2011 Cobra buckle for Think Tank belts, Singapore

4 January 2011, Tuesday

The AustriAlpin Cobra buckles are used in the sporting industry and found it’s way into the military industry for use as a rigger’s belt buckle.

The problem with the metal slider buckle on the current rigger’s belt was that it tends to rust, heavy and the tedious need for the end users to weave in and out of the webbing when removing or putting on the rigger’s belt.

It is time for the Cobra buckles to be introduced into the photography industry.

I decided to change the acetal buckle on my Think Tank Steroid Speed Belt V2.0 with the Cobra buckle as I was not comfortable with it when carrying pouches loaded with heavy stuff like lenses.

Using a normal acetal buckle, there is a possibility that the buckle will disengage when carrying heavy loads on the belt.

With the Cobra buckle, there is no way that the buckle will disengage under load unless the end users presses the unlocking pins. The Cobra Buckles are rated at 18kN (loop configuration).

Price for the 50mm (2″) adjustable Cobra buckle black KTL finish, FC50B-XL, is US$25 with shipping and handling charges of US$9.95.

It took four weeks for the item to reach me here in Singapore from Canada.

More information from the AustriAlpin website.

http://www.austrialpin.net/products/cobra/

]1[ Acetal buckle on the left and metal slider on the OSOE rigger’s belt on the right.

]2[ Acetal buckle on the Think Tank Steroid Speed Belt V2.0.

]3[ Think Tank Steroid Speed Belt V2.0.

]4[ AustriAlpin Cobra buckle on the left and acetal buckle on the right.

]5[ AustriAlpin Cobra buckle.

]6[ AustriAlpin Cobra buckle disengaged.

]7[ Removal of sewing of the webbing stopper to allow the Cobra buckle to pass through.

]8[ Cobra buckle on Think Tank Steroid Speed Belt V2.0.

A slider lock on the right was used to hold the female side of the buckle. You can buy it at Sports Connection Shaw Leisure Gallery.  

]9[ Finished modification of the Cobra buckle on Think Tank Steroid Speed Belt V2.0.

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4 Responses to “2011 Cobra buckle for Think Tank belts, Singapore”


  1. 1 JED 25/02/2011 at 10:15

    Hi. Interesting article.
    Does the Cobra buckle make any noise when in use? I ask because the standard ThinkTank buckle squeaks when I have the belt loaded up if I am moving at some angles – especially when walking up a hill. The squeaking is a plastic on plastic rubbing noise due to some small movement in the buckle itself.
    I have been looking for a replacement buckle and the Cobra you suggest looks great – but is it silent in use?
    Cheers.

  2. 3 Dee 15/03/2011 at 12:20

    Great modification…. now I’m thinking to try this on my Think Tank belt


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