Would You Ever Buy A Chest Holster?

A chest holster was something I never thought I would buy, I never saw a need for one. All my holsters have been attached to my belt and that has worked fine for me so far.  But boy was I wrong! The chest holster is the best outdoor holster that you could ever utilize.  

Pros About A Chest Holster

The chest holster is a really good holster and here are a few reasons why:

  • Chest holsters do not obstruct your movements,
  • They are an ideal choice for outdoor activities such as biking, backpacking, hunting, climbing, camping, etc.
  • They allow very quick access to your handgun
  • They might work well for concealment, depending on your cover garment
  • They retain your handgun very well
  • The size adjustment work well for most sized people
  • They are very comfortable when adjusted properly
  • They are a good choice for large pistols and revolvers

Cons About Chest Holsters

The chest holster has a few things that you must be aware of:

  • They may not be the most ideal holster for concealed carry
  • Not everyone likes the way they fit
  • They may not be the best choice for people with back or shoulder issues

Most Popular Chest Holsters

There are quite a few manufacturers that make a chest holster, here are my five favorites:

  • Gunfighters, Inc – Kenai Chest Holster, best Kydex holster
  • Diamond D – Guides Choice Chest Holster, most versatile chest holster
  • Galco – Kodiak Shoulder Holster, best revolver chest holster
  • Mans Gear Alaska – Chest Holster, Best nylon chest holster
  • Hill People Gear – Kit Bag, Most versatile nylon chest holster

Which Chest Holster Did I Buy?

If you have read many of my posts you will know I like Kydex holsters, so why should that be any different with a chest holster.  My favorite chest holster is the one from Gunfighters, Inc, their Kenai Chest Holster.  This holster is designed to go over the top of your vest, jacket or other outer garment. so once you get it adjusted, it fits like a glove. Unlike a shoulder holster you should not  trim the excess straps to fit because depending on the season and your layers under the harness may change. The holster holds your handgun very securely and is in a position that you can get to it very easily. This is a holster that works well in most all outdoor activities, I use it when hiking, backpacking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, 4-wheeler riding, farm chores to name a few.  

Final Comments

I really like this holster, it is very comfortable, versatile and keeps your handgun in a place that is easy to get to.  I use this holster with my Glock 30 (.45ACP) and Glock 20 (10mm), and the nice thing is all you need to do is buy a new shell for each caliber handgun, one harness will work with all the different shells. My favorite use for this holster is backpacking, You just put on this chest holster and then put on your backpack and you are ready to go. When you get to a resting place just remove your backpack and your handgun stays where it needs to be.  I always had a difficult time figuring out where to put my handgun when backpacking and then being able to get to it when you needed to or taking off your backpack and off came your handgun too. Another plus about this chest holster is that it is basically weather-proof too, unlike the leather chest holsters that are on the market.

If you are looking for an awesome chest holster that feels comfortable, and holds your handgun very securely check out the Kenai Chest Holster from Gunfighters, Inc. I like this Kydex chest holster and recommend it fully. 

If you have any questions about this post or anything related to Everyday Carry (EDC)/Concealed Carry, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be happy to get back to you.

All the best,


Founder of Everyday Carry Essentials


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