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Braces and a belt worn together for a security or private investigator type?

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Sometimes I have to wear up to 35 lbs of equipment near or around my waist. Firearms, binoculars, camera detectors, cameras, hatchet, etc

When I dress up in a suit and tie the most comfortable solution I have found is wearing a belt and braces. The braces hold my pants up, a thick bull hide belt provides a place to hang pieces of equipment. With the bending, lifting, and running I sometimes engage in; by using a belt and braces I don't have to cinch my belt airtight around my waist and aggravate back problems. The equipment isn't necessarily visible, could be in the waist band or in a tactical leather waist pack disguised as a camera bag.

Would the belt and braces look still reduce my status among the style literate and style forum initiated?
post #2 of 8
if anybody comments, use your expanding tactical baton to crush their puny knees.


carry on
post #3 of 8

Yeah, I don't think anybody is going to find anything wrong with suspenders and a belt in those situations at all.

 

If you keep your jacket on no one will even know. I've certainly seen plenty of guys in VIP details doing exactly that before, usually with 2.5" nylon suspenders that have clamps that go fully around the belt. If you're going to go the full "tactical suspenders" route you might want to avoid ones with overly padded shoulder harnesses, or have your tailor compensate for them.

 

You might also want to consider moving your heaviest items off the belt. Try putting your side arm up up under one arm, and the binoculars up under the other. The ergonomics are better if you can get away with it. Of course your tailor is going to need to adjust the jacket to compensate for the additional chest room you'll need.

post #4 of 8
Wearing a fire service uniform does not count here.
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Is this a troll thread?
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Originally Posted by GBR View Post

Wearing a fire service uniform does not count here.

Probably some kind of Rambo or urban guerilla thing. I'm wondering what's in the "etc" part of the OP's list...hand grenades, Molotov cocktails?
Edited by MikeDT - 9/11/12 at 4:57pm
post #6 of 8
You should totally wear a bandolier belt! Would be way more badass.
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Originally Posted by AgentChaosFlux View Post

Sometimes I have to wear up to 35 lbs of equipment near or around my waist. Firearms, binoculars, camera detectors, cameras, hatchet, etc
When I dress up in a suit and tie the most comfortable solution I have found is wearing a belt and braces. The braces hold my pants up, a thick bull hide belt provides a place to hang pieces of equipment. With the bending, lifting, and running I sometimes engage in; by using a belt and braces I don't have to cinch my belt airtight around my waist and aggravate back problems. The equipment isn't necessarily visible, could be in the waist band or in a tactical leather waist pack disguised as a camera bag.
Would the belt and braces look still reduce my status among the style literate and style forum initiated?

 

My favorite part of this is that he is carrying firearms, binoculors, camera detectors and cameras (all plural), but only one hatchet.  rotflmao.gif

post #8 of 8
ACF, I'm a little surprised that you are carrying all that on your person. Granted I'm not a PI but can't the 'second line' items be in some sorta go-bag? Understandably there are way too many go-bags that scream gun, etc but there are a few out there that no one would take a second glance at.

I also understand that all the above are tools of your trade but man, 35 pounds of it? Once again I have no experience in your field but for what it's worth and my personal past experience, I'd run 'slick' at all times.......pistol, holster, spare mag & pouch and an executive Surefire. Everything else including NVs, etc stay in a custom grab bag. I'd have an easier time tabbing with the extra weight in the bag and slung versus all on it on me.

Just my 2 cents brother.

Helm
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