Alessi Ankle Holster Review
There are holster makers and then there is Lou Alessi. Alessi has made his living producing the world’s finest leather holsters for decades. His designs reflect the knowledge gained from countless hours of studying the products of previous generations.
One of the gems Alessi offers in his standard line of holsters is an ankle holster. What separates the Alessi ankle holster from others on the market is the thought put into making it.
The construction of the Alessi ankle holster is a leather backing sewn to a heavy felt lining. Attached to the leather backing is the actual holster, which is made of molded cowhide. The beauty of the design is that the retention for the pistol increases as the holster is snuggly wrapped around the ankle.
I’ve found that it sits lower on the ankle than other brands. The upside is that it makes it is easier to draw. The negative is that you need to make sure your pant’s leg covers the holster. The Alessi ankle holster also tucks the butt of the pistol tight against your leg to prevent printing and keeps the pistol from banging into things as you walk.
Another often overlooked attribute of the Alessi ankle holster is the fastening method. Many manufacturers, like Alessi, use hook and loop. However, the Alessi rig has a metal loop so that you can pull the leather strap snug before securing it to the leather holster backing.
Having worn the Alessi ankle holster for many years for long hours at a time, I forget that I’m wearing it. To borrow an overused cliché, I can honestly say that the Alessi ankle holster fits like glove.
Also see the Alessi Ankle Holster Review Part 2.
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