My Remora Holster Review. Long w/pics.
This is a discussion on My Remora Holster Review. Long w/pics. within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I'm new to this whole 'concealed carry' world, so I haven't put much time into,..well...carrying a pistol.
I just got my Glock 19 just over ...
July 17th, 2011 12:33 AM
My Remora Holster Review. Long w/pics.
I'm new to this whole 'concealed carry' world, so I haven't put much time into,..well...carrying a pistol.
I just got my Glock 19 just over a month ago and so the search began for the perfect holster for me.*
My first holster that I purchased was a medium Smartcarry. I actually owned a SP101 before the Glock and already had this holster to use with my new gun. A bit awkward at first but I got used to it.
The Smartcarry works great with just about everything but the only drawback I could see was that it may be slow for drawing your weapon under stress. I know that some, with practice, are probably pretty quick on the draw, not me, not yet. Still a great 'holster' anyhow.
My next holster purchase was one of the hybrid type leather/kydex IWB deals with the clips and all. I had read just about everywhere online while searching for alternative carry methods that this was "the way to go!", "the most comfortable holster I've EVER worn", etc etc...not so much for me.
Standing straight up with loose fitting jeans and the best 'thick' gun belt I could afford, it was tolerable. The problems and uncomfort began when trying to SIT. On the couch, getting in and out of the car, things like that were very uncomfortable no matter where I slid the holster around my waist. Also I work outdoors and sweat alot in this 100 degree humid, heat and end up soaking straight through the cowhide to my gun! That doesn't make me feel good, knowing that I'm perspiring all over my weapon that I saved up a long time to buy. Yea, I know, it's a "TOOL", but I want my $600 tool to last as long as possible WITHOUT worrying about rust.
These type holsters probably work really well for some folks and I'm not knocking it, it just didn't work for me. Maybe I chose to large a gun for this method as it would continuously jab me in the side and back when sitting. Maybe with a smaller gun it would work out better.
Moving on...(sorry for the rant)
While browsing around online for the next best thing I came across a few threads on different forums about the 'Remora Holster'.
Interesting idea, but nah, that would never work for me. A clipless, sticky holster? Yea right, psssht!!
The more I read the more I found out that people were swearing by this thing and several folks owned a Remora for each of their upteen guns. Furthering my research I started watching Youtube videos about the Remora, ok by now I'm getting a little excited at the idea of ordering one for myself!
I decided to give Alan at Remora a call and discuss what I was interested in. Alan was a pleasure to deal with over the phone (except if you have trouble hearing him, ask politely and he'll remove his staticky Bluetooth earpiece, hehe), I told him what I had and he told me what I needed and then we just chatted about guns and holsters and whatever. He wasn't real 'chatty', just a guy that wanted to take the time out for his customer and make sure they're 100% satisfied, read on for the results. ;)
I placed my order the Friday before fourth of July weekend so I knew it might take a little while longer than usual since mine would be shipping during or after a holiday. 11 days later I was delighted to see the bulky yellow package in the mailbox and ran inside to rip into it!
The first thing I noticed about the holster (#10,RTF w/SS) is that it was...BIG! Not big like fat or bulky just taller and wider than I expected. Well, I am trying to carry a Glock 'compact' 19 here, right?
PHOTO:[The Remora holster. #10, w/Reinforced Top, w/Sweat Gaurd]
The next thing I examined was the sticky like texture on the outside. Yes, like I had read in several other peoples post and reviews online, it is very sticky, like a very sticky rubber. For example, I bet that if you wanted to lay this holster in the dash of your car and drive very fast on a windy road that it wouldn't budge. You could probably wear a couple pair on your hands and feet and climb the side of a building like spiderman, yea THAT sticky...don't try that...either one of those.
PHOTO:[Close up of the 'tacky' and very 'sticky' material used to keep the Remora in place]
I ordered the optional 'Reinforced Top' (RFT) and I also ordered the optional 'Sweatsheild' (SS) in a size 10 for my Glock 19. There are various sizes for almost any gun and other options as well, such as a lower profile edge on one side for easier drawing of your pistol (Artemis). I just got the standard size because I'm paranoid my gun is gonna get a little dirty, god forbid and I want as much cover as possible.
PHOTO:[The reinforced area of the holster is about 3/4 of the way up from the bottom. It's not actually 'reinforced' at the very top. But does hold open very nicely for easy, one handed reholstering.]
