If you’ve read any of my posts you will know that my search for the perfect holster is a seemingly never ending one. Every time I think I’ve found the one, something comes up and I have to change holsters all over again. Whether it’s an outfit that won’t conceal in a particular position, a gun that doesn’t sit right or simply a matter of comfort, finding the right holster is an uphill battle, and one that I think women struggle with more than men due to our different body shapes and the differences in our clothing choices.
That said, one of my favorite holsters is the Hip Hugger holster from Can Can concealment. This is a really versatile holster that can conceal a firearm under any kind of clothing. What’s more it looks great and is spectacularly comfortable.
The hip hugger holster is a belly band holster that has 4 holster pockets built in, this allows you to place your firearm in one of 4 predefined positions, 2 o’clock, 4 o’clock, 8 o’clock and 10 o’clock. This accommodates both right and left handed shooters and those who wish to carry cross body. In addition to the 4 holster pockets there are three magazine pockets located at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. This allows you to carry up to 3 spare magazines, though personally I refuse to use the 6 o’clock magazine pocket as having a magazine there could cause spinal injuries if you were to fall on it hard enough (this is the same reason I never recommend anyone carry their firearm at 6 o’clock right over their spine, as there have been cases of people causing themselves very severe injuries).
Despite the pre-defined nature of these holster pockets, it is a simple task to move the belly band round to change the exact placement of your firearm, so that you can find the position that is most comfortable and concealable for you.
The one downside to the hip hugger from a concealment point of view, is the inability to change the cant of your firearm, the gun simply slips into the holster pockets and that angle is the only one you can use, however I have found that due to the construction of the holster the cant that my firearm naturally takes on is just about perfect both for concealment and for drawing. This certainly reflects well on Can Can Concealment who obviously did their homework in finding just the right position for a firearm to sit on a woman’s body.
The Hip Hugger is made from military grade elastic which gives it a firm hand, it’s sturdily made and the quality of the elastic ensures that the firearm is held in close to your body, this is especially important for women whose curves tend to push firearms out at odd angles making them even harder to conceal.
The closure is constructed of three rows of hooks and eyes allowing you to get a good fit (you want this holster snug, but not so tight that it causes muffin top). The hooks and eyes do take some getting used to when you first wear the holster, but because you fasten this at the front you can quickly become expert at getting this holster on and off quickly.
This holster also boasts two rows of Hypoallergenic Non-Slip Tacti-Grip™ one at the top and one at the bottom of the holster. These keep the holster in place all day long and prevent it from slipping.
Comfort and Appearance
You might think that having a big, tight stretch of military grade elastic around your hips all day would be uncomfortable, but this holster is one of the most comfortable that I have ever worn. Even in the 90+ degree heat of summer I never felt like I was sweating under the fabric or that it was slipping or sliding around.
The one complaint I do have is that it is something of a bear to get on and off and requires that I undo my pants and slip them down a little in order to position this comfortably around my hips. This wouldn’t be a problem if I were to put my firearm on in the morning and take it off when I went to bed, but I work at home and keep my firearm on my desk during the working day (and in a safe at night when my daughter is at home) so I tend to slip my holsters on and off when I leave the house. This results in taking my pants off a few too many times over the course of a day when I’m in and out, so I have other holsters that I now use for short trips and I reserve the Hip Hugger for those times when I know I am going to be out for a long stretch of time.
The overall appearance of the hip hugger is really attractive, in fact it almost looks like lingerie with a beautifully sewn ribbon criss-cross pattern at the back. However if you’re looking for something more practical there is also the sport version (which is also great for guys who may wish to use a belly band holster). It also comes in either nude or black with a choice of finish colors.
All of the Can Can holsters are easy to care for and can be machine washed in a garment bag.
As a Brit living and working in the USA, her views on gun ownership and the second amendment have evolved over the years, allowing her to fully understand both sides of the gun control debate and she regularly speaks on the matter to help others understand why she feels the second amendment must be protected and why she chooses to be an advocate for the shooting sports.
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