Vertx has a new belt that will shortly be available. It uses contour webbing that tapers down from 1 3/4″ to 1″ and the American made side-release Raptor Buckles from JBC Corp instead of the more common Cobra buckle. The Vertx Raptor belt (may not be the actual title) is not a rigger’s belt, rather more of a range/shooter’s belt, though they do intend to eventually make one with a rigger’s harness. It provides sufficient platform for duty carry without providing too much for EDC or CCW/off-duty work.

Vertx chose to taper the webbing in once piece the way they did so there’s no attachment point (as there is in some belts where two different sized pieces of webbing are sewn together) and to allow the 1″ metal Raptor buckle (which is lower profile and lighter weight than a Cobra buckle, can be threaded through typical pant loops without removal and has a 2,000 lb. rating (assuming you wanted to lift a minivan or whatever).

The belts will  initially be available in Black, OD and Earth (the Vertx coyote)–and there may be a few at SHOT if you want to swing by their booth.

The Raptor buckle, if you’re unfamiliar with it, has an interesting back story. It was developed by a male nurse in Iraq who was having to deal day to day with inadequate three-pronged buckles on the litters they were using…more on the Raptor buckle and why Vertx chose it in a future article.

No word yet on how soon the new belt will be available for purchase but expect it soon.


The Ares Gear “Duty Belt, LE (Inner) is now available. Says Ares Gear, “Now we have a best as stiff as a Ranger Belt but with no buckle, so that it can be worn underneath a duty belt without the added bulk of the Cobra buckle.”

Retailing for $49.99, the new Inner LE Duty Belt is made to be worn as an inner belt with a LEO type duty rig. It’s made of 2 layers of 1.5″ scuba webbing with hook or loop on the outside so it can be mated with a duty belt. It overlaps in front and is  is secured with double straps of hook and loop.

Available from 28″ to 44″ waist. More at the Ares Gear website.

The belts pictured here are a "Duty Belt, LE (INNER)" with hook tape along the outside, resting on a "Duty Belt, LE (OUTER)" in Coyote, with a Coyote buckle, with loop tape along the inside.