April 21, 2022
Since its inception in 2005, CrossBreed Holsters has specialized in innovation. Known for holsters that combine the comfort of a leather backer and the fit, functionality, and draw speed of Kydex, CrossBreed blazed a trail that many have since followed. Today, that innovative spirit is alive and well at CrossBreed, as evidenced by products like their new Liberty Band, which is compatible with a wide array of holsters.
The “bellyband” concept is nothing new. The idea is to utilize an elastic band with hook and loop fasteners to secure a handgun to your body, without the need for a belt. If well-executed, a bellyband can be a viable concealed carry option when wearing workout attire, such as sweatpants and a sweatshirt. It’s also preferred by many women, who, based on their physiques, find it challenging or uncomfortable to conceal a handgun in a belt mounted holster.
There’s been so many lackluster bellybands over the years that the genre has gotten a bad rap. Many bellybands are ill-conceived and haphazardly constructed, which can compromise comfort, security, and accessibility to your gun. Fortunately, as with their original hybrid holsters, the Liberty band is causing shooters to reimagine the notion of concealed carry.
I found the Liberty Band’s nylon + rubber construction to be both comfortable and secure. It’s available in sizes ranging from Extra Small to Large, thus accommodating waist sizes from 21”-49”. Medium was just right for me. It comes in Black or Nude, giving you the option of tailoring the band to your skin tone or garments. I paired mine with a CrossBreed Reckoning holster for my Sig Sauer P365, but one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Liberty Band is its compatibility with any holster utilizing 1 ½” belt clips.
The band is 2 ½” wide, with an 11” section that’s thicker at the top to help anchor the holster’s belt clips. To don the Liberty Band, attach the holster and wrap the band around your waist. (For some, wearing the Liberty Band above the waist will be more comfortable.) Be sure to attach hook and loop sections on either side of the holster to secure it in place. Then, adjust the band to orient the holster to the desired location. Holster your gun and add an appropriate cover garment.
Since the Liberty Band accommodates different holsters, you’re not relegated to carrying the same gun all the time. However, because the holster will be in contact with your body or under shirt, you’ll appreciate the comfort a leather backed CrossBreed holster provides. Of course, should you opt for belt mounted carry, you could utilize the same holster.
Inside-the Waistband (IWB) is my default carry method but when I’m throwing on a pair of sweats, that usually means either not carrying or utilizing a pack of some sort. CrossBreed’s Liberty Band proved to be a viable carry option. It’s convenient, versatile, and doesn’t require a belt. With an MSRP of just $34.95, it’s an option you’d be remiss not to afford yourself. Visit crossbreedholsters.com for more information.
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