Safariland ELS Competition Belt
I was new to competition belts when I ordered my Safariland ELS (equipment locking system) belt. When it arrived, it was extremely sturdy, kept its shape, and was fairly easy to figure out how to wear it. Pricing is, in my opinion, a little hefty, however. It comes standard with two rows of pre-cut holes that run the entire length of the belt. If you choose to do so, you can also attach receiver plates in various locations around the perimeter of the belt of your choosing. I personally chose to only add a holster and mag pouches at this time, but I have the option to make changes as I see necessary. Lastly, the belt is 1.75″ wide, allowing for a nice, snug fit for your holster and mag pouches connection system. I paid $75 for both the outer and inner belt shipped, but when you see the quality, you know why.Design: There are several design options you can choose from when ordering such as the basket weave, nylon look, or plain appearance. I ultimately chose the basket weave finish based on aesthetic appearance alone. I like the texture of the basket weave, and the look of it compared to the other options, and I have been happy with my decision to choose this finish.
Pros: Some I mentioned before, but the pros include: solid construction, sturdy on your waist, and extremely easy to figure out for a newbie. The finish is done extremely well, and the belt looks and feels as though it will last a lifetime.
Cons: The proper way to wear the belt for maximum performance is to actually wear it backwards. What I mean is the loop that you slide the end of the belt through should be on your lower back so as to leave the front of your belt wide open for many mag pouches, or other accessories you choose to wear on it. The potential issue this causes is that you literally need to put your hands behind your back, and work at it a little to slide the small loop (while being met with the resistance of the velro underneath) over the end of the belt without being able to see what you’re doing. I am not saying this could have been avoided when Safariland made the belt, but it is something to note, however when considering your purchase.
I am happy with my purchase, and I will continue to use this belt during competitions, or just while plinking at the range. Overall it feels very solid and I am sure it will last me a lifetime, provided I take good care of it. The adjustments at the range are a little more time consuming with the Tek-Lok system that I use, but that’s hardly a con for the Safariland ELS belt, and doesn’t bother in the slightest.