Sliding my G19 in the Remora for the first time made any worries about 'retention' go away, this fits my gun very nice and snug although not extremely tight. Folks, I'm tellin' ya, it ain't fallin out...unless your tryin that spiderman trick, upside down, THEN it might slip out. But not likely.
PHOTO:[The bottom design is sealed shut. I would probably blow the inside of your holster out every night to keep the inside from collecting dirt]
July 17th, 2011 12:33 AM
July 17th, 2011 12:34 AM
So far, I'm pretty satisfied. But, how will it feel when I'm wearing it out and about? Ya know, I did have my supspicions since it's mostly meant for IWB wear. I thought I already tried the IWB method and it didn't work out?!?! What the heck am I doing?!?! Only $25 for an experiment, I guess I'll take one for the team.
PHOTO:[The "skin side" of the holster. I've been wearing mine with an undershirt so I haven't experienced any discomfort with long term exposure to the material against my skin. I've read it sticks to skin VERY well though.]
I decided to waste no time and try it out that night. We had a small gettogether with some friends at one of their houses so I threw on some gym shorts, tshirt and shoes, tied the drawstring on the shorts snug and dropped the Remora in my waistband then holstered my Glock one-handed. It was that simple, I was ready to move on with my night. (And yes, I did put my underwear on before the shorts)
PHOTO:[Perfect holster for doing chores around the house, cuttin grass and just low casual, tshirt/gym shorts kind of wear.]
At first, walking around the house before we left, it took a little adjusting here and there to find that sweet spot. For me, that's around 2:30-3:00.
Now came the true test...SITTING DOWN. Now before I go any further I'd like to add that I am 6' tall and 195 pounds. I do have the beginnings of a spare tire all the way around, so sitting does seem to 'scrunch' things up a bit around the waist area.
As mentioned before, sitting with my leather/kydex combo was very uncomfortable, I mean, I felt like I was breaking something on my gun or holster everytime I sat in the car or on the couch, or just anywhere! Sitting with the Remora?....not bad, Not bad at all!*
You see, (for me) when I would sit down with my leather/kydex (let's just use 'LK' cause I'm tired of typing 'leather/kydex'....crap), the little metal tabs that held it on my belt and over my pants would pull and twist things that it didn't feel should be pulled and twisted, hence the fear I was breaking something! I know, I know, you have to give it time to wear in, I'm not patient enough to be in pain for a month for a breaking in period, sorry...and it allowed me to SWEAT on my GUN!!! Unacceptable!
The Remora felt loose enough in my waist line to bend WITH ME. Do you follow me? Instead of having hooks and belts and pants all twisting and contorting to new and akward shapes, the Remora just had the 'go with the flow' attitude BUT STUCK EXACTLY where I placed it originally, meaning, it didn't fall out the top of my pants or fall DOWN my pants, it just stayed put. The same goes for the car ride, comfortable in and out of the car.
Oh and btw, no one noticed that I was carrying at the little pow wow we had, I didn't tell my wife I had a new holster either so she didn't even clue in. Of course I have to be careful, I have the noobie 'pat for gun' flinch every five seconds that's a dead giveaway for "why does he keep tugging at his shirt, he's trying to hide something" looks.
So the first day with the Remora proves a success, I had comfort, concealment and tried to just forget about it, which wasn't hard to do.
The next morning I wake up to go to work, I'm getting dressed and had fully planned on using the Smartcarry, wanting to save my new shiny Remora for afterwork, errand running duty. Instead, I decide to try the Remora for atleast the first half of the day and then when the sweating starts I'll switch to the Smartcarry after lunch.
The heat and humidity was intense outside with temperatures slightly above 100. My undershirts was soaked by lunch. Well, let's check that Remora out and switch to the Smartcarry. I take the Glock out of it's holster...what's this?! NO perspiration ANYWHERE on the slide! Unlike the LK holster I would soak through and find my slide dripping with sweat as well. Smartcarry stays put, Glock goes back in the waist in the Remora (one-handed). I'm happy. Let's get back to work.
PHOTO:[Makes for a nice work companion and so far I've noticed no perspiration penetrating through to the gun]
I have to end this thing somewhere so I'll go ahead and get to my closing comments as I've not worn it THAT long yet, just 3 days.
