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Mack
02-04-2021, 04:02 PM
This belt is the last release of our new belt designs for 2021. The D-Ring belt is a purpose built AIWB/IWB concealed carry belt that is unique within our belt line-up. The Mastermind D-Ring belt does not have a scuba webbing core which makes it more flexible than our other belts. It also does not use a hook-and-loop closure with the steel D-Rings providing all the security necessary. The result is a low-profile concealed carry belt that interfaces well with specialized AIWB holsters and will have an exceptionally long lifespan.

As some of you may know we are big fans personally of D-Ring belts and we have offered them throughout the years but this one is here to stay.

https://www.mastermindtactics.com/shop/dringbelt

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blues
02-07-2021, 04:29 PM
Just ordered, Mack

As you know, I was a big fan of the previous (heavier duty) "Universal" belt which featured D-rings...so I found the opportunity to have a D-ring belt in a thinner, more flexible format pretty irresistible.

Should provide a nice continuum alongside the "Parameter" and "Universals" I have in my belt collection already. (Not to mention the earlier, OG belts from the first days.)

Looking forward to it.

Mack
02-08-2021, 09:46 AM
Thanks again for the continued support we do appreciate it.

The new d-ring is pretty awesome in our opinion and we are happy that it is back as well as having a belt option with no hook and loop. This belt will last as long as a belt can last.

blues
02-08-2021, 09:53 AM
Thanks again for the continued support we do appreciate it.

The new d-ring is pretty awesome in our opinion and we are happy that it is back as well as having a belt option with no hook and loop. This belt will last as long as a belt can last.

One of the great features of the "Parameter" as well, aside from the AustriAlpin frame buckle. It's been my go-to since receiving it...almost to the exclusion of all others.

These two belts will, I'm certain, be my mainstays for the foreseeable future. I think bringing back the D-ring was a great idea for multiple reasons.

Mack
02-10-2021, 09:37 AM
One of the great features of the "Parameter" as well, aside from the AustriAlpin frame buckle. It's been my go-to since receiving it...almost to the exclusion of all others.

These two belts will, I'm certain, be my mainstays for the foreseeable future. I think bringing back the D-ring was a great idea for multiple reasons.


We have always been a fan of the d-ring design, the new version should offer a nice balance of vertical rigidity and circumferential flexibility.

blues
02-14-2021, 11:10 AM
Got the D-Ring belt in a little while ago, took off the "Parameter" and replaced it with my latest belt from Mastermind...(number 7, but who's counting?)

This belt fits just as I had expected based upon my experience with prior Mastermind belts and their fit, and Mack's description of the pliability / rigidity of this new offering.

To sum up, it's great. Holds my AIWB holsters nice and snug to the body, is supple enough to follow and wrap around the lines of the holster, and rigid enough vertically to prevent any roll out.

I wear my AIWB about 1.30, which is to say about halfway between the pants' closure at 12, and the side seam of the pants.

I ordered my belt one size over what I take in Duluth Flex Fire Hose cargo pants, knowing that I wanted a bit of extra tail compared to my Parameter belt.

This gives me 5.5" of tail extending past the buckle when snugged down firmly with AIWB holster and AIWB mag pouch. On Duluth pants that takes it to under the second belt loop on the support hand side.

The buckle lays nice and flat and is unnoticeable under the sweatshirt I had on today.

Bonus: No velcro. All holding power is provided by the D-Ring buckle and thus far it hasn't budged while sitting, standing or squatting.

Bottom line? I highly recommend this belt to my forum brethren for AIWB.

(Disclosure: This belt was bought and paid for by me and no offer or compensation was made by Mastermind for my review.)

