Battle belts are a great way to keep your gear and equipment organized and easily accessible while you’re in the field. However, if they’re not adjusted properly, they can quickly become a nuisance.
In this article, we will discuss how to keep your battle belt from riding up or sagging down.
How to Keep Your Battle Belt From Riding Up?
The most common cause for a battle belt to ride up is that you have the wrong size battle belt. If your battle belt is too large or loose, it can both ride up or sag down when you move around.
So you have two options to fix it. If you can adjust the belt size then well do that! But sadly you can’t always adjust battle belts, especially one-piece ones. So for those you can try to find extra padding for them, to place inside of them or you should look for a new one.
The second reason for both sagging down or riding up might be that your gear isn’t evenly distributed.
If you have a lot of heavy gear on one side like lots of ammo mags or equipment, this can cause the belt to ride up on the side that has less weight on it and slide or sag down on the side that has more weight.
To fix this, try to distribute the gear and pouches of your battle belt setup more evenly across both sides of your war belt.
Another possible reason for this might be that you’re wearing your battle belt wrong. If you wear your war belt setup over other layers like an untucked tactical shirt, a fleece, or a jacket, the layers of clothing can interfere with how your battle belt hangs and how it stays in place when moving around.
To fix this, you need to make sure that your battle belt is worn directly on top of your pants or trousers, without any extra layers of cloth between them. This way it will stay in place better.
How to Keep Your Battle Belt From Sagging Down?
As we mentioned in the chapter above, the most common reason for a sagging battle belt is that it is too big. So if you can adjust the size to fit your waist better, do that.
If it’s a one-piece belt and you can’t adjust it, look for extra padding or find a new battle belt that fits better.
Another reason might be that you have too much weight on your belt. If you have too many pouches with heavy equipment and items, this can cause your battle belt to sag.
So the first thing to do here is to evaluate your battle belt setup and take a look at what you have on it. Remember, your battle belt setup should only have the mission-critical gear you really need and nothing more!
Also, try to spread the equipment evenly across both sides of your belt. This will help to distribute the weight better and keep your battle belt from sagging down.
If you can’t cut any weight from your battle belt you could get yourself a pair of tactical suspenders. This will help to take some of the weight off your battle belt, transfer it to your shoulders and well keep your battle belt up.
Also, if you are using a drop leg holster with your battle belt setup, it could start to pull your battle belt down on the holster side and well up on the opposite side.
To fix this, you can try to tighten the leg straps on your drop leg holster more so it doesn’t move around as much and it wouldn’t be weighing your belt down. Or get a better drop leg holster that doesn’t tug on your battle belt or switch to a different type of battle belt holster.
Other Things You Could Consider
You could get a battle belt that has a separate velcro belt, that you can use just like regular belts. Then attach the MOLLE loadbearing belt on top of that with velcro.
This will help to keep everything in place better and make sure that your battle belt stays where it should be.
When your battle belt keeps sliding or sagging down then another thing you could try is to sew extra straps on your pants that you could use to keep the battle belt up.
Now, this is something I’d call a last resort and it definitely isn’t the best option out there as it can start to pull down your pants. But it is an option and I have seen a few guys rocking a modification like this. I wouldn’t recommend it, but as I said it is an option.
Keeping your battle belt from sliding down or riding up is essential if you want to be able to move around freely and do your job without having to adjust your gear constantly.
So how can you achieve this? The most important things are that you make sure the size of your belt fits properly and that you evenly distribute all the weight of your gear and equipment.
You can also try wearing a separate velcro belt underneath your battle belt setup or sew extra straps on your pants to keep your battle belt in place.
And lastly, if all else fails you could get yourself some tactical suspenders to help take some of the weight off and make sure that your battle belt stays in place.
By following these tips and tricks, you should be able to keep your battle belt from riding up or sagging down no matter how much gear you’re carrying around. Good luck!