Leather Textures for Kydex Holsters

Dara Holsters

Dara Holsters & Gear announced the company is now offering a leather texture appearance for its catalog of Kydex holsters. These textures are available with your choice of three colors: natural, black and cordovan. (Cordovan is typically a rich wine or burgundy color.)

These texture and color options are available throughout the company’s entire line of carry rigs. There are a lot of different Kydex holster makers on the market, but I’m not familiar with anyone else offering a leather look for theirs. If someone knows of any, feel free to educate me in the comments section below.

Dara Holsters

I’ve had a chance to test some of the Dara Holsters products in the past and found them to be well made. My favorite Dara rig is the custom Kydex IWB rig. With a Glock 43, I found that the holster carried the gun very securely in both the appendix position and just behind the strong side hip. The belt clip was very durable and when matched to the correct size belt, really anchored the gun in place. As a bonus, I found that the rigs made carrying pretty comfortable in both locations.

In addition to the typical CCW style holsters, the company also makes a duty rig for law enforcement and security. I have not tested this one, but it looks to have a rotating hood that combines with an internal tension device for retention. A Level III-type rig is also available that adds an additional layer of protection similar to the classic Bill Rogers design: the SSIII 070 that is now made by Safariland.





Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


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  • Nicks87

    I have one of their OWB holsters and the finish and quality is excellent. My only complaints are how long it took for them to ship and how far the holster sticks out. If you use the belt attachment it just doesn’t work for concealed carry. I will probably try one of their IWB holsters in the future because I was so impressed with the quality of the materials.

    • We’re working on the wait time! We just hired a ton of guys and will hopefully be down to 3-4 weeks by the end of the month. Contact us about the belt attachment also- there are a few different options that we can try out!

      • Nicks87

        Sweet, thanks. I will definitely be ordering from you guys again soon.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    The material is called Holstex and is made for Knife Kits .com. It looks really good in person. Knife kits originally came out with the black “raptor” texture this summer and then in October or November released London Tan and Brown. What Dara is calling Natural and Cordova are London Tan and Brown. The pictures above a very representative of the colors if you take the shine from the light out of the equation.

    Go on Instagram and you’ll see a ton of people offering it. I offer it, Gun Craft, Veil Solutions, Vedder, Plan B, Redeye Tactical, Phlster uses it periodically, etc… These are just off the top of my head. A while back Henry Holsters was doing a large run using black raptor but I’m not sure who for. He OEMS for a ton of middle to large holster companies.

    • noob

      Society for Creative Anachronism types would love to make all-plastic medieval armor. I have seen some in plain black ABS, and I have seen some expensive stuff in wax boiled leather. Holstex might come in in-between in terms of price and cost if made in enough quantity.

  • Edeco

    Ah, reminds me of car dashboard, I like it.

  • Rick O’Shay

    I kind of like it. Seeing it doesn’t make me instantly think of kydex, at least.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      It looks way better in person. I’m not big on vinyls and fake leathers but this stuff is awesome! One of my EDC holsters is made from it. All of the old school revolver guys love it.

  • Cordovan used to be called Ox Blood.

  • FLdeepdiver
    • Harry’s Holsters

      Their Revolver holsters look awesome. Some on the most consistently clena more I’ve seen.

    • I’ve taken a screen shot of this exact Holster several times to show them how awesome the color looks, it looks great!

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  • PersonCommenting

    I dont get designs on IWB holsters. No one can see them… While I dont have any fancy OWB holsters, I get why youd want a design on it because well you and others can see it.