A recent and unexpected belt loop fail has me thinking about belt loops on IWB holsters. I'm curious to know what others have tried, liked, had success or failures with.
I've only used belt loops supplied with two blade tech holsters and these are the same ones I've used daily use since 2009. Just recently, while traveling, the loops began to split, and tore into two pieces at the crease. The holsters became useless for IWB purposes. I've been using blade tech holsters and they appear to use a thicker plasticky kind of belt loop whereas other companies are using what appears to be a thinner and more flexible loop, I think these have kevlar, and probably a different main material than the blade tech ones. The failures might also have been due to just wear and tear over the years and perhaps all loops reach this point. It is also worth noting that about two years ago I began to use the holsters with only one belt loop, this minimized some bulk from the attachment points for the loops as well allowed the holsters to have more cant. It might be that this increased pressure on the single belt loop, resulting in a failure. So, just something to think about there.
I learned two lessons, especially for travel. Bring a backup holster(s). Mine was a belly band which saved the day. And I'm going to acquire better belt loops. Bravo and Raven seem to use the more flexible and reinforced ones.