Are conceal carry leggings as good as they seem, and are they really worth the high price tag? We women really are at a disadvantage when it comes to conceal carrying firearms. So, when a cool looking product like these leggings come out, we tend to impulse buy. I have had a pair for awhile, and put them through “a life in the month of me.” Read on to find out what I think of them.
Conceal Carry Leggings: The Good
While there are many companies that sell conceal carry leggings, I went with the “original” ones offered for sale in The Well Armed Woman Store. They were $79.99 per pair, but because I am a member, I got a 10% discount. Still, $72 isn’t cheap.
For the record, I am 5’9″ tall, 155 lbs, and have a 35 inch inseam. I knew the regular length leggings were going to be too short (the story of my life), so I went with the cropped ones. The size chart was spot on. I ordered a medium, and they fit perfectly. I will also add that they are extremely comfortable, a nice bonus!
These leggings are advertised as right or left handed, and come with a total of two holster compartments. One is in the front for appendix carry, and one is in the back for kidney carry. Another great bonus of these leggings is that whatever compartment you don’t use for a pistol will securely hold your cell phone. I have an Iphone 7 plus, and it fit perfectly.
I have worn these leggings formally, casually, and out to my barn to do the nightly chores. They are quite versatile in that whatever top you pair with them can completely change your look. But do they pass the most important test of all? Do they actually provide an acceptable way to conceal carry?
Conceal Carry Leggings: The Not So Good
The biggest issue I have with these leggings is that the built in holsters offer no trigger protection. The holster compartments hold the guns well, and even have retention straps to keep them secure, but no trigger protection. To make matters worse, the trigger guard that I use for my belly band is very difficult to get in and out of the compartment. I actually had to take the leggings off to get the trigger guard out.
It gets worse. I ordered the right handed pair because I am right handed. But I cross draw, and pull from the left side of my belly button. The holster compartments are not movable, so I can’t use the built in front holster at all because it is on the wrong side. I should have ordered the left handed pair. Learn from my mistake if you cross draw too.
Conceal Carry Leggings: The Solution
The solution for me was just to use my regular IWB (in the waistband) holster, and clip it on the left inside of the leggings. The waistband of the leggings is very sturdy, and even with the clipped IWB holster they did not roll down. I still wish I would have ordered the left handed pair, so that I could clip onto the reinforced fabric of the built in compartments. Even better, my regular holster fits right into the compartment, so if it was on the left side I would give these leggings a better review. I don’t know how long the regular fabric will last with the abuse of the ulticlip of my regular IWB holster. One month and counting.
I plan to order another pair, left handed draw. Even though they are expensive, they do offer things that ordinary leggings do not. Like the reinforced fabric to clip the IWB holster to and non roll down waistband. I think I will even order the regular length, expecting them to hit me right at my calf. I know plenty of women who (foolishly) do not worry about trigger guard protection, and they will probably give these leggings rave reviews. Don’t be like them.
These conceal carry leggings range from $80 bucks to $150 bucks. In my opinion, that is a bit expensive, unless you already have a trigger guard and/or kydex holster that will fit into the holster pouch. Please don’t even consider conceal carrying in these leggings without proper trigger guard protection. You are just an accident waiting to happen.
To really make these conceal carry leggings worth the money, the manufacturers should place holster compartments on both sides of the front and rear. Ordering the left handed pair for me only fixes my appendix carry cross draw problem. But it creates another problem by rendering the rear holster useless. The rear holster needs to stay on the right side.
All said and done, we all have different opinions on everything and mine is just one of them. If you can afford these leggings and have trigger guard protection, you will not be disappointed. If $80 is to much for you, there are plenty of other great options! I am currently in love with my conceal carry tank top. Look for my upcoming review!