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Ares Inner and Outer LE Duty Belt

Brad Trittipo ·
Aries Inner and Outer LE Duty Belt What is the big deal with this belt? In August of 2012 I spoke with Jake of Ares Gear in reference to their Duty Belt. I was interested in what made his duty belt different from other Nylon duty belts on the market. I explained that I have avoided Nylon Duty Belts my entire 13 years in Law Enforcement, except for the one year as a Jailer when we experimented with a “new” brown Nylon duty belt. That trial ended in failure due to lack of accessories, lack of...
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Gear Testers Wanted: new backpack design

Alspak ·
I am looking for gear testers/product feedback in Colorado. I will consider other locations, on a case by case basis. This is unpaid, except the reward of improving gear, and use of the cool new kit. Over the last 2 years I have been developing a new modular load carriage system that is lighter than current equipment, without sacrificing strength. 2 of our users just finished the Thunder beast/ Competition Dynamics 24 hr sniper adventure challenge in NM; their reviews were all positive.
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XGEP ·
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Rob0811 ·
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flashpoint ·
I'm in the Springs. I hike at least 2x per week, so it'll get plenty of use. If it's tactical-ish colors and I can bust it out at the next FTX and have some guys put it through the ringer as an RTO pack for FO's
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Re: Ares Inner and Outer LE Duty Belt

Big B ·
Good write up! I've been using an Ares LE Duty Belt for about a year and a half. I've used duty belts made by most of the big LE brands over the last 10+ years, and by far I find the Ares to be the best.
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fpdsniper ·
Outstanding review Brad! Well thought out and articuated. I've been eyeing one of these for a while but it seems funds get diverted elswhere. I shall remedy that. Chris
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YourNightmare ·
Hell of a review! I've been running a Jones Tactical Fat Zombie duty belt since January. Very similar to the Aries. I like the Aries inner better than the FZ because it appears rigid whereas mine is not. One thing I did re the belt thickness in the front where the inner and outer are both "stacked" is I would Rotate the inner belt so that where it attached to itself was in the small of my back. That helps keep the front of the belt from sticking out too far. I'll continue to use nylon belts...
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J_B ·
Great review!! A few days ago, I measured my duty belt but that was just tip to tip with buckle (Bianchi Accumold) and all pouches in place. . As well as my inner belt. Not sure when I will order an Ares duty/inner belt.
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pain108 ·
Excellent review! I have been wanting one of these for a while and I will have to pick one of these up as soon as funds allow. Have you noticed any hot spots or bruising on your hips from the extra stiff inner belt? I had an issued uncle mikes (i know they suck) inner belt that would bruise the shit out of my hips at around 2 and 11 o'clock. When I changed to a different and slightly softer inner belt the problem went away. This may just be something weird with my body type or how I wear my...
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Airborne_Cookie ·
Good review. The Blackhawk version of the TecLok (not sure if it has a special name but it's the one that comes with their Taser holsters) will work on the belt.
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Brad Trittipo ·
pain108: I have not had any hot spot issues or bruising. All my uniform pants have the elastic waist that slides inside a channel along the waistline. That may help the issue, but I have not had issues when just wearing BDU pants during training. I believe the stiffness actually helps to alleviate a lot of the issues by not allowing the belt to give. That keeps the pressure equal all the way around the belt. JB: If you order a belt, make sure and tell them that you measured from tip to tip.
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pain108 ·
Thanks Brad this belt is definitely on my short list. I am tired of the normal nylon duty belts and the flimsy plastic buckles.
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weaver1032 ·
Very good review Brad! I saw that there is now a 2.25" cobra buckle in production. I'd really like to see a 2.25" duty belt now made with this buckle. That would mitigate the pouch sliding issue and allow proper fit. I'd be all over that shit. Having said that, I've had no issues with my Safariland nylon belt with triple lock buckle.
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Casey ·
Originally Posted by ElbowsNC: Do you encounter issues accidentally half-unlocking your cobra buckles when you guys wear belts like this? My belt is a smaller 1.25" normal everyday belt from Jones Tactical, but the buckle is obviously built by the same people. This small issue started me questioning whether I'd have wanted a similar belt back when I was on patrol. Maybe I just have a bad buckle? I have not experienced this problem with either of my Ares duty belts, nor with any of my Ranger...
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Casey ·
Excellent review. I have been using two of Jake's LE Duty Belts since March of 2012, one at work and one for training. I have experienced the same issues with adjusting the belt when pouches are placed close to the buckle, but other than that, this belt is significantly higher quality than the Bianchi stuff we are issued. After a year and a half of wearing the belt for 12 hours a day, 4-5 days a week, it's barely lost any rigidity, and still looks like new.
