Another cool offering from TAD Gear is the RDDP (Rapid Deploy Dump Pod), available in two sizes: small (Sz1) and large (Sz2). Like the Maxpedition Rollypoly (MM Folding Dump Pouch), the TAD Gear RDDP is a folding dump pod/pouch meant to provide a quick means of additional storage on the belt or rig for magazines or other items at a moment’s notice. However, the way it’s designed and folds up is completely different from the Rollypoly (it was actually designed in part by a buddy of mine who has the initials ‘MM’ coincidentally).
If you want an every day wear web belt to hold up your pants that is stiffer than a thin BDU web belt, but don’t need the thickness or features of a riggers belt, the D-Belt Urban Tactical Belt from Crosstac might be your answer. The D-Belt is somewhere in-between the two, providing enough support and stiffness for carrying a concealed weapon or other EDC items on your waist.
Here is Original SOE Gear’s “4 to 3 Row Tapered Belt Sleeve” (not yet added to their website), which is a padded MOLLE belt sleeve. Last year, John Willis sent me one of his Modular War Belt sleeves. It’s a sleeve for use over a rigger’s or duty belt that provides MOLLE webbing for pouches and padding for comfort. It has four rows of MOLLE/PALS webbing and is internally lined with velcro to interface with an inner belt. However, at 5.5″ tall for its entire length, it was better suited to taller guys than me. I’m only 5′ 7″ with a short torso, and the width of the belt got in the way of my mobility when kneeling, squatting, bending at the waist etc. A taller, bigger guy would probably have no issues. I told John “y’know, I’m just too short to use it” and he asked me what I’d like to see in a lower profile war belt sleeve. The Tapered War Belt Sleeve is what resulted.
Another item from John Willis, the original owner of SOE (Special Operation Equipment) and owner of Original SOE Gear is the Trouser Belt. The Trouser Belt is an excellent daily belt or travel belt due to its metal-free construction. The Trouser belt is available in plain colours, or with camouflage wrap (MultiCam shown here), and in two variants.
John Willis, the original owner of SOE (Special Operation Equipment) is back to doing what he does best – making bomb-proof, overbuilt nylon gear. His new company is Real SOE Gear and he’s been busy doing custom work. One thing that hasn’t changed is the attention to detail, quality and workmanship that customers of the original SOE were used to.
MultiCam Riggers Belt – John put together this Crye MultiCam Rigger belt, for those who really can’t live without a perfectly matching belt for their Crye MultiCams pants. He took 1000D MultiCam Cordura and wrapped it around the 1.75″ Type 7R MIL-W-4088 webbing. It’s a fully functional Riggers belt, and has a forged steel camlock buckle and parachute hardware V-ring attach point. While I’ve never used a rigger’s belt for rappelling, I’ve used one of John’s original SOE belts for years, occasionally as a safety line hookup when working at heights, and also as a pistol belt.
LIGER PRODUCTS has added the Army’s Foliage Green colour to the Liger belt lineup to match the new ACU colours. Seen below with SOF-PCU Level 5 pants. It’s a medium/dark grey-green.
LIGER PRODUCTS has introduced the Gen II version of their LIGER gun belt buckle, as shown below. The buckle has been smoothed/rounded out a bit, which results in a more ‘aerodynamic’ look, and more pleasing aesthetically than the Gen I version (which I thought looked fine as well). Curves have been put on the front and back vertical edges of the buckle, with the original corner radii kept the same (1/2″ in front, 1/8″ at the back). A 1/32″ chamfer has also been added all the way around on both the front and rear edges of the buckle, making it less sharp than the original.