A belly band holster keeps your firearm safe and concealed under your shirt. If you ever have to use your firearm to defend yourself, a concealed carry belly band will offer a fast draw.
One of the main advantages of this style of holster is comfort.
When it comes to comfort, belly band holsters offer the most comfortable option for carrying for long periods of time. Lightweight and comfortable, holsters will keep your firearm close to your body and offer an adjustable fit so that the holster doesn’t move out of place.
For those that like to run outdoors, they can be a great way to stay armed while on the trails.
If you’re looking for the best concealed carry belly band, we have reviewed three of the best options available.
1. Most Comfortable Belly Band Holster for Concealed Carry: Sport Tuck Belly Band Holster by Alien Gear Holsters
Alien Gear products may cost more money, but they’re worth every penny when you carry often. The company’s products are known for being top-notch, and you can’t beat the comfort level that’s offered.
This is by far the most comfortable belly band we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing.
Industrial strength hooks and loops keep your firearm secure and ensures closure. Two web loops are found on the interior of the band, and there’s also reinforced thermoplastic elastomer to add further durability to this belly band.
Competing models often allow you to get your finger close to the trigger, putting you at-risk of accidentally discharging the firearm.
Belt clips will slide over the web loops to allow for a snug fit when fastening.
You can add in any IWB holster by the company to have a holster and belly band that keep your firearm close and allow for an actual, comfortable conceal carry.
The gun-specific holsters ensure that the firearm fits perfectly inside of the holster. You can draw your firearm faster, and it will fit better thanks to the model-specific holster options.
A lot of gun owners are reluctant to spend more on Alien Gear, but it’s a safe way to conceal. The band is incredibly comfortable and durable.
There’s a lot to love with this band, including the hard-plastic trigger cover for added safety, full adjustability to change the retention level to your preference and a band that’s half the width of competing products.
Using a modular system, you can use any holster by Alien Gear with this belly band.
- Unmatched comfort level and fit
- Swap IWB holsters quickly and easily
- Trigger cover ensures no unwanted firing
- More expensive than competing models
The only complaint that I have with Alien Gear is that their product is more expensive than the competition. But the company’s holsters and belly bands are also far superior to the competition.
The Sport Tuck belly band holster fits comfortably on the back and allows for a natural position if you do have to grab your firearm. Bundling the band with a holster is a great option and saves you money on the overall cost.
2. Best Belly Band Holster for Running: ComfortTac Ultimate Belly Band Holster
ComfortTac’s belly band comes in left- or right-hand orientation options, and the neoprene material allows for a stretch of up to 44,” with a larger option going up to 54”.
You’ll be placing the belly band on your hips, so you’ll want to measure your hip or belly size – do not use pant sizes.
ComfortTac’s neoprene keeps the belly band close to the skin and in-place in all situations, including running.
The band is able to conceal:
- Small subcompact firearms
- Full-size pistols
The band is able to hold the most common firearms, including your 9mm, 38 special, 357, 10mm, 40 auto and 45s, too.
I might like to wear my band on my waist, but others prefer to have their band placed behind their hips. You can choose from a variety of wear options to find one that is most comfortable for you:
- Inside / outside the waistband
- Behind the hip (5 o’clock position)
- Cross body
I have seen some users place this model up near their shoulders, so you have more than enough placement options to conceal carry in a way that’s comfortable for you.
The band comes with a spare magazine pocket and a use retention strap. Retention straps can be cut for anyone that wants a fast draw over a tight fit. I recommend keeping the strap in place, especially if you’re a runner that wants to carry confidently.
- Neoprene material is comfortable and soft against the skin
- Retention strap and tighter fit ideal for active users
- Surgical-grade elastic used to provide a close-fit
- Magazine pouch is not recommended
The magazine pouch is a good idea to have for extra magazine storage, but when you move around too much, the magazine will often come out.
Runners will not want to store an extra magazine in the pouch out of fear that it will bounce out when running.
But if you’re not concerned about carrying an extra magazine pouch, the neoprene design and surgical-grade elastic allow for a comfortable, snug fit. You can confidently run with this holster without having to stop and readjust.
3. Best Budget Buy: AlphaHolster Belly Gun Holster
AlphaHolster is a great budget option that offers an acceptable fit and comfort. If you’re looking for the most secure or comfortable holster, this is not it. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a great holster for someone on a tighter budget.
You’ll spend less than $20 on this holster.
American-made, the band is constructed with breathable elastic that’s durable and flexible. Non-toxic and safe, the material won’t scratch or irritate the skin. Color options are great for the business professional and include:
Sizing is going to be tricky, so pay close attention to the sizing chart provided. Size options include:
AlphaHolster boasts a unique design that fits most firearms, including revolvers. You’ll be able to store two additional backup magazines, too. The holster is designed to be ambidextrous, so hand orientation will not matter.
You can wear this model in all of the same positions as the ComfortTac.
Discrete and easy-to-clean, you can wear the holster for a long time before needing to clean it. But if you wear daily, sweat will eventually make the holster need to be cleaned. You can wash in the washer, or hand wash using mild detergent.
You do not want to machine dry, or the holster will shrink.
The price is right, the material is breathable, and most guns will fit fine in this belly band. There’s a lot to like with this holster, and there are a few things I wish were better, too.
- Budget-friendly holster option
- Breathable material
- Dual magazine holders
- Heavier than most belly band holsters
- Sizing has to be more precise
You get what you pay for with a concealed carry belly band. A great compromise in price, this band is comfortable, but the heavy weight and lack of a tight fit makes some users have to readjust often.
If you want to run with a holster or be overly active, one of the bands above will work better.
But if you want a belly band holster to keep your firearm close when you’re not running, this holster will suffice. I just recommend that you pay close attention to the sizing chart so that you have the best fit possible.