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ElbowsNC ·
I have a small daily belt of similar build. One thing I notice is that in simple day to day wear (I just work at a military college now, no gear, etc.) one of the buckle's tabs will often be undone by the end of my shift. This means of course that only one half of the cobra buckle is retaining the belt. Do you encounter issues accidentally half-unlocking your cobra buckles when you guys wear belts like this? My belt is a smaller 1.25" normal everyday belt from Jones Tactical, but the buckle...
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johnny00 ·
Fantastic review. Some Ares belts are definitely on my short list.
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Brad Trittipo ·
ElbowsNC, As long as I verify that both of the locks are engage on the cobra belt I have not had any issues with the buckle coming unlocked. I always push the buckles together then tug to verify they are secure.
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weaver1032 ·
I've also got about a week of duty use out of mine now and love it. I'm interested in how others are setting there Ares Duty Belts up though. I see Brad did his with the female end toward his pistol and the male end (and thus the adjustment) to his reaction side. Is this how others did them too or is this the "wrong way" that Armyscoutman25 mentions? I set mine up opposite of Brad and am not sure that I like it this way. Pics to come when I bring my belt home on my up coming weekend.
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Big Jake ·
Originally Posted by weaver1032: ... I'm not sure if you're talking about the scuba tail or the tail of thin adjustable webbing, but one trick I've learned is to roll up the adjustable webbing (as shown) instead of pinning it behind my pouches. This also lets me fine-tune it more easily at the beginning of each shift, if necessary.
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weaver1032 ·
Sorry Jake, my post made sense to me when I put it up, but now that I read it an hour later I see its not that clear. Referring to the female end of the cobra buckle, is that supposed to go toward the weapon side? I have pouches right up to the end of the buckle (mags on reaction side and cuffs on weapon side) and the adjustment tail was a pain to thread through some of the pouches.
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Armyscoutman25 ·
Ive got my stuff set up perfect for me. Ill post pics when I get back to work friday. My male buckle is on my gun (right) side. And I too roll my excess like stated above.
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Big Jake ·
Originally Posted by weaver1032: Sorry Jake, my post made sense to me when I put it up, but now that I read it an hour later I see its not that clear. Referring to the female end of the cobra buckle, is that supposed to go toward the weapon side? I have pouches right up to the end of the buckle (mags on reaction side and cuffs on weapon side) and the adjustment tail was a pain to thread through some of the pouches. I'm tracking. Personally, I run the female end of the buckle on my R (weapon)...
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Airborne_Cookie ·
I have the female buckle on my support (left) with the excess material underneath the two tec-loc style clips for my mag pouch and taser. I'm certainly not adjusting it regularly but if I need to it would only entail popping off these two clips instead of messing with no releasable pouches.
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YourNightmare ·
Keeping in mind that mine is the Jones tactical fat zombie belt, i run the female buckle on my reaction side. This allows easier access to the adjustment tail because i only run one cuff pouch on my gun side as opposed to mags, light pouch and taser.
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Armyscoutman25 ·
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J_B ·
Alright. So I'm final ready to purchase my inner/outer. My current duty belt has an overall length of 47", tip to tip no belt buckles. 10" of that is overlap. Current belt is still a few inches too bitt but I am tired of adjusting pouches and zip tying shit that I've just left it. Recommendation from Ares was to go with XL outer belt. That would leave me with roughly 10 or so inches in extra "tail." Anyone have that much extra?? I am at the upper end of the size Large and will have roughly...
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CrazyDoc ·
I'm wondering about this as well because I would hate to buy one just to have to replace it if I go up or down in size which I'm known to do sometimes. Toole
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cr420 ·
I run both belts, order up
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Maskirovka ·
Just throwing another option out there for you Ares duty belt users. I have a Tactical Design Labs pad, which is intended to fit between a liner belt and an outer duty belt, all secured with velcro. But they have it set up to mate with a hook inner and loop outer belt. The only reason I can think of it they want people to buy their whole belt/pad system. But, I wanted the pad due to some lower back problems I was having (mostly due to carrying cuffs in the back). Undeterred, I bought one,...
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Brad Trittipo ·
Originally Posted by J_B: Alright. So I'm final ready to purchase my inner/outer. My current duty belt has an overall length of 47", tip to tip no belt buckles. 10" of that is overlap. Current belt is still a few inches too bitt but I am tired of adjusting pouches and zip tying shit that I've just left it. Recommendation from Ares was to go with XL outer belt. That would leave me with roughly 10 or so inches in extra "tail." Anyone have that much extra?? I am at the upper end of the size...
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J_B ·
Good point. I stayed with the XL. Ordered on 9/8. Received email 9/11 saying its shipping. Can't wait as I have a 2 handgun class coming up at end of month.
