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    Question No under shirt ...

    South Florida, hot and humid !!!
    I am 5-8 and 145 lbs; carry a G-26.
    I usually wear jeans and shirt or T-shirt with no undershirt; I tried a Kydex tuckable, a belly-band and the Galco X-project (a joke).
    None of those are comfortable; actually the tuckable is painful after 15 minutes. So it's back to the "fanny pack" which I hate !!! or the vest which really looks weird in this weather and it is hot even the fabric ones.
    I also have Smart-Carry or is it Thunderwear? It is OK for a while but not comfortable on the Harley.
    The only options I have not tried (yet) is the SOB and the ankle (problem wearing boots).

    It is only been 20 + years I've been trying to solve this problem and I wish I had the proverbial box of holsters ... I have 3 boxes !!! But I am still looking and hoping.

    Thanks for any feedback !!!

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    Well, and OWB holster would probably help, but then you might need different shirts to cover it better.

    Concealing a weapon is all about compromises, sometimes you have to sacrifice a little in order to carry.

    What kind of pistol do you carry?
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    I'm using my MTAC with a G27 tucked right now and no undershirt. It's not uncomfortable in the least. Granted it's not as humid here and I'm 5'11 230lbs.
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    It's really hot here in San Antonio, but I carry my 1911 comfortably year-round by wearing an unbuttoned short-sleeve shirt as a top garment, often over a tank-top and cargo shorts. Hawaiian/Carribean type shirts ought to look fine in Florida. Just make sure the shirt-tail is long.

    When I'm dressing in more of a business casual style, I'll often wear my Shabak jacket.

    As buckeyeLCPL said, you're going to have to compromise a bit if you're going to carry a concealed handgun. You'll probably need to make a few changes from the same old wardrobe you've been wearing. It's a small price to pay.
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    Why don't you just wear an undershirt and keep that kydex off your skin? It's what I do. If you are going to carry you are just going to have to dress around your gun. Personally, I don't let kydex or leather next to my skin.

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    Same state, same weather, same wardrobe...... I use a crossbreed supertuck almost exclusively. No undershirt, ever. Works for me but everyone's different.
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    I live in South Texas I think it's probably farther south than florida I wear a crossbreed holster year round under a T-shirt with no problems
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    Quote Originally Posted by jfl View Post
    South Florida, hot and humid !!!
    I am 5-8 and 145 lbs; carry a G-26.
    I usually wear jeans and shirt or T-shirt with no undershirt; I tried a Kydex tuckable, a belly-band and the Galco X-project (a joke).
    None of those are comfortable; actually the tuckable is painful after 15 minutes. So it's back to the "fanny pack" which I hate !!! or the vest which really looks weird in this weather and it is hot even the fabric ones.
    I also have Smart-Carry or is it Thunderwear? It is OK for a while but not comfortable on the Harley.
    The only options I have not tried (yet) is the SOB and the ankle (problem wearing boots).

    It is only been 20 + years I've been trying to solve this problem and I wish I had the proverbial box of holsters ... I have 3 boxes !!! But I am still looking and hoping.

    Thanks for any feedback !!!
    jfl...

    I understand your problem.
    I love my Harley, too, and I choose to always be armed as I enjoy its open air comforts.
    (Only a biker understands why dogs like to ride with their heads out of a car window.)

    My usual EDC is my Kimber Ultra in a Fist #1A IWB w/cant, clip, and body protector. It works on my Harley but...I wanted something else.
    Then I purchased a my Glock-36 and a Fist #41 IWB SOB. See the above 'Related Links...search out Fist.
    The holster has a body protector and rides tightly against my right kidney. Note that the holster is a palm out draw. Some may not like this, but it's actually quite natural. I can ride, stand, sit, and walk for hours and hardly know the gun is there.
    Additionally, I usually just wore a T-shirt on the bike, but I started wearing a (wifebeater) under the T...this makes the holster disappear. The wifebeater and T are no hotter than just a T.
    I have an Electra Glide with a back rest...I sometimes have to double check that I brought my gun along (like checking for your watch because you can't feel it).

    Hope this helps.

    Enjoy the ride!

