I recently decided to give appendix carry a try, and set off in search of an appropriate holster for the task. After a little perusal of sites online gun communities for recommendations, I ended up with a daunting list of options. One brand that kept popping up in my searches, though, was Vedder Holsters, and I was immediately impressed at their quick turnaround time.
They claim to ship within three business days, which is extremely fast in the custom Kydex holster market. The relatively low price ($54.99 as of the time of this writing for the LightTuck holster I’m reviewing) also caught my eye. A low price and fast shipping is a dangerous combination that proved to be too much for me to resist.
There are dozens of manufacturers of custom leather and Kydex holsters, and if you look at enough different options you’ll discover two major frustrations with buying one: finding a manufacturer that can make a holster for your particular gun, and finding one that can do it in a reasonable amount of time.
Although you’re not likely to run into a problem finding a holster to fit your gun if you carry a common model like a GLOCK 19, it can be difficult to find holster makers who can create one for less common firearms—even with the fairly mundane LC9s Pro I carry, I’ve had the experience of finding a holster that I like, only to discover that the manufacturer doesn’t make one for my gun. Vedder Holsters appears to have the ability to mold Kydex holsters for an impressive array of guns, so you’ll likely be able to order one for your carry weapon of choice.
The other issue that can crop up when ordering a custom holster is lead time, which can often stretch into multiple weeks for a seemingly simple molded Kydex rig. I rarely find myself deciding a month ahead of time that I want a holster for a certain handgun, which makes the long wait time frustrating. Vedder Holsters claims to custom-mold their Kydex holsters in three business days, which was immediately attractive to me, considering my impatient tendencies. In my experience, they delivered on that promise—I had my holster in-hand in less than a week from the time I ordered it.
Fit and Finish
With such a rapid turnaround time, I was expecting the LightTuck holster to be a little rough around the edges, literally and figuratively. I was happily surprised to be wrong in that assumption. The holster is formed from .080” black Kydex (other colors are available, as well) with a single metal belt clip.
The shell is sturdy, with little to no flex, and the edges of the are extremely smooth, which is an obvious benefit for an object that you’ll probably have rubbing against your skin during the day. The holster also features a sweat guard to cover the slide of the gun on the side that’s in contact with your body. The sweat guard doesn’t seem to be optional on the ordering page, which may bother some customers, but it’s possible that Vedder could remove the sweat guard as a custom option (I didn’t ask, but it seems likely given other statements they make on their site about doing custom work to support aftermarket sights). Personally, I like having the sweat guard, so this didn’t bother me.
The metal clip can be ordered for either a 1.5” or 1.75” belt. If you want both, an extra only costs about $4. The clip is secured by two screws, and can be tilted up to 30 degrees left or right to adjust the cant of the holster. The shell also has multiple screw holes so that the clip can be moved up and down to adjust the ride height of the holster.
As is common with Kydex holsters, retention level can be adjusted via a single screw on the body of the holster. Mine came nicely adjusted from Vedder, but it’s easy to adjust the holster for either a very loose or very tight fit on the gun. Overall, retention is solid with an audible click when the gun’s seated.
After carrying the holster every day for about a month, the black finish has started to wear off of the screws and related hardware, especially the nut that is on the side of the holster that is in contact with my body when I carry. Not a big deal, but worth noting. The belt clip, on the other hand, has shown no signs of wear.
The main downside to all-Kydex holsters made for in-waistband carry is comfort. Although Kydex has some major advantages as a build material, it’s still basically a large piece of plastic without the softness and flexibility of leather. But I didn’t find this to be as much of a problem with the LightTuck as I expected.
I’ve used the holster extensively for both appendix carry and traditional IWB at the 4:00 position, and have been surprised at how comfortable it is for both carry styles. In the rear waistband position, it’s not quite as comfortable as my leather/Kydex hybrid Crossbreed Supertuck and Comp-Tac Minotaur holsters, but not by enough to really matter for everyday carry.
The LightTuck’s single-clip design is great for carrying a small handgun like my LC9s Pro, but might not work as well with a larger, heavier gun. I could see the LightTuck working for a handgun the size of a Glock 19, but for anything larger or heavier, I’d want something with two belt clips for added stability.
This is my first foray into appendix carry so it’s a bit harder for me to give an informed opinion about its relative merits as a holster for that carry method. I can say that the LightTuck’s small size and smooth lines of the holster have made it very comfortable to carry in the appendix position and I’m finding myself choosing that carry style almost exclusively at this point. With both carry styles, the holster holds the gun firmly in place, and the adjustable cant and ride height have allowed me to carry in a way that is comfortable for me, well-concealed, and easy to draw the weapon from.
Specifications: Vedder LightTuck Holster
Holster Material: .080” Kydex in a variety of colors
Mount: Steel belt clip, sized for either a 1.5” or 1.75” belt
Adjustable Cant: Yes
Adjustable Ride Height: Yes
Carry Style: IWB and appendix carry
Ratings: (out of five stars):
Fit and Finish: * * * * *
It’s well-constructed with smooth lines and a sturdy metal belt clip. Not much to quibble about.
Comfort: * * * *
It’s an all-Kydex holster, so it won’t be as comfortable as a leather-backed holster. The small size and the smoothed edges, though, make the holster as comfortable as an in-waistband could be expected to be.
Concealability: * * * * *
With its adjustable ride height and cant, you can adjust the LightTuck to suit your carry style. I was able to easily carry my LC9s Pro in the appendix carry and 4:00 in-waistband positions.
Overall: * * * * *
I’ve had a hard time finding any real faults in the LightTuck. Its build quality, short production time, and low price make the LightTuck a great value in a comfortable, flexible carry option.