As a woman, concealing a firearm in a safe holster can be the most frustrating obstacle. I’ve gotten to the point where I was ready to give up. So, while I searched for the right on-body holster, I carried my GLOCK 42 in my specially made Damsel in Defense Conceal Kari purse. I didn’t like that option because of the [lack of] safety factor.
In desperation, I posted in a holster group online. Nicholas Pratt from North Illinois Central Custom Kydex (NICK) responded. I told Mr. Pratt how difficult it is to find a holster that doesn’t make me look like a man. Or clearly show the outline of my gun.
At the same time, the style and fit of each item of women’s clothing is as different as fingerprints, which makes carrying especially difficult. My daily tasks switch from being a mom, to working on our ranch and riding horses or building fence, to public speaking in my plight to fight child sexual abuse. Finding the One Holster to Rule Them All seemed impossible
Mr. Pratt suggested I try the $60 Ultimate IWB and set me up with several belt attachment options.
Nicholas recommended adding their $15 CLAW — which is removable and replaced with a spacer, two styles of clips and a snap loop for different belt options. There are also two different options for sweat protection for the holster and a plethora of color options, both inside and out.
The outside of the Ultimate IWB Kydex holster has a durable Microsuede Wrap, ensuring that even a tough girl like me doesn’t get rubbed raw from the holster’s constant contact with my skin.
I asked that VICK the holster be ambidextrous as I’m a big fan of practicing drawing enough ways so that you can present your firearm efficiently in almost any position (not to mention carrying on my 6 o’clock position).
I tried the Ultimate IWB with the CLAW for a couple weeks. I have high standards; this rig met every single one.
My G42 is secure, even hanging upside down. The belt clip I prefer is extremely strong and durable, and the CLAW tucks the firearm tightly into my body so the firearm is hugging my shape, instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.
The Ultimate IWB’s cant and height are adjustable. I don’t look like I have “man parts” and it’s easy to change attachment options or to the back draw option. Plus, because I’m a female, I love the color (I chose Zombie Green).
In short, the Ultimate IWB did everything its maker promised, enabling me to ditch off-body carry and carry my firearm safely and securely. I’ve ordered another for my new GLOCK 43. ‘Nuff said?
Ratings (out of five stars):
Comfort: * * * * *
Very comfortable whether you’re moving around or sitting in a car for long car rides. I had no issues with either.
Concealability: * * * *
Concealed extremely well in jeans. I gave it four stars because I wasn’t able to conceal it as well in my business attire, which probably has more to do with my small stature than the actual holster. I wear jeans 99 percent of the time, so it’s not a huge issue for me.
Price: * * * *
A little more than most, and it took some time to arrive.
Value: * * * * *
You get what you pay for: intelligent design, quality materials, excellent workmanship.
Retention: * * * * *
Absolutely solid. I went on long rides horseback with this, jumped and ran with my kids, and even let it flop upside down to make sure my (unloaded – safety first) firearm would stay put. It did.
Draw: * * * * *
No problem drawing at all.
Overall: * * * * *
Fantastic holster. I’ll be ordering another for my G43.