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How to Properly Size and Adjust Your Blue Alpha EDC Belt

Choosing the perfect EDC belt is more than just about style; it’s about comfort, security, and utility, especially when it comes to the acclaimed Blue Alpha EDC belts, known for their adaptability and robustness in daily wear or concealed carrying situations. But just like with any premium product, to truly experience its benefits, it must be sized and adjusted correctly.

Why Proper Sizing and Adjustment Matters

Proper sizing and adjustment can significantly impact your daily comfort and the belt’s effectiveness. Here’s why getting it right is essential:

Comfort During Everyday Activities

An ill-fitting belt can make tasks, whether it’s sitting, standing, or walking, uncomfortable. Proper sizing ensures that you’re not constantly adjusting or feeling restricted.

Ensuring Secure Holstering for Concealed Carriers

For those who carry a concealed weapon, the importance of the belt’s fit can’t be overstated. A snug fit in your concealed carry gun belt means your holster and, by extension, your firearm stays securely in place, reducing the risk of accidents.

Aesthetics and Style Factor

A well-sized and properly adjusted belt adds finesse to your outfit. A good gun belt doesn’t bunch, sag, or stick out awkwardly. It complements your attire rather than becoming a point of distraction.

Extended Lifespan of the Belt

Frequent adjustments due to improper sizing can wear out your belt faster. When adjusted and sized right from the beginning, there’s less strain on the material, buckles, and other components, ensuring your belt serves you well for years to come.

Understanding the Blue Alpha EDC Belt Design

Blue Alpha offers a tailored range of EDC belts to suit your everyday and tactical needs. Here’s a breakdown of the three primary tactical gun belts available:

Low Profile Inner/EDC Belt

  • Key Features:
    • Can be worn as both an inner and an EDC belt. 
    • Two layers of high-quality 1.5″ nylon webbing sewn with loop fastener. 
    • Designed for +/-2″ adjustability.
  • Best For: Individuals who want the flexibility of transitioning from an inner belt to an EDC belt.

Hybrid EDC Belt

  • Key Features:
    • Incorporates a unique Hybrid COBRA® buckle with a smaller female buckle that slides effortlessly through belt loops. 
    • Two layers of sturdy, 1.5″ nylon webbing. 
    • Offers +/-2″ adjustability to fit your waistline changes and concealed carry needs.
  • Best For: Everyday wear, especially for those preferring a COBRA® buckle design that’s compatible with most pants.

Low Profile EDC Belt

  • Key Features:
    • Features a slim polymer buckle, ideal for IWB appendix carry. 
    • Crafted with two layers of strong 1.5″ nylon webbing. 
    • Designed for +/-2″ of adjustability.
  • Best For: Individuals prioritizing a discreet buckle design and often use IWB appendix carry.

Steps to Properly Size Your Blue Alpha EDC Belts

Achieving the optimal fit for your Blue Alpha EDC belt isn’t just about comfort; it’s also about harnessing the full potential of its design. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you find your perfect size:

Measurement Techniques

Using a Cloth Tape Measure: Start by wrapping the cloth tape measure around your waist where you typically wear your belt. Ensure the tape is snug but not tight, then note the measurement. Remember to consider the clothing you’ll be wearing most often with the belt, as this can affect the measurement.

Using a Regular Belt for Reference: If you don’t have a cloth tape measure, you can use an existing belt. Lay it flat and measure from where the belt folds around the buckle to the hole you typically use. This measurement can serve as a reference for your new belt.

Selecting the Right Size

Referring to the Blue Alpha Size Chart: With your measurements in hand, consult the Blue Alpha size chart. This chart is specifically designed for our belts and will guide you to the size that corresponds to your measurements.

Tips on Choosing if You are Between Sizes: If your measurement falls between two sizes, it’s generally a good idea to opt for the larger size. This gives you room for adjustments, especially if you occasionally carry IWB or wear thicker clothing.

Everyone’s body and preferences are different. The steps above provide a guideline, but it’s always essential to consider what feels most comfortable and functional for your needs. Once you’ve selected the correct size, fine-tuning the fit becomes an easier task.

Adjusting the Blue Alpha EDC Belt for the Perfect Fit

Low Profile Inner/EDC Belt

Since this belt is designed with a loop fastener all around, you’ll want to thread it through your belt loops, making sure the fit is snug, especially when you’re not using it as an inner belt.

Given its +/-2″ adjustability, you can play around to find the most comfortable fit. However, always ensure the Velcro fasteners align correctly to hold the belt in position securely.

Hybrid EDC Belt

This unique buckle is designed with a smaller female part that should fit seamlessly through most belt loops. Begin your adjustment by threading the belt and aligning the buckle.

