- ISO Quality Control (89/686/EEC Art.11B)
- CNC milled for extreme performance and flawless precision
- 12mm 7075 aluminum with inox & brass components
- ultimate safety - WILL NOT open under load
- no unsafe, sub-quality inputs, made in Austria
MSRP $89.99 OnTop's price to you - $58.50
I've had my Scout1st since August and have been using it almost everyday on set. The materials and buckle used are tough and give me confidence that nothing will compromise on. I took advantage of the velcro lined inside of my belt and added hooked industrial velcro to my current pouches, allowing my pouches to stay in the same place all the time. I'm hoping and excited to see what pouches/accessories OnTop introduces because if they are anything like their belts, they will be perfect.
When I first heard of the belts and the buckle system I did my research only to find the cobra is field tested and the best option for a quick latching and releasing belts. I saw the prices of competitors and read some poor reviews; I'm so glad i went with OnTop and I can't wait to see what they make in the future.
Just got my Grey Scout1st belt in and am pretty impressed. 1) I like the color option. I like the idea that you can find film gear that’s not the same color as everything else that everyone else is wearing. I like that OnTop supports individuality that way. I hope they roll in even more color options for their line. 2) my buddy has virtually the same belt with the cobra buckle and he paid $120 for his which, you all know, is more than double the price of the Scout1st. This makes the belt a cool option for wrap gifts ( or any gift for that matter).
3) the build of this belt is tough. Often manufacturers stitch on the Velcro in a way that, over time and use, allows the material to pull away. Also the Velcro is typically cheap and I think we all know what that stuff looks like... OnTop has quadruple stitched (I’m sure that’s not the industry term but you’ll know what I mean when you look at it) on the Velcro to ensure that these problems don’t happen. Because, “hey, if you are going to buy something, you might as well be able to expect it to last just as long as anything else you put good money into.” - my Dad.
And, I’ll say they use the good stuff when it comes to the Velcro. There is also the same quality of Velcro on the inside of the belt for what I’m guessing will be for proprietary attachments or pouches made to operate in such a way.
4) the Cobra buckle is awesome. You can use one hand to detach it and once it’s clicked in, it’s not opening for any reason. Past belts I’ve used would eventually start to open if I turned the wrong way or bent over too far. Because of price, durability, and quality of materials, I am supremely satisfied with this belt. I’ve had many over my years and I don’t see why ide need a new one anytime (or decade) soon. At least not for myself.