About this project
UPDATE: Please note our updated logo for the Ti Hook. We originally experimented with a different logo on the prototypes pictured within this campaign. Despite this small change, everything else that we show regarding the prototype belts is expected to make it into the production version!
Ti Hook is our 9th Kickstarter edition to the Carbon Tactics line, and it's the culmination of our search for the perfect hassle-free load-bearing tactical belt.
In our humble opinion, what makes for the perfect belt?
- Quick-Release: Hook or unhook in less than a second, without affecting the size adjustment.
- Infinitely Adjustable: No holes, no ratchets, and no plastic parts to break at the worst possible moment. Just a simple but secure friction lock mechanism.
Curved Lay-Flat Buckle:
Gently curved to conform to your waist. No bulge + no tail = max comfort
Threads through standard belt loops:
Change pants without having to remove the buckle or re-adjust the strap.
- Field-Swappable Buckles/Straps: Mix and match for the day at hand.
Sleek, comfortable, and looks awesome - in an understated kind of way.
Tactical Nylon Webbing:
Woven in the USA, it's simply the best, most supportive webbing we could find.
- USA Made: Machining, bending, finishing, sewing, and shipping - all done under one roof by a small group of seasoned perfectionists.
- Customer Service: Wait, what? Unheard of! We stand behind our products. This is our 9th rodeo here on Kickstarter, and we want there to be a 10th. We just treat people the way we'd want to be treated.
We hit our $20k stretch goal! We're now pleased to offer the BioThane strap option at a cost of $20.
How it Works
Unlike most belts, the strap and buckle are completely modular, so you can separate and remix them at any time. Just pick out the strap and buckle combo you want for the day. Then thread the strap in and out, like so.
Thread the looped end of the nylon strap through your belt loops and around your waist.
Adjust for fit, and hook in. The extra webbing naturally tucks under for a streamlined comfortable fit, while the gently curved buckle lays flat against your waist. The fit is SECURE, because utility is just as important as comfort.
Need to expediently drop your drawers? (We don't need to know why.) Just unhook, and you're good to go. Done with wearing a belt altogether? After unhooking, grab the belt firmly, and for dramatic effect, rip it off as fast as you can! The buckle stays adjusted to you, so there's no need to re-adjust when you need put it back on.
For typical every day use, or for carrying a modest amount of gear on your belt, the single-layer strap is perfect.
For those days when you're carrying a lot of gear on your belt, do yourself a favor and grab a double-layer strap. These are REALLY RIGID because we manually sew two layers of the tactical webbing together using 3 rows of heavy nylon stitching. For optimal performance, these will be custom tailored based on the wearer's waist measurements. This will provide for a few inches of adjustment range up or down. If you're going to battle, get the double.
A classic black leather look with superior strength, durability and ease of cleaning. For more information about the amazing material that is BioThane, check out the BioThane website. The BioThane strap is less stiff than the nylon, so if you want to carry some gear, be sure to still grab a nylon strap as well.
Doing it Right: IN AMERICA!!!
Ti Hook will be manufactured in Tucson, AZ by the creator's company, Sargent Research, LLC. This isn't the cheapest way to make a belt, but it gives us complete freedom and control.
Sewn under the same roof: Some people think you can't manufacture apparel in the USA anymore. We enjoy proving those people wrong :)
With 4 different buckles, 3 strap colors, and 15 size options per strap color, there are... 4 x 3 x 15 = 180 possible combinations! I think that's right... Here are a few:
You can trust us to deliver, because we understand the manufacturing process, quality control, and other aspects that can be overlooked by a first-time Kickstarter creator. We aren't perfect by any means, but we always try to do right by people.
Help us support YOU (and your pants, and other gear)
CNC machining is expensive, especially when you're dealing with titanium. Doing it in America and holding ourselves to the highest standard of quality isn't cheap either, but we want to make the Ti Hook available 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 production run.
Risks and challenges
We are very confident in the design, and have tested it thoroughly, but small refinements may still be made.
We've tested the machining process in-house on our Brother Speedio CNC mill, and prototypes were sewn on one of our Juki industrial sewing machines. Because we are doing all production in-house, we don't expect any big surprises. However, if we do hit any obstacles, we will adapt and overcome while keeping all backers updated along the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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