The Foundation Belt: EDC Belt Co Review
It’s A Belt
You know, there are a lot of folks who have found a way to make the whole concept of a belt much more than that in the last decade or so. This shouldn’t be a surprise to the many CCW-minded folks that read our content; a belt is the foundation for any concealed carry setup. As such, companies have found unique ways to pack bells and whistles into a strip of leather.
The EDC Co belt isn’t leather, but I also wouldn’t say it’s devoid of bells and whistles. I think the belt had a design purpose in mind that the manufacturer actually pursued it. In a world full of hats and visor covers with MOLLE strips on them for no apparent reason, this is a breath of fresh air.
Function is Form
The belt itself is a combo of 1.5″ nylon and cordura. The buckle is what the company calls a Tri-Glide low-profile buckle. It’s not a complicated design. You fish through one side, then the other, and you use the velcro to keep everything in place. Same sort of belt I used in high school football back in the day.
After my review of the Applied Gear Hybrid EDC Belt I have come to appreciate a small buckle that can easily fit through my belt loops without much effort in the mornings. Other such EDC marketed belts often have Cobra buckles. It’s sort of just accepted as the “cool gun guy” buckle of choice because of it’s utility on larger kit battle belts. It’s permeated into the CCW world, but not a lot of folks take the time to scratch their heads and wonder why that is. I certainly didn’t until trying this belt on and contemplating the pros and cons of each.
Previously where I had just decided to wear a different belt than to snake a cobra buckle through some loops, the Foundation belt was easy to slip through and slap on any ol’ pair of pants or shorts I tried it with.
Thought Out Where It Counts
What I probably like best about the belt is that it isn’t super stiff. Yes, that’s right, I said a gun belt was not, indeed, super stiff. Comfort is obviously a huge concern when carrying a pistol and can be a deciding factor as to whether you comply with your carry program or not. A belt that is basically a 1.5″ zip tie squeezing your body like a kidney corset may not always aid towards that end. Keep in mind, you do want a base level of stiffness in a gun belt.
The Foundation Belt cleverly applies an additional layer of stiff SCUBA (ed. note: manufacturers wording. The material used is different from what is usually called SCUBA) Webbing to where the holster for your gun would sit. When wearing the belt straight on and buckle in front, the strips go from my 2 o’clock to 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock to 10 o’clock positions accordingly. Of course, for appendix carry, the belt can be pretty easily rotated.
This means that the back of my pants where other stiffer belts used to like to expand out or bunch up instead stays flat to my back. And more importantly, actually remains comfortable all day.
It’s a smart and welcomed design. As I said before, you can tell that some thought went into developing this belt beyond the standard “make it stiff, that’s what I hear gun guys like!” sort of conjecture I imagine one would hear in a design meeting.
The company makes no bones about the idea that this belt is the product of trial and error, giving the middle finger to the good idea fairy. Bryan Estridge, the designer, says in his description that he was a career cop and concealed carrier with some lower back problems. This belt was his way of trying to carry his Beretta 92G Elite LTT as comfortably as he could. Langdon himself praises the belt. That’s high testimony.
Most CCW belts out there use ideas and materials taken from inner belts designed for holding up larger MOLLE rigs. Super stiff materials, Cobra buckles, all stolen straight from the Battle Belt meta that has taken over in the modern era of smaller plate carriers and (warranted) hatred of drop leg holsters.
The Foundation Belt offers something without any pretense from trying to be a cool guy operator. It’s practical. If you want to LARP as Tom Clancy’s Concealed Carry then yeah, you may need a Ronin Senshi to go to the supermarket. But if you need something that will keep you comfortable yet remain serviceable repeatedly all day and every day, this belt delivers on what it promises.
Would I ever put this in my battle belt as an inner?
Will the designer be upset that I said that?
Probably not, because that’s not what this is for.
Am I likely to wear this as my new go-to belt for carrying a gun on the daily? Absolutely, and that strikes me as exactly what the designer was after.
If you can only afford one belt and it has to do double duty for your range kits and CCW this may not be for you. It’s not something I’d start strapping a million pouches to or running inside another belt. However, if you need a dedicated CCW belt, this thing is $50. That’s a bargain, all things considered. And no, that $20 leather belt from the department store isn’t going to work. If you are in the CCW market this thing is a bit of a no-brainer.
Full Disclosure: I was provided this product for free for review. I’m not in the habit of positive reviews, which is why so many IFAK companies don’t return my emails (oops). I’m not a CCW expert. Just a guy who carries a gun every day of his life like any of you.