IWB Kydex and Its Comfortable? The Solace Hybrid Holster by GunfightersINC

I, for one, love kydex holsters. Compared to their leather brethren, they have incredible durability and longevity across the wide variety of weather we encounter here in the midwest USA. From extreme cold to scorching hot and a deluge in between the kydex never loses shape. But, this comes at a tradeoff for comfort. Kydex, while molded to the gun, therefore takes the guns main shape, which is not exactly “comfortable.” And even if not molded, it feels like plastic.

If comfort were the sole arbiter of holster choice, I would likely go leather without hesitation.

Fortunately, it looks like GunfightersInc went and got the super smart idea to made a holster that incorporates the best of both worlds. The Solace Hybrid IWB holster is set up with a leather backer and kydex molded retention piece. The heavy leather is a full skin guard and the kydex features an internal full trigger guard enclosure piece, so retention is not contingent on a taught belt or full belly.

Retail pricing is set at $65 a holster, with pre-order pricing set at $52 a unit. The holster is nearly universally customizable, with pre-orders being taken across a bevy of makes and models. Various colors are available for both the leather backer and the Kydex.

Unfortunately, the holster is set up only for untucked shirts. The clip does not have a provision for tucking it in. Shucks!

Full list of holster options (At the time of this writing):

  • Glock 43, 42, 19/23, 17/22
  • FNH FNS 9c
  • 1911 Commander, Government
  • HK VP9, P30SK
  • Smith and Wesson Shield 9/40, 45
  • Smith and Wesson J-Frame
  • Sig P228/P229, P320, P938
  • Springfield XDS 3.3 and 4.0
  • Ruger LC9/LC380, LCP, LCR
  • Walther PPQ, PPS m1/m2, PPS m2

Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Garrett Industries Silent THunder IWB. Extremely comfortable, far more adjustable, and a great company to deal with.

  • A.WChuck

    Checkout Black Arch holsters as well, if you need a comfortable IWB holster.

    Out of all the brands to feature, why is it the same one recently featured by Soldier Systems Blog? Seems to be a trend.

  • KestrelBike

    I like the Al Capone holster from Flashbang Holsters. Extremely low print, metal retention clip that unfortunately does mark up the top of my leather belt. Not sure if a kydex/plastic retention clip would do the same.

    These used to be marketed as the “Betty” because it was for ladies concealment, but I guess enough dudes like myself liked how unobtrusive it was that they just make the same thing and call it the Al Capone. *shrugs*

    This shows an LCP or whatever, but I have two of these holsters for an M&P Shield & Glock 19.

    • Blumpkin

      That one is the Eliot Ness.. fwiw

  • None

    Why is it so hard to find a good IWB for a shield with a TRL 6? I have their normal IWB holster and it’s great.

  • jerry young

    I use a custom made Kydex IWB holster the back is lined with a soft padding that is attached by Velcro and can be removed to allow you to place the holster in different places like on the carpet in your car, I was surprised just how comfortable it is to wear and carrying a Springfield XD Mod2 9mm with a 4 inch barrel is so natural I sometimes forget it’s even there

  • The Dude (Noveske Fan)

    Hybrids are great if you like your holster to fall apart.


    I like this style of holster much better yhan the aliengear/crossbreed ones with the humongous flaps. After about a year of trying to make myself like the aliengear one because they are so popular, I ended up cutting the flaps off and attaching the clips to where the kydex mounted.

    I also found aI like zero cant on my pistol. Straight up and down, and the aliengear, even after mods was too big for my liking.

    You’ll laugh, but my fav holdter for my BT380 is one of those cheapy $11 tiny universal nylon holsters with one clip. I removed the velcro straps, cut the inner edge to let the trigger guard go a bit deeper in and I’ve been using it for 3yrs with zero problems.

    I guess I’m a cheap date.

    • Marcus D.

      I was going to buy one of those “with the big flaps” to give it a try for a 1911. I figured that a two clip rig would not move at all and carry the weight of a heavy gun better by distributing it over the belt. I have had issues with finding a comfortable holster for that gun, and consequently never bought one. One shop, Vedder, makes a hybrid like this, but strangely not for a 1911; they only sell a single clip kydex. Long story short, I ended up with a single clip HIgh Noon Down Under (leather) for a very reasonable on sale price…and it doesn’t move around, and with a sweat shield, doesn’t dig into my ribs either.

  • Marcus D.

    These hybrids, of which there are many on the market, prove to me one important thing: leather holsters (apart from looking better) are more comfortable. Yes, Kydex has some advantages over leather, but I guess I am too old fashioned.

  • Josh Rothman

    “…doesn’t depend on a taught belt…” Oh, I know. I’ve been trying to teach my belt for years, without results.

    You probably meant “a taut belt”.

  • Markbo

    “The clip does not have a provision for tucking it in.”
    That’s a deal breaker for me.

  • fishydude

    I use a kydex IWB Holster. The primary reason that my YMCA is a GFZ. I just easily remove the holster and pistol from my belt and leave it in my car. The holster guards the trigger and avoids an ND. I’ve read a few stories of guys removing pistol from holster to enter a GZ and having a momentary safety laps that doesn’t end well.
    In the summer I always wear an undershirt anyway. A-shirts in the summer. T-shirts in the cooler months. Tall size for the longer bodice.

  • CavScout