Everyone told me I needed a sturdy gun belt when I started carrying concealed. I don’t think I owned any belts then, so I bought one. And my new gun belt worked great until I wanted to wear something other than jeans. With very few beltless options at the time, I’d carry off-body, but that never sat right with me.

Over a decade later, my wardrobe has primarily changed to athleisure, and thankfully there are many more beltless options on the market. Regarding function, quality, and safety, some are great, and others belong in the trash, so you need to be discerning. Today we will look at the best beltless carry options.

What Is Beltless Carry?

 

DCC Monoblock Clip
Carrying without a belt is easy in rigid jeans that fit close to the body. (Photo: Elizabeth Bienas/Guns.com)


Beltless concealed carry is any situation where you aren’t wearing a gun belt. Technically this includes alternative carry positions like ankle carry or even off-body. But in this article, we’ll focus on appendix carry without a belt.

Since I started carrying, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect beltless carry solution. My wardrobe mainly consists of athleisure, like leggings and joggers – perks of having my office in my home. And, as I type this, summer shorts season is in full swing.

The problem with beltless carry is the lack of support. Even a subcompact pistol is a decent amount of weight for pants to hold up. Without a rigid belt that’s anchored to your pants, that support disappears. And you’re left with a holster that sags away from your body or, worse, falls off. 

To solve the lack of support problem, you must either reinforce the waistband or attach the holster to your body instead of your pants. As with everything concealed carry, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. I use a few different options to accommodate different types of outfits.
 

Discreet Carry Concepts Monoblock Clips

 

DCC Monoblock Clip
The DCC Monoblock Clip is made for use with or without a belt. (Photo: Elizabeth Bienas/Guns.com)


The easiest way to carry beltless is to swap the polymer belt clip on your current holster for the DCC Monoblock clip. This type of metal clip works with or without a belt, adding versatility.

The Monoblock clip attaches directly to fabric and has small tabs that give it a secure fit. That said, it works best under certain conditions. The waistband needs to be sturdy or rigid enough to hold up the weight of your holster and gun. If the fabric is flimsy, like most women’s leggings, it will sag. 

This clip works well with tight-fitting waistbands that don’t have much give. Think old-school jeans, not today’s lycra-filled version. It also works with drawstring pants if you can get them tight enough.

And lastly, the size and weight of the gun matters. I can pull this off with my Glock 43, but I would struggle with something heavier like a Glock 19. The bigger the gun, the more reinforced support is needed.

Pros:

  • Works with your current holster
  • Most affordable option
  • Great for drawstring athletic pants or shorts
  • Low profile concealment

Cons:

  • Doesn’t work with soft waistbands like leggings
  • Best for micro or subcompacts
     

Crossbreed Holsters Liberty Band

 

CrossBreed Liberty Band
The CrossBreed Liberty Band is an affordable beltless option that can be used with your current holster. (Photo: Elizabeth Bienas/Guns.com)


There are a lot of bellybands on the market, but the Liberty Band is my favorite because it works with your current holster. There are no soft pockets masquerading as “holsters;” stay far away from those. Instead, you just clip your holster to the band.

It includes a fabric panel for your holster clips to grab onto as if you’re wearing a belt. I like to use the DCC Monoblock clip mentioned above because it doesn’t move around as much as polymer clips. The band also wraps over the front of your holster, giving extra support and retention.

Bellybands are great because they keep your holster and gun close to the body, which makes concealment a breeze in almost any outfit. You can wear it high or low on your torso, depending on preference too.

Pros:

  • Works with your current holster
  • Very affordable
  • Works with soft-waist pants like leggings
  • Moves concealment off your waist, if desired
  • Can be worn anywhere around the waistband

Cons:

  • Can be uncomfortable or hot to wear
     

Leisure Carry Clip On Belt

 

Leisure Carry Clip On Belt
The Leisure Carry Clip On Belt works well with my Standard IWB holster from Blacksmith Tactical. (Photo: Elizabeth Bienas/Guns.com)


The Leisure Carry Clip On Belt (COB) is a great way to reinforce the waistband of your pants and get more support. You simply clip your current holster to the belt and attach it to your waistband with the UltiClips on each side. This gives your waistband the structure needed to hold your gun up.

During my testing, I found this works best with drawstring pants or shorts and tight-fitting or rigid jeans. Anything with a flimsy waistband will sag because the belt needs support. 
 

Leisure Carry Clip On Belt
Sunday Target runs in sweatshorts are no issue with the Leisure Carry Clip On Belt. (Photo: Elizabeth Bienas/Guns.com)


The COB material is flexible but rigid, and it molds to your body during use. The flexibility helps with concealment and makes it easy to wear anywhere around the waistband if you prefer hip or kidney carry. I carry at 11 o’clock, so I offset mine slightly, and it works well.

Pros:

  • Works with your current holster
  • Moderately affordable
  • Great for drawstring athletic pants or shorts
  • Can be worn anywhere around the waistband

Cons:

  • Doesn’t work with leggings or soft-waisted pants
  • Adds a small amount of bulk to your waistband
     

Phlster Enigma

 

Phlster Enigma Express
The Phlster Enigma makes concealment a breeze in soft, stretchy pants or shorts. (Photo: Elizabeth Bienas/Guns.com)


The Phlster Enigma is the most involved, expensive option on this list, but it may well be the most versatile. It’s a modular concealment system that can be adjusted for different body shapes and preferences.

The belt, holster, and faceplate all attach to your body for a low-profile, easily concealable fit. A leg leash also anchors the entire system so it stays in place while you draw.
 

Phlster Enigma Express
I wear my Phlster Enigma Express with most of my athleisure wardrobe, and it’s held up well after more than a year of use. (Photo: Elizabeth Bienas/Guns.com)


It took me a long time to get used to the Enigma because there are a lot of points of contact with your body. Over time I’ve become used to it, but I highly recommend adding the sport belt because it makes a big difference in comfort. It also takes a decent amount of what they call “dialing in” to find your sweet spot.

I’m glad I stuck with mine because I wear it about 75 percent of the time now. When your holster attaches to your body and not your clothes, it’s easy to conceal in all types of outfits. I use it for jeans, joggers, shorts, skirts, and dresses.

Pros:

  • Most versatile option
  • Great for soft-waist pants like leggings
  • Works well with dresses
  • Can use with non-drawstring shorts

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Many points of contact can be uncomfortable
  • Takes time to dial-in
  • Can only carry on the front of the body
     

Conclusion


A lot has changed with appendix carry over the years. And if you prefer to go without a belt, several good options are available. Depending on how you dress, you might need to keep a few on hand. But you’re no longer confined to either wearing a belt or carrying off-body, and that’s a good thing. 

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