The Best Holsters for Running

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.

What are the best holsters for running?

After nearly a month spent looking at 25 different runner-friendly gun holsters in retail stores and online, weeding out far too many low-quality duds, and running a battery of tests with our running enthusiast friends (yes, we have them) on 10 standout contenders, we found the best gun holsters for folks who want to carry a gun while running or jogging in a both IWB & OWB configurations.

These holsters hold your piece tight to your body, resist slipping, sliding, and sweat, accept several types of handguns, will work as jogging holsters for both men and women, and are the most comfortable of our test selections.

Since everyone has a different preference we provided recommendations based on the various holster types, but for an all-around quality running holster we recommend the Crossbreed Modular Belly Band for most people. It pairs a gun-specific CrossBreed holster with a high-quality elastic band that gives you the best of both worlds – a super-stable gun/holster fit with the flexibility of an elastic belly band.  

Quick List: The 7 Best Gun Holsters for Running:

  1. Best Belly Band Holster: Crossbreed Modular Belly Band
  2. Belly Band Runner-up: ComfortTac Ultimate Belly Band Holster
  3. Budget Option: Concealed Carrier Belly Band Holster
  4. Best Shoulder Holster: LINIXU Deep Concealment Shoulder Holster
  5. Best IWB/In-Pocket: Sticky Holsters MD-1 
  6. IWB/In-Pocket Runner-Up: BLACKHAWK! TecGrip Holster

Best Overall (Top Choice):

The CrossBreed Modular Belly Band holster is truly unique. It pairs a firearm-specific cowhide/Kydex holster with an elastic belly band, giving you the best mix of comfort, control, and quality in a running holster.  

Leather + Kydex custom holster 

The CrossBreed holster uses a leather backing, which sits inside the elastic band and against the elastic facing your body. The use of leather provides much more comfort than the use of Kydex alone, which is too stiff to be comfortable while on the run. The leather, when paired with soft elastic, makes for easy all-day wear and only gets better and better over time. 

The leather backing is fronted by a make/model specific CrossBreed holster, which really gives the user the best of both worlds – an incredibly secure firearm/holster fit with the flexibility and all-day comfort of an elastic band.

This modular design can be found in a number of other holster brands, but this CrossBreed Modular holster really is the best example of a modular approach to the belly band. Users not only love these for their comfort when running but my people use them as a more casual wear holster altogether.

You can wear this with a much broader array of clothing types (sweatshirts, shorts, t-shirts) without sagging or weighing down your clothes. 

The only potential downside is it’s more expensive than other belly band holsters, but for the price, you get the most secure fit available in a belly band and a holster brand in CrossBreed that’s known for quality and standing behind their products.

Belly Band Runner-Up:

ComfortTac Ultimate Belly Band Holster
  • AVAILABLE IN LARGE AND XL - Large neoprene band is adjustable and fits up to a 44" belly. XL fits up...
  • ONE SIZE HOLSTER IS COMPATIBLE WITH MOST FIREARMS - Surgical grade elastic holster is compatible...
  • CARRY IN ANY POSITION - Can be worn inside the waistband IWB, outside the pants OWB, cross draw,...

Pros

  • Trigger-guard retention system
  • Thick but light neoprene
  • Works for at least 8 different carry styles
  • Works for every size pistol

Cons

  • Retention clip isn’t particularly durable

The ComfortTac Ultimate Belly Band Holster is part neoprene belt, part universal holster. Roughly the same weight as an elastic knee brace, its flexibility and variety of carry options make it ideal for carrying a variety of handguns while running

Smaller than other belly bands but just as capable

It’s smaller than similar belly bands we tested but still has room for an extra magazine or a wallet and keys.

Even if you don’t have a compact pistol, it’s one of the few belly bands we found with a holster big enough to accommodate basically any size pistol that also included a hard trigger cover

We tested a number of these belly bands and you’d be surprised how easy it can be to forcefully pull the trigger through the elastic holster. 

That’s a non-issue with the ComfortTac as it has a hard snap retainerwhich closed directly over the trigger – making it impossible to pull the trigger through the holster. Really smart touch. It’s available in both left and right draw orientations with sizes up to a 54” waist.

Budget Belly Band Holster:

Concealed Carrier Belly Band Holster
  • ⭐️ RIGHT-HANDED ✔ ONE SIZE FITS ALL! Neoprene material stretches to fit up to a 44" belly....
  • ✔ HOLDS ANY SIZE PISTOL! Surgical grade elastic holster fits small subcompact, compact, and even...
  • ✔ VERSATILE CARRY OPTIONS! Can be worn inside the waistband, outside the waistband, cross body,...

Pros

  • Very small and light
  • Easy to wear
  • Secures handguns well
  • Fits and size handgun

Cons

  • Elastic thin enough to pull the trigger while holstered
  • 44” waist is maximum size

There are numerous belly band holsters you could try, but we liked the Concealed Carrier Belly Band Holster because it’s perfectly sized for a running holster and feels sleek and minimal when worn. It accommodates any sized pistol but it’s still not so large that it won’t work for concealed carry. 

