For a little background on the company, this information is straight from their website:
Dene Adams was founded on the legacy and principles of Anna's grandfather. Dene Adams was a man of strong American tradition, Christian values and was an advocate for common sense. Grandpa Dene believed that "There is no such thing as a gun accident. Guns should be respected and not feared & when treated with respect, guns can be an integral part of our daily life."
It was this passion in Dene Adams that led to the creation of the compression concealed carry holster for women. The innovation and design efforts of our compression holster's allow women to carry without a change in wardrobe.
Construction: Five out of five stars: The holster is sturdily made with quality lycra, breathable (a must for this Texas girl), and the closure is strong and solid. As far as a corset, the garment is well built and appears that it will stand up to repeated wear and use.
On top of that, Anna has created a "pretty" holster. My grandmother once told me that it is important to wear pretty "underthings" because they make you feel pretty, even if no one sees them. This holster does just that. Made for a woman, by a woman, it meets the need to feel pretty. It's definitely not a man's holster redesigned to fit a woman. Not only is it a comfortable holster, but it is slimming as well.
It is also ambidextrous and features an extra pocket on the other side for a back up gun, knife, magazine, phone, whatever your pretty little heart can imagine. Genius design feature there. You can keep your cash, i.d., and cards out of pockets and in a safe place when at a club or crowded event.
Comfort: Five out of five stars: As a corset wearer, I wasn't sure what to expect. Steel ribbing and difficult closures can make a corset seem too difficult for daily wear. Not his one. It has gentle, plastic ribbing and simple but sturdy hook and eye closures (like a bra) to make it flexible and comfortable.
Gun Ride: Four out of five stars: The gun is located on the front of the abdomen just to the right or left of midline. How far up or down on the body depends on your build. The woman in the picture is fairly long bodied, which would probably make for more options.
I am fairly short bodied, and tried the holster with several firearms. My LCP rode just fine, with no issues upon sitting or bending over, but the LC9 felt too long for comfort. The LC9 is only 6" long and the holster will fit 6.5" according to the website, but (like with any holster) you have to find what is right for your body size and style. I simply will not be carrying the LC9 in this holster,
Concealability: The concealability in this holster is a 4 out of 5 for me. It conceals super well in anything not tightly fitted. As I don't regularly wear fitted garments right now, that's not a problem for me, but in the summer with my tanks and girl-cut T's, this won't be my go-to holster. Blouses and button downs, this will work just fine.
Retention: Five out of five stars: I was concerned when I saw a video stating that this holster had no retention at all. I'm guessing that the video was made before they added the Velcro strap to the design. With the velcro strap securely fastened, leaning over and picking something up off the floor did not result in my gun tumbling to the carpet.
Draw: I'm going to give this a five out of five for now, and will post an update after some range time: In the videos on DeneAdams.com, the draw looks fairly simple. For me, however, it took a little work. Remember, I am short bodied woman and I wear a full C cup. So the process of lifting the shirt to reveal the weapon and drawing without hitting myself in the breast took some work.
Drawing out of a new holster always requires some practice so I am simply going to chalk up my difficulty up to needing to learn and say that a quick draw is absolutely possible, but is going to take some range time to get nailed down.
Trigger Guard: No stars: Unfortunately, this holster fails in the trigger guard department in my book. There is nothing but a thin layer of padding and lycra in between the world and the trigger of my gun. That is not going to stop an accidental discharge. In my job I lean over quite a bit. If I am leaning over, holding my clip board and grabbing a patient chart, it is possible (unlikely, but possible) in this holster that the corner of my clipboard could depress the trigger and I get a bullet to the belly, not to mention an unlawful discharge case.
I'm not saying that this is a deal breaker, that's for you to decide. For me, it will prevent me from wearing this holster in several situations: working, holding a baby or toddler (those toes go everywhere), yard work, and exercise (yes, I wear my gun while exercising - do you know me, have you read my blog?).
Price: Five out of five stars: If you have ever priced a corset, they can range upwards of $300, and we all know that holsters can cost a pretty penny as well. At around $120 for most models, I find this to be a very affordable concealed carry option.
Ordering/Customer Service: Five star Sevice!!! Absolutely amazing. Not only do they take care of their customers at Dene Adams, but they also look out for others. A portion of each sale goes to help end human trafficking in the United States. You can read more about their partnership with the One By One Project here.
All in all, this holster receives 38 out of 45 stars. A product that I would absolutely purchase, but not use every day. More of a special occasion item in my book, great for a crowded place because you can conceal more than just your gun. You have to decide for yourself, it may be your new fave!!
If you're looking for a corset holster, this one is a very pretty option and don't forget the 10% discount just for you with the coupon code LOVETEXAS! (the exclamation point is part of the code).
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this holster free from the manufacturer. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”