This is a discussion on Wilderness Instructor Belt: does it loosen over time? within the Related Gear & Equipment forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm thinking about buying one of these belts (Wilderness Instructor, probably the Easy Fit model). It seems to get good reviews, but my one question ...
I'm thinking about buying one of these belts (Wilderness Instructor, probably the Easy Fit model). It seems to get good reviews, but my one question is this: I see that it uses a "pressure retainment" system, rather than using fixed holes. That being said, how well does the system work? Does it stay where you set it until you manually loosen it, or does it tend to loosen itself over time as you go about your business throughout the day? I haven't read any reports of this happening, but I just want to be sure before I buy.
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If by "loosen itself over time" you mean a couple months as in stretching, no, mine actually seems to shrink
I wear mine quite often and during the course of the day I don't notice any slippage, their tension buckle system actually takes a little work to undo it at the end of the day. Good system, I like it.
Mine hasn't gotten looser. Actually, it's gotten tighter, but that's a problem with the owner, not the belt...
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I have had several. They don't slip or loosen throughout the day.
This might ease your mind:
"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."
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I have several of them...all are as good as new.
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I just bought one from a LGS and I love it. I have been wearing it everyday for the past week and no loosening to report.
Another confirmation that they do NOT loosen during the course of the day.
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Depending on how long you have the belt, the velcro can wear and tend not to stick as well. But none of mine have ever tried to slip through the buckle.
I have the Frequent Flyer and it stays in place once you set the velcro. No slipping or loosening throughout the day.
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I've been wearing mine for nearly a year and and a half with no problems at all. I like the way adjustment is not restricted by hole spacing.
Regarding the Velcro wearing out, I suppose it would eventually, but the only problems I've ever seen with Velcro (but not with my belt) have been because the hook portion has picked up lint and other bits which then interfere; pick them all out and you're back in business.
I use the stitch-reinforced belt with an M&P 9c and it has been fine. If I were carrying a heavier gun I think I would want the plastic strip interior reinforcement.
All-in-all, I think it is a great system and value.
I've had mine since 2008 and it still works great, no slipping.
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Nope, no slippage.
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