This belly band is slim and compact (5″ wide x 42″ long), will fit up to a 44″ waist, and still has space to fit accessories like an extra mag, wallet, or phone. 

We preferred the ComfortTek due to its ability to accommodate larger waists and a more secure trigger guard.

While it wasn’t easy, we were able to pull the trigger on the Concealed Carry belly band, which we couldn’t on the ComfortTek.

Best Shoulder Holster:

LINIXU Deep Concealment Shoulder Holster
  • 38 holster Our shoulder holster will conceal your gun without the need to wear a suit or jacket! If...
  • Distributes the weight of gun to shoulders and back for a comfortable, all day carry
  • It is fully adjustable. Won't show through most clothing,thanksgiving,halloween,black friday,gift...

Pros

  • Firm, tight fit
  • Fits all sizes of handguns
  • Price

Cons

  • Can run small
  • Not as durable as other options

No one likes having their run interrupted by a jostling firearm, but the LINIXU Deep Concealment Shoulder Holster will make you look forward to strapping your piece down before your run.

It’s a secure, capable shoulder holster and also comes in sizes from 33” – 50”, right and left orientation, and is designed to hold every size of pistol securely. It can run a little small, so it’s very popular with men at or under 6 ft tall and a variety of women.

That said, the smaller sizing means it’s a solidly firm fit, and very effective for concealed carry.

Best IWB/In-Pocket holster:

Sticky Holsters MD-1 - Suitable for Small 9MM’s - Med/Sm Autos up to 3.5" BBL
  • WHAT'S A STICKY HOLSTER: We have developed special holsters into a modular system, where you can use...
  • MD-1 MEDIUM: The MD-1 is Suitable for small 9MM’s - Med/Sm autos such as Smith and Wesson Sigma,...
  • tick Holsters MD-1

Pros

  • American made
  • Super light weight
  • Most flexible option

Cons

  • Maximum barrel size 3.5”

For a maximally flexible everyday running holster, consider a strapless, clipless IWB holster or pocket holster.

We have plenty of recommendations in our guides for different holsters, but for unrivalled flexibility, you can’t beat the Sticky Holsters MD-1, which is sturdy, takes little space, super secure.

Useful & easy to draw

No pocket holster can give you the same kind of stability you’d get with a full harness, but they are useful if you want the flexibility to move while carrying and need something light

The Sticky Holster tested well in our draw tests – shifting slightly upon draw along with our clothing, but nothing that made us feel like it was difficult or awkward to draw.

Works with 3.5″ barrels or less

If your pistol’s barrel is more than 3.5” – or don’t wear something that has a taught waistband or pockets – these won’t work if you want to carry while running, but the Sticky has a marvellously non-slip exterior skin that makes it stick to whatever you place it next to. 

It makes for a very secure carry with a good variety of different workout gear – even running shorts provided they offer a tight fit. Its ambidextrous fit makes it work for right and left-handed users, so there’s no chance of ordering the wrong orientation.

No clips or loops 

We like that there’s no clips or loops involved, which keeps it about as light as any holster on the market without requiring you to wear a belt.

They’re also made in America, which is an added bonus.

IWB/In-Pocket Runner-Up:

BLACKHAWK! TecGrip Holster
  • Size 04 fits most Sub-Compact 9 40 autos
  • Designed for both civilian and Law Enforcement concealed carry
  • Proprietary gripping material secures holster in any pocket

Pros

  • Price
  • Quality materials
  • Comfortable & stable

Cons

  • Fabric cut requires grip adjustment before attaining firing position

Blackhawk is a well-known brand in the holster market, and their TecGrip Holster is another high-quality product that benefits from their experience with both civilian and law enforcement concealed carry holsters. 

The exterior of the TecGrip is designed to create friction and “stick” to fabric or skin and the pouch fits most firearms tightly enough to prevent jostling while running.

It’s also very comfortable to wear due to the 3 layers of closed-cell foam that provide a buffer between your body and the firearm. 

Those layers also help the holster confirm to your body shape, and in our tests, there was no real sense of the gun shape, sharp corners, or pressure points.

You know where the pistol is but it’s comfortably separated from your hip, side, or back.

The TecGrip is the runner-up principally due to how it performed in our draw tests. The way the fabric is cut we could only gain purchase on the bottom portion of the grip, which required us to adjust our grip post draw before our support finger was directly under the trigger guard. 

Other than the draw tests the TecGrip was a solid performer in terms of stability and grip on our test units. 

Conclusion

If you need a practical way to protect yourself while running – either due to early morning or late evening runs or offroad/trail running. where you might encounter a bear or large predator, a running holster is a great addition to your kit.

Each of these running holsters offers gun owners a variety of different features but our top picks are as follows:

Each of these holsters best met the requirements of the role they were designed for and met the criteria for any running holster we’d recommend:

  • Stable fit
  • Comfortable, non-chafing material
  • Fits a wide variety of body shapes and carry styles

There are quite a few options out in this category, but we hope this article steers you in the right direction. If you have any questions or feedback please drop us a line.

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