Although I haven't practiced drawing my weapon from the holster much (yet) I can tell you that it STAYS PUT! I've yanked my gun out several times and reholstered it one handed several times, all with good results. If you decide to not order the reinforced top version, I believe your reholstering speed could be cut in half, but who's sweating reholstering 'fast' right?
Some other points I'd like to mention is just how 'simple' this design is. I mean, you could wear this in your boxers around the house if you wanted to, you don't NEED no stinking gun belt, you don't need to worry about what your going to wear period! There's this chick on YouTube that slid it in her bikini bottoms in the 6:00 position for cryin out loud!!! 'SIMPLE'
I don't have to think or worry about what I'm going to throw on to run that late grocery errand at night, i just grab the Remora, slide my gun in, slip it in my waist, GO! No straps to Velcro, no searching for clean blue jeans and thick belt, no worries what so ever!*
And it holds as tight to your body as your belt or drawstring or elastic waistband will allow. I've experienced NO printing issues so far. My wife knows I carry all day, everyday and so I tried the "where's it at" game with her, trying to have her guess where the gun is on my person. She couldn't pin this one down with me only wearing a tshirt untucked. As I mentioned before, I wear the Remora right around 2:30-3:00 so it blends into my body pretty well. I haven't even tried it at 4:00-5:00 so I'm unsure of any 'printing' issues that may occur at that position.
PHOTO:[Simple. Concealable. Comfort. I like it.]
I still plan on using my smartcarry from time to time and I'd like to order that Raven Phantom eventually but the Remora is a holster I think everyone should have atleast one of. Even if you're a diehard crossbreed man or woman or whatever else you like, THIS WILL COME IN HANDY for those short jaunts to the gas station, to the grocery store, to the mailbox, to take out the trash, etc... It's simple and easy and I love it. It's actually become my primary for the last few days anyways.
PHOTO:[More gun & holster pics]
I don't know if it's allowed in these forums or not so I won't post a link or phone number to Remora but just type 'Remora Holsters' in your search engine and you'll find it.
:::Update to this review:::
Since I started typing this review it's been about 5 days now and I'm still using my Remora as my primary carry and still as comfortable as the day I got it.
Tommorrow morning I may switch to the SmartCarry for church just because I haven't figured out if I want to try this holster in a 'tuckable' configuration. Not that it 'couldn't' work, I'm just not ready to try it yet.
I'll try my best to keep this thread updated through the coming months and see how this thing holds up to extended wear. Regardless if it were to wear out sooner than later, I'll be ordering from Alan again. =)
I'd be happy to answer any questions anyone may have about this holster.
[Video added from page 2 of me unholstering and reholstering my Glock]
‪Drawing from a Remora Holster‬‏ - YouTube
Last edited by 3G19eXo; July 17th, 2011 at 05:53 PM.
July 17th, 2011 10:27 AM
Nice review. I have thought about getting one, but I cannot get past the no clip part. Good luck
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July 17th, 2011 10:37 AM
Nice article. I agree with everything. Alan owes you some money.
July 17th, 2011 10:43 AM
I can't believe that is sold as an iwb! It looks just like all of my pocket holsters, and imo, is all that it should be used for!
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July 17th, 2011 10:50 AM
The Crossbreed style wasn't for me either, then again the Remora wasn't either. Remora worked as advertised however, it was just too thick for me - my Garrett Industries Silent Thunder was just is just as convenient and thinner.
Glad you like it though, he's got great customer service as well.
July 17th, 2011 11:03 AM
Glad you like it, but I would be really suspicious of no clip or hook....seems to be the incorrect use of a pocket holster.OMOYMV
Sooner of later, you're going to fall down a set of steps at a rodeo and wish you had a clip...oh wait, that's my story from a few years ago (yes, the IWB holster w/clip did hold).
"That I cannot do."
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July 17th, 2011 11:19 AM
My husband was suspicious of this holster when I first got mine, but once he felt how tacky it he was sold. For $25, it's worth a try. My only recommendation is to wear an undershirt and tuck your Remora between your pants and undershirt. I usually wear mine directly against my body, and after working in the heat one day my skin got a little irritated.
It's so easy to arm up in the car after I get off work because I don't need to fit a holster around my belt or even really worry about wearing a belt to work.
July 17th, 2011 11:22 AM
I cant get past the idea of no clip or loop. But anyway, with the Glock pistol, rust is not even a consideration. It simply wont.
