[HOLSTER REVIEW] Vedder LightTuck Kydex IWB
Vedder Holsters is a name that’s very familiar in the gun world, but I’ll have to admit that this was my first Vedder holster to personally own. In a world of kydex holsters, though, it stands out from many others that I’ve used.
Today, we’re looking at Vedder’s LightTuck Kydex IWB holster.
From their website:
Looking for the best concealed carry holster on the market? The All New LightTuck™ IWB Kydex holster by Vedder Holsters is the last holster you will ever need to buy for your carry gun. Each holster is handcrafted to your precise gun model to create the perfect fit while maintaining the thinnest profile both in your pants and on your belt. Our fit is so precise, you will hear an audible ‘click’ every time you holster your gun, reassuring you that your gun is securely in place.
Made with a thickness of .080” Kydex, it’s definitely on the slimmer side for these types of holsters. And of course, they’re molded specifically for the firearm of your choice.
On the back, we have a very sturdy metal clip that won’t budge off the belt for anything. When you go to clip it on, you can feel the strength that it holds, which gives confidence that it won’t be going anywhere when you don’t want it to.
The clips are available in 1.5″ and 1.75″, depending on your belt size.
Included in the design is a way to adjust both cant and ride height. From the photo below, you can clearly see the cutout in the metal that allows for the cant positioning. It holds strong with the screw and washer, and I haven’t had any worries of it sliding out of position. Of course, use Loctite on the screw threads to make sure that the screw won’t back out on you over time. That’s always a smart idea.
With the cant, it’s adjustable from -30 degrees to +30 degrees. Personally, with a 1-clip IWB holster, I like to keep the firearm as vertical as possible. In the image above, that’s about perfect for me. It gives just a little cant for an easier draw, but doesn’t shift the weight of the firearm too far to the side.
The ride height can also be adjusted with a few extra screw holes, so you’re always going to find that perfect feel for your situation.
They’ve incorporated a channel for the front sight, and it runs the entire length of the holster. That’s a nice feature, as it negates any front sight hangups. Holster companies have different ways of managing this, and this seems to be my favorite solution so far.
For retention, you’re able to adjust this with the screw that you can see in the photo below. Between the two pieces of kydex is a rubber bushing. That busing can be compressed to allow for greater retention by tightening the screw, or of course you can loosen the screw to separate the kydex a little more for less retention.
Another welcomed feature, which many of these holsters provide, is coverage all the way thru to the end of the slide. That makes for easy holstering, as well as keeping steel off your skin.
Also if you’ll notice in the photo below, the edges of the kydex are polished smooth and round, so you won’t have to worry about any sharp edges.
While using the holster, I found it to be very comfortable. While I mostly used it around the 5 o’clock location, it was also surprisingly comfortable for appendix carry. I usually don’t carry appendix, but wanted to see how this holster worked out in that area. My problem has always been…uncomfortable. I could never understand how someone could sit while carrying appendix. However with this holster, and with the proper ride height and cant, the comfort was not an issue.
With my normal carry of this holster at 5 o’clock, it was like it wasn’t even there. Printing was nonexistent, even with shorts and a t-shirt.
It’s secure, comfortable, and well-designed.
The holster shipped in this nice little pouch, and also came with an extra metal clip. It’s a nice little package that isn’t overdone.
Made for both left-handed and right-handed, this is a holster that should appeal to many. If you want to add some ‘flare’ to your holster, Vedder offers a multitude of colors and patterns to make it a little more personal. Take a look at what they have to offer:
The price point is at $54.99 at the time of this review, and it seems in-line with other similar holsters, and maybe even a little less than most. Is it worth the price? Yes, it is. It’s a lightweight holster that offers excellent retention and holstering, and it’s made in the US by a company with a solid reputation.
To see more and to purchase your own, visit their product page here.