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S.E.T. War Belt from Snake Eater Tactical

The S.E.T. War Belt from Snake Eater Tactical is actually three belts that comprise one system which can be warn multiple ways.

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The first belt is a thin Hypalon pants belt with Velcro sewn to the exterior. This serves as the anchor point for the other belts.

The second belt is a 1.75″ duty belt made from parachute webbing and closed with a Cobra buckle. This belt is the outer most component of the system and features a Velcro lining to mate with the other components. This belt also has channels built into the underside to capture MOLLE straps and prevent your gear from sliding around on the belt.

The final component is the belt pad which is made from closed cell foam and heavy mesh. It has Velcro on both sides so that it can mate with both the pants belt and the duty belt.

The strength of this design is it’s modularity. All three components can be worn together, the pants belt and duty belt can be worn without the pad, or either belt can be worn separately. The S.E.T. basically scales up from simply holding up your pants, to CCW, and then all the way up to supporting a basic fighting load.

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Snake Eater Tactical Surefire Burro Magazine Pouch

I have covered Snake Eater Tactical’s Burro Magazine Pouches before. Basically, they are open top, elastic magazine pouches that are reinforced with Kydex so they stay open. They recently added a larger version that is intended to carry Surefire’s 60 round AR-15 magazine. It can also carry a variety of other items thanks to its elastic construction. Like other Burro Pouches, these are MOLLE compatible but can also be adapted to belt use. They are available in Coyote Brown and Black.

Snake Eater Tactical is also offering $10 off any order of $60 or more throughout October.

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Snake Eater Tactical Burro Magazine Pouches

There are kydex magazine pouches and there are elastic magazine pouches. Snake Eater Tactical’s Burro magazine pouches combine both into the same pouch.

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The body of the Burro magazine pouches is constructed from 5″ heavy duty elastic which offers solid retention and allows it to adapt to a variety of magazines of similar shape and size. Snake Eater Tactical adds a curved kydex insert that adds structure and keeps pouch slightly open when open to make inserting a magazine easier. When the magazine is removed, the pouch lays mostly flat and out of the way. They are MOLLE compatible and come with MALICE Clips.

The Burro magazine pouches are available for both double stack pistol magazines and 5.56 rifle magazines.

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Review: Snake Eater Tactical Cobra Rigger Belt (Diamondback)

I have been wearing a new belt for the last 3 months. The Cobra Rigger Belt (Diamondback) from Snake Eater Tactical is one of the many Cobra belts available on the market. There is certainly no shortage of choices but this one has a combination of features that I like quite a bit.

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Overview

All of Snake Eater Tactical’s Cobra Rigger Belts are made from two layers of resin treated 1 3/4″ Type 13 webbing. They add 5 rows of stitching that run the length of the belt to stiffen it. Then, depending on the pattern that you choose, they add some additional stitching that is both decorative and serves to further stiffen the belt. The result is a belt that is more than rigid enough to carry a full size handgun comfortably all day but more flexible than a belt with a stiffening insert.

The subject of this review features their Diamondback stitch pattern. It consists of 2 interlocking zig-zag stiches that form a diamond pattern, not unlike a tooling pattern that you might see on a leather belt. I think it looks great.

The belt features an AustriAlpin Cobra Buckle that is very, very durable and makes it extremely easy to don and doff. If you are a go fast type who might actually need a rigger’s belt for more than just holding up pants, the Cobra Buckle is suitable for extremely heavy loads and there is a 2” open slot in the belt next to the Cobra Buckle where you can add the carabiner of your choice.

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Observations from Use

This belt is extremely comfortable. 5 stitch pattern belts like this aren’t new. Wilderness Tactical has been using this method to stiffen their excellent riggers belts for use and it may have been used before them. This type of stiffening system works. It provides an acceptable level of rigidity while remaining more flexible than belts with plastic stiffening insert. This belt is more than rigid enough to keep a G19 or G17 comfortable when carried inside the waist band all day – even when I am on my feet and moving for most of the time.

The decorative Diamondback stitching looks great. I can’t test how much additional rigidity it adds but it really doesn’t matter since the 5 rows of stitching are more than sufficient. The Diamondback pattern’s job is to look good and it does that well. It also does a good job of reinforcing the Velcro panels which can tear off with time and use if they are only stitched around the edges.