Mack
02-22-2021, 12:52 PM
D-Rings are back in stock!

https://www.mastermindtactics.com/shop/dringbelt

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awp_101
02-23-2021, 08:47 PM
D-Rings are back in stock!
Ordered! I'm probably more excited to try out my first "real" gun belt than I should be...:o:eek:

Mack
02-24-2021, 01:18 PM
Ordered! I'm probably more excited to try out my first "real" gun belt than I should be...:o:eek:

Thanks for the support! Orders from yesterday shipped today so the wait should not be too long.

blues
02-24-2021, 01:26 PM
Thanks for the support! Orders from yesterday shipped today so the wait should not be too long.

I'm wearing mine right now...and you knocked it out of the park with this one, Mack

Super comfortable, great support...yet flexible. I'm tempted to say it's the best belt yet of the seven I own...

...but I'll keep it to myself.

Leroy Suggs
02-24-2021, 01:48 PM
I would really like to buy that belt, but I won't order anything that ships USPS now.
The AIWB I ordered 2/16 has not arrived yet.

blues
02-24-2021, 01:57 PM
I would really like to buy that belt, but I won't order anything that ships USPS now.
The AIWB I ordered 2/16 has not arrived yet.

Mine took five days from VT to NC. Buy it. Don't be an old billy goat. ;)

Mack
02-24-2021, 03:04 PM
I'm wearing mine right now...and you knocked it out of the park with this one, Mack

Super comfortable, great support...yet flexible. I'm tempted to say it's the best belt yet of the seven I own...

...but I'll keep it to myself.

Thanks for sharing your experience with the new D-Ring. As you know we have always been a fan of the D-Ring closure for several reasons. We are happy to hear that you are liking the new one and can report that feedback on the belt since it has been released has mirrored yours. Thanks again!


I would really like to buy that belt, but I won't order anything that ships USPS now.
The AIWB I ordered 2/16 has not arrived yet.

USPS has been slower than normal, but parcels do get to their destinations I am confident your holster will arrive. We use UPS for large orders and receive a lot of shipments via FedEx all of which have been slower than normal.

On a personal note I hear you, I ordered a box of cigars which shipped UPS Second Day Air and it took over a week to get here. Talk about a long wait... :D

Leroy Suggs
03-01-2021, 08:13 AM
Send me an invoice with UPS or FEDEX shipping and i will order one.

awp_101
03-01-2021, 01:03 PM
Thanks for the support! Orders from yesterday shipped today so the wait should not be too long.
Ordered late on the 23d, shipped the 24th, delivered the 26th. Doesnt get much better than that! It took a little bit wearing it Friday night and Saturday morning to get a feel for it, figuring out how tight I wanted it and the best way to get there but I got everything sorted out and Im really enjoying it, thanks!

Mack
03-01-2021, 02:27 PM
Ordered late on the 23d, shipped the 24th, delivered the 26th. Doesnt get much better than that! It took a little bit wearing it Friday night and Saturday morning to get a feel for it, figuring out how tight I wanted it and the best way to get there but I got everything sorted out and Im really enjoying it, thanks!

Thanks again for the support and thanks for posting. We are happy that you are liking the belt; the D-Ring is awesome!

Leroy Suggs
03-05-2021, 04:04 PM
My belt came today. I ordered 38 and the belt says 38 on it. But it is 2 inches shorter than both of my Specialists which are marked 38. Disappointed to say the least.

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Mack
03-06-2021, 10:18 AM
All of our belts (except the Duty belt) are sized the same, and in the above pictures you can see that the D-Ring and Specialist are sized the same. The length of the belt is measured from the part of the buckle that interfaces with the tail to the point the tail starts on the opposite end of the belt. If you play around with the adjustment lengths you will see that they both will size down the same amount, with the D-Ring having a bit of a bonus that it can adjust a little longer than a Specialist since there is no hook and loop that needs to engage. The overall length of the entire belt is not necessarily related to the size of the belt (as the overall length of a D-Ring is 3 shorter than a Specialist of the same size but can actually adjust to be a little bit larger than a Specialist can).

