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kaligaran
03-28-2012, 12:42 PM
Crossbreed and Theis Holster Review

http://www.crossbreedholsters.com
http://theisholsters.com

A while ago I was on a search for a new IWB holster for EDC. After lots of reading I decided on a Crossbreed Minituck holster for my Taurus 709 Slim. The price tag was $68. Since they are made to order, the holster showed up in about 4 weeks and I couldn't have been happier.
So I decided I wanted one for my Sig 2022, I decided to go with a different company offering a similar (almost identical) product for only $55. The online reviews were great so I decided to place an order. I received it just a couple of days ago (also around a 4 week turn around) and I wanted to give a review on them for anyone else looking for IWB holsters. I've never done a review so if anyone has any questions just lmk.


Kydex:
A note about Kydex. If you aren't familiar with it, Kydex holsters are typically custom molded for the gun. Upon receipt, you may think it's too loose or too tight. Using a hair dryer to heat it up, you can adjust it to your liking.
Both holsters came perfectly molded to the guns. Appears to be the same thickness of kydex. This aspect of the holsters are identical.

Leather:
Here's where the differences begin. I'm not a leather expert, so please bear with me.
First off because of the difference in size of the holsters is due to the size of the guns, not the products offered. You can also cut the leather down to size to meet personal preference.
Both of my holsters are cow-hide because I prefer the black. Both companies offer horse and cow hide. The horse hide is $10 extra from both companies.
The leather thickness and quality of both holsters appear identical.
As you can see from the pics, the Crossbreed holster has the shiny black side on the outside and the softer 'raw' leather feel on the inside part that sits against your skin. The Theis holster is the shiny normal leather look/feel on both sides.
The leather on the Crossbreed was much more flexible out of the box. However, as with all leather, they will soften with time so this was not a concern.
The Crossbreed stamps their logo into the leather of the holster. There's no markings on the Theis.

Clips:
The clip's size, shape and hold are near identical.
The Crossbreed standard clips have their little cross stamped into them. I don't care for this personally.
Theis offers 3 kinds of clips, J-Clips, kydex clips, metal clips. No additional charge to change the clip type.
Crossbreed offers an upgrade to J-Clips or Velcro V-Clips for an extra $10.

Position adjustment:
The Crossbreed offers 3 position settings for each clip (see pics of the holster back). Theis has 4 adjustment settings. Using a philips screwdriver you can adjust each to set the position and cant of the holster.

Workmanship:
I haven't put either of these through months or years of wear. However, they appear to both be tough and professional quality. They both offer a lifetime guarantee (see customer service) so I'm not in the least bit concerned about problems.

Customer Service:
Both companies were prompt in their emails to confirm the order and also advise of delivery.
The ordering process on each site was easy and non-problematic.
Both offer a 100% money back guarantee after a 2 week trial period. They both carry a lifetime guarantee on the holster itself.
When I ordered from both companies, I ordered two for the same gun (one for me and one for my significant other for each of our firearms).
After placing the order with Theis, Tommy himself called me to confirm this wasn't an ordering mistake. I really appreciated the confirmation and the call. He was very nice and it ultimately gave me a great impression of both him and his company.

Other:
The Theis ordering options does allow for you to choose to have a full muzzle cover kydex holster for an extra $10. As far as I can tell Crossbreed doesn’t have this option.
Crossbreed offers more variety of holster shapes and types. Although their 'standard' holsters, the supertuck and minituck are almost the exact same product as Theis offers.
Crossbreed offers LEO’s, military and current NRA members a discount on their order as signified in their FAQs section. I do not see this listed on Theis.

Final thoughts:
I love these holsters, both of them. This style of holster is the best way to conceal IWB in my opinion. For reference, I am 5'5" and 125 pounds and even with my Sig 2022 which is a much larger frame gun that I normally carry, I have no problem concealing it in a normal simi-fitting t-shirt.
I would purchase from either company again without a second thought. It really comes down to personal preference on the various options such as the leather backing of the holsters.

http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r560/kaligaran/holsters/holster3.jpg

http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r560/kaligaran/holsters/holster2.jpg

http://i1171.photobucket.com/albums/r560/kaligaran/holsters/holster.jpg

X231
03-28-2012, 3:14 PM
Nice write up. There are also some good holster reviews on youtube. I have a Crossbreed and I have a White Hat on order. I like that you can change out the kydex on the White Hat if you get another gun. The Crossbreed has a problem of engaging the mag release on my LC9. I emailed them and they are aware that this has been a problem for some .. too bad they make no mention of it when you buy the holster.

kaligaran
03-28-2012, 3:50 PM
Nice write up. There are also some good holster reviews on youtube. I have a Crossbreed and I have a White Hat on order. I like that you can change out the kydex on the White Hat if you get another gun. The Crossbreed has a problem of engaging the mag release on my LC9. I emailed them and they are aware that this has been a problem for some .. too bad they make no mention of it when you buy the holster.

I've never heard of White Hat. I like the idea of the interchangable kydex.

I'll have to check them out! Thanks!

mr821907
04-19-2012, 8:36 PM
Lc9 Theis horsehide. I'm very happy.
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr197/mrmj821907/IMAG0323.jpg
http://i483.photobucket.com/albums/rr197/mrmj821907/IMAG0324.jpg

Blarson
04-26-2012, 1:29 PM
Here is my Ruger LCP in a very well used/broken in Crossbreed Holster in Horsehide, and my Springfield XDM .40 compact, in a Crossbreed holster in horsehide which is fairly new.

http://i917.photobucket.com/albums/ad14/dairdevil9/IMG_2834.jpg

I absolutely LOVE my Crossbreed holster. Use them daily!