The 3 Best Holsters for Running [2020 Update]

Today I’m going to show you the best holsters for running on the market today.

In fact:

I’ve hand-tested over 10 holsters alone for this review.

The best part?

I’ve sorted them by use. So whether you’re on a budget or looking for the most premium holster, you’ll find it here.

Let’s get started!

The 3 Best Holsters for Running

If you’re pressed on time, here’s a quick list of the best running holsters:

  1. Galco Classic Lite: Best Shoulder Holster
  2. Sticky Holsters MD-1: Best IWB/In-Pocket Holster
  3. Techna Clip Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380: Best Joggers Holster

1. Galco Classic Lite: Best Shoulder Holster

The Galco Classic Lite Shoulder holster has some lofty goals for style and practicality.

It’s a holster that tries to make you feel like an old school super detective.

Shoulder holsters are seen everywhere in entertainment, but do they perform as awesome as they look?

Let’s take a deep dive into the ins and outs of the Galco Classic Lite.


Construction

The Classic light is made with suede and “premium center-cut steerhide leather.” The shape and construction are as classic as it comes.

The leather and rivet quality is very questionable. It feels thin and quite cheap. I was finding flecks of “leather-dust” and “suede-dust” damn near everywhere on my person.

The decline in Galco’s quality over the years is apparent with the holster’s build quality, especially regarding one of the issues I have with the holster itself. You can almost immediately tell that this holster was made by a machine. It’s a cookie-cutter design and cheap feeling.

The holster comes unmolded, despite the fact that it’s marketed for specific brand firearms. Half of the work is on the buyer since you need to take a few days for your firearm to even successfully fits nicely into the holster.

A holster and gun are no good if you have to leave them around for a few days to break in and mold to your weapon.

The construction of this holster leaves a lot to be desired.


Comfort

The Classic Lite is a decently comfortable holster.

You won’t be expressly uncomfortable, but some bigger people may have an issue where it feels like a lump pressed between your arm and ribcage.

Despite the problems with the construction, the suede and leather are fairly comfortable. I did not experience any chafing or straps digging into my shoulders when I was using it. A person with an average frame should be able to run this holster smoothly and discreetly without much issue.

Although the material is thin, it’s in turn very light. After a while, I forgot I was even wearing a holster, and when I did remember, I had that child-like giddiness thinking back on those cool guy detectives.

If the Classic Lite has something going for it, it’s definitely how comfortable it is.


Durability

While the materials on this holster feel cheap, I didn’t have any rips or tears to speak of.

I haven’t had it for an extended amount of time or anything but even vigorous physical activities didn’t damage it, aside from an almost constant coating of leather dust on my jacket.

Ignoring the material issues, this holster seems quite durable and suited for long term use.

Whether or not I’d use it long term is a different story.


Usability

There’s a lot to be said about the merits and disadvantages of all types of holsters, specifically concealed carry holsters.

I’m not fond of everybody around me being aware that I am carrying a firearm, so concealability it the most important aspect when I select a holster for my everyday carry.

I would not use this holster for concealed carry. I basically had no options except to wear a jacket if I wanted my gun out of people’s eyesight. I live in the south, so that is an absolutely terrible idea 85% of the time, but I did it anyway.

Long story short, it sucked. Being sweaty with a gun on your ribs isn’t the best feeling in the world and made me sorely miss my IWB holster or even an OWB with a shirt covering it.

The holster draw is pretty flappy would be the right word. It never felt secure in a single place, I felt like I always needed to search for my gun in my jacket before I drew it. Even when I got my hand around it I needed to unbutton that pesky backstrap, then struggle with a couple of different angles before I could successfully retrieve my firearm and shoot.

If you compare this to an inside the waistband holster, you’ll see that there are only 2 steps in the draw. Lift shirt up, then draw your gun. It’s just so much more efficient than what I experienced with the Galco Classic Lite Holster.

95% of the time, I’d opt for almost any other type of holster, the only exception being when you need to wear a suit and tucked in shirt.

