215 Gear Enhanced Rigger’s Belt

by December 10, 2009 12/10/09
215 Gear Enhanced Rigger's Belt 01

A few months back we brought you a comprehensive review of the 215 Gear Ultimate Rigger’s Belt.

Today we’ll be reviewing 215 Gear’s newest release, the Enhanced Rigger’s Belt.

Made to the same rigorous standards as the Ultimate Rigger’s Belt, the Enhanced Rigger’s Belt offers a low-cost option for those that don’t require the features of the URB’s Cobra Buckle.

The ERB has all the unique features the URB offers such as the sewn loop for emergency rappelling use, bombproof construction and high quality Mil-spec materials, but brings a few of its own features that could appeal a different end-user.

Hardware

215 Gear Enhanced Rigger's Belt 05215 Gear chose to go with the 1 3/4″ Austrialpin Slide Block Buckle on the Enhanced Riggers Belt, which we see as a wonderful alternative to the common metal buckles used and even the Cobra Buckle in some cases.

  1. They’re made of Marine-grade A4 Stainless Steel which provides a rust-proof solution at a lower cost than Cobra Buckles.
  2. They’re strong! 1600 lb. load capacity is what  paragear.com quotes.
  3. They utilize the same slide block design that has been used for years in the common metal buckles, which should alleviate any concern over their safety.
  4. There’s no trouble feeding this through your belt loops, or having to take off the male portion of a Cobra Buckle to feed it through.
  5. They’re lightweight! There’s a significant weight savings off the traditional metal buckle as well as the Cobra Buckle.

Without having stand alone buckles it’s hard to be exact on the weight savings, but a medium URB weighs in at 7.9 oz. and a medium ERB weighs in at 7.0 oz.

Not a huge weight savings, but you know the old camping adage… “An ounce in the morning weighs a pound at night.”

We’d definitely be interested to see the results of a Salt Fog test with the Austrialpin Slide Block buckle, but we suspect that it would come out unscathed just as the Cobra Buckle did.

For detailed photos of the Salt Fog Test from 215 Gear, check out Custom Gear Report’s write up on the URB.

Sewing

215 Gear Enhanced Rigger's Belt 09The Enhanced Riggers Belt is constructed with double layered 1 3/4″ Type 13  parachute webbing and features 7 Class sewing.

Mike over at Custom Gear Report mentioned in his video of the URB that it was sewn on a Type 7 Machine using 5 Cord thread with a 301 lock stitch, and from what we can tell the ERB is sewn to those same standards.

Six rows of sewing run down the entire length of the belt adding to the stiffness and rigidity. This helps trememdously with the usual “roll” that drop leg holsters and subloads are notorious for.

215 Gear Enhanced Rigger's Belt 08An added benefit the ERB brings to the table over the URB is the rounded working end which makes feeding it through belt loops and the buckle much easier.

The ERB is made with only Mil-Spec materials and is Berry Amendment Compliant (U.S. Made)

Sizing

215 Gear Enhanced Rigger's Belt 10The belts are available in Medium (30-35” waist),  Large (35-40” waist) and  X-Large (40-45” waist).

With between four and five inches of adjustment in each of the sizes there can be some resistance in the removal of the belt if the loop velcro on the bitter end has to work its way through the buckle (if you’re at the lower end of the adjustment sizing).

Notes

Other than adjustment resistance, the Enhanced Rigger’s Belt is an excellent low-cost addition to 215′s lineup.

Retail is $44.99 and available in black and khaki from  215gearstore.com.


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fuspar
fuspar

I just got the URB and it is worth every penny. I did have to round off the end of the belt to ease feeding it through the buckle and trim the velcro a tiny bit. Other than that, it probably is the last belt I will ever need!

fuspar
fuspar

thanks for the feedback code24!

code24
code24

@fuspar

I have the URB, and I don't find the Cobra buckle annoying at all. I think the convenience of it once it is on, outweighs the hassle of having to take off one end, once a day. If you are using it as an everyday belt, you will most likely be feeding the belt through the buckle more than the once a day the URB requires.

code24
code24

@fuspar I have the URB, and I don't find the Cobra buckle annoying at all. I think the convenience of it once it is on, outweighs the hassle of having to take off one end, once a day. If you are using it as an everyday belt, you will most likely be feeding the belt through the buckle more than the once a day the URB requires.

fuspar
fuspar

Great! Just as I was about to order the URB...Mmmhhh, I like the lower price and the smaller buckle, but I like the ease of use of the Cobra buckle, specially for everyday wear.

I have a Blackhawk one at the moment and it's a bit of a hassle to feed the belt through the buckle, specially if you have to do it a few times a day.

Do you find the Cobra buckle annoyingly big for everyday wear?

Thanks for the great review!

fuspar
fuspar

Great! Just as I was about to order the URB...Mmmhhh, I like the lower price and the smaller buckle, but I like the ease of use of the Cobra buckle, specially for everyday wear. I have a Blackhawk one at the moment and it's a bit of a hassle to feed the belt through the buckle, specially if you have to do it a few times a day. Do you find the Cobra buckle annoyingly big for everyday wear? Thanks for the great review!

H.J. Simpson
H.J. Simpson

How does this belt compare to the Wilderness 5-stitch belt in regards to vertical stiffness?

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