I live way up in the mountains where there are a wide variety of critters that might want to chew on me if I surprise them when I’m on the trail. In fact, I ran into a black bear with two cubs this fall but was thankfully able to escape unscathed. Regardless of where you might run, it’s a good idea to have a viable way to defend yourself or others. Remember, chance favors the prepared.
Between trail running, rucking, hiking, snowshoeing, and Nordic skiing, I spend a lot of time in the woods. I make it a habit to carry my gun during all these activities, so I built a Kydex holster for my Glock 19 to attach to a small chest rig that I own, but I didn’t like the way it flopped up and down with the jarring motions of these events. A regular inside-the-waistband holster wouldn’t work as I need a belt to hold it in place. Not only that, but it’s not very comfortable to wear with sports that require a lot of continuous motion.
I ran through the other options:
- Outside-the-waistband- requires a belt
- Ankle holster- way too unbalanced and lopsided for running
- Shoulder holster- might work, but doesn’t mimic my draw (I carry appendix style)
Enter the belly band holster! I researched some options online and since they are under $25, I decided to give it a try. I’ve been using this for almost two years now and it’s awesome! The elastic in the belt allows some give during movement, but not so much that it bounces around. The one I picked up also comes with a cell phone pocket and two velcro magazine holsters that can be moved to the spot you like.
For those of you that are suburb-dwellers, this is a great option for carrying concealed since you can wear the belt high on the hip so a hoodie or even a t-shirt will cover it. The comfort and concealability of this holster mean it can function as an everyday option even outside of athletic exploits. Additionally, if you’re new to concealed carry, this is a really good, inexpensive option for beginners. Here’s the link to the holster I use. Give it a shot and see how it works for you.