Concealed carry just does not seem viable when you’re using this shoulder holster unless you’re always in a suit and dress shirt or frequently wear jackets.

You know what they say, mission dictates gear.


Price

You can pick up the Galco Classic Lite Shoulder Holster for $89.90. I was very disappointed with the price of this holster. I paid the same for a custom Kydex inside the waistband holster. I would cut the price in half, maybe even a little more than half. The practicality and materials just didn’t seem up to snuff for me.


Is the Galco Classic Lite Shoulder Holster worth it?

This was a difficult one to call, but I think that you should take another route.

As much as I love the design and feel of this shoulder holster, I didn’t feel comfortable carrying around to use in potentially lethal situations.

I wasn’t thrilled with having to do my own molding or breaking it in.

The construction feels somewhat shoddy even though the leather is real.

In almost every category, I’d choose another holster, especially waistband holsters.

So the Galco Classic Lite Shoulder Holster won’t be receiving my recommendation this time unless you wear suits and jackets frequently or prefer wearing a shoulder holster.

Galco Classic Lite Shoulder Holster System for Glock 17, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36
  • Shoulder Holster System for Glock 17, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36
  • Premium Center Cut Steerhide and Horizontal gun carry

2. Sticky Holsters MD-1: Best IWB/In-Pocket Holster

Having a concealed carry holster with no loops or clips seems like a dream holster too good to be true, yet Sticky Holsters tries to do just that.

The MD-1 proudly boasts its ability to be comfortable, low profile, and practical with or without a belt.

On paper, everything is perfectly functional and practical but is that the reality of things?

Let’s talk about that.


Construction

One of the biggest selling points of Sticky Holster, in general, is that outer non-slip layer that grips clothing, whether that’s on your waist or in your pants pockets.

The MD-1 claims that their design will make sure your gun stays securely in place without clips or loops while performing strenuous physical activity. The outer material is what they are referring to when they say “non-slip.”

The inner layer is a mesh-type material that is not designed to grip your firearm of choice. I see this as a bit of a downside. Weapon retention is not adjustable in any way and is basically limited to how tight your pants are.

As a whole, the material is very flexible, as in you could legitimately fold this thing in half with zero effort. This was initially a concern, but after thinking about it, I realized that this holster was not designed to be a rigid and unmoving holster, it was designed to be low profile and specifically flexible for effortlessly concealable.

Overall, the material feels like a premium fabric and mesh construction, with good flexibility and easy concealment. It doesn’t feel cheap in any way, even though it actually is(in a good way).


Comfort

I have some qualms with other aspects of this holster, but regarding comfort, I couldn’t think of a single bad thing to say about the MD-1.

The outside material, while sufficiently grippy, was surprisingly soft against my skin, including while sweating, wet from the rain, and especially comfortable on a nice day.

I can’t say enough good things about how comfortable this holster is. While I still use my kydex holster for most applications, I used the Sticky Holster when I was a little bit less than at my peak of physical fitness because I didn’t particularly want to have a holster digging into my stomach.

The sticky holster eliminates this issue almost in its entirety. There was never a time where I felt physically uncomfortable while carrying.

The comfort on this holster is incredible and one of the absolute biggest things the MD-1 has going for it.


Durability

As always, durability is personally the most important thing next to usability, and with the MD-1 it’s kind of good. Let me explain.

By nature of being an entirely cloth holster, it’s naturally going to be less durable, so of course it’s going to take a hit there, but is the MD-1 able to overcome that obstacle? Well, no, not really.

It’s not because of poor materials or an apathy in its design, it’s because of the inherent flaws that come with using a cloth holster. Seams are prone to fraying and loosening over long periods of time.

The outside material is likely to begin rubbing off, especially if used as an everyday carry. This can still happen with kydex holsters, but wear and tear on plastic will not compromise the structural integrity of a plastic holster as much.

This holster should last a couple of years if used frequently but not every single day as long as you take care of it. You can expect a quicker breakdown of material if you are overly rough with it and don’t keep it clean.

If you plan to use this holster every single day, plan on buying a new one once a year. Of course that one year timeline is based on the presumption that you treat your holster right.

