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Old September 24, 1999, 02:15 PM   #1
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What are some opinions and thoughts on the effectiveness and ease maintenance of leather as opposed to Kydex or Fobus (?) holsters?

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Old October 4, 1999, 08:52 PM   #2
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Kydex is very easy to keep clean. Just wipe with a clean, soft cloth. If the holster has a closed end, just wash thorougly with soap and water and then dry. You can also periodically use a product such as Armor All to really clean the Kydex. Kydex does not absorb moisture of any type and dirt cannot become ingrained and scratch the finish of the weapon.
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Old October 7, 1999, 11:06 PM   #3
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I cannot rave enough about kydex holsters. They are VERY thin, yet VERY strong. Cleaning just consists of holding them under the sink for a second to wash off any lint. Blade-Tech holsters conceal the full length of the slide and repel any sweat and oils from your skin. Blade-Tech kydex/concealex holsters also have 2 adjustable tension screws and are fast to draw from. They also will not hurt the finish of your gun. I find my Blade-Tech IWB to be quite comfortable.

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Old October 8, 1999, 05:32 AM   #4
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Kydex is very easy to clean, if it needs it; generally will not hurt a guns finish to much(you will still polish the muzzle); is very quick to draw from; is secure without a thumbsnap; and is no more expensive.

Leather is much more comfortable to wear (especially IWB); looks better; protects the gun better; smells better; takes a high gloss finish; does not make a sharp clank if you bump something; and you have more variety to pick from in style and colors. Cleaning and maintenance is still easy, but generally not wipe on/wipe off (Remember Ralph Macchio?) like KYDEX is. Fortunately most of us have leather cleaning gear at home for other reasons.

All in all I still prefer leather for concealed carry. I also use it more, since many of my guns do not have KYDEX made for them, except on a custom basis. However I will wear KYDEX when working in the range, since people are always asking about it, and it is quicker to draw from.

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Old October 8, 1999, 09:31 AM   #5
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Well, for now, I am looking for holsters that I can wear at the range. They may also serve as the TEOTWAWKI holsters if necessary.

For those purposes, would Kydex be better than leather?

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Old October 8, 1999, 12:17 PM   #6
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I am sort of partial to leather myself, but that is because no one makes a kydex shoulder holster.
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Old October 11, 1999, 11:24 AM   #7
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For casual use, I think the Fobus paddle holsters are a great buy. They're light, comfortable, reasonably secure, quick, and cheap (about $20). They don't hold the pistol close enough to conceal well but they do go and off in a jiffy.
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