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    New Duty Belt Advice

    Greetings.

    I am looking to purchase a new duty belt and narrowed it down to two belts. I am looking at the Ares and Volund. Iím looking to see if you have a preference either way or if there is another company that has the same style duty belt. I am replacing a Bianchi Accumold nylon that Iíve had for approx. 4 years now. I would like to try a more supportive belt system.

    Thanks for your input.

    Capt

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    If you can get the area 2.5 with the polymer cobra buckle, do that. No need for the weight of the metal if you have the option.
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    OP, if you have the ability to move away from the traditional 2.25Ē belt system (due to regs and/or cost), I would strongly recommend it. Since I came out of the tactical team/K9 and went back to the road, I have had to give up my outer vest carrier and lighter (loaded) belt for a full nylon rig. Iíve been back out a year now and my back was a wreck for the first six months or so, until I got a new system dialed in.

    Iím now using a 1.75Ē cobra belt with a HSGI Duty Grip Belt Pad and it has literally saved me a back surgery! For the last ten years while I was tac team/K9, I was able to lighten my load on my belt and up to my vest and change out some standard pouches for lighter weight MOLLE-type and Kydex pouches. As soon as I went back to a Safariland belt, I was damn near bent over in pain for weeks. I straight up told the Chief that Iím wearing my old K9 rig and that heíd have to deal with it or pay for surgery and I had a feeling that I wasnít coming back to ďfull dutyĒ afterwards.

    All that said, if you can change it up, you ought to look into it. If youíre curious, the First Line Belt thread is a wealth of knowledge and has helped me immensely:

    https://www.m4carbine.net/showthread...ght=First+line

    I have not used Ares but I do have a Volund g-hook belt and the quality is top notch. HSGI is another good contender as well.
    Last edited by Boy Scout; 05-18-19 at 02:27.

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    OP let us know what you go with, would be curious to see pictures as well.

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    This is what I run at work.

    https://www.originalsoegear.com/coll...obra-duty-belt

    Regular buckle

    https://www.originalsoegear.com/coll...ucts/duty-belt

    It's very stiff and has been rock solid. It also replaced the Bianchi for me. Can't go wrong with the brands you mentioned either.
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    Ran the Gen1 Ares LE duty belt for some years before I switched to the Gen2. I ran the Gen1 in regular patrol and moved to K9. Once there, after a year I went to their Gen2 belt. No real differences felt except it was a new duty belt that quickly got dirty and covered in dog hair etc.

    The only issue I had/have with the Gen2 is I had a really hard time getting a S&S Holster Extender GRT on the belt. I couldn’t get it on and since I did not want to go Safariland DFA as I hate those I stuck with mid drop UBL.

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