Having spent almost an entire year exclusively carrying appendix with the Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry (you can read my review of it here), I was both eager and skeptical to try out this holster from Rubber City Holsters.
Let me start off by saying that, with this holster, the gun is not coming out unless you WANT it to. The factory retention of this holster is beyond what I consider to be adequate for an IWB holster (it does come with an additional spacer that can loosen it up if desired). It is absolutely superb and feels as if you could throw it across a room with the gun in it and the gun will stay in place (if you are going to try this make sure you UNLOAD the gun and throw it into a sofa or on the bed, so you don’t scratch up your firearm or the walls).
This level of retention is fantastic for draw practice because you can not lazily draw from this holster; the draw has to be strong and deliberate to get the handgun out. Check out the following videos to see the draw from this holster.
Previous to this holster, my experience with AIWB holsters was from a few weeks with a DeSantis Pro Stealth, which is made out of ballistic nylon and almost a full year with a Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry (Check out my review of it here), which is a hybrid kydex mold with cowhide backing. I had always been skeptical about a full kydex mold inside my pants. Just the thought of it seemed uncomfortable because there was no padding or cushion to keep the holster from poking you. I was presently surprised to find that this holster was extremely comfortable once I found the sweet spot.
There is one caveat. Depending on the pants and where the belt loops are place, you may not get the holster perfectly in your sweet spot every time until you memorize the location on each pair of pants you have (this is a nightmare if you are a fashion junkie).
The above pictures show the different placements that can occur (Left: inside the belt loop, Right: outside the belt loop) with different pants and trying to achieve the sweet spot. This approximately 1 inch difference makes a HUGE difference in the overall comfort of this holster because of its rounded edge around the clip/retention screws.
Get the placement wrong and you will quickly realize it after sitting down for a period of time. When the holster is not in the sweet-spot, this rounded edge digs into your thigh and it can be painful if you do not adjust it.
Because of its .08 thickness, the Rubber City Holsters: The Akron Holster slips inside-the-waistband easily and doesn’t add any unnecessary bulging. Using the injection molded strut with soft loop, the holster holds close to the body and doesn’t move too much once you adjust the loop to your belt’s thickness. There is also an injection molded clip available that I have not tried out yet, but I will update this review when I do.
This holster is tuckable and even though the loop or clip isn’t hidden, I was never asked about it nor do I think anyone actually saw it anyways; because like I’ve said before, nobody wants to look at another person’s crotch unless they are a pervert.
Sometimes a holster is almost perfect but is hindered by one or two minor adjustments needing to be made. Rubber City Holsters has thought about this and provide some fantastic height adjustments that make this holster even more awesome. The injection molded strut and soft loop both have 3 different holes at different heights allowing you to tailor the holster to your likings. Out of the 9 possible settings, I adjusted mine 3 times before settling on what I find to be the perfect setting for me.
From left to right in the pictures above, you can see the 3 different heights I experimented with. Also with these height adjustments, I altered how tight the loop was around the belt, which slightly affects the height as well but more importantly how much wiggle you will get throughout the day or when drawing. If you prefer a deeper concealment you can achieve it and if you want to get a firm grip on the firearm before drawing you can achieve that as well (3rd picture).
At $55 for a handcrafted in the USA kydex holster, The Akron from Rubber City Holsters is a great addition to your holster collection or if you are looking for a new EDC holster. With its superb retention, ability to tuck, and range of adjustments this holster is definitely amongst my favorites and I currently go to it more than my Crossbreed (gasp).
If you decide to give this holster a try, visit Rubber City Holsters and you can receive 10% OFF of your entire order by using the coupon code “DCCW10” at checkout.
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