I’d like to tell you a little bit about the belt I’m wearing today. I purchased it over a year ago and it has become one of my most used pieces of gear. It all started as a rough idea in a head of one smart guy nicknamed “Bayonet”. His idea was to make a belt that would be functional and lightweight, soft and simple, and with bulletproof construction that was affordable.
In the end of 2012, somewhere in the center of Poland, “Bayonet” made his first prototype belt. He made just one piece for his own personal use, but it didn’t take long to gain him some attention. When guys at the local shows, events, and even on online forums started asking Bayonet to them similar ones, Bayonet Belts was born. So in the end, local demand triggered the birth of a new business. I’m glad it happened to Bayonet as he’s a great guy. And yes, I ordered one as well because I knew I had to have one.
The heart of a Bayonet Belt is the iconic AustriAlpin Cobra buckle. Of course you can find other belts based on AustriAlpin system, but most of them are too stiff, overbuilt, and too heavy for real every day carry applications in my opinion. Most of them are like a Ford Model T – you can choose any width you want as long as it’s 2.00 inches! While this is good for military or LE applications, it doesn’t always work with your favorite pair of Levi jeans. When it comes to Bayonet Belts, their approach to manufacturing is exactly the opposite of most of the manufacturers. It’s all about the customization!
Each belt is made of a highly durable, yet soft polyamide nylon webbing tape. It’s made and colored specifically for Bayonet Belts to match the color of today’s gear like Foliage Green, Coyote, OD green, and Digicam. The belts are available in a huge selection widths, including: 50mm, 45mm, 44mm, 40mm, 38mm, 28mm, and 25mm. That’s a pretty impressive range of choices. You can add any possible variant of Cobra buckle you can imagine. Whether it be steel, full-polymer, high-grade aircraft alloys, or even buckles that are anodized or powder-coated, Bayonet Belts can bring it to life. What you end up with are hundreds of different configurations to fit your exact needs.
While there are some standard combinations available, the general rule of thumb is that Bayonet Belts are custom-made to measure. This is definitely my preferred approach. You start by choosing a buckle variant, the belt width & color, the belt length, and within couple of days your custom belt is ready to be shipped out directly to you. As I stated earlier, I bought my first belt about a year ago. It was a classic 2” OD green version. I later purchased a black one because I enjoyed the first one so much. Now I own no less than five Bayonet Belts and am considering another one because they’re addictive! Now that you have an understanding of Bayonet Belts, we can take a closer look at the details of why I love them so much.
Let’s start with the buckle. I am one that believes in proven solutions. My preferred choice is the classic alloy buckle, which is very strong and very lightweight. It’ll support more than human body couldn’t ever survive, so it’s quite safe in my book and let’s all admit it – a full-metal Cobra buckle also looks cool, high-speed, and tactical. We all like that, don’t we?
Opening and closing the buckle is clean, smooth, and with a positive “click” there is no way you can half-close the buckle. If you hear the click, it’s fully fastened and good to go. It’s that easy! Cobra buckles are very easy to unlock, but the more load you put on the belt and buckle, the more force you need to apply with your fingers to unlock it. However, you can always unlock it if you need to. This is ideal for emergency situations and it can be a potential life saver. In EDC mode, it’s just so easy to close and open without any need to tie or untie the belt. It’s definitely not your standard rappelling belt.
Bayonet uses a high-grade webbing tape for all of their belts. It’s the standard tactical nylon belt, made in Poland by Pasamon, which meets all of the mil-spec standards. There is not a whole lot to be said about it other than it’s nicely soft, and has incredible strength. It’s a well made product and should last lifetime if it’s not cut or burned. It’s a great choice for making belts.
The thread used on the Bayonet Belts is some of the strongest available. It’s a #20 nylon thread made by Ariadna, an EU based thread manufacturer. Just to give you some perspective, the thread is up to 12 times stronger than regular cotton thread of the same diameter! Self-locking stitching done on heavy-duty JUKI machinery ensures the belt’s durability. I know that this isn’t really rocket science, but I like heavy-duty approach on all the production details.
The craftsmanship on the Bayonet Belts is incredible. It’s just as good as it can, and should be for a tactical-style belt. It’s simple, no frills, well made, and nicely designed. It’s just what I would expect from a quality product – performance and long-time durability. Bayonet Belts’ standard warranty is 5 years, but I’m more than sure it’ll last a lifetime with proper basic care. Just don’t cut it or bake it, and it’ll be fine for years to come!
After over a year of heavy use, I can easily tell you that it’s the last belt I’d ever need for my outdoor activities. My belt has seen duty with me in the mountains (both summer and winter), in the water, forest, rocks, and the urban jungle as well. From -25º Celsius (-13ºF) up to 40º C (104ºF), both dry and soaked with water, it has been used it to keep my pants in place and even put into service to help carry heavy logs to start a bonfire. I even wore my Bayonet Belt during my winter mountain expeditions and while testing Mystery Ranch ASAP in severe cold conditions of the high mountains.
And finally, if you need a belt to support either your knife (via TekLok or belt-loop) or your custom .45, a Bayonet Belt is a good call as well. The top edge doesn’t roll under the weight of the weapon and holster and overall comfort is just as expect. As you can see from the images, the mid-size custom fixed blade in Kydex sheath and full size Chris Reeve Green Beret in a LBE nylon sheath, both are worn with comfort, easy access and quick draw. This belt just works, plain and simple.
When compared to other military-style nylon webbing belts I used in the past, the Bayonet Belt is really the most comfortable one out of all of them. Due to the choice of materials and simplicity of the design, it translates beautifully into to softness and ease of use. There is no multi-layering, no additional velcro, and no free-floating keepers to mess with. For me, it’s like the Sebenza of tactical belts!
In summary, it’s a good belt that works really well and is very well made. It’s simple and comfortable to use. Now I know you’re all thinking about one of the most important questions – the price! Bayonet Belts start at roughly $35 for a comfort model like mine. I think it’s a very good value for money, especially considering that just the buckle alone costs about $25 in many online stores. Of course, since it’s a custom-made belt, ANY extra options are possible! I was asked if I would change anything about the belt or the design. I’d have to say no because the recipe is simple. Make a belt using a top class buckle, quality tape, heavy-duty stitching and you’re going to have a winner!