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A self-latching, quick-release belt for everyday wear. Speed adjustable for the perfect fit. CNC machined in the USA.
A self-latching, quick-release belt for everyday wear. Speed adjustable for the perfect fit. CNC machined in the USA.
555 backers pledged $37,502 to help bring this project to life.

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Quicky - Magnetic Tactical Belt

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Quicky is the magnetic belt that latches itself. Infinitely adjustable and ridiculously quick to remove, the patent-pending design looks great in the office, on the trail, or in the air. 

With your support, we hope Quicky will become the next addition to the Carbon Tactics product line.

Designed to be used and abused:

  • Adjusts fast for a perfect fit and doesn't slip.
  • Latches itself and stays latched until you're ready to drop your pants.
  • Quickly releases for rapid pants extraction.
  • Strong enough to lift a motorcycle, it's unquestionably overbuilt.
  • Two ways to wear it: tail-less or classic
  • A classic leather look with optional black BioThane strap
  • Custom-tailored to fit. We'll survey for your exact size at the end of the campaign.
not magic, just magnets
not magic, just magnets

How it Works

Quicky is precision CNC machined from aerospace-grade aluminum (6061-T6), and the belt strap is made from Biothane, a coated webbing product which looks like leather, but is stronger and incredibly durable. We're also making Quicky with standard nylon webbing as well as a rigid tactical webbing, for higher carrying capacity.

You can easily adjust Quicky to the optimum snugness, and it doesn't slip. The sliding post grips tighter and tighter as tension increases, which means your pants stay put.

Loose or tight, it's your choice.
Loose or tight, it's your choice.

When you're tired of wearing pants, you can remove Quicky fast. Just pinch and twist to release.

When failure isn't an option, Quicky gets you out of your pants.
When failure isn't an option, Quicky gets you out of your pants.

You can even do it with just one hand...

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Quicky is really strong. We tested it by making an extra long Quicky and hanging my Suzuki SV650 from it. 

Quicky is strong. Quicky never skips leg day.
Quicky is strong. Quicky never skips leg day.

The strap held firm as expected (no slippage), and the buckle escaped unharmed and ready to fight again another day.

 NEW! Carbon Fiber and Black Magnets

Carbon Fiber is now available!
Carbon Fiber is now available!

By popular request, we are now offering a Special Edition Carbon Fiber buckle. Please note: This option is not available for the Twosome or Threesome packs, unless you manually increase your pledge to add it on. Regardless of which buckle you choose, you now get your choice of a black or silver magnet.

We're all familiar with the traditional leather belt that hasn't changed since dinosaurs roamed the earth. It's a good solution, but it's not the BEST solution. A few months ago, I decided that I don't have time for that ancient technology anymore. I just wanted a belt that would:

  • Snap apart instantly the very moment I needed to escape my pants.
  • Snap right back together without making me adjust the fit or snugness of the strap again.
  • Look like a regular belt so that I coud wear it with anything.
  • Adjust simply and discreetly should I eat too much at dinner or just feel like letting loose a bit.

Is that asking so much? Also, I wanted it to be way overbuilt so that it would last a very long time. After sketching concepts for a couple days, I settled on a locking mechanism using neodymium magnets and an interlocking male/female buckle combination machined from aluminum.

Buckle Assembly
Buckle Assembly

To get a slimmer, more streamlined rectangular profile, I incorporated a sliding-post adjustment mechanism which is permanently retained inside the male buckle. That sliding post makes for a super-smooth adjustment, and it just works. The greater the load on the strap, the tighter the post grips, so there is no slippage.

CAD Models
CAD Models

Prototyping

It took a few iterations of 3D printing and CNC machining to get the design just right, but it was worth the effort. The mechanical latching/unlatching action feels just oh-so-nice.  The male side seats securely into a recess of the female side, locking the two pieces together so that Quicky can't release before you're ready.

Making Prototypes
Making Prototypes

CNC Machining

To get a Quicky, you start with a block of aluminum and cut away everything that doesn't look like a Quicky. While this production method is relatively expensive, I feel it's worth it to get a quality part made from strong material.