The D-Ring has a tail that is 3 shorter than the Specialist because it does not have a hook and loop closure which means a shorter tail length will be desired when wearing it so the tail is not excessively long (since there is no hook and loop to stop it from flopping around our D-Ring belt tail is designed to support itself so it does not require a keeper for the tail, which would be annoying having to take on and off all the time). It wouldnt make sense to have the tail be the same length on the D-Ring and the Specialist because of this.

As also is visible in the picture the D-Ring is actually a tiny bit longer than the Specialist for each given size to accommodate the amount of webbing that is taken up when tail is secured in the D-Rings (as they take up more webbing than the Specialist buckle does).

Leroy Suggs
03-06-2021, 10:33 AM
If I knew it was that short I would have ordered a 40.
I don't like it.

Totem Polar
03-06-2021, 10:41 AM
If you could do this belt in the P-F color skew, it would be perfect.
:)

GearFondler
03-06-2021, 11:00 AM
If you could do this belt in the P-F color skew, it would be perfect.
:)

It doesn't have the core layer so that would be tough to pull of I'm guessing. I suppose orange stitching would be possible.

Totem Polar
03-06-2021, 11:26 AM
It doesn't have the core layer so that would be tough to pull of I'm guessing. I suppose orange stitching would be possible.

https://memegenerator.net/img/instances/80895016.jpg


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Totem Polar
03-06-2021, 02:38 PM
Since P-F orange is apparently off the table, I just went ahead and ordered a Henry Ford edition one a few minutes ago.

This will be my second D-ring MM belt, to say nothing of the specialists Ive acquired.

Leroy Suggs
03-10-2021, 07:08 PM
I just ordered my second D ring.
Great belt for AIWB.

I have two Specialists and like them, but the D ring is a bit better for me.

Maca
03-10-2021, 08:09 PM
Received mine earlier this week. The best belt Ive ever used for AIWB.

Mack
03-11-2021, 10:44 AM
Thanks to everyone who bought a D-Ring and thanks for the feedback and taking time to post.

The D-Ring is an excellent option for serious AIWB users as not having a scuba webbing core makes it our most flexible belt. It still has the vertical rigidity needed for any concealed carry setup but the design works well with wings/claws and wedges to help get the most out of your entire AIWB setup.

The no hook and loop is also good as there is nothing to wear out and the d-rings hold everything very securely. As an added bonus it looks like a normal belt so those that don't want their gear to scream tactical the D-Ring also has that covered.

EVP
03-17-2021, 06:11 PM
Ordered this belt and was surprised how quick I received it. Always awesome when the ordering process is easy, straightforward and with quick shipping.

I usually prefer a less rigid belt when AIWB, so I figured this was going to work for me. I have worn it for a few days and I really like it. Seems to be a great balance of rigidity. It reminds me of a well worn Wilderness frequent flyer but with a more bomb proof buckle. I was not sure how the extra tail would work without the velcro but I dig it.

If you like less rigid belts give it a try, great quality as always. This belt and my graith specialist are now my go to belts.

Mack
03-21-2021, 08:48 AM
Ordered this belt and was surprised how quick I received it. Always awesome when the ordering process is easy, straightforward and with quick shipping.

I usually prefer a less rigid belt when AIWB, so I figured this was going to work for me. I have worn it for a few days and I really like it. Seems to be a great balance of rigidity. It reminds me of a well worn Wilderness frequent flyer but with a more bomb proof buckle. I was not sure how the extra tail would work without the velcro but I dig it.

If you like less rigid belts give it a try, great quality as always. This belt and my graith specialist are now my go to belts.

Thanks for the support and for taking time to post your feedback, we are happy to hear that the D-Ring is working for you!

