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Leather holsters are common EDC holsters in the form of shoulder holsters, ankle holsters, IWB holsters, OWB holsters, etc. They come in varieties; purchasing one depends on the buyer’s preference.

In this article, we take a look at 5 leather-made holsters for various categories.

Our Top Picks for Leather Holsters

ProductFeatureFeature
Galco Ankle GloveTactical leather holster Ambidextrous leather holster
Craft Holsters Sig P226 MK25 Compatible HolsterLeather holsterAdjustable straps
Roma Leathers Front Buckle Concealed Gun HandbagDiscreet concealmentSecure holster
Vedder quick draw holsterKydex and Leather holster Quickdraw
Crossbreed SuperTuck HolsterGlock leather holsterLightweight

Leather Holster Vs Kydex Holsters

Rigidity

When you look at Kydex as far as rigidity is concerned it is a hard plastic key material and shaped to fit guns perfectly. Kydex does have a huge advantage over leather holsters in terms of rigidity - which means it holds the weapon in place very well.

Leather being softer material suffers greatly in this category. However, some good leather holsters are very rigid and do not collapse when you take the gun out. They are very strong but they have to be thick to be that strong. Since they have to have more materials they have a disadvantage when it comes to rigidity.

But you can get a thick leather holster that holds your gun just as well as Kydex. So, in terms of rigidity Kydex edges leather.

Concealability

Since leathers have to be thicker to be rigid for the leather holsters, Kydex holsters have an advantage when it comes to concealability. If you want to be technical and measure printing to the millimeter, the Kydex is thinner so it wins the category hands-down

Wear to Gun

As far as wear is concerned, Kydex is a hard material and doesn't flex much. It does have wear points, and there are parts on the gun that will wear quicker and more evidently than other places on

the gun. Usually, that is around trigger guards and anywhere there is a piece that the trigger has to force its way through.

A thin part is used to hold the gun in a place where the material is closer together. The gun has to push those pieces apart to get past them. For pistols, wear will occur around the trigger guard and the cylinder. If it is a revolver, wear will be around the front of the gun. If it is a semi-auto there will be spots around the firearm.

Leather holsters on the other hand are coarse and softer and they flex better than Kydex holsters, so you do not see as many spots and wears on the gun. They also don't cause much actual scraping wear like with the Kydex holsters.

However, some of the wear issues with Kydex can be lessened with products like a suede liner, and they offer just a little bit more protection between the gun finish and the polymer.

For this category, it is clear that leather holsters edge Kydex holsters.

Comfort

Comfortability is one of the major factors when it comes to choosing your holster. The question you should consider is, is it comfortable enough to wear every day?

The harder features of the Kydex do not make it comfortable to carry. However, since their backside is usually pretty flat, they are not super uncomfortable. But when Kydex holsters are against bare skin they are uncomfortable. In hot weather, they can conduct a lot of heat and burn the skin too.

Leather on the other hand is softer. The edges are less sharp, and they are overall more comfortable holster. They also wear on the skin better than Kydex holsters.

However, it has to be said that some of Kydex's comfortability issues can be overcome with modern Kydex hybrid holsters if you get one that has a soft backing. Although they will not be as comfortable as leather, they are very close and will also wick away moisture.

So when it comes to the modern way of making Kydex holsters, you can still get the comfortability you desire.

In terms of the comfort of carrying either one, some people might think the leather is still more comfortable, but you can get leather backings on Kydex holsters. Also, since the Kydex can be thinner, some people might find it more comfortable than the leather. So this category is a draw.

Durability

A lot of people expect Kydex holsters to be more durable because they are plastic, but leather holsters never wear out. Leather is well known for lasting ages, so a good leather holster will last you a lifetime if you want it to.

Because Kydex holsters either have pressure points from connections and more parts, they don't last as long as leather.

However, either one should last you for as long as you need it to. But in the long run, good old-fashioned proven leather has the advantage, hence it is the winner of the durability category.

Versatility

One bad thing about a leather holster is you buy it for only certain guns, they rarely fit all models. When leather holsters are made specifically for a gun, that gives you the best possible retention and causes the least possible wear to your gun. So when you buy a leather holster that is made for a specific gun, if you stop carrying that gun you have to buy another holster.

However, Kydex holsters are more versatile, and if you want to change to another gun, you do not have to buy another entire

holster. But for better fitting, you can buy a shell, and the holster will be ready for another gun. All you have to do is take the former shell off and put on the new shell. Then put a little lock tight on the screws before you put it together, so they don't come undone. Then you will have a new holster for your new gun.

As far as versatility is concerned, it is not even a contest Kydex holsters take it.

Galco Ankle Glove

Galco Ankle Glove Holster fits Glock 42 Black AG600B
  • DESIGNED TO FIT: Galco's Ankle Glove is specifically designed and molded to fit Glocks 42, and Sig Sauer P365 (STD & SAS).
  • COMFORTABLE AND SECURE: The Ankle Glove's wide neoprene ankle band and hook-and-loop closure offer extended wearing comfort and unmatched security. Additional comfort is provided by sheepskin padding between the holster and ankle.
  • SECURE FIREARM RETENTION: The Ankle Glove features a reinforced thumb break strap and detailed molding for secure firearm retention while allowing a fast draw.
  • PREMIUM MATERIALS: The Ankle Glove is constructed of premium saddle leather stitched to a breathable neoprene band, accommodating ankles up to 13" in circumference.
  • MADE IN THE USA: The premium saddle leather used in our holsters is sourced from the top 2% of leather available in America and is transformed into pieces of functional beauty by our experienced craftsmen in Phoenix, Arizona.

Galco Ankle Glove is manufactured from premium leather that makes it durable and comfortable to wear.

The leather is soft and does not irritate the skin even when it comes in contact with sweat. If you have sensitive skin, then you should get this.

The swift and no-snag drawing caught my attention because it makes the holster perfect for delirious situations where you need to react quickly. It has a thumb break to enhance draw speed and is well designed to retain firearms.

You can wear it without the adjustable strap, concealing is also problem-free and discreet.

Galco Ankle Glove affordability is one of the edges it has over some other Glock gun models. It is a great choice for even the most modest budget for ankle holsters. It suits ankles with about 13 inches in circumference and is great for firearms like double-action revolvers and semi-automatic pistols.

One feature that is worth noting is the holster tension unit for ankle gloves with small revolvers, which makes them a flexible option for hammered and hammerless guns. The tension unit replaces the conventional thumb break and safety straps.

Pros

  • Highly durable and long-lasting holster
  • Great fitting for people with average-sized ankles
  • A great choice for concealed carry without displaying prints
  • Trusted ankle holster for members of the military and law enforcement officers
  • Excellent for right and left-handed people
  • Straps on perfectly without gliding
  • Very comfortable on the skin without irritations, rubbing marks, and soft paddings
  • Great elastic material that stretches perfectly

Cons

  • Reholstering a pistol could be quite difficult
  • There are various complaints of tightening issues
  • Not a great option for every gun size

Craft Holsters Sig P226 MK25 Compatible Holster - Alaskan Chest Holster (D109)

The Craft Holsters Sig P226 MK25 features a simple leather design that sits comfortably on your body. The holster is easy to adjust and is secured by a buckle lock. The straps are adjustable and adaptable to all body types and also great for conservative shooters.

It is comfortable and has a long-lasting leather construction. It works well with large body types and is handmade with precision and detail.

It has a durable and beautiful leather construction, it has a comfortable fit for the weapon and user and it is ideal for use with Alaskan and similar revolvers. However, the carry angle is not adjustable.

Pros

  • Leather material is very durable
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Adjustable retention and straps with buckles
  • Great aesthetic chest holster
  • Clings perfectly to the body
  • Great option for large-sized men
  • Can be worn in various positions
  • Perfect tactical holster
  • Discreet concealment
  • Swift and silent draw

Cons

  • Not a great choice for various gun models
  • Carry angle is not adjustable
  • Only available for right-handed people

Roma Leathers Front Buckle Concealed Gun Handbag

Roma Leathers Leather Locking Concealment Crossbody Purse - CCW Concealed Carry Gun Bag, Black (7017-BLK)
  • Patented YKK Zippers - Lockable Concealment Compartment with 2 Keys
  • Stylish Cross Body bag
  • Size: 9.5 in. X 9.5 in. X 3 in.
  • Velcro positioning holster included
  • Many compartments and pockets

The purse is stylish and fine for everyday use and is made of reasonably supple leather that seems to be designed well.

It is medium-sized and in fact, the size is just perfect, not too big considering what you are carrying. It has a right or left-hand draw, is made of premium cowhide leather, and has numerous pockets and slots. It can be worn crossbody or shoulder carry and has an adjustable wire reinforced strap.

For secure gun holstering, it has a locking gun CCW compartment, a velcro positioning holster is included, and it holds most compact and some larger full-size pistols.

The locking CCW compartment has a universal holster with four keys for safety, and it has a compact and discreet design with ample space for other items.

However, it is not the most fashionable concealment bag holster and earlier bags have small cell phone pockets.

Pros

  • Fits a wide range of pistols perfectly
  • Conceals guns discreetly without leaving a print
  • Made from highly durable leather that will not wear off easily
  • Secure firearm holstering
  • Extra compartment pouch for additional accessories and weapons that might come in handy
  • Extremely comfortable to wear without skin reaction
  • Secure conceal carry
  • Velcro concealment bag holster
  • Multiple styles

Cons

  • Poor aesthetics
  • Not a great choice for large firearms
  • Small pockets for cell phones

Vedder Quick Draw Holster 

Vedder Holsters Quick Draw OWB Hybrid Holster - S&W Shield
  • Premium 10-12oz cowhide leather for added stability
  • Durable Kydex designed to hold up to the most extreme conditions and wear that is hand molded to fit your individual firearm.
  • Custom sight channels made specifically to your gun to insure clearance with all front sights and loaded chamber indicators.
  • The Quick Draw holster is designed to work well with a sturdy belt up to 1.75" in width.
  • The Quick Draw holster is an outside the waistband (OWB) hybrid holster that’s handmade with premium leather and molded Kydex to fit perfectly to your gun. The Quick Draw series is designed to be worn OWB by fastening it with your belt though our precut durable belt loops. Quick Draw holsters secure your firearm close to your side making it easy to conceal under a jacket or a loose un-tucked shirt. As with our entire hybrid holster line the Quick Draw hybrid holster is proudly handmade in the U.S.A.! Stock Photo Shows Smith & Wesson Shield in Quick Draw Holster. Your holster will reflect the gun model you select.

Vedder quick draw holster is an OWB holster made from high-quality leather and Kydex to conceal carry guns perfectly. As an OWB holster, these quick-draw holsters are manufactured to clap on belts. They keep guns secured and close enough to draw from under the clothing. Just like most Vedder holsters, the quick draw holster is also designed in the USA.

The leather components of the holster help with the dispersal of the pressure point where it comes in contact with the body.

Pros

  • Premium 10-12oz leather
  • Kydex designed
  • Suitable for quick-draw
  • Risk-free

Cons

  • Requires a special belt
  • Difficult to conceal

CrossBred SuperTuck Holster

The SueprTuck is a groundbreaking holster by CrossbBreed. It is an IWB holster that is comfortable to wear. The company designed this holster to fit a wide range of gun models. The holster allows gun carriage in various options.

One of the most interesting features of this holster is its quality leather backing that comes with a pocket and is designed with Kydex materials. You can wear a CrossBred SuperTuck Holster with your shirt tucked in or not, depending on personal preference.

The holster is designed for right-handed people with a quick drawing of 3:30 to 5 o’clock and a left-hand drawing of 7 to 8:30.

Adjustable cant is made possible with this holster's SnapLok powder-coated steel belt clips. They are modular and also help with the adjustment of ride height.

With this holster, you have two leather options, clip choices and combat cut choices to choose from. These options will provide every individual with their preference and allow them to customize the holster according to their taste, as much as possible.

Pros

  • It is a perfect right-hand draw holster
  • High-quality leather for design
  • Perfect for a wide range of firearms
  • Adjustable cant and ride height
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • They will require bigger clothes to conceal carry
  • Reholstering might be difficult

Conclusion

Leather materials make holsters extremely comfortable, and this is why leather holsters will not go out of vogue. For any style of holster that you want, there is always a leather-made model.

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