View Full Version : Your favorite holster material and why?

February 8, 2001, 10:39 AM
I know this has probably been discussed a million times, but bear with me. Is it kydex, cowhide, roohide, nylon, cheap plastic, etc. And try to give the best attributes of your favorite. Thank you for your attention.

February 9, 2001, 09:47 AM
Not one reply? There has to be someone out there with some advice. What are you guys using?

Scott Evans
February 9, 2001, 09:57 AM
For me that’s easy. Kydex wins hands down. Stronger, thinner (less bulk), water proof, form fitting which provides a greater level of retention then is possible with most other rigs and it “Breaks” clean and fast on the draw. All around; just a great material when combined with a well thought-out and executed holster.

February 9, 2001, 12:43 PM
I've been using a KYDEX Sidearmor for my G27 in IDPA.

Absolutely no complaints.

For anything other than IWB, though, I think I'd go with Horsehide, not only horsehide, but Kramer horsehide.

Traditionalist, I guess. I think it looks better, feels better, and is probably SLIGHTLY easier on the finish.

Plus it matches my belts.

February 9, 2001, 12:46 PM
Still like Leather especially Lou Alessi's work. Horsehide from Rusy Sherrick. In the Hot humid NE Summer's stick with Kydex but here the quality of construction REALLY varies. Therefore limit Kydex to KY-TAC, Cen-Dex & Mad Dog. These three Kydex makers all build their gear to the exact gun, not an aluminum slug, out of the thinnest Kydex practicable, making for a very compact holster with very little bulk especially compared to lesser makes. Also you won't find any sharp unfinished edges unlike others, the thick & bulky synthetic belt loops & snaps that allow their IWB's to change position while wearing or the thick sharp edged integral belt loops the "Stamped" appearing one-piece Kydex makers use. Both Cen-Dex & Mad Dog use very high strength SS rivits, opposed to the much weaker aluminum, and their holsters can be ordered specifing the level/strength of draw-retention you want. David Elderton's Ky-Tac uses tension screw adjustments with fine threads allowing true fine/micro adjustment that will not work loose once adjusted or require locktite to keep from losing the adj. screws unlike some of the other lesser brands.

[Edited by skevlar on 02-10-2001 at 11:03 AM]

February 9, 2001, 01:53 PM
Not sure what your application would be.

But for me it's leather.

February 9, 2001, 03:59 PM
I have a few kydex holsters. They work real well. But I'm an old f#*t and just prefer leather. Although I have both kinds I still prefer blued firearms over stainless steel ones, wood over Kevlar stocks, etc.
Neil Casper

February 9, 2001, 11:24 PM
I really think it's just preference.

Admittedly, I am biased towards Kydex. I love Kydex. It's everything Scott Evans says it is . The only downside (if there is such a thing) is that you have to make sure the holster inside stays squeak clean. Otherwise, foreign substances such as sand can damage your gun. And, if it's flexed or stressed too much and too frequently somehow, it can start to crack and break (The J-hooks on my Bladetech IWB just broke recently). And of course, Kydex is like Polymer frames. You either love it or hate it I guess.

All the downside are relatively minor and not difficult to get around. Although I love the aesthetics of leather, Kydex/Concealex will always be my preferred choice of material.

February 10, 2001, 01:41 PM
Nylon with Kydex inside. Secure, quiet and comfortable. Dropleg over belt level.


February 11, 2001, 12:51 PM

It's VERY thin yet will take a beating.

February 11, 2001, 01:37 PM
its all aplication my friend.
In a belt mounted CCW holster i will take leather anyday. Horsehide is nice and i own several hundred dollars worth of horsehide now but time has taught me that cowhide works just fine and is a lot cheaper.
For IWB or tactical uses Kydex has its advantages due to being sweat proof rugged and slick to insert in the pants.
Shoulder holsters are more practical made of leather IMHO.
Camping, hunting and wilderness carry it is hard to beat the much distained ballistic nylon holsters made popular by Uncle Mikes and similar companies. Just be sure they have an opening at the bottom to let out trash and water or have a flap over the top.