Doublestack45
03-22-2021, 11:57 AM
Received my order super fast and the d-ring is exactly what I wanted.
Measured my Specialist and saw I was wearing it on the larger end of the adjustment, and ordered the d-ring 2 larger.
The tail is exactly the length I would want, and Im glad I upsized.
My gold standard of comfort was always a 1.5 Patagonia tech web belt, even though the buckle was bigger than I wanted.
The d-ring belt is right between the Specialist and the Patagonia as far as being comfortably flexible, yet supportive.
The d-ring buckles also take up noticeably less room than similar Wilderness style rings.
Overall, an excellent choice for those who like a more flexible belt.

GearFondler
03-22-2021, 01:29 PM
Received my order super fast and the d-ring is exactly what I wanted.
Measured my Specialist and saw I was wearing it on the larger end of the adjustment, and ordered the d-ring 2 larger.
The tail is exactly the length I would want, and Im glad I upsized.
My gold standard of comfort was always a 1.5 Patagonia tech web belt, even though the buckle was bigger than I wanted.
The d-ring belt is right between the Specialist and the Patagonia as far as being comfortably flexible, yet supportive.
The d-ring buckles also take up noticeably less room than similar Wilderness style rings.
Overall, an excellent choice for those who like a more flexible belt.Nice! Is that a Strider SA in a custom sheath?

Doublestack45
03-22-2021, 01:47 PM
Nice! Is that a Strider SA in a custom sheath?
Close, its a DB in a sheath that BladeRigs did for me.

GearFondler
03-22-2021, 01:49 PM
Close, its a DB in a sheath that BladeRigs did for me.Very cool... It was tough to tell from that pic. ;)

Mack
03-23-2021, 01:48 PM
Received my order super fast and the d-ring is exactly what I wanted.
Measured my Specialist and saw I was wearing it on the larger end of the adjustment, and ordered the d-ring 2 larger.
The tail is exactly the length I would want, and Im glad I upsized.
My gold standard of comfort was always a 1.5 Patagonia tech web belt, even though the buckle was bigger than I wanted.
The d-ring belt is right between the Specialist and the Patagonia as far as being comfortably flexible, yet supportive.
The d-ring buckles also take up noticeably less room than similar Wilderness style rings.
Overall, an excellent choice for those who like a more flexible belt.

Thanks for the support and for taking time to post! We are happy to hear that the D-Ring is working for your needs.

Leroy Suggs
03-26-2021, 11:37 AM
I would love to see the D ring in gray and or coyote . I would buy both, in addition to the two blacks I have.

GearFondler
03-27-2021, 05:46 PM
Just ordered one along with the TQ pouch... Will update with my thoughts after I get them in.

Mack
03-28-2021, 09:55 AM
I would love to see the D ring in gray and or coyote . I would buy both, in addition to the two blacks I have.

We are looking into the possibility of a coyote colorway for the D-ring and the Universal but other colorways probably won't be possible.


Just ordered one along with the TQ pouch... Will update with my thoughts after I get them in.

Thanks for the order!

BehindBlueI's
04-02-2021, 10:37 PM
Got it, wore it around today while working around the house. Just a LCR since I was at home, but I like it so far.

GearFondler
04-03-2021, 08:08 PM
Got mine yesterday as well and have worn it for 2 days now.
Here's some initial observations comparing it to the MMT Specialist Pro that I have been using for the past six months....

The D-Ring belt is somewhat thicker but still a bit more flexible than the Pro. This creates a belt that is still easily capable of supporting a heavy AIWB load but in my opinion is just slightly more comfortable, especially across my back.
The D-Ring buckle itself is definitely larger than the minimalist metal slider of the Pro version and in this it is less concealable. However, it is still not a large buckle and in truth I can't imagine any buckle that is smaller than the Pro's slider. As for using the D-Rings themselves, it is more difficult to cinch it tight compared to the Pro, but it also doesn't abrade the nylon as the metal buckle does. And to my pleasant surprise it holds tight all day long. I mean I seriously expected to have to occasionally tighten it through the day but that has not been the case so far, and that's with it carrying a Roland Special and a 24rd reload. All the more surprising as it does not feature any velcro to secure the end of the belt.
In summary, it's a damn good belt and I'm pleased I bought it.


