Applied Gear's Soe EDC Belt Review

May 27, 2023
David Sunnyside

Most of us have at one point snapped up a cheap strip of leather that served our EDC needs, but if you've got some money to burn why not upgrade to something a bit smarter? That's where the soe edc belt comes in, and it isn't your typical gun belt or fashion belt.

This is what Applied Gear calls a hybrid belt, meaning it's a little bit of everything. It's not quite as thick and supportive as a real tactical belt, but it doesn't draw attention or look odd on the street like a fashion belt either.

The overlapping 1.5" webbing reduces thickness in the front for carrying appendix style holsters and also makes the belt a little stiffer so it stays rigid when supporting firearms or other EDC gear attached to it. The buckle and tail are secured with a moveable retainer strap to keep the rig centered. The AustriAlpin cobra buckle is incredibly tough and features a break strength of 4,000 pounds.

Probably the most clever feature is the flexible strap that marries the buckle to the belt - it's got some play in it which lets the belt slip more easily through generic jean belt loops than a super-stiff tactical belt would. So, the Hybrid EDC belt can slip into your favorite pair of Wranglers and still support a holstered pistol and dump bag full of magazines, so it's a solid jack-of-all-trades piece of kit.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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