The Best Shoulder Holsters of 2024: Top 10 Picks for Concealed Carry and Comfort

In a universe where everyone's got an opinion on concealed carry, shoulder holsters are like the rebels of the holster world—defying the skeptics with their timeless charm. Sure, some folks may scoff at them, thinking shoulder carry is deader than disco. But little do they know, in the society of comfort-loving, accessibility-cherishing, and versatility-seeking holster enthusiasts, shoulder holsters are the unsung heroes.

Best Shoulder Holster
Best Shoulder Holster

After years of testing these holsters, I'm here to spill the beans. The right shoulder holster isn't just a fashion statement; it's a lifestyle. It's the MacGyver of holsters, adapting to different outfits and body types like a chameleon at a fashion show.

So, dear fans of shoulder holsters, grab your popcorn and get ready for the revelation. In this exposé, I'll be your holster guide, unveiling the top 10 shoulder holsters of 2024, straight from the front lines of my holster adventures. Get ready because shoulder holsters are here to stay, and they're bringing style and practicality back!

Best Overall Shoulder Holster: D901

The D901 stands out for its innovative design, combining the comfort of natural Italian leather with the durability of American Kydex. This hybrid model is equipped with the Roto function and this won't be the last time you hear about this feature on this list. The Roto function allows my Sig Sauer P365 XL to rest in a vertical position, and when I unsnap the forefinger snap, it rotates, making my drawing very ergonomic and easy. It can be custom-made for a variety of handguns and revolvers. 

Mine was a perfect fit. The adjustable shoulder harness, double magazine pouch, and leather tie-down straps create a balanced and comfortable carrying experience.

Roto hybrid shoulder holster
Roto hybrid shoulder holster

Pros:

  • Ergonomic design facilitates the Roto feature for easier draw.
  • Adjustable tensioning screw for custom retention.
  • Combination of Italian leather and Kydex for durability and comfort.

Cons:

  • Available only in black color.


Most Comfortable & Versatile Shoulder Holster: D602 LR

The versatility of the D602 LR is unmatched. Designed for guns with lights, lasers, and red dot sights, it is crafted from premium Italian leather. The adjustable harness and counterbalance system ensured the comfortable, all-day carry of my Springfield Hellcat. The steel-reinforced thumb break provided a well-balanced ratio between quick access and security. Impressively, it can transform into an OWB holster, adding to its versatility.

RDS ready, light-bearing shoulder holster
RDS ready, light-bearing shoulder holster

Pros:

  • Versatile design for shoulder and OWB carry.
  • Comfortable harness system for balanced wear.
  • High-quality leather construction.
  • Custom-fit for your handgun, light & even RDS

Cons:

  • A horizontal position isn't ideal if you have a full-size handgun.

Best Shoulder Holster for Concealed Carry: D601

The D601 excels in concealed carry with its slim design, providing a vertical position suitable even for larger handguns, along with the Roto feature. The mechanism for an ergonomic draw is the same as with the D901 (Hybrid version), and this model made my P365 XL practically disappear. The smell of premium Italian leather construction only adds to its appeal, and the adjustable harness, accommodating up to a 47'' chest circumference, made it a fit for my friend, who can be considered plus-size.

Best Concealed Leather Shoulder Holster
Best Concealed Leather Shoulder Holster

Pros:

  • Ideal for concealed carry with a slim profile.
  • Roto feature for an ergonomic draw
  • Adjustable harness for a custom fit.
  • Premium leather for durability and style.

Cons:

  • The absence of a counterbalance makes concealed carry more comfortable; however, you would need to carry spare magazines somewhere else.


Best Horizontal Shoulder Holster: D128

After testing the D128 with my Glock 19, I must admit it's a healthy mix of speed, security, and god-like craftsmanship. I'm not really into the horizontal position of my handgun while carrying in a shoulder holster, but I am a huge fan of the adjustable retention system. The soft black underlay and the sight protection kept the holster and my firearm safe and cozy. Plus, its belt tunnel made it excellent for OWB carry too. It's pretty sweet for both larger and smaller-sized handguns.

Shoulder Holster with adjustable retention
Shoulder Holster with adjustable retention

Pros:

  • Adjustable retention for a personalized draw.
  • Sight protection to maintain holster and firearm condition.
  • Belt tunnel option for alternative carry.

Cons:

  • Horizontal carry isn't my cup of tea, but it might be yours.


Best Leather Shoulder Holster: D603

Yet another shoulder holster with roto/folding functionality on this list. I appreciate how the D603 leather shoulder holster seamlessly blends classic aesthetics with cutting-edge functionality. The vertical roto-holster design not only adds a touch of modernity but also facilitates an ergonomic draw, enhancing the overall user experience. 

What's more, the holster's impressive adaptability, adjustable up to a 47'' chest circumference, ensures a personalized and comfortable fit, making it a standout choice in the realm of concealed carry too.

Vertical Leather Shoulder Holster
Vertical Leather Shoulder Holster

Pros:

  • Timeless leather design.
  • Counterbalance for extra magazines
  • Adjustable harness for various body sizes.
  • Roto - ergonomic draw functionality.

Cons:

  • Leather requires maintenance to retain its premium look.