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Mack
04-05-2021, 06:12 PM
Thank you both for the feedback and your support, we really appreciate it!

OfficeCat
04-05-2021, 06:46 PM
My experience and observations are in accordance with GearFondler's. Both good belts with some differences that may add up to pluses and minuses. Maybe a slight edge in comfort with th D-ring as it's slightly less stiff. Specialist is easier to get tight (not just snug.) D ring is a little easier to thread owing to lack of Velcro. D ring buckle prints a little, but then I remind myself, so what? Aesthetically and OCD-wise, I like the lack of Velcro and the insinuation of a longer life.

I haven't really decided which one I would choose if I could only have one.

One thing I would strongly recommend is that if you have the Specialist and it's tending toward the small end of the size scale for you, order the D ring a size larger. My Specialist fits well but without much left over. I ordered the D ring a size larger and ended up with a tail that's just about as long as the Specialist's. If I had ordered the same size it would have been too small.

BehindBlueI's
04-05-2021, 08:49 PM
After several days, I'm thinking this is my favorite other than the Shivworks belt (which, unfortunately I've about under-grown).

For those who are talking about having trouble getting it tight, I had the same issue at first. I figured out if you just barely lift the D ring, maybe like 15 degree angle, you can get it very tight. Lifting the buckle too much more than that let it get snug but not tight. It definitely stays where you put it.

My only minor quibble is I'd like the "nose" to be tapered or rounded a bit. It's hard enough that with it left squared off you have a bit of "threading the needle" to get it started since it won't fit in the D ring if it's a little bit too high or off kilter.

I like the no Velcro.

The D rings seem like overkill in a good way. Like if I ever need my belt to double as a logging chain or something it's capable.

Mack
04-06-2021, 04:35 PM
Thanks to everyone for sharing their feedback and for the support!

Here is a little bit more info about the D-ring and some of the design/construction elements and why they are that way.

Since the D-Ring doesnt have any hook and loop we designed the tail to be shorter than the Specialist (~3) so you dont have a long tail section flopping about on your waistband (since the D-ring is also designed to work without the need of a keeper for the tail).

As a general note if anyone would like a longer tail section when the belt is worn you can order a size larger however you may be in danger of having the belt be too large if you are closer to the end of the adjustment range (i.e. adjusted as small as possible) on your Specialist as adjustment range of a D-Ring and Specialist of the same size is the same, just that the tail of the D-ring is shorter.

The D-ring belts also have a bit of a break in period, after a little while the tail will become easier to thread through the buckles and the buckles will start to lay flatter as the tail section breaks in.

When designing the belt we thought about clipping the end of the tail to make it easier to feed through belt loops but we ended up with the tail the way it is because it will hold up much better in the long term versus clipping and burning the end of the tail.

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BobLoblaw
04-06-2021, 07:58 PM
Id like the extra length to keep it threaded when Im dropping trou. Its easier to keep the holster where I want it riding on a connected loop (like the specialist) vs having to undo it and hope it doesnt roll out of my underwear and dump on the ground or have to disconnect/reconnect my holster for bathroom breaks.

GearFondler
04-07-2021, 03:48 AM
I found that it's easier to tighten snuggly if you pull the tail at up and down angles versus just pulling it parallel with the belt line.

blues
04-07-2021, 07:50 AM
I found that it's easier to tighten snuggly if you pull the tail at up and down angles versus just pulling it parallel with the belt line.

Agree. I actually use my right hand to pull the tail up and away at an angle somewhere between 30 and 45 degrees, tightens like a champ. I went next size up on mine as I actually like having that extra material to get a good grab on. It makes it under the first belt loop on the left side to where my mag pouch is located at about 11 o'clock or so.

