While ordering some new c-hooks for a holster that I had purchased a few years back from Kaluban Cloak (http://www.calsentllc.com), Cheryl G. was kind enough to send me their new inside the waist band or "IWB" holster for testing and evaluation or "T&E," and it arrived in the mail yesterday.
Although I have used Kaluban's quality IWB's without the leather backing in the past (thanks for the lead Stony), I have never owned a leather backed IWB due to operational necessity - which, is partially due to the fact that over the past decade I have been working in areas of extreme heat where heavy perspiration is a concern for leather products.
My first impression is that this that someone was really thinking through the development of this holster, because this leather backed IWB easily converts to an outside the waistband or "OWB" holster at the shooters discretion; if it can hold up to my daily abuse, this holster has potential.
The holster was quite comfortable on the initial fitting yesterday evening and I can understand why people like the leather backing. I have practiced with it a little bit this morning (I would have practiced a lot more, but I had to make additional adjustments for fit, and my son and I are tackling new dry-practice drills), and I am beginning to get used to it.
As is evidenced in the above photo of the actual holster I was sent, the Kydex is well moulded around the handgun and tactical light. This well moulded holster holds the handgun very securely. So securely, that initially I was having a heck of a time even getting the handgun out of the holster for a proper presentation (draw). After a about an hours worth of dedicated work, the holster seemed to loosen up enough to allow for an easier presentation, without hanging having to fight the holster for retention. This could be due to the holster breaking in a bit, my learning how to extract it correctly or perhaps a combination of both. I am fairly consistent on my presentation, so I would have to assume that since I didn't notice a change in my presentation, and I did find little particles of Kydex inside the holster last night, the easier presentation was probably due the former (the holster breaking in).
I will update you as I continue to use and dry-practice with this holster this week.
More photos and observations will follow.