CNC Machining Undercuts
CNC Machining Undercuts

The Strap

Leather was not durable enough, and most synthetic leather straps just didn't look right. Then I found BioThane Coated Webbing here in the USA. Their product is made by encapsulating a strong woven polyester webbing within an elastomer.  That coating makes the strap waterproof and cleanable, so it should stay looking good for a long time. You can read more about Biothane on their website.

BioThane Strap
BioThane Strap

A standard nylon strap also works great, and it's super comfortable.  If you need to carry heavy gear on your belt such as a holster, then the stiffer Tactical Nylon might be the way to  go.

Top to Bottom: Tactical Nylon, BioThane, Olive Drab Nylon, Navy Blue Nylon, Black Nylon
Top to Bottom: Tactical Nylon, BioThane, Olive Drab Nylon, Navy Blue Nylon, Black Nylon

Natural Anodized

Natural Anodized Buckle, Black Nylon Strap
Natural Anodized Buckle, Black Nylon Strap
Natural Anodized Buckle, Black Nylon Strap
Natural Anodized Buckle, Black Nylon Strap

Hard Anodized Black

Hard Black Anodized Buckle, Black Nylon Strap
Hard Black Anodized Buckle, Black Nylon Strap
Hard Black Anodized Buckle, Black Nylon Strap
Hard Black Anodized Buckle, Black Nylon Strap

Blue Anodized

Blue Anodized Buckle, Black Nylon Strap
Blue Anodized Buckle, Black Nylon Strap
Blue Anodized Buckle, Black Nylon Strap
Blue Anodized Buckle, Black Nylon Strap

Black Biothane

Black Nylon

Black Nylon Strap
Black Nylon Strap

Olive Drab Nylon

Olive Drab Nylon Strap
Olive Drab Nylon Strap

Navy Blue Nylon

Navy Blue Nylon Strap
Navy Blue Nylon Strap

Tactical Black Nylon

Sometimes rigid is better, for those times when you need to carry a lot of gear on your belt.

Tactical Black Nylon
Tactical Black Nylon
Tactical Nylon Webbing, Black Buckle
Tactical Nylon Webbing, Black Buckle

Experience

Quicky is our fifth project on Kickstarter, and we are proud to have delivered on-time for every project so far. From manufacturing methods to quality control and order fulfillment, we hope to continually improve in every area to ensure that the production process goes smoothly. We aren't perfect, but if we mess up, we try to make it right.

Past Kickstarter Projects
Past Kickstarter Projects

Manufacturing

Quicky's aluminum parts will be CNC machined in the USA and assembled in Tucson, AZ by the creator's company, Sargent Research, LLC. The company has been serving the aerospace, defense, and semiconductor industries providing engineering and prototype manufacturing services since 2010.

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The straps will be attached with heavy nylon thread using an industrial bartacking machine that we bought after the Cinchy Kickstarter project. The authentic BioThane webbing will be custom-made for us by BioThane Coated Webbing, an American company that was kind enough to provide the sample webbing for the prototype belts.

We Need Your Support

CNC Machining is expensive.  There are a lot of good reasons for that, but we want to make Quicky accessible to everyone. The only way to bring the cost down is to manufacture parts in large batches, and we hope your support on Kickstarter will enable us to ramp up for our first Quicky production run.

Risks and challenges

Design:

We are very confident in the design, and have tested it thoroughly, but small refinements may still be made.

Machining:

We've tested the machining process in-house and with an external vendor to ensure that the buckles can be machined consistently and efficiently. Because the buckles are optimized to be machined on standard 3-axis CNC milling machines, we have lots of options for scaling up production if demand is high enough.

Anodizing

Our anodizing partner originally came recommended by multiple other companies, and we have tested their service in the manufacturing of the Quicky prototypes pictured here. They also anodized a couple thousand Flexys for us over the course of the last year. We are confident that they can do the job well.

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    Quicky - with Tactical Black Rigid Nylon Strap. You choose the color of the anodized buckle.

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    SPECIAL EDITION CARBON FIBER - A carbon buckle and your choice of belt strap (can be BioThane, Standard Nylon, or Tactical Nylon).

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    Quicky Twosome - Choose any two buckles with any two straps (can be BioThane, Standard Nylon, or Tactical Nylon).

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    Quicky Threesome - Choose any three buckles with any three straps (can be BioThane, Standard Nylon, or Tactical Nylon).

    If you need more than 3 belts, add $45 to your pledge for each additional belt.

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