Started that habit with the AustriAlpin frame lock on another Mastermind belt...and with a couple inches less belt length to work with, it's a bit more work but still quite doable.

Coyotesfan97
04-09-2021, 03:37 PM
I got my new D-Ring in the mail today. Two days from NH to AZ. It looks great. Thanks Mack!

Elwin
04-15-2021, 09:24 PM
Ive only had mine for an hour but I already have a very positive impression. I got home and it was here for me to try it out. Id already been wearing my carry rig for over 12 hours at this point, and while its not what Id call an uncomfortable setup, I was definitely at the I want this off of me stage. I decided Id still try the new belt out, and after setting it up with the same everything else Id just been wearing, I instantly felt like I could go another few hours with the gear on. It was just automatically that much more comfortable than my scuba-webbing-lined belts.

Glad I ordered a 40. I have just enough tail to reach the belt loop of my jeans. Its also the only belt Ive tried that I can stand using for AIWB with the buckle up front where it belongs. Incidentally, this means the spare mags I carry opposite the gun are placed on the thinner tail portion of the belt - I think that the resulting extra flexibility for them is going to help keep the little things from poking as much.

So far very impressed and very much looking forward to wearing it tomorrow.

Totem Polar
04-15-2021, 10:10 PM
Not much to add, but: since I received my D ringer shortly after my 03/06/21 order, its been around my waist the whole time.

Well, the whole time Ive been awake, at least, minus a few good moments here and there.
:-)

BobLoblaw
04-16-2021, 07:15 AM
I've been wearing mine all the time as well when not toying with my Enigma. I've come to really appreciate how easy it is to quickly hit the tension sweet spot without having to fine tune. I've even come to enjoy the little jingle bell intro you get when robing and disrobing.

blues
04-16-2021, 08:08 AM
I've been wearing mine all the time as well when not toying with my Enigma. I've come to really appreciate how easy it is to quickly hit the tension sweet spot without having to fine tune. I've even come to enjoy the little jingle bell intro you get when robing and disrobing.

When my dog hears the "jingle" she comes running

"Where are we going? Huh? Are we going out?"

Leroy Suggs
04-16-2021, 09:35 AM
When my dog hears the "jingle" she comes running

"Where are we going? Huh? Are we going out?"

Sounds like my dog. When I start putting my walking shoes on or pick up my stick he goes berserk.

Mack
04-16-2021, 12:01 PM
Thanks to everyone for the support and for the feedback. We are happy to hear that the D-Ring is working well.

As a general note if you are serious about AIWB the D-Ring is certainly worth a try especially if you do not really need the smaller footprint of the Specialist. While it is not for everyone the vast majority of people who have one seem to really like how it works with AIWB gear and its additional level of comfort over belts that have scuba or some other stiffener.

blues
04-16-2021, 12:28 PM
Thanks to everyone for the support and for the feedback. We are happy to hear that the D-Ring is working well.

As a general note if you are serious about AIWB the D-Ring is certainly worth a try especially if you do not really need the smaller footprint of the Specialist. While it is not for everyone the vast majority of people who have one seem to really like how it works with AIWB gear and its additional level of comfort over belts that have scuba or some other stiffener.

Prior to the D-Ring belt arriving, I had six other Mastermind belts, all of which I can endorse without reservation...especially the earlier Parameter and Universal models.

Since the D-Ring arrived, I haven't worn any of the others. (I will, but I haven't needed or even wanted to.)

Mack
04-30-2021, 03:13 PM
We know a lot of people wanted other colors in the D-Ring and because of the materials the D-Ring is made from it makes other colors more challenging than something like the Specialist, however we were able to get our hands on some coyote and we are happy to say D-Rings in coyote are now available.

https://www.mastermindtactics.com/shop/dringbelt

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Leroy Suggs
04-30-2021, 03:42 PM
Ordered!;)

Mack
05-02-2021, 12:12 PM
Ordered!;)

Thanks for the order!