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Follow-Up: OscarDelta Black Ops Belt

I did my original review of the SERE Black Ops belt a while back, and thought that I would post a quick update. It's been about 3 and a half months since the review, and I've been wearing the belt an average of about 3 days a week since then. Here's a few quick thoughts:

  • It's a very lightweight and comfortable belt for casual wear. Works very well for a lazy day with cargo shorts. The webbing is very soft and comfortable, almost like wearing no belt.
  • So far, construction is holding up perfectly. Looks almost brand new. No signs of any trouble; I expect the belt will keep going like the Energizer bunny.
  • This style of belt can be torqued down to be fairly tight if needs be, which can helpful. 
  • I find that the belt needs to be re-tightened every so often as worn throughout the day, more with heavier loads.
  • This model does better with lighter-weight pants; it works best with cargo shorts + a light EDC load for me. Jeans are a bit heavier and the belt has a bit harder time keeping them up - at least for me. 
  • Its small pack size, lightweight and non-metal construction make the Black Ops belt a great travelling belt, with the added benefit of the hidden pocket for cash.
  • The velcro on the interior pocket is holding perfectly, and I have never had a problem with any of the belt's contents coming loose.
  • Putting some basic backup tools in the belt doesn't cause any problems of discomfort for me. Mind you, I don't overload the belt - the slew of gear seen in the picture is for demonstration purposes.
  • Small, flat objects are the best - things like folded spare cash, a Spyderco Ladybug-size folding knife or a BFE Labs UltraLight Kit knife, button compass, small flashlights, small ferro rod or spark lite, keys, Bogota picks fit well; more gear obviously adds more bulk.
Since I received this belt, OscarDelta has updated the design and switched to using a heavier-weight webbing, which may make the belt better to use with heavier loads. I have one these incoming, and I will post up a review after some initial testing.