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    I have similar stature, but live in OK, just as hot, but less humid. I carry my SAXD 4" in a crossbreed super tuck with no under shirt and love it.
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    I'm in Arizona, we have the heat but not the humidity (well, it is monsoon season now) I usually wear an 511 or Under Armor undershirt. If you haven't tried either I'd recommend it.

    I even wear them if I'm home and the holster is not attached to me. They really do wick away the sweat.

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    I live in the DFW area so i thing we qualify for hot but maybe not so humid. I carried my Glock 26 (until purchased a PM9) in the Uncle Mikes IWB sidekick size 12 without an undershirt all day. The Glock does seem to be a little top heavy and I find myself having to adjust a few times during the day but its the best way to carry it in the summer for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    jfl...

    I understand your problem.
    I love my Harley, too, and I choose to always be armed as I enjoy its open air comforts.
    (Only a biker understands why dogs like to ride with their heads out of a car window.)

    My usual EDC is my Kimber Ultra in a Fist #1A IWB w/cant, clip, and body protector. It works on my Harley but...I wanted something else.
    Then I purchased a my Glock-36 and a Fist #41 IWB SOB. See the above 'Related Links...search out Fist.
    The holster has a body protector and rides tightly against my right kidney. Note that the holster is a palm out draw. Some may not like this, but it's actually quite natural. I can ride, stand, sit, and walk for hours and hardly know the gun is there.
    Additionally, I usually just wore a T-shirt on the bike, but I started wearing a (wifebeater) under the T...this makes the holster disappear. The wifebeater and T are no hotter than just a T.
    I have an Electra Glide with a back rest...I sometimes have to double check that I brought my gun along (like checking for your watch because you can't feel it).

    Hope this helps.

    Enjoy the ride!

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    I ride an 05 E-glide with a back-rest as well (my wife has a Road King) !!!
    I have a couple FIST K-1; very nice people to deal with; they really helped me getting one on time before we left for Sturgis in 2006.
    I never tried an SOB; had lower back surgery in 2003 and it scares me me a little !!!
    Considering your experience, I am going to try to find one to try ???

    Pardon my ignorance, but what the heck is a "wifebeater"

    When we travel, I usually wear a BDU type pants with the ties or rubber band over the boots; a friend of mine was riding in jeans and had a yellow jacket get in his pant leg and fall in his boot; not pretty; we had to take to the hospital a few hours later !!!
    With the BDU I use a pocket holster.

    Thanks to all who answered with their suggestions

    wmhawth: dress around the gun ... I don't feel that way; I have carried for too long and the appeal is long gone. However I'll never leave home without it.

    Every now and then I have the idea to get a smaller gun ... BUT I have many thousand rounds in that G-26 shot in IDPA and GSSF matches, I am good with it so it is my best chance if need arises.

    I see good feedback in your posts for the crossbreed tuckable, I am going to look at those too, but I'd hate to have to start a fourth box of unused holsters especially sincemy wife bought only 2 holsters in the last 15 years and the one she uses the most was a $15 used one she picked up at a gun show

    Thanks again for all your replies !!!

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    I'm in sunny and hot FL too! I've settled on the Mtac IWB for my Glocks. It is comfy and easy to hide under a loose T shirt. I've found wearing an athletic cut or "wife beater" undershirt under the T-shirt adds to the comfort and does not make me feel any warmer. Worth a try. For pocket carry, I have my S&W 642 in a Mika pocket holster or my Keltec in a K-Rat.

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    You're just gonna have to figure out what YOU like.

    I carry a 1911 in a VM-II all day in temperatures in the 90s to over 100 next to my skin no problem.
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    I have to wear a T shirt, usually a wife beater and I also prefer my holsters to have a sweat shield, don't want the gun against my body for my skins protection and the guns. The wife beaters don't make you any hotter. Try them.

    BTW. A "wife beater" T shirt is the tank top type made out of the very light fabric, almost like cotton gauze, they call them "wife beaters" because of some redneck joke a long time ago by a famous comedian and the name has spread and stuck.
    You also may want to try selling some of those 3 boxes worth of holsters, could fund a new gun, holster or lot's of wife beaters!! lol!!

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