Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by The Exile, Jun 23, 2021.
I found that to be just the opposite. Leather, especially when wet and against bare skin, is brutal.
Kydex doesnt absorb any sweat, and against bare skin, especially when damp, just slides across it, with little to no irratation.
Leather just rubs you raw.
As trackskippy mentioned, the kydex doesn't really rub because it is smoother. It is also a little thinner, but it is hard.
Now that I think about it, have never used anything other than a Gould, bought my first one at the factory,,
Well, I just thought about it. I bought my second holster from Gould because they weren’t in business when I bought my first. That one I bought from a custom holders maker right down in Mexico, it was easier back them
And I do not agree with Skippy that leather wears a gun faster.. he has his opinion, I have mine,
The finishes, especially on my nice blued guns, showed a lot more overall wear to the finish than those that rode in kydex. And that's not even addressing the rusting issues.
Constant drawing and replacing the gun in practice just accelerates things, and the finish quickly starts to look washed out, and worn away on the high points and high wear areas. Kydex holsters really don't contact that much of the gun, so you don't see that same type of wear. The wear you see with them is usually just at one or two places where the gun contacts the holster, usually around the trigger guard on the gun, some towards the muzzle end on slides and barrels, and the overall finish doesn't have that washed out look.
Based on this thread it seems that it depends on a few factors which might include body shape, where you carry, and your clothing. Kydex leaves my skin red and tender, I have to put moleskin on the back of them to make them manageable. Leather with the rough side out will do the same. But leather smooth side out is perfect, all-day comfort for me.
As with other aspects of this thread, conventional wisdom is right the opposite. The kydex wear that I've seen is ugly, real ugly.
Either way, I always wear a tee shirt so a holster is never against my skin. That might be your best option.
Kydex is cheaper and offers the advantage of one-hand reholstering, which I feel is a MUST HAVE. One-handed draw, one-handed reholster for me.
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