Recently I started a pursuit to find a better belt after I grew tired of my belts lacking security and adjustment. I would consider my use of belts to be on the moderately extreme side between various outdoor activities, training, and chasing down “bad guys” for work. As I posted recently in my article reviewing the Liberty Gun Belt EDC Belt (see that HERE) I needed a belt that would work with blue jeans, be rigid enough to support a full size Glock and holster, but not be so uncomfortable that I would hate wearing it. I also needed a belt that would adapt to every day life and my various holster changes. I reached out to Georgia native Blue Alpha Gear and they sent me their Hybrid EDC Belt to take a look at.
The Hybrid EDC Belt is constructed of 2 layers of 1.5″ Nylon webbing sewn together with color matching thread. This creates a rigid belt that will support your many EDC items all day comfortably. Blue Alpha Gear offers the belt in 3 colors, Black, Wolfe Gray, and Coyote Brown.
Now why does Blue Alpha Gear consider this a “Hybrid”? It all comes down to the buckle. Blue Alpha Gear uses the Cobra buckle that has become the industry standard for your high end EDC belts. But instead of going with the very large 1.5″ buckle that wont fit through any belt loops, Blue Alpha Gear used a hybrid buckle where the male end is the 1.5″ buckle, but the female end is a 1″ buckle allowing it to pass through belt loops with ease. I can get the buckle to pass through everything but the loops on my REI hiking pants and cheap pair of BDU’s from a thrift store.
The Hybrid EDC Belt adjust by pulling the excess material through the male end of the buckle and Velcroing it back onto the main part of the belt. Although they don’t specify how many inches of adjustment you have for each size you order, the belt appears to have several inches to accommodate any IWB holster you might have.
So how does it do as an EDC belt? Awesome. I find this belt is perfect for those who plan to set the belt length and leave it there. So if you carry IWB holsters then you don’t really to change it much. But if you switch from IWB to OWB you will have to re-do your Velcro to find your new adjustment on the belt. This isn’t as big of a deal as it may seem, it’s just the only negative I can think to tell you about. The truth is with any true EDC belt, you will have to remove the buckle to thread on your OWB holster, unless its a paddle holster. The rigidity of the belt creates a spot where you can tell where the buckle was, but if you are switching from IWB to OWB regularly, you will need to make an educated guess on the new sweet spot until the belt has time to develop a bend for it.
For me the Hybrid EDC Belt quickly became my training and hiking belt. One you get it adjusted right and Velcro down your excess, this belt isn’t going to loosen. I love that once I thread the female buckle end through my belt loops and clip in the buckle, my pants and EDC gear are secure! I can slide on my holster, mag pouches, and other various items and keep them in place with the rigid function of the belt. Trust me, this belt has gone over quite a few fences during foot chases without loosening up.
I can also clip on my favorite TOPS Brothers of Bushcraft knife when it’s time to hit the woods.
This belt is a belt that wont let you down, or your pants! Understand that while I called the Liberty Gun Belts EDC belt the best EDC belt, this is a close second. The only reason that I wouldn’t call these equal is just a personal preference based on the needs of my everyday life. Most people carry the same pistol, usually IWB and wont need to adjust this belt once they lock it in.