When adjusted correctly, the hook Velcro should ideally align in the middle of the loop velcro. This central alignment ensures you have ample space for upward and downward adjustment, accommodating concealed carries or other varying needs.

The use of Velcro not only ensures a snug fit but also ensures that the belt doesn’t slip over time. Once you’ve adjusted the belt to your desired size, the webbing will not slide through the buckle. 

Every time you wear it, you can trust it to retain its size, making it a breeze to put on. Simply slide it through your belt loops, click the buckle, and you’re good to go, with the belt adjusted just right for you.

While adjusting, take note of the +/-2″ adjustability and ensure it fits snugly, especially when considering IWB daily carry.

Low Profile EDC Belt

Given its slim design, this belt is especially efficient for IWB appendix carry. Start by threading the belt through your loops and aligning the polymer buckle.

With its +/-2″ adjustability, ensure you find a comfortable balance, especially if you’re planning on IWB daily carry.

When adjusted right, the belt end should ideally land in the middle of the adjustment range. This generous adjustment range offers flexibility, allowing minor adjustments for varying carry requirements.

What If My Belt Doesn’t Fit?

Finding out that your newly purchased Blue Alpha belt isn’t the right fit can be a bit disheartening, but don’t worry. Blue Alpha offers convenient solutions to address such concerns. Here’s what you can do if you find yourself in this situation:

Fresh Out the Package and Doesn’t Fit?

If you’ve just received your Blue Alpha belt and it isn’t fitting as you’d hoped, there’s a swift and seamless process to fix this.

Simply head to the customer service page on our website and look for the belt sizing exchange form.

By filling out this form, you provide us with the necessary details to send you a brand new belt tailored to your size. What’s even more convenient is that we will send you a pre-labeled shipping mailer.

Just pop the original belt into this mailer, and manage the entire exchange right from your mailbox.

The best part? This sizing exchange service is entirely free.

Had the Belt for a While and Need to Resize?

Our bodies change, and so can the fit of your belt. If you’ve owned your Blue Alpha belt for some time and it no longer fits due to changes in your pant size, we’ve got a solution for that too.

Again, head over to our customer service page on the website. This time, fill out the belt resizing service form.

With this service, send us your existing belt. Our team will remove the old webbing and attach brand new, appropriately-sized webbing to your original buckle.

The result? You retain your original buckle but get a renewed belt in your current size.

Maintenance and Care for Longevity

Your Blue Alpha EDC gun belt is an investment in quality and performance. Like any valuable item, ensuring its longevity depends on proper maintenance and care. Here’s how to keep your belt in pristine condition for years to come:

Cleaning Your Blue Alpha Belts

  • General Cleaning: Use a soft cloth or sponge dampened with lukewarm water to gently wipe away dirt or stains from your nylon belts. Avoid immersing the belt fully in water to preserve the integrity of its materials. 
  • Dealing with Stubborn Stains: For tougher stains, a mild soap solution can be used. Make sure to spot-test in an inconspicuous area first. After cleaning, wipe the belt with a damp cloth to remove any soap residue and let it air dry.

Storage Tips

  • Air Circulation: Always store your belt in a place where it can breathe. Avoid sealing it in plastic bags or containers, which can trap moisture and cause mildew or degradation of the materials. 
  • Hanging vs. Rolling: Ideally, hang your belt using a belt hanger to maintain its shape. If space is an issue, roll the belt starting from the buckle end to avoid creases. 
  • Keep Away from Extreme Conditions: Store your belt away from direct sunlight, extreme heat, or cold to prevent material warping or degradation.

Dealing with Wear and Tear

  • Regular Inspections: Periodically inspect your belt for signs of wear, especially around holes or the buckle area. Addressing minor issues early can prevent them from worsening. 
  • Buckle Maintenance: The Cobra buckle is designed for durability, but it doesn’t hurt to give it an occasional wipe down and check for any mechanical issues. If you notice any problems, contact Blue Alpha for advice or potential replacements. 
  • Velcro Care: Over time, Velcro can collect lint, dust, or hair, which can reduce its gripping power. Use a fine-toothed comb or a clean toothbrush to gently brush out any debris from the Velcro.

Precision Fit for Peak Performance

Whether you’re gearing up for tactical operations, everyday errands, or anything in between, these belts promise reliability paired with a sleek design. The key to maximizing the benefits of your belt lies not just in choosing the right style, but also in understanding how to size and adjust it correctly.

And with Blue Alpha’s commitment to quality and the added advantage of free size exchanges within the first 30 days, you’re not only investing in a product but also in a brand that stands behind its craftsmanship. Wear it with pride, knowing you’re supported every step of the way!

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