If my wife is pissed about how much I’ve spent on guns over the past few years, she’d be even MORE pissed if she knew how much I’ve also spent on holsters.
As someone who carries a firearm most days my carry rig (belt and holster, primarily) is usually of more importance than the gun I’m carrying. I can shoot just about anything and I can improve by training. Not so with the carry rig. At best, a bad carry setup sucks: it makes you feel lopsided, makes your pants feel like their going to fall down and it discourages you from carrying because it’s simply not comfortable. At worst, it doesn’t hold your firearm securely or makes drawing and reholstering inefficient or, worse yet, dangerous.
I know many people who’ve spent $600-$1000 or more on a everyday carry gun and then go cheap on the holster and belt or, in many cases, just use whatever belt they have. To me, that’s like the guy who spends $800 on an iPad and then balks at spending $1.00 for an app. Crazy.
If you’ve read my Ares belt review you know I place a secure, comfortable and (if carrying concealed) concealable carry rig above the firearm it carries. Well, dear reader, this article will be no different. Today I’m reviewing the Crossbreed Holsters SuperTuck. This will be a unique review; I’ve purchased this holster for two different guns about five years apart so not only will I be talking about the holster, I’ll be talking about how the company has evidently evolved over the years to better serve it’s clients.
Description and Construction
The Crossbreed SuperTuck is a “hybrid” inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster. Hybrid holsters utilize both of the primary materials in holster manufacturing: leather and kydex. The purpose here is that you gain the benefits of both approaches while, at the same time, eliminating the draw backs. For example: Leather holsters are extremely comfortable to carry but reholstering is made difficult by the fact that leather holsters “pancake” slightly when the firearm is removed. Kydex, on the other hand, is a rigid plastic and, thus, stays open when the firearm is removed. Retention can be adjusted by heating the kydex slightly with a hair dryer and forming it to grip the firearm more closely. However, kydex, being, again, rigid plastic with none of the organic qualities of leather, is exceedingly uncomfortable to wear. What to do?
The solution? Make a holster with both. By using a leather “pad” as the back/inside of the holster and kydex as the front/outside of the holster, you derive the values of both with none of the drawbacks. The leather conforms to the body, “breaks-in,” as leather is wont to do, and the kydex is molded specifically for the firearm, adjusted to the users desired retention and stays open when the firearm is removed, making reholstering a breeze.
The Crossbreed SuperTuck was one of the (if not THE) first to capitalize on this idea and produce holsters for just about every firearm available. The leather is available in cow hide or horse hide and cant adjustable by moving the belt clips up or down a series of holes in the leather pad. The SuperTuck fits between the wearers pants and body with a pair of hooks clipping to the belt over the top of the pants.
Various hooks are available for varying levels of concealment. While I don’t wear it this way, you CAN tuck your shirt in on the SuperTuck due to the clips being attached low on the leather pad. This allows you to tuck your shirt in normally, between the clips and the leather pad. I’ve never been able to do this and not print – YMMV.
At some point between ’07 and ’13, Crossbreed switched from a rigid plastic J-hook to a metal spring-type clip, embossed with a cross logo. As much as I “get” branding, especially in a market FULL of copycats (there are at least a dozen manufacturers making variations of this design) I’m personally not crazy about the new embossed design as it’s just one more thing to catch the eye and reduce concealment. But that’s a personal, aesthetic opinion and, as I said, there are other clip options available through Crossbreed. The new clips DO seem to be tighter and are certainly “springier,” leading to a more secure feeling attachment.
I’ll just put it right out there: the holster is outstanding. It’s been my daily carry rig for the past 6 years and it’s comfortable to the point of forgetting it’s there, when worn with an appropriate belt.
I’ve worn it for 14-hour stretches, driven across country (and back) with it and have even slept on the floor with it. For my money, the hybrid holster concept works brilliantly. The SuperTuck just melts into your hip (I started carrying it at the 3:00 position but have gradually moved it behind the hip at the 4:30-5:00 position to reduce printing when I bend at the waist to pick something up) and disappears. My wife has walked up to me at the grocery store or mall and put her arm around me and been surprised that I’m carrying, shockingly asking, “Have you been carrying that all day?”
In that regard it is the essence of a true concealed carry holster.
At first, I thought that the retention was too lose. I did what everyone did to test holster retention: I put a (unloaded, of course) gun in it, turned it upside down and shook. My gun fell right out. However, when worn inside a pair of pants with a belt, retention increases considerably. A word to the wise: test the retention as you’ll be wearing it before making retention adjustments. The only thing I can think of worse than not having a gun when you need it is having a gun and not being able to get it out of your holster because your retention is too “good.” I’ve not had to adjust the retention on either of my SuperTucks and haven’t had issue. Of course, I’m not hanging upside down most of the time so, again, your personal situation dictates your necessities.
I always ask myself this when reviewing a product: Would I, armed with the knowledge I now have about said product, buy it again? Well, in this case, that’s kind of a silly question: not only WOULD I buy it again, I HAVE bought it again.
If you forced me to come up with a drawback to the SuperTuck, the best I’d be able to do is complain about the lead time. At 4 weeks from order to delivery, it’s on the steep side of standard for the custom fit holster industry. But your holster is truly made to order. In fact, the same person (judging by the handwriting) marked mine with my last name and order number at some point in the manufacturing process.
Cost: $69.75 – $112.25 (depending on the hide and clip options)
Time to deliver: Varies (currently, around 4 weeks)
Customer service: Outstanding. They’ll adjust retention for free if you’re uncomfortable doing it yourself and an actual person answers the phone when you call. In this day and age, that still means something to me.