I like for my pants to stay up, so for many years I wore the 5.11 Tactical TDU Belt due to the strong nylon buckle. I still wear it in airports to avoid the belt removal rule at metal detectors. They don’t notice if you wear your shirt untucked. However, for the last year I’ve been wearing the High Speed Gear Inc (HSGI) COBRA Rigger Belt in both 1.5″ and 1.75″ version. Let us take a look at why I picked it and how it has held up for the past year.
I first discovered the HSGI COBRA Rigger Belt at a local shop about a year ago. The price was right and HSGI is a local North Carolina company so I was only happy to support them. I like to support local and small businesses when I’m buying my gear so this belt definitely fit the bill. The COBRA Rigger Belt is made of two layers of type 13 webbing and five rows of bonded 138 nylon thread. The belts have the right amount of stiffness and are very rigid due to a lamination process applied after construction. HSGI sells them in five waist sizes ranging from 28″ to 46″ and five color options: Black, Coyote Brown, Wolf Grey, Olive Drab Green, and MultiCam.
All COBRA buckles are tested and certified by highly respected, independent 3rd party facilities and exceed the mil-spec guidelines for dust, sand, and salt water. They also meet or exceed all CE, CSA, ANSI, and NFPA standards. I like webbing belts with velcro because they offer very precise sizing adjustments when compared to leather belts with punched holes. Being a fan of 5.11 Tactical, I was aware at the time they were planning to release their own belt with the COBRA buckle, but the expected price (at the time) was reportedly going to be $100. When I saw the HSGI belts were priced at roughly $70 each, I bought them both!
The belts are definitely comfortable, ergonomic, and designed for one time “fit and forget” convenience. The quick attach and detach capability is great when you it and must faster than the standard trainer belt. After nearly daily use for a year carrying a load that most times includes a loaded, full-size 1911 and a magazine or two – not to mention fully loaded pockets with keys, wallet, phone, blade, etc – I think the belt has held up extremely well. You can barely see any wear on the material and only a small amount of rubbing on the release tabs of the COBRA buckle.
I wear the 1.75″ version of the HSGI Cobra Rigger Belt with the repelling ring (gold buckle in the image above) to the range whenever I can get out there. It supports a pistol, usually four full pistol magazines, and at least one 30 round AR magazine. I usually spend hours at the range in the scorching hot sun with fellow MOTUS tribe member Michael Gruver. He recently just asked me if I would recommend this belt for his use. I gave him an unequivocal “absolutely” along with information about HSGI and the name of the local shop that carries them in stock. After our discussion, I thought it would be a good idea to share my thoughts with the rest of the tribe in this review. If you are looking for options on daily carry belts or belts for when you hit the range, you should definitely check out the HSGI Cobra Rigger Belt as well as their numerous other belt options.