As with most of my gear, I got this in preparation for a course. This time it was for the Carbine Operator Course with Ragnarok Tactical run by Andrew Vincent of Canadian Patriot Podcast. This course called for a minimum of three magazines and a way to carry them during the course. I had already ordered three HSGI Triple Taco Pouches but when I finally got them I realised I needed something to attach them to. Enter the LBX Tactical Assaulters Belt. I found this belt on Dvor.com for $25 USD and thought “What can go wrong?”, as quality battle belt will cost upwards of $100 USD.
The first thing I noticed was the stiffness of the inner belt, and the obvious multican trademark on most of the surfaces. The inner belt, secured with a small d-ring and velcro attached to a strap, was a little big as I ordered the large (38-40). I couldn’t get it tight enough for my comfort, so I should have order a size smaller. Installing the tacos wasn’t too difficult, I just had to find at what height and how far along the battle belt I wanted to install them, so an hour or so later I had them attached to the battle belt finally ready to go.
At this point, I thought I had finished and all I had to do was start practicing using a belt as I have no experience with one. Now, I want to stress to you that you should never buy anything and assume you know how to use it, and how it will work. Always test your equipment before you need it. I put the belt on and realised I needed to figure out how I would use the inner belt and if I needed an outer belt – which in the end I did need.
When I first put on the war belt, I didn’t use a outer belt because I thought the velcro would hold it on. I was wrong and after watching some Youtube videos on the subject, I decided to use my SOE Cobra Riggers Belt as an outer belt. This I think is the one flaw in the design of this belt; it makes you use a third item, one I call the outer belt. So you have the inner belt on your pants, the war belt holding your gear, and in the middle you have the outer belt keeping it all together.
The war belt has belt keepers that attach directly to the inner belt and supports the velcro at the 4 and 7 o’clock positions. The belt keepers do an excellent job of keeping the system in place. However, if they added two more belt keepers at either end of the war belt they would eliminate the need for an outer belt. This would make the three “convenient” access flaps for installing an outer belt redundant which become useless anyways once you install gear to the molle. Removing the flaps would also rid the user of any additional movement.I didn’t find the this to be too much of a problem but I think this would be an easy fix that would (in my opinion) increase the value of the product.While doing research I found this belt is used mostly for airsoft, but with these changes could be used more by shooters. When I used the system during the course, I found using the outer belt replaced the need for the belt keepers, therefore I didn’t use them and there was no obvious movement during the day.
I would definitely suggest this to someone who want to try out the battle belt system and doesn’t have the money to spend on a system they might not end up using. For the price and what I used it for, it did quite well overall but I hope to one day upgrade it to something nicer and better fitting like a Persec Aware battle belt.