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The Best Belly Band Holsters

Michael Crites
Michael Crites

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After testing more new models, we’ve updated our top recommendation to the Crossbreed Modular Belly Band. We’re keeping the other recommendations on our list, but now recommend them as runners-up or budget options.

A belly band holster is one of the easiest and most comfortable ways to use deep concealment with a pistol or revolver.

While many people who concealed carry use a typical hip holster, a belly band holster can actually be a preferable option due to their improved concealment factor and support for a wide variety of pistols with a single holster.

They’re also usually more comfortable than traditional gun holsters. 

Finding a belly band holster that’s right for you isn’t always easy. There are plenty of options out there these days, and we wanted to showcase some of the best ones so you don’t have to dig through the hundreds of products without a sense of what to look for. 

To find the best belly band holsters, we spent a week field-testing 8 different options in a variety of everyday carry situations and handguns.

After testing this collection running around town & tackling different tasks our experts broke down the best performing belly band holsters by specific use case (and provided a few general recommendations) which offered the best mix of performance, functionality, and price.

Comparison of the Best Belly Band Holsters

NameRatingPrice
Crossbreed Modular Belly Band
(4.3/5.0)
$59
ComfortTac Ultimate
(4.2/5.0)
$23
BRAVOBELT Belly Band
(4.1/5.0)
$29
Can Can Concealment
(4.6/5.0)
$70
Tactica Belly Band
(4.8/5.0)
$80

What to Look for in a Quality Belly Band Holster

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A belly band can accommodate almost any kind of handgun.

Three things matter most when it comes to a belly band holster: comfort, concealment and ease of use.

You need to look for an option that properly balances these three things. The best holsters do these three things well. 

1. Secure Fit

One of the best aspects of belly band holsters is the way they secure a firearm to your body. Other holsters generally rely on a gun belt or external apparatus to clip the holster onto. Belly band holsters have a snug, elastic band that holds the pistol more closely to your body, ensuring the firearm will stay put even when jogging or exercising. 

2. Flexibility

Given that belly band holster tend to use elastic pouches as a built-in holster (rather than a separate leather or kydex holster) the pouch is very stretchy, which means you can generally use a single belly band holster with a wide variety of handguns – from micro-compacts to your Government 1911.

3. The Right Number of Pockets

In our field tests we noted that when belly band holsters have too many pockets make the band bulky, so we eliminated those from our recommendations.

While this might seem advantageous – the point of a belly band holster is to conceal – and pockets both have their own dimensions and tend to fill with stuff – which makes the holster bigger, heavier, and defeats the purpose.

This makes concealment difficult and also negatively impacts comfort. 

A better option would be something with only a couple of pouches and pockets designed specifically for a firearm and a magazine pouch or maybe something slim like a smartphone.

Any more than that and you’ll struggle with comfort or concealment. 

The Best Belly Band Holsters Reviewed

1. Best Overall: Crossbreed

Performance Scorecard:

Usability:
4.5/5
Quality:
4.5/5
Value:
4.4/5
Overall:
4.3/5

The CrossBreed Modular Belly Band holster takes a unique approach to form and fit.

The Crossbreed integrates a molded Kydex holster with an elastic belly band, giving the wearer more stability than just an elastic belly band but more comfort than a rigid Kydex IWB holster can offer. 

2. Budget Option:

Ultimate Belly Band Holster (Black, Medium and Large Pistol)
  • Our belly band holster is available in right- and left-hand draw; designed for firearms of various...
  • From wearing it at the appendix or hip, to sporting it outside the pants cross draw or open carry...
  • Our gun holster for women & men is compatible with Glock 19, 23, 38, 25, 32, 26, 27, 29, 30, 39, 28,...

Performance Scorecard:

Usability:
4.5/5
Quality:
3.5/5
Value:
4.8/5
Overall:
4/5

Things we liked:

  • Neoprene construction
  • Soft material and comfortable
  • Works with sweat pants, gym shorts, jeans or any garment
  • Holster fits up to 54 inches 
  • Works with any size pistol

Things we didn't:

  • Can ride up depending on your body type
  • Retention strap be more secure
  • Can get hot

We like the ComfortTrac Ultimate Belly Band Holster – it was included in our guide to the Best Holster For Running and it tops our list here.

