4 Best IWB Holsters for XDS Handguns

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Given the popularity of the Springfield XDS for concealed carry work, it is no wonder that people are in search of a good Inside The Waistband (or IWB) holster for their XDS. There are many advantages to IWB carry.  It provides for a secure location, avoids having your gun hang off your belt, makes concealment easier, is more comfortable for many people, and allows for placing your gun at different locations on your body, depending on your needs and comfort level. There are a number of IWB holsters for the XDS, but not all are created equal. The ones we examine here, in our opinion, are the best IWB holsters for XDS pistols and are suitable for both the 9mm and .45 ACP versions.

A Rock Solid Kydex Offering

The Concealment Express IWB holster for the XDS is made of modern space age kydex plastic, which can be precisely molded to fit almost any handgun. Kydex is very popular for its ruggedness, low cost, and ease of molding to a particular handgun. Many custom holsters are made of Kydex for just this reason. The Concealment Express offering will fit the 9mm and .45 XDS and features an adjustable cant (angle) so that you can adjust the draw and position of your gun to suit your particular needs. Unlike leather, Kydex will not absorb moisture, and so provides a quality vapor barrier between your XDS and your body. An excellent, feature packed XDS IWB holster, and at a bargain price, the Concealment Express XDS holster is among the best holsters for XDS.

The Holster Store Leather IWB

Leather is the traditional material for handgun holsters and for good reason. It’s flexible, comfortable, looks good, is long lasting, and is easy to keep up. Simply wipe down and oil the outside of your leather holster from time to time, and it will last lifetimes in regular use. The Holster Store offers a classic leather holster for a modern handgun. Designed to fit both the .45 and 9mm XDS, this leather IWB holster is easy to conceal, and covers most of your handgun. For an inexpensive, deep concealment holster, it is hard to go wrong with this offering for your XDS.

Kydex Fit, Leather’s Comforting Feel

Here, we have what may be the ultimate and best XDS holster in IWB form. SHTF Gear’s hybrid kydex and leather IWB holster features a molded kydex front, shaped to fit any model XDS, adjustable retention settings for maximum security of your gun, and a rich, comfortable leather back panel which gives you the comfort of leather, with the security and custom forming of Kydex. Additionally, this hybrid IWB holster is carefully curved for optimal comfort and snug fit to your body. For the best IWB holster for XDS handguns, try the SHTF Gear’s hybrid offering.

Galco’s Stow-N-Go

Galco is one of the most recognizable names in the holster industry. Famous for top quality leather holsters at affordable prices, Galco’s offering to the XDS market is no exception. Like all the other reviewed holsters, the Stow-N-Go fits both the 9mm and .45 ACP XDS. With its simple open top design, this XDS IWB can be worn anywhere you wish to place it, and its basic no cant design ensures a simple and quick straight up and down draw, now matter where you place it on your body. Designed to be simple, rugged, long lasting and versatile, the Stow-N-Go is a fantastic choice for an XDS IWB holster.

No Matter Which Holster You Choose…

Concealed carry of a handgun is a fundamental right enjoyed by many Americans from all walks of life and professions. Having chosen the safe and reliable XDS, the next stop for many people is the correct holster. IWB carry one of the most popular choices for concealed carry, due to the extreme versatility of options. From a simply straight up and down draw on your strong side, to canted at an angle for fast draw from the small of your back, or tucked in anywhere else you might desire your handgun, IWB carry is the choice of professionals and private citizens alike. Choosing this mode of carry means careful consideration to your holster, how and where you will wear it, and how you prefer to draw your handgun.

Many people wind up buying more than one holster to ensure that they have a spare, or can adjust from one style of holster to another. For them, the best IWB holster for XDS might entail more than one holster just like avid cyclists have more than one bike. Certain holsters are better for certain tasks than others, and picking the most comfortable and useful can be a trial and error process. Regardless of the holster choice or choices you ultimately make, you’ll find that a good IWB holster makes concealed carry comfortable, safe and at times will make the gun seem like it isn’t even there. The XDS is a fantastic handgun, and there are some fantastic IWB holsters for it, and in an ideal world, the only time you will be taking your XDS out of its holster is to clean it or punch holes in paper.

  • Owner of Reloaderaddict.com, Boyd Smith is a major handgun enthusiast, and although he owns Glocks, he prefers the revolving wheel type. His go-to guns are a Smith & Wesson 642 Performance Center for carry and a Ruger GP100 in the nightstand biometric safe (he has kids). He loads both revolvers with old-school 148-grain Federal Gold Medal .38 wadcutters. It’s OK if you think he’s a wimp. Email him.

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