A belly band holster isn’t my preferred method of carry most days but belly bands do serve a useful purpose. Example – it’s a good carry solution while wearing athletic pants or shorts, or while wearing tucked in business shirts.
There are many belly band options out there – I have been trying two brands out the last few weeks. The UnderTech Original Belly Band and the AlphaHolster Side-Draw Belly Band. Honestly, neither are perfect designs but both have their upsides.
First the UnderTech-
- Good construction.
- Excellent sturdy hook and loop closure.
- Comfortable to wear.
- Only 4″ wide. While carrying a S&W Shield, the muzzle of the gun (including the front sight) comes through the bottom of the material and can tend to dig in (even when wearing an undershirt).
- I ordered the original version without retention strap (as I’m not a big fan of having to remove a strap to get to the gun); because of this, the gun retention seems a tiny bit loose. I would probably order the retention strap version if I were to do things over. (update – I’ve since purchased the retention strap version).
Next up, the Alpha Holster –
- 5″ strap width allows for complete coverage of my S&W Shield.
- Breathable fabric allowing for a cooler wear especially during summer months.
- Good retention using the built in strap.
- The hook and loop closure for the band is kind of skinny and does not feel durable.
- The retention strap is pretty cheesy and feels poor quality.
The winner? The UnderTech due to higher quality materials and construction. I’d recommend the version with the retention strap though.
Another option would be to try the Desantis Belly Band. It’s 5″ wide and seems to offer quality materials and construction.