Room for everything you need & nothing you don’t

The belly band holster has a holster for your weapon and for an additional magazine, which makes it ideal for semi-automatic pistols, although the universal holster would work for a variety of revolvers. 

The ComfortTrac holster offers the best blend of concealment, comfort, and ease of use of all the options we came across. Our testers found the neoprene material to be favorable to elastic used in many other bands. Elastic holsters aren’t as durable as neoprene, and we feel neoprene material is, in general, the better option. 

Works both IWB & OWB

We also liked the fact that this holster could be worn as an IWB holser or outside. It will stay in place either way and doesn’t require you to wear a belt to keep it in place.

This makes it easy for you to wear this holster when jogging, hiking, or simply going out for a walk. It’s easy to wear and is available in right and left-hand draw – or even a cross draw – giving those southpaws out there a fantastic option. 

There’s a metal snap to help hold your pistol in the holster. Some of our testers noticed this snap occasionally came loose but this was the only real issue with the holster.

Otherwise, we found it to be an excellent holster for concealed carry .

3. Also Great:

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BRAVOBELT Belly Band Holster for Concealed Carry - Athletic Flex FIT for Running, Jogging, Hiking -...
  • All Day Comfort + Flex Fit Design - Concealed Carry Holster has solved the comfort issue with a new...
  • Most Versatile Concealed Carry Holster You'll Ever Own - With it's breakthrough design, the...
  • Going for a Run? No Problem! - Our deep concealment AIWB holster is PERFECT for runners, joggers,...

Performance Scorecard:

Usability:
4.2/5
Quality:
3.9/5
Value:
4.1/5
Overall:
3.8/5

Things we liked:

  • Flex fit design
  • Ambidextrous, modular holster system
  • Perforated neoprene construction
  • Works with any apparel
  • Works with practically any pistol

Things we didn't:

  • Bulkier than some other options
  • Can be hard to re-holster
  • Only fits up to 44-inch waists

The makers of the BRAVOBELT Belly Band Holster designed it with comfort in mind. This belly band holster features neoprene like the ones above, but this particular holster has perforated neoprene for extra breathability.

This makes it better for active people or if you like to wear a belly band holster while running. 

Works with almost any apparel choice

Additionally, the fit of the belly band holster is specifically designed to be more comfortable and work with any apparel that you choose to wear, whether that be shorts, sweatpants, leggings or jeans.

It’s not quite as slim as some other options out there, meaning you may not be able to wear a form-fitting shirt and still conceal your weapon, but you should be able to comfortably wear this holster all day long. 

Ambidextrous & modular holster system

One of the unique things about this holster is that it offers an ambidextrous and modular holster system.

You can easily rotate the holster or adjust it so that you can draw with your right or left hand.

While other holsters offer left or right and draw availability, the option to switch and still have the holster feel comfortable is a major plus.

Pair that with the soft & comfortable material wherever the holster touches your body, and you have a fantastic option.

Re-holstering your weapon might be a little more difficult with this holster than others and it only fits waists up to 44 inches, but otherwise, there’s little to complain about. 

4. Best for Women:

Can Can Concealment Hip Hugger Elite- Women’s Compression Holster for Concealed Carry – IWB /...
  • Military-Grade Elastic holds firearms and magazines securely in place for all-day comfort
  • Left, front zipper pocket, side mag pocket, rear velcro pocket with key fob
  • Designed and hand-sewn in the USA with silicon non-slip grip to keep it where you like
  • Machine washable delicate cycle DRY FLAT

Performance Scorecard:

Usability:
4.2/5
Quality:
3.9/5
Value:
4.5/5
Overall:
4.5/5

Things we liked:

  • Designed specifically for women
  • Low profile and easily concealable
  • Easy to draw your weapon
  • Easy to re-holster your weapon

Things we didn't:

  • Elastic instead of neoprene
  • Magnet retention system can fail
  • Not as comfortable as BRAVOBELT
  • Doesn’t work with every handgun

Despite the benefit women can glean from wearing a belly band holster, finding one that checks all the boxes for the female form can be a challenge.

Fortunately, the Can Can Concealment Hip Hugger Elite was made with women shooters in mind. 

Made to fit a woman’s body

This holster features a design that’s made to fit a woman’s body, specifically around her hips. Our testers found that the Can Can isn’t fantastic for revolvers.

