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    IS WHAT PLANTS CRAVE BehindBlueI's's Avatar
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    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.
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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GearFondler View Post
    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.
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    I got my new D-Ring in the mail today. Two days from NH to AZ. It looks great. Thanks Mack!
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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobLoblaw View Post
    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

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    ...and then wake up the next morning only to find just how wrong I was...day after day.

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