Let’s face it, if your handgun/holster combo is not comfortable and convenient, you’re just not going to carry it on a regular basis. For many years only two holster options have existed: Leather or Kydex (plastic). A holster company by the name of CrossBreed has set out to change this and they’ve been successfully doing so for several years now.
Kydex and leather both have their pros and cons: Kydex retains it’s shape, is impervious to sweat and relatively inexpensive. It is also bulky, rigid and can be uncomfortable when worn close to the body. If you’ve ever slipped while wearing one, it does nothing beneficial in helping to cushion your fall.
On the flip side, leather holsters are generally expensive, not as durable, and not impervious to weather or moisture. They are, however, pretty comfortable, of high quality and atheistically pleasing.
So why not combine the attributes of both and create the ultimate holster combination? CrossBreed has done just that. As their name implies, CrossBreed is a hybrid holster, blending the strengths of both leather and Kydex, and producing the ultimate holster in our opinion.
The SuperTuck Deluxe (from $69.75), the larger of the two models we tested, is designed to accommodate service-type pistols such as a Glock or 1911, whereas the MiniTuck (from $67.75) is for today’s popular “pocket” style pistols, like a Kahr or Ruger LC-9.
We decided on these two similar holsters for two very different pistols—a Glock 17 and a Kahr PM9. Both are popular, but are significantly different in both size and weight. Also, the Kahr PM9/CM9 is proving to be a staff-favorite CCW platform here at OT for summer carry, and we’ve been on the hunt for the perfect discreet carry solution—and I think we’ve found it.
One of the benefits of the Glock version SuperTuck Deluxe is that one holster will accommodate all Glock 9mm/.40 frames from compact all they way to comp guns, as the bottom of the holster’s Kydex shell is left open to accommodate the varying lengths.
Both holsters are constructed with your choice of leather backer—black cowhide, premium cowhide (+$10) or natural horsehide (+$15)—that is mated to an attractively textured Kydex shell using blackened stainless steel hardware. An optional “combat cut” is available from the factory allowing a slightly better grip when drawing.
Several belt clip options are available to suit your personal preference, including J-hooks, V-hooks and CrossBreed’s standard SteelClip. All are constructed of specially treated stainless spring steel for durability and to resist corrosion and chipping.
I have been carrying a concealed firearm every day for the past decade—the majority of that time as a police officer—and I can honestly say that CrossBreed makes the most comfortable IWB (Inside the Waist Band) holster I have used to date.
There are no sharp, abrasive edges or stiff, non-pliable plastic parts digging into my side. They are really quite pleasant to carry. After becoming part of my daily carry for about a week, the leather really softened and conformed to my body. The holster’s wide profile helps distribute the weight and holds the pistol close to the body, which significantly reduces printing. I found that tucking in a dress shirt makes the holster (and gun) completely disappear when worn just behind the hip. I should mention, this is with a full-size Glock 17. I’m very impressed.
CrossBreed is doing their part and supporting our work force here at home, as all of their holsters are hand-made by skilled American workers at their headquarters in Republic, Missouri.
Take CrossBreed up on their two-week “try-it-free” guarantee and give one a test drive. I can almost guarantee you won’t be returning it. And rest assured, your new holster is covered by CrossBreeds excellent lifetime warranty. See them at your firearms dealer, or for more information contact CrossBreed Holsters, Dept. OT; Tel: (888) 732-5011; Web: www.crossbreedholsters.com