Concealed Carry Leggings Review by Sarah Tipton

by Eric Grabin October 25, 2016 0 Comments

Concealed Carry Leggings Review by Sarah Tipton

 Yoga pants. To quote RF, what’s not to love? I’m a big fan of the genre; I wear them year round with a variety of outfits. Normally, I wear mine with an UnderTech UnderCover belly band concealing my sub-compact XD. It works and it’s comfortable (for the most part). I’ve been using it with leggings. So when I heard that UnderTech made yoga pants with a built-in concealment holster- UnderTech Undercover Concealment Leggigns – it was game on . . .

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When I received these yoga pants (for that is what they are) in the mail and removed them from the package, I noticed how soft they were – but not too soft. They don’t feel like velvet. They feel like real department store leggings, inside and out, and if you aren’t looking at the waistband, you would have no idea that these are capable of concealing a handgun.   The leggings I was sent are cropped, meaning they are not ankle length, but end about mid-calf.

Some ladies may prefer a longer leg. UnderCover doesn’t offer an ankle length option, but there are “work arounds” to that small glitch (e.g., mid-calf boots or a taller sock). I actually prefer the cropped leg because the UnderCover Concealment Leggings will be cooler in the summer when they can be worn with with sandals or flats.

But, the most important question: do they work as a holster?

For the most part, yes.

Not only were the UnderCover Concealment leggings more comfortable than a belly band, I didn’t have to adjust it. Women usually wear a loose top withe leggings. Although not all women follow these rules, if you do, the gun disappears. I wore these yoga pants with two loose-fitting sweaters without printing, as well as some other blouses I thought might show my gun. No problem. That’s not true if you wear a skin-tight tank top.

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There are two pouches or holsters for handguns sewn into the waistband of the leggings. (You can conceal two guns at a time if you choose to do so.) They’re located in the front right appendix position and the back right position. They are offered in a left-handed option as well, and the holsters are in the same place only obviously, on the left side of the body, rather than the right.

There is also a shallow pouch in the front left appendix position suitable for securing a shorter magazine. The pouch will hold a small, thin phone; my large Android phone (Droid Turbo) with a thicker case is not secure. More importantly, the pouch isn’t suitable for a taller ammunition magazine. It will fall out.

You can carry your gun in the back position holster, but I wouldn’t recommend it. The gun presses into my hip; sitting and driving were extremely uncomfortable. As I mentioned, you can carry two weapons at a time. I put my Sigma 9mm in the front and my XD in the back to see if the leggings would work their way down after walking around with double the weight in the waistband of the leggings.  Surprisingly, they did not.  They wore like any other leggings.

The holsters each have an elastic band – not secured with velcro, sewn in – that goes over the back grip of the gun to secure it in place. This is my major issue with the Leggings. Drawing the gun requires two hands. While practice makes perfect, women who wear these Leggings must practice for a smooth efficient draw.

UnderCover only offers the Leggings in black with the aforementioned cropped length. I was sent a size small; I could have gone down a size. Yet they were still comfortable and effective. That’s the beauty of leggings and yoga pants – they stretch. They are very true to size and mine fit very well.

At $79.95 msrp, the Undercover Concealment Leggings aren’t cheap. You can get a custom kydex holster for that amount of money. The yoga pants are worth the money – if you have the time to invest in practicing your draw.

Comfort * * * * *

They feel like leggings and wear like leggings and if used to the appendix or back carry, they are extremely comfortable. The gun can be removed as well and the comfort is still there.

Retention * * * * *

The elastic strap ensures the gun stays put! The gun is held snug against the body and it does not flop around in the leggings holster.

Price * * *

These are a bit on the high end of price, but they do work, so there’s that.

Accessibility * *

It takes time and practice to retrieve the gun from these leggings. Even after practice, it’s best to use two hands to remove the firearm safely. After several dozen attempts, you can minimize draw time. You must put in the effort to do so, however, since there is no snap on the elastic strap for a quick release.

Concealability * * * * *

This gets five stars because of the way I dress when wearing leggings. I always wear a longer and looser top and the gun doesn’t print at all when dressing this way.

OVERALL * * * 1/2

The gun is secure thanks to the elastic strap holding it in place, but there’s no easy way to re-holster or draw.   There is an easy grab tab, but without an actual snap, it still takes longer to retrieve your gun. A snap on the elastic retention strap – making draw easier – would have earned these leggings 5 stars.

Source:

The Truth About Guns: Gear Review - Concealed Carry Leggings




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