I recently attended a highly regarded 2 day carbine class at The Range Complex located in Fayetteville, NC with gear that was not really made to be used and abused. I came to the conclusion that I needed better gear. I began searching to find quality gear that would make it easier to manage the weight and cumbersomeness of magazines/equipment in anticipation for attending any future classes or carbine competitions. After watching a friend take the same carbine class with these two items I decided to take the plunge myself; enter the 5.11 battle belt and High Speed Gear magazine pouches, both of which I highly recommend.
Let’s start with the 5.11 battle belt first; its wide, it’s padded and ohhh does it spread out the weight of whatever you put on it. It’s highly versatile, you can either utilize molle to attach to the webbing, or attach items to the belt through the supplied gaps in the webbing. Like anything else, it takes a little bit of use to work itself in, but it definitely takes the weight and distributes it out nicely. It does not come supplied with a belt; I have used a rigging belt in the interim until I get something dedicated for the rig. I’ve worn it for several hours loaded down, in different positions for rifle work and it just continues to stay comfortable and where it should be.
Now onto the high speed gear magazines and medical pouch review
In my opinion these are simply the way to go, they have a lifetime warranty, they’re made in NC and they hold a magazine, flashlight, multi-tool or whatever else you can fit in them. They are adaptable to any magazine thanks to their unique design; it’s a kydex “shell” with high strength adjustable bungee cords on the outside so when you slide any magazine in them, they grab the magazine very firmly, but the magazine draws out smoothly and quickly when you need it. They have different colors and iterations of the magazine pouches so whatever color or style you want or need is there. The medical pouch (which fits nicely onto the battle belt) is just big enough so you can stow some essential medical supplies while not being so bulky on your side that it bugs you. Additionally there is a built in webbing strap so when you need it, a quick yank on the webbing will quickly dispense all of the medical supplies out so you don’t have to dig for anything when it’s needed.
I am always looking for value and dependability in my gear. I’m not going to war with it, but I want it to last and work for whatever I may need it for. I am very happy with the battle belt and HSG magazine pouches and medical pouch; I feel that they are constructed well, will hold up to whatever use or abuse I put them through and will remain adequate for years to come.