The Sticky Holsters MD-1 has acceptable durability for a cloth holster, but is not able to compete with a kydex holster.


Usability

I did a lot of work on this part, hard, physical, sweat inducing work, just to make sure this holster was everything it was cracked up to be.

I focused on a couple of categories for this holster: Draw+shoot and waistband retention.

First up is the draw and shoot. Everything was up to spec here. I carry at 1 o’clock on the inside of my waist band and drawing was as good as ever. The MD-1 allowed me to draw as I normally would, but there’s nothing that makes the draw stand out more than any other holster.

I didn’t hit any snags on my draw unless I accidentally pulled my firearm into my shirt.

Now for the tough part. I did three actual exercises to test the waistband retention of this holster.

I started with regular 10 yard sprints. The holster gripped to my shorts the entire time and didn’t move an inch. This short burst tested the ability of the holster to stay in place during a scenario when you have to move fast.

From there, I did an extended 40 yard dead sprint where I discovered that carrying appendix might not be the best idea. The whole holster slipped from my waistband. Not a good sign. Regular jogging was fine though, no slippage there.

The last exercise was jump squats. This time the gun stayed in place, mostly. There was no outright falling out of my shorts, but it did move up and to the right by about an inch.

This whole ordeal showed me what the MD-1 was capable of. It did its job for the most part, but I still think kydex is the most secure. I’d trust that with my life, but I’m wary about the MD-1.


Price

The Sticky Holsters MD-1 is affordable as heck at only $30.95.


Is the Sticky Holsters MD-1 worth it?

It’s hard to say. There’s a lot going for it, but I just want my kydex holster most of the time.

I think if you’re a jogger or go to the gym frequently, the Sticky Holster would be a good route to take, but I don’t think it’s a good replacement for a good ol’ kydex.

In short: the Sticky Holster MD-1 is a good concealed carry holster for running — the physical comfort is unmatched. But mental comfort? Not especially reassuring.

Sticky Holsters MD-1 - Suitable for Small 9MM’s - Med/Sm Autos up to 3.5' BBL
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Sticky Holsters MD-1 - Suitable for Small 9MM’s - Med/Sm Autos up to 3.5" BBL
  • WHAT'S A STICKY HOLSTER: We have developed special holsters into a modular system, where you can use it IWB, in the pocket, on your ankle, etc. The outside skin is a super non-slip material that, with...
  • MD-1 MEDIUM: The MD-1 is Suitable for small 9MM’s - Med/Sm autos such as Smith and Wesson Sigma, Ruger LC9, Glock42 and other makes and models with frame size up to 3. 5" barrel. Ambidextrous fit...
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3. Techna Clip Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380: Best Joggers Holster

The Techna Clip for the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard is the best jogger’s holster on the market today.

Unlike traditional holsters, the Techna Clip adds no extra bulk or weight. It’s barely noticeable, even if you’re wearing gym shorts!

Is the Techna Clip worth the higher price?

Let’s find out.


Use

The Techna Clip is made with high carbon spring steel, plated with a black, Teflon stone coating that creates a protective buffer between the clip and slide and prevents abrasion.

It fits securely and comfortably, without the added bulk, discomfort, or printing that comes with a holster.

No one will notice you’re carrying with the Techna Clip. It looks nearly identical to a pocket knife from the outside, and you won’t even see a firearm in the 6 o’clock position.

You can carry it in your pocket, waistband, or even the small of your back. No matter how you do it, you’ll get maximum concealment.

It’s compact, adds no bulk, and doesn’t get in the way, making it the perfect jogging “holster”.

The Techna Clip is an essential piece for anyone looking for concealed carry running gear.


Installation

This clip is compatible with Smith & Wesson’s .380 Bodyguard and M&P .380 Bodyguard.

It comes with a fully machined and threaded frame pin and screw, which holds the clip on the right side of the gun. The pin and screw can stay attached to the gun, whether the clip is installed or not.

One downside is that installation can be a bit of a challenge, as the instructions aren’t very clear.