Ignorance is a long way from stupid, but left unchecked, can get there real fast.
July 17th, 2011 11:26 AM
Only problem with this is that it would appear you can't get a firing grip. Your knuckles will hit your belt in the pic with the dressier clothes.
July 17th, 2011 11:39 AM
what nonsense! I have been wearing mine for well over a year, full sized glocks, it is my best, most comfortable holster.
Originally Posted by retsupt99
as long as it is well supported with a decent belt the holster is going nowhere.
I don't understand how people who have never seen it or tried it post their foolish assumptions
July 17th, 2011 01:03 PM
To the OP:
What length mag release is on your G19?
July 17th, 2011 01:57 PM
Sorry folks, for some reason my iPhone won't let my multi-quote so I'll have to give a lump sum type reply.
For "GForty": I have the stock Glock Mage release. Here's a picture to show how the kydex liner in the reinforced version runs. I can't speak for anyone that has the extended mag release but I can tell you I haven't had any accidental mag activations yet. Actually I just took my holster off to try and mash the holster and see how much pressure is needed to activate the button, I wouldn't worry about it under everyday normal use, I had to push pretty hard to get it to click (stock of course).
PHOTO:[These yellow lines indicate where the kydex reinforced liner sits. Notice it DOES cover the mag release, although I've experienced no problems yet and don't plan on it being an issue]
For "Smolck": I've been practicing my draw A little more and have had no problems whipping it right out. The great part about this holster is it's easy to adjust to the settings YOU like! If you want it to ride high/low, any degree of cant, it stays where you put it! And there is the 'Artemis' version that has a little more cut away to allow more exposed grip if you like.
To the pocket holster comments, you can use it as a pocket holster as well but it's SO tacky, good luck getting it in and out of your pocket!
If anyone is having their doubts that this will work for them just take me for example. I was leary of trying IWB carry just because I didn't think it would be comfortable. I was beginning my savings for a OWB Phantom holster from Raven (still wanting one anyways) because I figured I'll never be happy with an IWB holster. After reading most folks being satisfied with their crossbreed style holsters I almost gave up thinking I fell in that 2% that can't wear that style. I proved myself wrong with this holster.
I also had the same mindset that there's NO WAY this is going to work without some sort of 'clip', I almost ordered a kydex IWB with clip but this was a bit cheaper so figured why not give it a shot. I promise, any thoughts you may have that this thing isn't gonna stay put without a clip will soon vanish once you wear it around a day or two. Now, I haven't been 'jogging' with the thing yet (although I've read where people DO), I have run arround the yard playing with my son, rough-housing and whatnot and it DOES NOT MOVE.
If you fall down a flight of stairs, the only way I see this falling out is if somehow your belt magically comes unfastened and your pants fall down. Put it on and trust it and FORGET about it.
July 17th, 2011 02:55 PM
I recently got one for a Glock 32 (same frame size as your 19). It is really amazing. I too thought that it would move around some, but it sure stays put. If you wear an undershirt, it REALLY stays put! Sure beats clips, that is for sure. I actually find it MORE secure than some holsters WITH clips.
For those that haven't tried the Remora, don't knock it until you have tried it. The only thing that I could ding it on, would be that I wish it held the GUN a little more secure--the holster is secure, but the gun moves around a little much for my liking INSIDE the holster--probably because they are made to fit several guns--not purely custom-made for a particular model.....but along those same lines, my Remora will also fit my sub-compact 1911, and a J-frame.
July 17th, 2011 03:25 PM
Devilsclaw, do you have the RFT model with reinforced top for easy reholstering?
When I first spoke with Alan about what I needed for my Glock, I asked about the retention, he tried to sway me away from getting the RFT because it wouldn't hold my gun AS tight as the version without reinforcement. He said that the RFT model was mainly produced because law enforcement officers needed a holster that stayed partially open for easy one-handed reholstering while maybe handcuffing someone or whatever other reason their other hand may be tied up.
I decided I wanted that option as well and I'm happy enough with the 'retention'. No I couldn't say that I can hold the holster upside down and the gun not fall out but part of the way this thing works is that you have some form of fastener around the holster anyways, such as a belt or drawstring or whatever, that helps with retention quite a bit.
I garauntee you I can holster my Glock and do jumping jacks and it's not going ANYWHERE!
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