I really wanted this to work, as the idea of this level of concealment is great. I bought a large holster undershirt and the sleeveless holster undershirt in large, as I normally wear a large. It was almost suffocating, but did hold the G26 in place well. I had to take it off, as it was just too constricting. Then ordered an undershirt in the XL size. This size felt more comfortable, but then the pistol sagged and bulged out through the garment and dress shirt. Also, the multiple layer areas of the shirt that support the holster portion were clammy and made me sweat within a few minutes. Not working for me.
I bought my holster shirt from a retailer that sells 5.11 equipment and supplies. I had read reviews here and was prepared for a tight fit, so I bought at 2XL. If you're on the cusp between XL and XXL, go with the larger size.
I really like the way the XXL fits. It's snug, but not uncomfortable. I can put a Glock 19 into the holster without any problem. I do not think a 17 would fit. I do not think my Sig P229 would fit. But my 19 and my 26 both fit and both conceal well with the holster shirt.
I often wear an insulin pump and I put my insulin pump in the left hand pocket. I put a Glock 26 in the right hand pocket, and I can slip an extra mag below the 26 quite easily. If you're wearing that one pair of pants you can't quite get your IWB holster into, the holster shirt is an excellent tradeoff. It is far more comfortable than a belly band, offers easier access to the firearm, and perhaps most importantly, is much more secure than a belly band. I'm a pretty big guy, and I have some gut on me. But I have no trouble concealing with this setup. If you do not like spandex or polyester, this may not be for you. But it has become a favorite of mine.
I recently bought this shirt to wear on a multi-country vacation. I spent weeks traveling through London, southern Spain, and Casablanca. In London and Casablanca I used this shirt for securely carrying valuable items. I was easily able to store large sums of four different currencies, two passports, a wallet full of credit cars, and important documents in the two under-arm pockets of this shirt. I felt like this was far more secure than the around the neck wallet I've tried in the past and it held more stuff more comfortably. I carried a decoy wallet in my back pants pocket for added security. I wore just a t-shirt over this holster-shirt and it was very easy to lift the t-shirt and access my secure items in the two pockets relatively discreetly. If somebody had caught on to what I was doing and wanted to steal my items, they would have to kick my ass to get them because there would be no way for somebody to get into these pockets without me knowing about it. If you're going on an international vacation, I consider this shirt an absolute MUST HAVE! I will never again travel without it! I've been extremely happy with almost every 5.11 product I own, and this shirt is no exception.
First off this is a compression shirt. It needs to be to keep the weapon from "sagging". If you are use to loose clothes this is not for you. My beef with the product is the depths of the pocket(s). It seems to be made for a full size weapon. My compacts just slide through the Velcro and bury themselves at the bottom. Had they added a Velcro strip about halfway down and across the interior of the pocket so you can adjust for the size of weapon it would be much more functional. As for carrying extra mags etc. again the depth of the pockets make them difficult to extract, its more like a fishing expedition.
I agree , I would like to have a sleeveless v-neck, I have purchased three of these and wear them all the time.Gave one to my son as a gift and he wears it. I made one a v-neck and cut the sleeves off cause they do tend to get warm. I also agree with another customer as far as the two velcro patches.wearing out after awhile. I had a XDS come out one day and hit the floor. Just need to improve the closures and keep an eye on on the velcro that there is no lint on them otherwise they work good. I like I can carry my XDS or full size XDM on one side and and extra mags. on the other. Great product and I've tried other brands that just don't work. 5:11 I recommend but I would like to get a sleeveless v-neck for my next one.
Great holster shirt but you can find other comparable holster shirts for half the price. Even still with that I would have given this product 4 stars BUT I had an issue with another product ordered, and because of the terrible customer service by 5.11 I can't recommend ANYONE put themselves at risk to have to deal with this company.
I purchased two of these and the collar is falling apart on one and the velcro closure has pulled off on the other. I have not even had these shirts for two months yet and I washed them very carefully according to the instructions. I was using these 5.11 Tactical shirts to carry a Sig P238 backup weapon and from the way these shirts have held up you would have thought I was carrying my Kimber 1911 inside them.
Shirt fits very well but pocket too deep for handgun. Gun in pocket sits at odd angle making drawing action awkward. Pocket fabric is too loose and too big for my Springfield XDS .45
Was very excited to give this as a Christmas gift to my husband. He loved it until the stitches started to come out of it the second time he wore it. He had it two weeks and it started to fall apart. Would have been great if the stitching had stayed in it. For the money that it costs, I would have expected a lot better quality. Will not buy again!
I use the holster shirt every day for concealment of Ruger P95 and 2 magazines. I appreciate it most when I can use it with shorts and a T-shirt and be very active with no problems. I tried several holster configurations but nothing conceals as good as this shirt. I have always worn compression shirts as undershirts so I had nothing to get used to and it is as comfortable as my everyday shirts.