You’ll need a small hammer to pop the original pin out of the gun, but all the other tools needed for installation are included.

The easiest way to install it is to put a wrench into the head and hold it against the clip while you start to screw in the pin. As the pin tightens, align it with the clip until it’s flush with the frame to provide proper tension.

Be careful not to over-tighten the screw – it’s very easy to accidentally strip!

Many people have had issues installing the clip, so if you’re not very handy, it might be easier to have your local gun shop install it to avoid any frustration.


Price

The Techna Clip is available online for anywhere between $25-$35. This price includes the clip; pin and two screws; and hex key.

The clip also comes with a money-back guarantee and a lifetime warranty.

It is more expensive than traditional holsters, but it’s worth the price in usefulness. Once you get it installed and start carrying with it, especially while jogging, you’ll never want to use a traditional holster again.


Is the Techna Clip Worth it?

If you regularly concealed carry small firearms but find conventional holsters bulky or uncomfortable to use while running, the Techna Clip for Smith & Wesson Bodyguard could be the perfect solution.

It’s one of the best “holsters” on the market, and has been trusted by the military, law enforcement, and everyday citizens since 1995.

I would highly recommend this clip to anyone who carries while jogging.

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Techna Clip – Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380 - Conceal Carry Belt Clip (Right-Side)
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Techna Clip – Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380 - Conceal Carry Belt Clip (Right-Side)
  • Why buy a Techna Clip? Our unique Concealment System helps you eliminate the bulk, printing, and discomfort of your daily conceal-carry sidearm. Techna Clip is a Minimalist Holster Solution for those...
  • Included: Tapped and threaded Steel Replacement Pin, Tempered Belt Clip made from High Carbon Spring Steel plated with Black Teflon Stone Coat 5100, 2 screws (1 extra), 2 locking washers (1 extra), 1...
  • Fast and Simple Install with NO gunsmithing required. Installs on the right side of the sidearm.

Now It’s Your Turn

I hope you enjoyed my best holsters for running guide.

So as a recap:

If you’re looking for the best shoulder holster, get the Galco Classic Lite.

Galco Classic Lite Shoulder Holster System for Glock 17, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36
  • Shoulder Holster System for Glock 17, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36
  • Premium Center Cut Steerhide and Horizontal gun carry

Or if you want the best in-pocket holster, I would recommend the Sticky Holsters MD-1.

Sticky Holsters MD-1 - Suitable for Small 9MM’s - Med/Sm Autos up to 3.5' BBL
744 Reviews
Sticky Holsters MD-1 - Suitable for Small 9MM’s - Med/Sm Autos up to 3.5" BBL
  • WHAT'S A STICKY HOLSTER: We have developed special holsters into a modular system, where you can use it IWB, in the pocket, on your ankle, etc. The outside skin is a super non-slip material that, with...
  • MD-1 MEDIUM: The MD-1 is Suitable for small 9MM’s - Med/Sm autos such as Smith and Wesson Sigma, Ruger LC9, Glock42 and other makes and models with frame size up to 3. 5" barrel. Ambidextrous fit...
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But what if you are into the best holster for joggers? Then the Techna Clip Smith & Wesson Bodyguard .380 is what you are looking for.

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Techna Clip – Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380 - Conceal Carry Belt Clip (Right-Side)
662 Reviews
Techna Clip – Smith and Wesson Bodyguard .380 - Conceal Carry Belt Clip (Right-Side)
  • Why buy a Techna Clip? Our unique Concealment System helps you eliminate the bulk, printing, and discomfort of your daily conceal-carry sidearm. Techna Clip is a Minimalist Holster Solution for those...
  • Included: Tapped and threaded Steel Replacement Pin, Tempered Belt Clip made from High Carbon Spring Steel plated with Black Teflon Stone Coat 5100, 2 screws (1 extra), 2 locking washers (1 extra), 1...
  • Fast and Simple Install with NO gunsmithing required. Installs on the right side of the sidearm.

Now I want to turn it over to you:

Which one will you pick for your holster?

Let me know by leaving a quick comment down below.

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