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J_B ·
I had some spare time to set up my Ares outer belt today. Like everyone else has commented, it's sturdy and well built. Quality all the way. It wasn't to hard to set up and since I do not have the overlapping tails of the "traditional" type nylon duty belt I was able to move stuff around and a bit more forward. When I got done I realized my poor Richard Cowell nylon double cuff case mounting loop thing is stretched out like a porn star. When I mounted it on my old duty belt, it was forced...
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Big Jake ·
By the way, it took us a little while to implement it, but all LE Duty belts going out now have more velcro behind the closure point; you'll no longer lose the velcro-velcro connection just because of your pouches.
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Brad Trittipo ·
Great to hear. That will a great addition to the design.
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Jamiller85 ·
This is probably a dumb question but when I go to order the belt I see the option to have the hook and loop whichever belt I want. Does it make a difference which side has the hook and which has the loop.
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mlemieux102 ·
Originally Posted by Jamiller85: This is probably a dumb question but when I go to order the belt I see the option to have the hook and loop whichever belt I want. Does it make a difference which side has the hook and which has the loop. I would suggest putting the soft velcro on the inner and the rough velcro on the outter. Obviously the soft velcro will wear out first and need replacement sooner. It will be cheaper to replace the inner than the outter. That's the way I see it anyway.
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126024 ·
If you have the hook velcro on the inner belt, you will also attach yourself to car seats and furniture, and chafe the shit out of jacket linings, the inside of untucked shirts etc. if you wear it alone as a pants belt. On the other hand: Most dedicated duty belt pouches and e.g. First Spears missing links are designed to be attached to a duty outer belt with soft velcro on the inside. If you will use the duty belt alone over outer clothing, you will chafe the shit out of that same outer...
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Brad Trittipo ·
My main reason for the loop on the inner belt is that it does not catch on the belt loops when you are threading it through and the loop does not destroy the belt loops on your pants. I also like the ability to wear the belt by itself with out damaging other surfaces.
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Armyscoutman25 ·
I just recieved my belt in the mail here a bit ago and while it was a major pain in the ass to get it set up (For one I did it totally wrong the first time). After much cussing and sweating I finally got it where I like it and now that I have it on-duty I can say it is like sex on my hips!!! I could really see this aleaviating a lot of my lower back pain left over from overseas too! FYI I was able to get my bladetech taser holtser to fit my ARES belt no problem! Also I ran my inner belt with...
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Brad Trittipo ·
Originally Posted by weaver1032: I'm interested to see how the buckle and the material looks with a uniform. More specifically, the front center of the belt area. Sorry for the delay. These are the best pictures I could get right now to show the buckle with a uniform. This is how the buckle appears when I am wearing the belt: This is the buckle with my mag carrier pulled as far over as I can get it.
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Brad Trittipo ·
Originally Posted by Brad Trittipo: I have been advised to move the loops in one spot so they take up less area on the belt and they will help the frame to conform to the belt better. I moved the loops towards the center of the Moduloader Frame and it does reduce the profile. My only issue is that I do not have enough room on the belt to allow for my other pouches to stay in their current location with the Moduloader Frame mounted. The concept is great and the frame works great so far. I am...
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Armyscoutman25 ·
I currently have the outer and Inner Duty belt on its way to me here in a few weeks. The one thing im concerned about though is transfering my taser holster over to the Ares belt. From what I heard Tek-Loks wont fit the Ares Belt. Im currently running a Blade-Tech holster set up for a cross draw with a forward cant and attached with a Tek-Lok. For those of you currently running the Ares Belt which holster for the X-26 taser would you suggest or is there a better mounting system other then...
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Brad Trittipo ·
Someone advised earlier in this post or another that the Blackhawk version of the Tek-Lok will work. I checked the Blackhawk website and you can order them for $19. I have not tried one yet. It is called a Mod-U-Loc: http://www.blackhawk.com/produ...-wScrews,1394,82.htm
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Big B ·
I managed to get my Blade-Tec Taser holster to work with my Ares belt. It's tight, but the Tek-Loc should work. Make sure you use the insert that comes with the Tek-Loc that keeps it from opening.
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Casey ·
I can confirm that Blackhawk's Mod-U-Lok works on the Ares Duty Belt.
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Ammodawg ·
Does anyone know if the Ares Duty Belt (OUTER) will work if worn over an ATS Riggers belt? I currently wear my Safariland duty belt over my riggers belt and don't use the velcro inner belt I was issued. This has worked for me for years and was hoping I wouldn't have to buy the inner belt also in order to use the Ares Duty Belt (OUTER) to the maximum potential. Thanks in advance!
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Airborne_Cookie ·
I wear mine over an old Eagle riggers belt and several of my buddies at work use riggers of various types as inners. It's a solid platform. You'll be good to go.
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