The relationship between tools you carry and your waistline is governed by one simple article of clothing, a belt. Until recently, belts were used to hold up your pants or not worn at all. Everyday Carry (EDC) has brought life back to wearing belts again, even if your pants fit just fine. It’s not uncommon for prepared people to have one or more tools in their waist line. Tools like a handgun, fixed blade knife, tourniquet, and other items that increase survivability when a good day goes bad. Your choice of belt is important - it’s the anchor for most waste line tools - providing security and concealment. Here are some belts to get you started.
What to look for when purchasing a belt for everyday carry items.
1. Ensure its length accounts for the increased circumference of your waist once tools are in place.
2. Ensure the material is sturdy and thick enough for all holster, sheath, and other gear clips.
3. Ensure secure attachment points where the buckle and belt connect.
4. Ensure belt width is shorter than clip length.
5. Conduct a jump test with all EDC items properly attached before you walk out the door each day.
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Clint Emerson is a retired Navy SEAL, the best-selling author of "100 Deadly Skills," and the founder of Escape the Wolf, which focuses on crisis management for global companies.