gear, you want a good holster and a good belt.
You want a belt designed to support that weight effectively, without drooping to the side, and without flopping around. You want that gun to stay reliably in place, even if you need to run or jump, for example.
Everyday carry also has another interesting challenge… a challenge that’s very poorly addressed by the ancient 1-inch hole design of most gun belts: different gear configurations on a regular basis.
Some days you may wear your Glock inside-the-waistband (IWB), some days you may wear it as a sidearm, outside-the-waistband (OWB). Some days you eat more than others. Some days you just feel slimmer. And so on.
Which is “fine” generally, but results in a belt that’s just not very comfortable and NOT SIZED FOR YOU most of the time.
A New Take On The Everyday Carry Gun Belt
Yes, there are other belt designs, but that usually means tactical / battle belts that just don’t fit in in the suburbs or casually dining with friends at an upscale restaurant.
Luckily, innovation continues at breakneck pace, and the market always provides.
Some months back I had the opportunity to try out a completely different type of gun belt – The Trakline Belt from Kore.
“The best fitting, most comfortable, concealed carry gun belt you’ll ever own. A hidden, virtually indestructible track creates over 40+ sizing positions, so you can adjust your belt in small 1/4″ increments. The result = a secure precise fitting EDC belt that gives you a smooth, fast draw.”
That’s a rather bold claim from the folks at Kore. But having worn this belt for nearly a year now… I can’t disagree at all.
Now, I tend to be a creature of habit… Sure, I’m always on the lookout for cool, new tech and better ways of doing things. Better gear, better materials, etc.
But if something’s gonna get my interest, it has to be substantially better than what I’ve already got, and available for a good value.
So looking at the Kore Trakline gun belt… I was a little skeptical at first. The box sat on my desk in the pile of stuff to review for weeks before I finally tried it on.
Why? Because it’s totally different from my other belts and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It’s a nice looking belt, but I wasn’t sure about the ratcheting retention method.
Caveat: The Trakline belt comes in a full-size length, with the buckle next to it in the box. You need to cut the belt at your desired length and attach the buckle. Then you’re ready to go.
I wasn’t sure about this at first… short version: get over it, this is NOT a problem.
Pro tip: cut it more than a few inches LONGER than you expect, and clip on the buckle. Wear it like that for a few days, until you know what length will be perfect for you. Especially with different everyday carry configurations, i.e. inside-the-waistband vs outside-the-waistband variations.
Thing is… I first tried this belt about 10 months ago. And I have not worn any of my old gun belts AT ALL since then. Not one of them.
The comfort level provided by the super granular ratcheting adjustability of this belt is amazing.
Your belt requires different tightness from day to day… for example, going between an inside-the-waistband Glock 19 in a Raven Concealment Eidolon holster, vs an outside-the-waistband Glock 19 in a Raven Concealment Phantom holster.
Heck, your belt requires different tightness before and after lunch lol.
The standard leather belt is an ancient design, which frankly works more “OK”. Barely.
But tightening a belt 1-inch at a time is so imprecise. You know the feeling… your right fit is always somewhere BETWEEN 2 holes… almost never quite AT a particular hole.
Guess that’s why I haven’t worn a belt with holes in nearly a year now, since the first time I tried the Trakline belt.
Gun Belt Recommendations
I kept looking for something I don’t like about this belt, as the review felt “too favorable” lol, but I haven’t found it yet.
My recommendation: Do yourself a favor and give the Kore Trackline Gun Belt a try for a few weeks and see how it works for you. You may be pleasantly surprised, as I was.