February 24, 2016
How did the CrossBreed SuperTuck Deluxe come into being? Well, Kydex and leather each have their pros and cons. Kydex retains its shape, is impervious to sweat and is relatively inexpensive. It also doesn't conform to your body, making it uncomfortable when worn inside the waistband if not properly designed. If you've ever slipped while wearing a Kydex holster on your hip, it certainly doesn't help cushion the fall.
On the other hand, leather holsters are generally expensive, not as durable and are more susceptible to moisture damage. Worn leather holster walls have a tendency to collapse when reholstering, increasing the chance of a negligent discharge. They are, however, exceedingly comfortable, high quality and aesthetically pleasing.
So why not combine the attributes of both and create the ultimate inside the waistband (IWB) holster? CrossBreed Holsters has done just that. As its name implies, the CrossBreed SuperTuck is a hybrid holster, blending the strengths of both leather and Kydex, and producing what might be the perfect IWB holster. Although CrossBreed did not invent the hybrid holster, the company is responsible for popularizing the design.
The CrossBreed SuperTuck Deluxe Guns & Ammo reviewed sets the standard for hybrid inside the waistband holsters and is one of the most comfortable IWB holsters we've worn. Each holster is constructed with a choice of leather backer: black cowhide, premium cowhide or natural horsehide. This backer is then mated to a textured Kydex shell using blackened stainless steel hardware. An optional "combat cut" is available (tested), allowing shooters to get an aggressive full firing grip from the draw.
The CrossBreed SuperTuck uses two corrosion- and chip-proof coated spring steel belt clips to secure the holster to our belt, helping to distribute the added weight of the pistol across a wider area. It helps stabilize the holster when the pistol is drawn. By adjusting these spring clips, cant and ride depth can be tailored to user preference. Several belt clip options are available, including plastic J-hooks, V-hooks and CrossBreed's standard SteelClip, shown here.
Because the bottom of the Kydex shell is left open, the same holster accommodates all barrel lengths of a particular series of firearm, such as an Officer Model 1911 all the way up to a 5-inch Government Model, or in this case, SIG Sauer's P320 series. The same CrossBreed SuperTuck holster will fit the Compact, Carry and Full-Size frames, complimenting the modularity of the pistol. If you have a SIG Sauer Caliber Conversion Kit, you only need this one holster.
About a week after becoming part of my daily carry, the leather backer softened and began conforming to my hip, and there were no sharp, abrasive edges or stiff, non-pliable plastic parts to dig into my side, even after extended periods of sitting in an office chair or while driving. The holster's wide profile helps distribute the weight and holds the pistol close, which significantly reduces printing. I found that tucking in a dress shirt makes the holster (and gun) completely disappear, when worn just behind the hip, even with the mid-sized SIG Sauer P320 Carry. I'm very impressed.
The Ares Aegis Crossover Belt is the gem of this evaluation and has become my go-to belt, even post review. The belt looks just as good in casual apparel as it does with a suit. The leather is stiff enough to support a pistol and magazine pouch, without becoming uncomfortable after a long day. The thickness of the belt worked well with the spring clips and the holster never rode up, even when seated or while aggressively drawing my pistol.
If you're in the market for an IWB holster, the CrossBreed SuperTuck Deluxe is hard to argue against. The company offers a two-week "try-it-free" guarantee and a lifetime warranty. The holster can be returned for any reason during the two-week trial period. G&A recommends a test drive.
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