The Original Instructor Belt was developed in 1983 and has been refined ever since, now offering higher quality and more options than ever. It is a very strong belt with a specially designed carbon steel V-ring buckle coated with non-glare black Roguard, a tough milspec finish which is highly corrosion-resistant and will not chip like cheaper coatings. The belt was originally designed to clip into a secure system while "instructing" others in high places during mountain rescue training, although they can be used for emergency rappelling with proper training. Our belts have also proven to be a fantastic everyday pants belt for casual or outdoor use, as well as concealed-carry.
Although not intended to replace a rappelling harness or to absorb a fall, the Instructor Belt provides peace of mind over the alternative -- no protection at all. We strongly recommend it for anyone involved in law enforcement, special warfare, or rescue operations where there is a risk of falling out of a helicopter. It has been standard operating procedure for years within the Phoenix Special Assignments Unit (SWAT) to clip into a Wilderness Original Instructor Belt during airborne or skid-riding ops. It has also been used by many professionals who like the safety of being clipped in when working in cherry pickers (the belt's first "save") or other tall structures.
The Original Instructor Belt is designed to be a serious piece of rescue/safety equipment that you may have to bet your life on. In lab testing, our Original Instructor Belt has withstood a minimum of 5,900 lbs. of static stress without failing, to more than 8,000 lbs. of static stress without failing. Results vary with model. See testing data. Ask those who try to copy us if they continually refine the construction and materials they use? Or do they use inferior materials and designs, like heat-sealing or flimsy metal tabs on the end that tear off and shred your belt within a year or two? Our proprietary resin treatment on the belt tab actually soaks into the core of our nylon and bonds with it, providing permanent protection from fraying. With proper use, your Original Instructor Belt should give you literally years of faithful service.
You don't have to ask us if our gear is top quality; we stand behind our products and include documentation of these results with every Original Instructor Belt, and we post them here on our website.
If it's not a Wilderness Original Titanium Instructor Belt, it's just a copy. We have never, and will never, produce our belts under any name but our own. We have on rare occasion done signature-line belts for our industry partners, like EOTAC, but always with our label as well as theirs. This way you can be guaranteed you are getting our quality, not a cheap substitute.
CHOOSE YOUR FLAVOR
The standard 3-stitch model offers very good load-bearing and comfort with inside-the-pants holster carry. The5-stitch model is our favorite and most popular. It offers two additional stitch lines along the length of the belt which significantly stiffen it and enhance load bearing. It's vertical rigidity is similar to a high-quality leather gunbelt, yet it is horizontally and rotationally flexible for comfort. We think this is the best one for most gun-carrying operations, both inside-the-pants and belt holsters. The Combat Shooters Model (C.S.M.) adds a polyethylene insert which adds even more vertical rigidity. This model is slightly thicker than the 3- or 5-stitch models. We recommend it for action shooters and security work where numerous items such as duty holsters will be worn on the belt.
Our original 1¾" belts fit most jeans and BDUs very well (please measure belt loops to be sure! We have found many off-brands have odd sizes that may not be correct). Due to overwhelming demand we also produce 1½"Original Instructor Belts that will fit a wider variety of pants and shorts.
Why did it take so long to make the smaller one? Because our proprietary 1½" buckles, just like our 1¾" versions, were put through rigorous laboratory testing to prove their merit.
Wilderness belt testing results
Comparison of our standard 1¾" buckle with our 1½" buckle, which is proprietary to Wilderness Tactical Products, LLC
Instructor Belts are available in black, Wilderness Coyote, and Wilderness Olive Drab, 1½" or 1¾". We offer standard stiffness 3-stitch, stiffer 5-stitch, and a Combat Shooter's Model (C.S.M.) with a more rigid polymer insert. They have corrosion-resistant buckles coated with original black Roguard (which will not chip like cheaper coatings found on many Instructor Belt copies), and all the quality you expect from a Wilderness product. Remember, if it's not a Wilderness Original Instructor Belt, it's just a copy.
Seems to have good reviews on there, but I've never owned it. Plastic buckle so it won't rust, but may not last either.I'd possibly be open to a riggers belt but wanted a web belt that I could load down and wear with suspenders.
BlackHawk Enhanced Military Web Belt. 41WB02BK, 41WB02DE, 41WB02OD. BlackHawk Belts.