While at the 2014 SHOT Show, I got a chance to learn about Kinetic Concealment, a relatively new holster company that is offering a twist on the hybrid inside-the-waistband (IWB) scabbard. At first glance, the holsters appear to be similar to other hybrid offerings from CrossBreed and others. However, the construction of the holster may increase comfort significantly.
The design uses a piece of Kydex that is attached to a slab of leather. The Kydex is molded for a specific model of handgun, which allows it to securely hold the pistol without the need for a retention strap. The leather offers a layer of protection between the hard corners of the gun and Kydex. Belt clips are attached at either end of the leather piece, which spreads the weight of the gun over a wider area when compared to traditional IWB holsters. These are pretty standard features for hybrid holsters.
Kinetic Concealment adds a neoprene backer to the leather, something I’ve not seen done on other holsters. The padded neoprene, not the leather, goes against the skin (or undershirt). Kinetic Concealment states the neoprene backer also keeps sweat from penetrating the leather, which can produce a funky smell over time.
MSRP is $76.95 for the Kinetic Concealment holsters. Holsters are available for a very wide range of pistols, including some less common ones.