When Rekkr Custom Kydex approached TTAG to a review one of their holsters, I jumped at the chance. First, I love reviewing holsters. I’m always interested in exploring carry options for women. Second, I haven’t found a Kydex holster yet that I’ve liked; especially one that will take my EDC (Springfield XD Sub Compact) with laser. I always have to remove the laser – unless I go with a more elastic style holster, such as a belly band or Can Can She Bang. Anyway, when Mike Rekkr says “custom,” he means it . . .
Mike asked me a few questions. Right or left side carry? Thick or thin belt straps? Color? Gun type? Inside-the-waistband (IWB) or outside-the-waistband (OWB)? I told Mike about my laser: a Crimson Trace DS. I sent a photo of the laser attached to the gun. Mike said no problem.
The holster came with five holes in each tough leather strap. After spending a few minutes adjusting the belt straps, I followed Mike’s advice to rigorously test the holster’s retention. Once I was able to comfortably draw my [unloaded] XD quickly, I grabbed a box of ammo to test re-holstering.
I don’t have retention set to “super tight,” but it certainly isn’t loose. (I could do another handstand on video to prove it, but y’all are probably tired of seeing that.) Mike also suggested that I go ahead and Loctite the retention screw once I got it set perfectly. I haven’t done this yet, I’m still in testing mode. I may want it slightly looser, but I’m not sure yet. [Insert joke about female indecisiveness here.]
I asked for the thinner belt straps; women’s belts aren’t as thick as those made for men, generally speaking. I tend to use a sturdy belt, though, because I always carry. The thinner straps look like they belong on the holster and don’t detract from Mike’s custom color and paint job. Speaking of which . . .
When Rekkr asked me what color I preferred, I told him I’d like pink and I’m into skulls. As you’ve see, the man’s handiwork would make even the most demanding tattoo aficionado take notice. Obviously, a pink holster emblazoned with skulls is not going to be your average TTAG reader’s cup of tea. Mike is ready to realize your artistic vision. Check out the holster he made for a Desert Eagle .44 Magnum posted on his Facebook page.
It’s getting rather cool up in Nor Cal; I’m having a much easier time concealing my gun with heavier shirts. That said, this holster is still hidden in most of my summer clothes. I choose to wear longer shirts in public simply to cover the gun even when it’s warm. In tighter and shorter blouses and sweaters, there is some printing. It’s not perfect for all outfits, but it’s great if you’ve spent the time altering your wardrobe to suit your gun – as I have. I can’t give a product five stars if it doesn’t pass my concealability test. Keep in mind that Mike doesn’t advertise his holster for its concealability. And Rekkr can make your Kydex holster in any configuration: IWB, OWB, thigh rig, etc.
So far the Rekkr Custom Kydex IWB holster has proven sturdy and comfortable, standing, sitting or running. The gun rides fairly high on my hip, but that makes it easier to grab the handle. (Mike can adjust cant and ride height to suit.) The holster of death swallows both the gun and light with an audible, reassuring and click. Other than offending Evangelicals, re-holstering is this holster’s main party trick. Unlike softer and yes more comfortable holsters that collapse when you remove your gun, it’s relatively easy to re-insert my XD into my Kydex Rekkr without fumbling or looking at my hip. Mind you, it takes practice not to laser yourself when you’re doing so.
Mike prices his holsters according to your specifications. (Fair disclosure: this holster was a freebie.) A standard OWB or IWB compact runs $45. Carbon fiber adds $10. Custom work runs $65. Pancake-style holsters start at $60 and go up from there, to $90 for custom art work. The best plan of action: contact Rekkr to get a price based on the options and type of holster you want. Rekkr offers discounts for law enforcement, fire service workers, EMS, military and teachers. Again, every Rekkr Custom Kydex holster is specifically made for the person ordering it. Mine works for me. Yours will too.
Retention * * * * *
Once you’ve adjusted the holster you’ll have your own perfect level of retention.
Fit * * * * *
With its adjustable belt straps this holster fit like a glove.
Comfort * * * *
It’s an IWB Kydex holster, so it sticks to the skin. On the flipside, you can quickly remove any oils with makeup remover. (I apologize to all the wives of men reading this if your makeup removal wipes suddenly begin to disappear.)
Price * * * * *
The prices are in line with other Kydex holsters, yet Rekkr offers more customization.
OVERALL * * * * 1/2
Not the most concealable holster ever and Kydex may not be the best choice for IWB carry. Still, it’s well-made and blingy – if you like that sort of thing.