What’s different about the new design is that the gun rides a bit higher on the waist, thanks to changes in the placement of the magnets and a leather flap that, for my small .380, completely protects the slide from sweat. It solved the problem of being poked in the thigh by the muzzle, at least for me. As with the original, the High Ride can also be worn outside the waistband, but it functions best inside. It can be worn for cross-draw or strong-side draw, and can go anywhere on the waist, I’ve worn it appendix IWB. Depending on the clothes I have on, it fits somewhere between the 12- and two-o’clock positions.
Thinking the rig would be most discreet in black, I ordered that color. The magnetic flap does stick out under some shirts, especially if I reach upward. But it looks more like a phone accessory than anything, so it’s not a concern. What has been troublesome is the bleeding of black dye onto medium- and light-colored pants, as well as my skin. That’s most pronounced on days when I’m working outdoors and sweating a lot, the color transfer has been less severe in more recent days. If I were to choose another holster from JM4 Tactical, I’d go with the natural leather color for this reason. The dye has thankfully washed out of clothing and off my skin, and JM4 does warn customers of this likelihood.
Reholstering got a little more complicated as that flap broke in. It covers most of the holster opening, making it not a clear path back to the holster. Holding it in place with my left hand as the right one reholsters might seem the simplest choice, but one that violates the muzzle-in-a-safe-direction rule as the gun passes over my fingers. I’ve found that I can press the side of the frame against the flap while moving the gun into the holster at the same time. In other words, I’m using the side of the gun as a tool, and avoiding “fishing” my way into the hole with the muzzle pointing into my torso. Taken deliberately as any reholstering action should be, I feel this is a safe method for re-seating the gun after use.