Sticky holsters have been around for quite a while now and the brand has become established and reputable. Despite that, I've gone many years now essentially ignoring them. I walk past their booth at trade shows and I think to myself something like “there is no way I'm ever going to try that.”
Well, I proved myself wrong this time. Sticky sent a few products over to our review team here at ConcealedCarry.com and I found myself volunteering to give it a shot. I wore my primary EDC gun in a Sticky Holster for a little more than 10 days and spent about 6 hours on the range with it. What follows are my personal thoughts.
Does it Stick – IWB Carry?
Yeah, it sticks. It doesn't fall out the bottom of my pants. However, as you would intuitively assume, it does require a certain degree of tension on the waistline. I tried loosening the belt a few times and eventually tried removing my belt altogether and with a lose enough waistband the holster will give and fall. So I wouldn't recommend this with your sweats, gym shorts, or yoga pants.
I wore this primarily AIWB and after a few days it was really well adapted as the “wing” of the pocket started to bend and conform to my body.
In traditional IWB, 4 to 5 o'clock on the waistband, it performed adequately well.
How Well Does it Fit The Firearm and Allow For Good Draw?
A big pet peeve of mine are holsters that get in the way of a good draw. Sticky Holsters come in over 30 SKUs but collectively fit over 100 guns so I wasn't sure if I would be disappointed in the fit. I got the SM5 model which is listed as the best size holster for the Sig P365.
The P365 fits perfectly well in the SM5 holster. When I say it fits perfectly well I mean the holster doesn't get in the way of a good draw. There is space where the trigger guard meets the grip to establish your strong hand grip and while the trigger guard is fully covered the cut of the holster is such that it doesn't cover up the top of the grip or the rear sights at all making it easy to establish your grip without the holster getting in the way.
No issues with the holster coming with the gun during a draw either. I ran a lot of drills on the range with this holster and it never once left the pant during a draw.
One issue to address is that the holster tends to rotate on me in the same way that a single clip holster might. I place the holster in my waistline so as to ensure some space between the grip of the gun and the top of the pants. This is important so that I can establish my grip immediately as part of my draw. Give it 20 minutes of movement and the holster will have effectively rotated and/or slid slightly such that the grip of the gun is resting on the top of the pant. This was annoying but certainly not an exclusive problem to the Sticky holster.
If you use any single attachment point holster and especially if that holster has a clip that is bigger than the belt then you will likely have that same issue. It is also possible that a larger Sticky holster with a larger gun may not have the same issue. All around this didn't make it impossible to draw the gun but it isn't ideal for a solid and fast draw.
How does the holster retain the gun? Well, about as well as you would like to think it would. This is not a Kydex holster. This holster does not have any sort of retention device or strap. But the holster does seem to fit the guns in a snug way that creates some natural retention, even more so when in a waistband.
If I put the gun in the holster and turn it upside down and shake I can get the gun to fall out with a forceful enough shake. Does this bother me or make me concerned with using the holster? No, it does not. I may choose to forego doing backflips at the club on the weekends but otherwise would feel confident with the natural retention the holster provides.
What About Reholstering?
This isn't the holster's strong point. Frankly, it sucks. When you draw from this holster and go to reholster the gun you SHOULD remove the holster from your pant, reinsert the firearm and then place the entire rig back in your waistline. Anything else felt unsafe, difficult, forced, and overly time-consuming. Is this a deal breaker? Well, it certainly is a pain in the neck when you are running drills, taking a class, or otherwise engaging in training but as to normal every day carry it doesn't bother me in the slightest.
Is It Comfortable, Convenient, and Economic?
Yes, Yes, and Yes. This holster is comfortable. It doesn't have any extra bulk, the material is soft, and I find it very comfortable.
It is hard to beat this holster on convenience. Each morning I opened the safe, grabbed the gun in the holster and placed it inside my waistband. Presto and done. Reverse steps at night. No clips, no straps, no nada.
Economic? Yep, we sell these holsters for $29.95 each.
What Else Can You Buy With Your Holster?
Sticky Holsters also makes and provides mag pouches which you might consider. My experience with the mag pouch was not overly positive because I had the orginal mag pouches which are too deep for smaller magazines like the mags for the Glock 43 and Sig P365. Larger or even mid-size magazines probably would work fairly well. I understand they have expanded their product line and now have mini mag carriers that would work better for my particular loadout. All around its something to consider.
Sticky Holsters also has an AnkleBiter rig which works together with your holster to essentially convert it into an ankle holster. If you are a person who owns a Sticky Holster then for an extra $40 you can have an Ankle holster as well. I don't think it is a bad idea for someone who is going to occasionally want to ankle carry but if ankle carry is your primary way of carrying I didn't feel this was the most comfortable or low profile ankle holster I've ever tried.
Sticky Holsters also has a travel mount which essentially is a way to securely remove your holster from your body and place it in a “carrier” of sorts that is mounted to a part of your car or desk etc. The system works with a Velcro with a strong adhesive back. I don't have much personal application for a product like this but it is a nice way to extend the potential uses of your Sticky Holster.
Lastly, Sticky Holsters recently launched a new line of holsters that work with Kydex inserts for those of you who either think the original line doesn't have enough retention or trigger guard protection. For, me I don't see a strong need for the new line but I'm sure there will be many who appreciate it.
What other questions or thoughts do you have about the Sticky Holster? Share them below in the comments!