The new DAA Premium Belt has all of the great features of the long running DAA Competition belt, as well as all of those in the DAA Pro belt, including the expanded size range.
DAA Competition Belt vs. DAA Pro Belt vs. Premium Belt
DAA currently offers three Double-Alpha belts, and we would like to point out the differences between then, and give the information needed to choose the DAA belt which best suites your need.
The DAA Competition Belt has been DAA's IPSC belt since 2009. It has become extremely popular and appreciated by shooters around the world due to its extreme stiffness. This belt is VERY firm, which is, arguably, the most important feature of an IPSC belt. It is an excellent choice for those looking primary for performance.
However, some shooters, especially those with smaller waist circumferences may find it to be too stiff. Some have said they find it does not fold enough to follow the contour of their body as well as they would like. Additionally, in order to achieve this increased stiffness, DAA made this belt slightly thicker and slightly wider than most other manufacturers of inner/outer 1.5” belts. This means that fitting other manufacturer’s gear, which may need to slide onto the belt, such as CR Speed, could be very difficult. It can be done, but it may be a struggle. This is no concern if you plan to use DAA holsters and pouches, as they do not slide on, but are assembled in place.
The newer DAA PRO Belt is designed for improved finish and appearance. The webbing used and overall appearance is more luxurious. It includes a rubberized (not embroidered) safety loop logo, a DAA logo on the inside of the inner belt webbing, and the cool new feature of a name-card holder built into the outer belt. With this, should one forget their rig on the range, it can be returned accordingly with the name ID holder
The DAA PRO Belt is very-slightly thinner and narrower than the DAA Competition belt. It is more in line with the dimensions used by other 1.5” belt manufacturers, and so it is much easier to slide on gear from other manufacturers. And while it is still a rigid belt, it is not quite as rigid or stiff as the Competition belt. Some customers will prefer this, for a more comfortable fit to their body. For comparison, it is probably just a hair more rigid than the CR Speed belt.
The newest DAA Premium Belt basically offers the best of both the competition and the Pro belts as outlined above. The rigidity of the competition belt and thefinish and sleek look of the Pro belt. All of this in one dynamic shooting belt.
In summary, those looking for the absolutely most rigid belt available, to make sure their mags and holster are rock solid as they run on the stage, and they plan to use the DAA holster and pouches (an excellent choice!) should look no further than the long-standing DAA Competition Belt. For those looking for a sleeker more luxurious looking belt, preferring perhaps a little more flex in the belt for a more comfortable fit, and/or planning to use gear from other manufacturers, may well find the new DAA PRO Belt better suited to their needs. Finally, the DAA Premium Belt is for those who want both the stiff rigidity as well as the super fine luxurious looking belt, which the newest addition to the DAA line provides!
·Note that all three belts share the same sizing chart and lengths. However, the DAA PRO & Premium Belts come in the additional sizes of 28" (black & pink only) & 60"(black only)!
The Double-Alpha Premium Belt is available in Black, Blue, Red, Silver / Gray, and Pink (28-44" only) colors with the color boldly displayed in the wide middle section of the belt, not the trims.
Other features include:
Race Master Holster - Fitting Belt to Bracket Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgqgOylsxv8
Size Overall Length - Select your accurate pant waist size! DO NOT add to this as these belts already compensate for the additional length needed for proper overlap.
How to select the correct belt size:
Most pant manufacturers today "cheat" with their marked size. A size 36" pant should measure around the waist 91.5cm but most measure more. So before you order your DAA belt, take a tape measure and measure around your waist. Then check the chart of belt lengths shown above and select a belt which offers you about 18-25cm overlap. (longer than your measured waist size)
If you measure around your waist 86cm, you should choose a belt which is about 104-110cm Overall length, which would mean a DAA belt size 34". If you measure around your waist 98cm, you should choose a belt which is about 115-123cm Overall length, which would mean a DAA belt size 36 or 38"(38" would be the safer bet, a little long is always better than a little short).