Best Kydex Shoulder Holster: D905

The D905, crafted from original American Kydex, stands out as a modern, low-maintenance shoulder holster option. With its horizontal design and adjustable shoulder harness, it proves to be the optimal choice for subcompacts, compacts, and mid-sized revolvers. What sets this model apart is its exceptional retention and the absence of a thumb break, ensuring a remarkably smooth and fast draw. The fully Kydex horizontal counterbalance for two magazines, equipped with a retention screw, adds to its practicality. Personally, I found the reload experience with this holster to be the most enjoyable among the shoulder holster options on this list.

Kydex Shoulder Holster
Kydex Shoulder Holster

Pros:

  • Low maintenance and durable material.
  • Excellent retention
  • Smooth & fast draw
  • Excellent reloads

Cons:

  • Lacks the classic aesthetic of leather shoulder holsters.

Best Shoulder Holster for Women

The D901's adjustable harness, belt straps, and Kydex shell make it an excellent choice for everyone. I tested almost all models on this list with my wife, and the comfortable and customizable harness was easy to set up for her petite body shape too. The ergonomic Roto draw worked very well for her, and my Sig P365 XL basically disappeared under her winter jacket.

Hybrid Shoulder Holster with ROTO function
Hybrid Shoulder Holster with ROTO function

Best Budget Shoulder Holster: D808 Mason

The D808 Mason is an affordable nylon shoulder holster that shares the same Roto feature as multiple other shoulder holsters on this list. This means a smooth, safe, and ergonomic draw is available in the form of a cost-attractive, yet highly functional premium nylon shoulder holster. The premium version of nylon means it is reinforced by a layer of leather. This shoulder holster doesn't compromise on any features that the hybrid and leather versions offer; in fact, it even includes more. The integrated plastic sights rail protects your sights, which I found very useful due to the high sights. I tested it with a nylon adjustable harness and a nylon single magazine pouch. The fit for my Sig Sauer P365 XL was perfect, however holster was also a bit more robust than other materials. This makes it a little less effective for concealed carry.

Nylon Shoulder Holster
Nylon Shoulder Holster

Pros:

  • Affordable price point.
  • Roto design for an ergonomic draw.
  • Durable premium nylon and leather construction.

Cons:

  • Nylon material may not appeal to all users.
  • Not available for handguns equipped with RDS
  • More robust in comparison with leather & hybrid version

Best Light Bearing Shoulder Holster: D131

After 2 weeks long test of this Roto light-bearing shoulder holster with my Sig Sauer P365 XMacro equipped with a red dot and Streamlight TLR7A, I'm impressed by its exceptional craftsmanship and functionality. Crafted from premium Italian full-grain leather, the holster boasts a steel-reinforced forefinger security strap, ensuring a secure fit. Classical Falcos Roto design allows for a vertical rest and a quick, ergonomic draw under an angle. Stability is enhanced by the belt strap slit and plastic loops. The hand-colored lacquered finish and personalized embossing options make it a luxurious yet practical accessory. In a nutshell, this premium holster combines style and functionality, offering a bespoke, long-lasting solution for those who carry their handguns with lights or lasers.

Light-Bearing Shoulder Holster
Light-Bearing Shoulder Holster

Pros:

  • Exceptional craftsmanship and premium Italian leather.
  • Roto design for a quick, ergonomic draw.
  • Custom-fit for a wide range of handguns and tactical lights.
  • Personalization options add a luxurious touch.

Cons:

  • Premium quality comes at a higher price point.
  • Holster might need time for a break-in.


Q&A

How to Wear a Shoulder Holster?

Wearing a shoulder holster properly involves adjusting the harness and belt straps for maximum comfort and tightness, ensuring that your holster and counterbalance do not move even when in use. The holster should sit snugly under your arm without restricting movement. Ensure that the counterbalance is positioned correctly on the opposite side to distribute the weight evenly.

Shoulder Holster for CZ 75
Shoulder Holster for CZ 75

How to Put on a Shoulder Holster?

Slip your arms through the harness like a backpack, beginning with your weaker side where the holster for your firearm should be. Continue with your stronger side, featuring the counterbalance. If your harness is already adjusted, fasten the entire rig to your belt using the belt straps, and you are good to go.

Is a Shoulder Holster Good for Concealed Carry?

A shoulder holster can be an excellent option for concealed carry, particularly in colder months when jackets or coats are commonly worn. They provide quick access, comfort, and effective concealment, making them a practical choice for many individuals looking to carry their firearms discreetly.

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Conclusion

So, after diving into the universe of shoulder holsters and uncovering the top contenders of 2024, what's your take on them now? Are you ready to embrace the concealed carry rebellion and give shoulder holsters a spin? Among the reviewed options above, find the one that resonates with you, as your perfect holster should be more than just an accessory. It should be an extension of your style, embodying comfort, reliability, and the readiness to spring into action when a situation needs it.

Shoulder holster for Springfield Hellcat PRO with RDS
Shoulder holster for Springfield Hellcat PRO with RDS

And for those seeking the epitome of holster luxury, you can never go wrong with a fully personalized high-end custom shoulder holster, because in the world of concealed carry, your holster isn't just a tool; it's your partner for decades, and when it's customized to fit you like a glove, it becomes an indispensable part of your everyday arsenal. So, holster up, be safe, and let your carry game reach new heights!

Andrew Miller

Writer

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