This belt is very well made. The stitching is even and straight which is great because it is very noticeable when it isn’t straight on these long, full length stiffening stitches. There is reinforcement where there should be reinforcement and the sizing is true to measurement.

Snake Eater Tactical was easy to work with. If your belt doesn’t fit right, they will return or exchange it. I didn’t need to do that because the fit was perfect. They offer several different stitching/webbing color combinations and several different buckle colors. They also offer a version of this belt without the costly Cobra Buckle.

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Wrap Up

There are other belts on the market with Cobra Buckles but I like the combination of quality components, stitch stiffening, and good looks that this Snake Eater Tactical Cobra Rigger Belt offers.

Check out the Snake Eater Tactical Cobra Rigger Belt.

Review: Snake Eater Tactical Squid Med Kit

The Squid Med Kit from Snake Eater Tactical is another one of those simple ideas that I wish was my own. The Squid is essentially just a flexible, user customizable, organizer insert for medical supplies that can be used to turn any pouch or pocket into a well-organized blow out kit.

Snake Eater Tactical Squid

Overview

The Squid consists of a doubled piece of webbing with grommets installed at regular intervals. There are two individual lengths of shock cord weaved through the grommets in rows (one on each side). Both lengths of shock cord have cord locks installed to allow the user to adjust their length and plenty of surplus cord is provided. The Squids also have a long grab handle attached to one end that is constructed from 1” webbing.

They are available in two sizes: small and medium. The small has four (two per side) storage spots in its stock configuration and the medium has six (three per side).

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Observations from Use

Loading the Squid with med gear is easy. Each little storage spot is well sized for items like compressed gauze, smaller tourniquets like the TK-4 or SWAT-T, hemostatic agents, and similar items. Accessing the items is very easy even when the cords are cinched quite tight. One thing that the cords wouldn’t retain well was a roll of tape. I solved that by just threading it onto the pull handle. You could also tie it to the shock cord.

Don’t be alarmed by the amount of loose cord handing off the Squid when you first receive it. Much of it will be consumed as you add items and I found that any small excess left over can easy be tucked into the Squid in any number of places.

The handle makes it extremely easy to rip the Squid from wherever you have it stored assuming you have chosen a pouch with a suitably large opening. I found that you can place the Squid into a zipper closed pouch with the grab handle handing sticking out of the opening slightly and then, when you need access, a quick tug on the handle will open the zipper allowing the Squid to removes in basically one motion.

There are small voids between the webbing layers and grommets. I found these to work well for carrying small pens and markers like the short Sharpies that I am fond of for use on the range and in med kits.

Snake Eater Tactical Squid with Sharpie

Be aware that since all the items are secured by the same sets of shock cord, the cords will become slack once an item is removed from the organizer – especially larger items. I suppose this is a potential weakness of the design but it could probably also be spun as a feature since access to the Squid’s cargo becomes even easier once the first item is removed.

If you find that you aren’t satisfied with how an item is fitting in the Squid, you can easily change the lacing pattern to accommodate your item. You can turn a small storage spot into a large one by skipping a row of grommets with the cord or change the way things are retained by weaving a criss-cross pattern or horizontally. It is a very flexible system that you can adjust on the fly to suit your needs.

I found that the Squids are more than flexible enough to organize a wide variety of items. They are great for laptop power bricks, cords, ear buds, and all sorts of other things that find their way into our everyday bags. I found that they hold a Batuca Battery Case quite well (other brands would work too) and I even used one to compress a very light, compressible Propper wind shirt that I carry daily.

I think it would be nice to see Snake Eater Tactical offer the Squids with optional colored grab handles. The colors could be used to color code gear. At the very list, a red grab handle would be nice to denote medical gear.

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Wrap Up

There are about a million applications for something like the Squid. They work very well in their intended role and you will come up with tons of other uses as well. They don’t cost much and Snake Eater Tactical will give you a third one free when you buy two. The Squid is solid, functional gear at a reasonable price.

Check out the Squid Med Kit at Snake Eater Tactical.

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