The market is lousy with different options when it comes to nylon belts designed for carrying guns.
I won’t bore you with the details of who Bryan Eastridge is or his background (although he is a good dude who you definitely should know), because what people care about is what makes his product different?
The Foundation Belt starts out like many other nylon belts with Cordura & scuba webbing, but it’s how he constructs the belt that really sets it apart.
The secret to the Foundation’s design is that, unlike other belts in the same category, is that it doesn’t have the same thickness/density throughout the entire cross-section.
Bryan noticed that during his entire gun carrying career that loading the waistband down with a bunch of gear always resulted in discomfort.
From the EDC Belt Company site:
“After carrying a pistol off-duty and concealed for over 16 years I was always on the hunt for a belt that combined function and comfort. Several companies offer excellent belts which are made of very rigid materials. These belts worked great for standing at the range for 8 hours, but the bulk of my day is seated in a vehicle or in my home office, and that’s where I decided I needed more comfort.“
Bryan realized that the rigidity of the belt was what led to the discomfort after prolonged wear, especially if the wearer wasn’t on their feet all day.
The question became “does the entire belt need to be that rigid”?
That’s what makes the Foundation belt unique.
Unlike other nylon belts, it is stiff from 8 o’clock to 4 o’clock where the wearer is going to attach holsters, mag carriers, and other gear, but across the lumbar the belt is far more flexible.
I have been running one since the Rangemaster Tactical Conference as my primary range belt, especially gearing up for the Rangemaster Instructor Development Course, since that training necessitated carrying reloads I don’t normally wear as part of my EDC.
This is definitely worth checking out if you’re in the market for a new belt.