Are belts boring? Only boring ones are. The really bad ones are exciting because you never know when your pants might fall down. The really good ones are exciting because they function in a way that goes beyond holding your pants up – they hold your pants up with style, or grace, or extreme function. Klik Belts fall into that last category.
What Makes Klik Belts Special?
It’s all in the buckle. Klik uses a two piece Cobra buckle from AustriAlpin that clicks (did you name them after the sound, Klik?) together and refuses to come apart unless you press a pair of camming clips in. The buckle is 7075 aluminum and the clips are brass. Together with 1.5″ or 1.75″ nylon webbing the belt can withstand up to 18kN of force (4050 lbs). That’s enough to rescue a small truck.
The design makes Klik belts infinitely adjustable. Just slide the webbing through the buckle to loosen or tighten and you’re good to go. Unlike some webbing belts, there is no slippage. Klik includes both a silicone band and an elastic band to tame any extra webbing that sticks out.
Klik Belts – Available Styles
Klik offers both 1-ply and 2-ply belts. They’re equally strong. The difference is in the stiffness. For everyday wear, you can get away with either, though a 1-ply is probably a better choice. If you carry a handgun regularly, whether IWB or OWB, the 2-ply has an extra layer of webbing that stiffens the belt and makes carry a breeze.
Klik also offers a rescue buckle that functions like the regular buckle, but includes a D-ring for emergencies. I wouldn’t rappel from it unless I absolutely had to – no leg loops makes for danger – but it could work in a pinch if necessary. The D-ring will take 22kN (5000 lbs) and Klik claims it exceeds ANSI Z359.1, CSA, EN, UIAA, and NFPA standards for fall protection.
Klik Belts Review
First, yes, they do just fine holding your pants up. That’s job #1 for any belt. They also look pretty good while doing it. Despite extreme function, they’re aesthetically pleasing enough to pass in casual and even professional settings.
I’ve been wearing the 2-ply version for about a week, every day. It’s comfortable, even as stiff as it is. Though I don’t carry regularly, I did try my IWB holster with the Klik belt. It’s as good, if not better than, my other tactical belts, but looks much less tactical.
There are a few quirks. You can’t thread a Klik Belt through your belt loops with the buckle attached. So, you have to slide the webbing out of the male side of the buckle, thread the belt, and then reinsert the webbing in the buckle. It makes for some interesting contortions if you use a holster with full clips (as opposed to the c-clips on mine) because you have to completely disassemble your belt and unthread it when you change pants.
Klik also recommends sizing up if you plan on carrying IWB. I went with my pants size and didn’t have an issue.
Klik belts get a big thumbs up. For the amount of engineering that goes into these belts, they’re a relative bargain. While some belts from other brands are a bit cheaper, they’re a dead giveaway that there’s something hanging from your belt other than your pants. Plus, made entirely in the USA – though the buckle is Austrian.
That said, if you have a bar-tack-capable machine at home, you can pick up a Cobra buckle for under $10 and grab some 1.5″ webbing for about 50 cents a foot and make your own belt for about $12, plus shipping.
Take a look at the Klik Belts website for color options and styles – there are a lot of options, plus custom combinations. And, don’t forget to outfit your best friend with one of their burly dog collars. Klik is offering 10% off for Engearment readers with code WPMA.