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    How I keep battle belt from riding up

    I figured I would post this in case anyone was interested.

    I took some .125 kydex and cut it into strips just narrow enough to fit through the suspender attachments on my VTAC belt. I then heated them with a heat gun and pinched the kydex hard to get it to stay on the VTAC suspender buckle(basically like on the old kydex taco pouches). I then made some j-type hooks out of the remaining length of kydex.
    It is easy to put on. I just hook the 11 and 1 o-clock hooks around my pants belt before I buckle the VTAC then reach behind and loop the 5 and 7 o-clock kydex hooks around pants belt.

    I am thin and my VTAC was constantly trying to ride up because of my shape. Now I dont have this problem. It seems alright but I have only taken it out a few times for some very mild use. I honestly dont see it ever unhooking because the VTAC is basically always under upward tension due to my shape. I dont know about longevity but it was worth a try.

    I dont know how to post pics but it was pretty simple.
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    That sounds like a pretty good idea actually. Post back after running it hard for awhile as I am interested in It's long term usefulness. Thanks

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    How free is the belt to "spin" around your body?

    One of the advantages of a battle belt as opposed to running everything on your plate carrier is to spin the belt 180(or as far as necessary to reach items from one side or the other.

    Example: You have your IFAK/Tourniquet on your strong side but your strong side hand just got shot off, blown off etc... can you effectively move the belt to reach this first aid kit with your support hand?
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    The belt is not free to spin, but it is due to the tightness I made the loops. I am sure that if you wanted some movement in the belt you could just make the loop with more slack for the belt. That would still only give you the room to rotate the belt whatever range you have between pants belt loops though.

    FWIW I have long monkey arms and I can reacy pretty much everything with both hands.

    I am also new to the whole battle belt thing so I had never really though of moving the belt(just placing things generally in places both hands can reach). That makes sense and I will have to be concious of when that could be an advantage.
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    It's what works for you. Your design was interesting and I was asking the question both for myself and for other users who might try out your setup.

    As stated, some people don't think about rotating the belt. To some it isn't a necessity but something that should be considered. Each user can take your thoughts and apply it in a way that works for them. Best of luck.
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    You're wearing your belt low more on your hips? That's the way I see a lot of guys running belts. I like to wear mine higher up on my waist where I can snug it up and all the load is placed on my hips. Given the design of most belts, that's what is comfortable and makes the most sense to me.
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    Hellyeah. Tactical wedgie.

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    I dont see where how high the belt is worn has anything do do with the added hooks since you can make them however long you want.

    What I dont like is my belt riding up higher to the point that I cant draw my pistol comfortably(long arms) or shifting up during the draw. This was an attempt to keep it in place, wherever that place may be.
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    Being 5'8 and broad I try to keep my belt low as well. If the belt is too high the magazine in the speed reload pouch on the support side of the belt will imbed itself right under my left side SAPI(the SAPI will literally sit right on top of it) whichs limits movement and makes drawing from it more difficult. It took me a lot of hours in kit to get everything set up right once I decided to go with the belt setup.
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    I'm glad someone finally asked this so I didn't have to... I started putting a belt together several weeks ago and kind of put it on the back burner.

    I had the same trouble with my belt lifting up with my pistol as I was drawing, most of the time to where I couldn't even get it out. There's simply not enough weight on the belt to keep it in place and I didn't want to have to run an inner belt with velcro.

    I'm not sure this solution is right for me but I am curious as to what others might be doing to remedy this problem. Maybe using 2-3 velcro cable ties and securing the outer belt to my inner belt... I'm open to anything...

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