Leather vs. Nylon vs. Kydex


Deciding between leather, nylon, and Kydex (thermoplastic) holsters comes down to preference. I have personally had great experiences with all three types. One thing to consider is a Kydex holster generally must be molded for your exact gun make/model in order to have good retention. This means you might not be able to find a Kydex holster for your rare gun in a wildcat caliber. Nylon holsters, on the other hand, usually come in size ranges that fit a certain barrel length. Of course, the downside of this is that a thumb break will be needed. Most leather holsters are also made to fit an exact gun make/model, but there are also generic size offerings available. Kydex holsters are also very rigid which can make them less comfortable in some situations.

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14 Responses to “Leather vs. Nylon vs. Kydex”

  1. John in Tennessee says:

    The Kytac holster is the finest I ever owned and used. Mine was made for a full framed S&W 645 .45ACP semi auto. It never print bit me in the side and concealed so well I could get away with having it on under just a t-shirt. Give them a try. You will be pleased with the workmanship David puts into them. They also have an screw to set the amount of hold the holster retains the sidearm with.

  2. Elmer Juelg says:

    Need A nylon belt holster for a HI-point 9 mm Luger Model C9
    Elmer J

  3. Gary says:

    Try these 2 sites for kydex holsters, I have several of them and I’ll never go back to leather. After all a GLOCK deserves a Kydex holster ;-)


    Tell em “The Sancman” sent ya, I promise you won’t be disappointed and the prices are very reasonable.

  4. David says:

    looking for the best concelled holster for a glock 22,40cal thanks.

  5. Jeremy says:

    I just purchased a raven concealment for my HK P2000sk. It is so comfortable. Guys are here in my local area, but make a great product. They have a good variety of belt attachments. It is the best IWB and OWB holsters. I can wear mine all day and forget I have it. They are worth the money and they do not show that you have a gun. They do very will to conceal, and provide a comfortable platform for the user. Great stuff.

  6. Heath says:

    What do you guys think of the combo styles like kholster and supertuck?


  7. Dwight F. Snider says:

    To All; I come from a military and law enforcement background.
    I am a master craftsman,knife maker and tool design engineer for a multi million dollar co. I have been researching concealed carry holsters for a very long time now and determined that there has been no real new developements in this industry (other than the use of Kydex) for many years. Currently I am working on my first prototype concealed carry system which I feel is the most highly
    ergonomicly engineered, secure, comfortable and concealable system
    to hit the market in the last 50 years. Just a little patients!

  8. Leon says:

    Regarding the Hi-Point C9, the best and least expensive buy for a very durable, easy-to-use (with a pocket for an extra magazine as well as a retaining strap)holster can be found at WalMart in the paint ball gun section. Present retail price (04/2010) is just under $7. This holster works well for the larger Hi-Point pistols too. This is NOT a concealed carry holster.

  9. poorman says:

    So what is your system. Been waiting almost a month now? did you have any breakthroughs yet??

  10. Cooper J says:

    I need a IWB holster for my xdm 9mm for a front carry inbetween my hips.

  11. C9HighPoiny says:

    Are there any known AFFORDABLE laser sight and/or flashlights for the Luger 9mm C9 High Point? Thanks!

  12. chris w says:

    also on the hi point c9 fobus makes a kydex type holster for both c9 and jcp/jhp my lgs has them for 21.99

  13. Kydex vs Leather IWB - WaltherForums says:

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  14. Tessa Kravitz says:

    Great comparison of the different options! I’m of course partial to Kydex ;) The Blade-Tech Hybrid option is nice for when you want the look of leather but the fit of Kydex.

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