Video: Picking the right Kydex holster

The Blade-Tech and the Comp-Tac both have strengths and weakness


Holsters made from plastic polymers come in all manner of styles, quality, and prices. It’s become such a popular holster material because of the near-perfect properties for a holster, as well as being easy to work with compared to other common materials.

Leather is a great material for making holsters, but has its drawbacks. Although various alternative materials to leather have been used (with mixed success) Kydex is by far the most popular alternative to leather.

Of course, Kydex is probably the best known and most popular material being used, but not all polymer holsters are Kydex per se.

Two popular polymer holsters are the Blade-Tech and Comp-Tac. In this video, I attempt to show the major differences between these two, using their popular OWB/belt slide style holsters as examples.

Both have their strengths and weakness, and as a rule, you get what you pay for with these products. Neither of these have any active retention, so probably best for CCW, off duty, or competition.

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Will Brink is owner of, a site dedicated to improving the performance, health, and fitness, of the LE tactical community, and, a site dedicated to all things performance/fitness/health.

Previously, Will has been an adjunct trainer for Smith & Wesson and developed two courses for them: Applied Stress Training I and II. He developed the Practical Applied Stress Training (P.A.S.T) program for tactical LE, which focuses on improving performance under stress.

He is been writer and industry consultant for over two decades having been published in a wide variety of publications, relating to performance, nutrition, health and fitness, bodybuilding, and other topics, including Tactical Response, Muscle Media, MuscleMag International, Lets Live, Muscle n Fitness, Life Extension magazine, Townsend Letter for Doctors, IronMan, Muscular Development, Inside Karate, Exercise for Men Only, Physical, Power, Body International, Oxygen, Penthouse, Fitness RX, Big, as well as others over the years and in many different languages, as well as a monthly column in MuscleMag International called “The Intake Update.” His articles focusing on performance, health, fitness, etc, can also be found on various websites from to and many others.

In his spare time, he likes to review shooting related gadgets...

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