HTC Low Profile System

High Threat Concealment (HTC) designed an all-inclusive, ready-to-go gear belt—the assembly of which is able to be outfitted and with a pistol holster, pistol and rifle magazine holsters, first aid kits, radio holders, utility pouches and other modular pieces. All of the components and backers for canvas pouches are molded from rugged Kydex (in black or FDE). Collectively, it’s called the Low Profile System, and you get to option it out however you likeupon order.

HTC invited us to design our own Low Profile System for this article, just like you can do on their website. A variety of carrier belts are offered, but we chose the HTC Tactical Cobra Belt ($85) in FDE, designed from the ground up to work with the Low Profile System. It’s actually two belts: An outer belt made of 1.75″ Mil-Spec resin-coated Type 13 webbing lined with real Velcro, which is paired with a stiff under belt of densely woven nylon webbing surfaced with Velcro. With the under belt threaded through your pant loops, the outer belt bearing you’re your chosen modular accessories is held securely in place entirely via the Velcro surfaces of both belts without the need for belt keepers, while allowing for easy removal and reattachment via polymer belt loops that attach each component to the next in line. The outer belt—in FDE or black—includes a quick-release AustriAlpin Cobra buckle, while the inner belt (in black only) is held closed by its Velcro linings.

We decided to set up Low Profile System in FDE as a quick-deploying “sling it on and buckle ‘er up” battle belt for both training and emergency use. Ours packs a Glock 19 with rail-mounted Surefire XC1 weapon light, dual pistol-magazine and AR-15 rifle magazine holsters, a medical pouch carring a Dark Angel Medical Pocket D.A.R.K Mini med-supply kit and a general-utility pouch for any ancillary gear and supplies. The holster is a molded, outside-the-waistband model in FDE ($109)—and exhibited excellent fit, finish and retension—but many other styles and types are offered for hundreds of models of pistols from all the major manufacturers. Component arrangement looks like this: with front buckle of the Low Profile System in the 12 o’clock position, the holster sits at about two o’clock. The next item in line is a medical supply pouch ($70) which sits at about 4 o’clock. In the 6 o’clock slot we installed a general utility pouch with quick release pull handle ($89). Covering the 7 to 9 o’clock are twin single 5.56 AR-15 magazine holsters ($62 each), while a double pistol-magazine holster occupies the front position on the wearer’s left side ($62). Our Low Profile System came completely assembeled. If you’d rather not go through the hassel of peicing your own battle-belt system together, we highly recommend checking this one out.

For more information, contact High Threat Concealment, Dept. OT; Tel.: (757) 750-0300; Web: