After seeing this holster being used by some fellow #StyleMeConcealed ladies, I had to give it a try. It's definitely a holster you have to see and use to really understand how it works and that it actually does work. I will continue to sound like a broken record in that it's about having options when it's comes to concealed carry especially for women. Not just options in clothing but also with holsters. What intrigued me so much about the Sticky Holster was that it didn't require a belt nor did it actually clip to any part of my clothing. To say I was a bit skeptical was an understatement. To be honest, it sat in my holster drawer for a couple of months before I gave it a solid try. I have a few go-to holsters and wasn't ready to add something new to the mix. However, I have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked carrying in the waist band. I had no issues concealing, it's really comfortable, and it stayed in place when drawing my G43. It didn't budge, seriously. In all fairness though, I wore this holster in combination with a pair of jeans that fit pretty tight around the waist. Maybe that's a sign I should lay off the almond croissants ;) Having said that and after using it, I wouldn't be comfortable wearing it with my boyfriend jeans or any loose pair of pants on their own. If I did, I would add a belt to keep it secure.
What makes this holster stay in place is that the outer fabric is sticky, as the name implies. Maybe tacky is a better description for the fabric but essentially because the outside fabric is a non-slip material it stays in place when positioned snug between two items. In my case, my jeans and stomach. The husband even tried it out with his jeans and was also pretty impressed by its staying power and his jeans are nowhere near as tight fitting as mine. The non-slip material is supposed to work the friction of the pressure placed by the items the holster is sandwiched between.
My only issue with the holster is when I have to go to the restroom in public. You have to physically remove the holster with the gun and place it somewhere safe. Personally, I try to minimize my time in public restrooms and the last thing I want to do is set a personal item down in a germ-infested stall and then place that item on my body (#gross). On top of that, the real risk is that by having to set your gun down there is a risk of forgetting it. And you definitely don't want to forget your gun in a public place.
While I didn't have any issues with the holster staying in place when drawing, reholstering requires a different technique than your standard kydex style holster. In order to reholster your gun you have to remove the sticky holster and slide your firearm back into the slip pocket. Then place it back in your designated carry position. While this was simple enough to do and only takes an extra few seconds, it does require more effort than a traditional style holster.
One of the areas I was concerned about was retention. While the inside of the holster does not have the same non-slip material as the outside, the gun doesn't budge until you draw. Even when I turned the holster (with the gun) upside down and hold the edge of the holster, the gun doesn't fall out. It needs a good bounce of the arm to get the gun to fall out.
For now, I don't see this being put into my regular rotation but I like having it as an option. I know the jeans I have that it works best with and it will be available should I need it. One of the ways that I've seen a Sticky Holster used is in purse carry. I've seen a few people use a Sticky Holster in non-carry specific purses and also in carry-specific purses. I don't have a CCW purse yet and personally, none of my purses have a pocket that will apply enough pressure to the holster where I would feel comfortable carrying it in. However, for those that do, know that this is an option you can consider.
For any of you that use Sticky Holster I would love to know your thoughts.
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