Anyone Prefer Kydex to Leather for your 1911 or Hi Power??

Discussion in '1911 Carry' started by Nalajr, Feb 9, 2019.

  1. Nalajr

    Nalajr Well-Known Member

    Feb 17, 2015
    Hey all,

    I've seen some pretty neat looking Kydex holsters lately...especially the ones that have leather lining. I've never had the opportunity to see or handle one of those styled holsters, but they are apparently pretty popular and effective for those that carry a 1911 or Hi Power.

    Please excuse my lack of knowledge about these "new" kydex and leather holsters...they are simply NEW to ME.

    What I'd like to know is if you all have relegated your leather holsters to the "holster drawer" in favor of these leather lined kydex holsters from various makers.
    OR....are you one of those that believe that a 1911 SHOULD be carried in a leather rig and anything else is just plain WRONG.

    I'm thinking that I'd like to try an OWB for my Commander and was thinking that I would get a leather holster, but now that I am seeing some of these kydex and leather lined rigs....I might have to look into trying one of those to see how it fit and feels.

    Just so darned many beautiful leather holsters and now there's these Kydex holsters sneaking up on them.
    What's a 1911 and Hi Power fan to do?

    Your thoughts please...

    Thank you kindly and have a great weekend guys and gals.
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2019
  2. 1911 dawg

    1911 dawg Well-Known Member

    Jan 14, 2018
    I prefer leather

  3. Sneaky One

    Sneaky One Well-Known Member

    Aug 14, 2016
    So many great leather holsters. I do love my Garrett Industries leather lined kydex. Check them out.
  4. fieldgrade

    fieldgrade resident crank

    Mar 13, 2017
    Gunsite used to promote a Galco leather lined kydex/polymer holster but no longer, so I’ll be checking this out. Thanks for the heads up.
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  5. Otherside

    Otherside Well-Known Member

    Jan 26, 2019
    I prefer kydex, i know it's not pretty but 20190209_061710.jpg
  6. Old Sea Dragon

    Old Sea Dragon Well-Known Member

    Feb 10, 2018
    I have one kydex holster but can't warm up to them
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  7. Recoil

    Recoil Member

    Jan 31, 2019
    Kydex can be a little harsh on the finish ... I prefer leather
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  8. WC145

    WC145 Every day is Saturday and every night's a party!

    Jan 1, 2013
    I mostly use Garrett leather lined kydex for my 1911s but I have plenty of leather, also. I have some kydex but almost never use it, it's harder finishes than leather holsters, particularly smooth lined ones. You can't prevent finish wear but I don't see any point in accelerating it.
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  9. 41 Charlie

    41 Charlie Get off my lawn...

    Feb 4, 2014
    Keep it traditional, Larry.

    “Blue steal and gun leather!”
  10. bdg501

    bdg501 Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2014
    B1D023AD-3162-4124-994C-45B11C5C4CAD.jpeg 3D340D56-09D6-47EF-81D2-73312245F15C.jpeg View attachment 218177 075013C3-0E89-4E16-8C20-D1E3BDE0A7DA.jpeg C7C2E625-5AB9-4BA5-90BA-608605E8C340.jpeg I have both, and have used both for quite some time. Personally I prefer my bravo concealment OWB kydex over any of the point where I have just recently sold off most of my other holsters. I have also used the blackpoint tactical leather wing holsters, but still find myself coming back to the bravo.

    For me my gun is a tool....yes I want to preserve the finish and want it to look good , but that is at the bottom of my list.

    My ability to conceal it and conceal it comfortably are important, second to my ability/confidence to shoot/run the gun.

    I train a lot wearing the kydex holster and to be honest, they just take a beating....I can re holster while keeping my eyes on the threat/target instead of searching for the holster opening and having to pry open a caved leather pancake style holster.

    Again this is all just my personal experience and opinion, try a few different ones and settle on one you like.

    ETA. Both these have been run somewhat hard in kydex, as you can tell it does do a number on the finish. I will say that I don’t believe it’s the kydex all by itself.....likely the dust/dirt/debri that gets into the holster then rubbed.
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  11. azpoolguy

    azpoolguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2013
    I was never able to get the retention and draw I liked out of leather. I only carry in a kydex IWB holster.
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  12. pistolpete

    pistolpete Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2016
    Plastic at the range, leather for carry. Leather if you have a nice blued finish. I used a near new 586 in a plastic holster for IDPA, lot of wear in a hurry. No plastic holster for a nice blued Colt or S&W. There are some lined plastic holsters around. I have a couple Safariland but they weigh a ton.
  13. Jersey James

    Jersey James Active Member

    Aug 8, 2018
    Although I have a kydex holster for my house Shield, after about four years it is wearing the finsh. So for my EDC 1911, it's all leather De Santis, Mad Max. Great holster for the money.

    HOTCHKIS NRA Life Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    My favorite is also a leather lined Garret AIWB. Quiet also!
  15. Yellowsupersport

    Yellowsupersport Well-Known Member

    Sep 1, 2015
    Not many affordable options in leather for 1911’s with lights attached, so kydex it is !

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  16. removed

    removed Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2015
    For my "expensive guns", leather.
    For my "inexpensive guns", kydex (those are polymer guns anyways)
  17. BigJimP

    BigJimP Well-Known Member

    Mar 12, 2018
    Kydex is just wrong in my view....!!

    The only holsters I use are Kramer leather ...horsehide.../ at range or carry...
  18. ChuckC

    ChuckC Well-Known Member Supporting Addict

    Feb 2, 2016
    Put me down for kydex, I like the repeatable retention and rigidity for reholstering. And I got tired of pulling out leather bits on my front sight when practicing draw strokes.
    And it’s a little cheaper.
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  19. B81

    B81 Well-Known Member

    Aug 12, 2018
    A well designed Kydex holster does offer a cleaner draw IMHO. However, leather feels softer against my body.
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  20. ORShooter

    ORShooter Just outsided the realm of Crazy!

    Nov 28, 2018
    Sticks and stones may break my bones but, whips and chains excite me!

    And leather too!!!:roflmaro::thumbs:
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
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