EDC forums and there are countless negative experiences with Maxpedition and it's not that I'm jumping on board or anything, it's just another reason for me not to care if someone rips off their designs. This one happens to be a rip of the Proteus and as far as I can tell, it's pretty much exact. Presumably there are short cuts taken. It's hard to determine the quality of the thread for instance, or really the quality of the webbing, buckles, etc. Often you can "feel" cheap plastic but the buckles appear to be somewhere between good and bad. Point is, there are some less than obvious places that corners can be cut that ultimately lead to a product that falls apart. Oh well. It was $15.00 and let's always keep in mind the end use. Buckles can be replaced, I am capable of using a needle and thread, and even the belt can be replaced. Let's get into it.