The AustriAlpin Cobra Buckle has become a staple in the tactical gear industry. It is used extensively in gear like belts, slings, and even packs and bags. Cobra buckles are so easy to use and cool looking that they are often used in ways that are complete overkill and that is exactly why I expect the new GT Cobra Series Buckles will be a huge hit.
The new, all polymer GT Cobra Series Buckles are the result of a collaboration between AustriAlpin and the leader in plastic hardware, ITW Nexus. It will be manufactured right here in the USA.
There isn’t a speck of metal in the GT Cobra Series Buckles and it still boasts a 500 pound-force tensile load. The plastic construction will keep costs down, make less noise, weigh less, and allow the colors to more closely match other plastic hardware (Black, Tan 499, Coyote Brown, Foliage Green). They will be available in 1.5”, 1.75”, and 2.0” sizes and both slider and loop versions.
I suspect that if the price is right on these, you will start to see them integrated into an even broader range of products than the 7075 aluminum Cobra Buckles. I can’t wait to see where these turn up. Check out ITWMilitaryProducts.com.