BELTminus is an extremely lightweight and thoroughly modernized version of the classic M-1956 Load-Carrying Equipment. The belt kit concept moves your gear onto your waist for improved cooling and more efficient weight bearing. BELTminus™’ MOLLEminus™ technology is fully MOLLE compatible and removes unnecessary weight and complexity while improving durability. In usage, the BELTminus is a sort of hybrid between a more traditional chest rig and a battle belt. You can definitely mount pouches around its body – both ammo and utility, but it is thin to safely mount a pistol holster.
Routing pouch straps through the MOLLE compatible webbing on the BELTminus is pretty easy due to the lack of restrictive material on the backside of the belt. The biggest issue I had while using the Blue Force Gear BELTminus system was that, sometimes when performing specific maneuvers, gear housed on the belt can dig into your body as there is no supporting backpiece.
The BELTminus comes in several sizes for the most exact fit as possible allowing for the best gear loadout and the maximum weight savings. For best sizing, choose the closest size below to your actual waist size. Note: this may be different than your pants size.
- XS: 31” – 41” waist
- S: 34” – 44” waist
- M: 37” – 47” waist
- L: 40” – 50” waist
- XL: 43” – 53” waist
Aside from this occasional issue, the BELTminus system is very comfortable. The version of the system we got to review featured the heavier duty shoulder pads which allow for more weight to be comfortably carried. There is a lower profile version available sans the shoulder pads. This version would work well underneath the wearer’s clothing as a concealed option.
Overall, Blue Force Gear has continues its line-up of rock solid products with the BELTminus system. The product retails for $120 with the low profile shoulder straps and $160 for the version with heavy duty pads. It is available now.