However, it will work with most compact or small frame pistols and offers a holster on both the left and right side of the body. We also found that it’s a fantastic option for joggers and people who are active outdoors. 

Sits lower on the hips

Many of the belly band holsters sit up higher than this option. This one puts your weapon closer down towards your hips for a more natural draw of your weapon. With all that said, the elastic material may not hold up particularly well over time and the magnet retention system isn’t always preferable to Velcro or a snap retention system.

Make sure you measure before buying

The largest option for the Can Can is 45 inches. Our experts noted the importance of making an accurate measurement of your hips to ensure you purchase the right size.

The size of the holster is not the same as what you might buy in pants or leggings. You need to measure your hips and then select the size that’s appropriate for you. If you do that, you should be quite happy with this holster

5. Most Concealable:

Tactica - Belly Band Holster - Taurus G3 - Left Hand - Extra Large
  • CoolVent Neoprene: Extremely comfortable backing that is breathable to help prevent any irritation...
  • Spring Steel Reinforcement: Making sure to retain a rigid platform for you to draw and reholster...
  • Custom Molded Shell: An exact fitment to your specific pistol, making sure that you have a properly...

Performance Scorecard:

Usability:
4.7/5
Quality:
4.5/5
Value:
4.1/5
Overall:
4.2/5

Things we liked:

  • Very slim and concealable
  • Mix of Kydex and neoprene makes for a fantastic fit
  • Works with a variety of sized weapons
  • Easy draw angle

Things we didn't:

  • No safety strap for the holster
  • Expensive
  • Single position holster 

Is concealment your chief concern? If so, the Tactica Belly Band Holster is the absolute best option out there.

Designed to be invisible

This holster is designed to be extremely tough to see. It will fit under practically any clothing from a t-shirt to a dress shirt or even scrubs and uniforms.

The beauty is the position of the Kydex holster means there’s no compromises in the comfort department, which is rare. 

Works well with most firearms

Our testers found this holster works well for all sizes of pistols – even full-sized semi-autos – thanks to the way the Kydex holster is vacuum formed to each specific gun. This gives you an incredibly stable fit, which is hard to achieve with most belly band holsters, which tend to be fully elastic 

However, there’s little chance you’ll get anything with an optic or oversized sight into these, as they’re formed for just the pistol. If you have a designated concealed carry pistol with low-profiles sights you should be fine.

Stays cool

The Tactica uses what they call “CoolVent Neoprene” which is thick enough to be comfortable but still breathable to prevent irritation and hot spots on the wearer. 

Flaws worth noting

First off, it’s spendy. You’ll probably pay 2-3x what you might for a generic elastic holster, so it’s ot exactly a budget option.

Second is the position of the firearm means what without a snug fit the pistol may want to sag, and without a hip to stop it, can want to fall forward. The belt is sturdy and high quality, but gravity can be unforgiving.  It’s also a single position holster, so you can’t move it around to find the perfect fit.

That said, there are few belly band holsters that pair the stability of a Kydex holster with the comfort of a neoprene band better. 

Shortcomings of Belly Band Holsters

Bellt bands are basically big elastic bands, which means they’re not engineered for a precise fit. This means draws can be slower than IWB and OWB holsters. You’ll likely need move your shirt or jacket to get a grip on your gun, which will slow you down.

The “holsters” in a belly band aren’t exactly holsters either — they’re pockets — which means the pockets will close as soon as you remove your pistol, requiring you to use both hands to re-holster your gun. Not a massive issue, but one that leather and kydex holsters don’t have.

Also — belly band holsters absorb whatever liquid they come in contact with,  which — more often than not — will be your sweat. They hug your mid-section, which generates heat. That heat means sweat, especially when on the move or exercising. This means they will eventually stink like a gym shirt, and you’ll want to wipe down your pistol to prevent rusting or discoloration from the slight acidity of your sweat.

Conclusion

Having the best belly band holster will ensure that you have your weapon when you need it. A belly band holster can be used in different situations where other holsters might not. It’s the unique design of the holster that sets it apart from the competition. 

Our hope is that one of the options highlighted above will be the right option for you so you can feel safe and secure no matter where you go. With the various options showcased here, you should be able to find at least one holster that will work for your needs.

Of course if you’re in the market for a new holster, be sure to check out all of our holster reviews – including guides for ankle holsters, as well as our guides to concealed carry belts, jackets, pants, & CCW vests.

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