For me switching to a bandolier from a belt was like cleaning your windshield after driving with it dirty for a long time. It was a completely natural improvement for me and it just worked better right out of the gate.
There are a few inherent advantages to a bandolier over a belt and vise-versa. Just as a sxs and a ‘97 can both have strengths and weaknesses. I personally feel that by not allowing a bandolier to be secured, it maintains some equity between the two and keeps the belt from being kicked to the wayside. I think the rules as they currently stand are the best they could be for the sport.