I know what you’re thinking. Ho hum. Another Kydex holster. A plastic sheath with a belt clip. Another one, just like the other ones. Only Vedder Holsters’ entry into the touchable inside-the-waistband canon of gun-totin’ gear is more than another me-too item.
Some who carry just can’t abide IWB. It’s constricting, they say, requires a bigger pair of pantaloons and can inhibit a good clean draw. Fair enough, but IWB has a number of pros as well.
First and foremost: IWB’s versatility of concealment. An un-tucked shirt has to ride up awfully far to expose the fact that you’re carrying a mohaska. Much farther than when carrying in an outside-the-waistband holster.
The other plus: if you want a neater, more professional look, you can always tuck in those shirt tails. Only eagle-eyed fellow people of the gun are likely to recognize that clip on your belt.
That’s why I carry IWB about half the year, depending on weather and clothing options. And I prefer a simple uni-clip Kydex IWB holster over a large hybrid rig with two clips and a backing.
So what makes Vedder’s LightTuck IWB better than others I’ve tried? Three things.
First, the LightTuck has a raised sweat shield section that rides between you and your pistol. Not only does this keep bodily fluids off your carry piece, it gives you a fraction more room to slip in your thumb in on the draw.
Second, unlike most other similar designs, the LightTuck lets you adjust its cant. Do you like your gun to ride vertically? OK then. But if you prefer a forward tilt for a little more concealment and a better draw, the LightTuck gives you a full 30 degrees of adjustment options.
Third, the LightTuck features an incredibly sturdy metal clip — in contrast to the polymer jobs on other IWB holsters I’ve tried (and broken). The Vedder clips latch onto your belt like an alien face-hugger; they won’t slide around no matter what kind of burpees you do (in the privacy of your own home).
The LightTuck has a screw and rubber gasket arrangement so you can fine tune the degree of retention you prefer.
There are two sets of holes drilled to adjust the holster’s ride height.
As you can probably see from the photos, Vedder pays a lot of attention to finishing their Kydex — something not every garage-based holster operation takes the time to do. The edges are nicely rounded which means they won’t catch on your clothes, slice a finger or mar your gun.
In short, this the LightTuck IWB is a first rate rig for everyday carry. You won’t find a more thoughtfully designed, better made holster to discreetly carry your gun.
Specifications: Vedder Holsters LightTuck IWB Kydex (GLOCK 43 version tested)
Height: (shell only) 6 inches
Width: 3.25 iches
Depth: (shell only) 1.25 inches
Weight: 3.0 oz.
Colors: You name it, they offer 79 different options
Price: $54.99 (colors other than black run from $3 to $20 extra)
Ratings (out of five stars):
Comfort: * * * * *
You’ll forget you’re carrying. Which is the point…right up until you need your gun. Which we hope you won’t.
Concealability: * * * * *
Vedder will make a LightTuck for beasts as big as a 92FS USP 45 or 1911 Government if you’d like. But with a slim single stack nine, not even your hairdresser will know for sure.
Value: * * * *
The LightTuck gives you more options and better quality than comparable models. Worth the extra money.
Overall: * * * * *
Top quality materials and finish with more features at a reasonably affordable price.