I’ll cut straight to the chase:
Yes, CrossBreed Modular 2.0 is a good belly band. Safe to buy.
All of these Kydex-reinforced bands are more or less the same these days.
Most are well-made and use the same materials. Small differences here and there.
Belly band carry, on the other side… does come with its caveats.
Just some things you’ll need to be aware of.
So, that’s what today’s CrossBreed belly band review is really about.
- How good the Crossbreed Modular 2.0 Belly Band actually is
- The pros & cons of belly band holsters (all you need to know, really)
Crossbreed Modular Belly Band 2.0 Holster: Summary & Verdict
|Type: Belly Band||Adjustability: Cant, height|
|Material: Neoprene & Kydex||Retention: Passive|
|Carry: Concealed Carry||Light/Laser/Optics Cuts: Yes|
|Fit: Customized To Gun||Gun Compatibility: Nearly everything|
|Safety: ✅Trigger & Barrel Covered||Warranty: ✅ Lifetime|
|Made In: ✅USA||Hand Orientation: ✅Ambidextrous|
Crossbreed Modular Belly Band 2.0 Holster Pros:
- Good for running, working out, sitting, etc. where a waistband holster won’t work
- Comfortable to wear
- Good sizing options (30” – 56” waist)
- Safety, trigger covered & protected by sturdy Kydex
- Anti-slip band, works great & stays in place better than most
- Good retention
- Draw speed decent with practice
- Probably the most advanced belly band holster on the market
Crossbreed Modular Belly Band 2.0 Holster Cons:
- Bulkier than waistband carry
- More likely to print than waistband carry
- Top-heavy, the grip pushes out a little bit esp. on heavier guns
Who Should Buy Crossbreed Modular Belly Band 2.0 Holster:
If you find waistband holsters uncomfortable – or you need to carry in a situation where you can’t wear a waistband holster – then CrossBreed Belly Band 2.0 is worth a shot.
- It’s good for deep concealment when pocket carry doesn’t work. And it’s better than an ankle holster for a million reasons, a list too long to add here.
- If you’re bothered by tuckable clips being visible, this belly band is also a good way to conceal under a tucked-in shirt.
- It’s a comfortable holster for women if waistband carry doesn’t work. Works great just below the breasts, or around the waistline to keep a drawing position you’re used to with waistband carry.
- Great holster for workouts – sweatpants, basketball shorts, etc. you can stay protected at all times with this one.
If you’re a man, you’ll be able to skip wearing a belt some days. If you’re a woman, this holster makes it easier to fit concealed carry into your existing lifestyle and wardrobe.
Overall, the CrossBreed Belly Band 2.0 is a good alternative to traditional holsters.
Who Shouldn’t Buy Crossbreed Modular Belly Band 2.0 Holster:
If you want to carry bigger guns, this holster probably won’t hold the weight very well, and the top side of the gun will end up sticking out.
- If you’re looking for extreme durability, then you won’t find that with belly band holsters. Fortunately, you can buy the band separately when one wears out, but because the fabric is always under pressure it ends up wearing out sooner or later inevitably.
- Finally, if you live in a hotter climate and spend time outdoors, belly band carry might end up being too hot.
Crossbreed Modular Belly Band 2.0 Holster Review
I’m just adding this section in case you haven’t heard of the company. To let you know that they’re a legit, established company, with customer service staff on the call to solve any problems that you might run into with your order.
Founded in 2005, CrossBreed Holsters is probably the best-known hybrid holster manufacturer in the USA today.
Unlike many holster brands, they don’t filter their reviews on the website.
This means that if they mess up, it’s all out there for the public to see.
CrossBreed are very responsive in their reviews section.
Whenever someone’s had an issue with one of the holsters they ordered, the team stepped in and arranged a replacement or a return.
I’ve only had good experiences with them, and can recommend the brand if a hybrid holster is something that you’re looking for.
How We Tested
I carried the CrossBreed Belly Band with my Sig P365 for two weeks.
Activities I did with it include:
- Wearing it around the home, to get used to it
- Took it running
- Wore it while in the gym
- Tried to play basketball with it
- Gave it to my wife to get her take on comfort for women
- And took it to the range to practice the draws
And here’s how it performed.
Build Quality, Durability, Looks & Feel
The rig consists of:
- A 4″ wide nylon belt
- A hybrid leather and kydex holster
You probably already know this, but –
What sets the CrossBreed Belly Band 2.0 apart from other belly band holsters is the Kydex shell that your gun goes into.
The Kydex shell attaches to the band via a 3” velcro strap. You wrap the band over the holster for additional security.
The Velcro is strong & sticky. The velcro strip itself is bigger in this 2.0 version of the modular belly band. The big velcro strip is good, because you can get the right where you want it. There’s a lot of room to play around with different positions, heights, etc.
The anti-slip surface is executed well, and also keeps the band from moving around sideways while you’re carrying it. Once you have it on, it sits pretty tight and doesn’t move around.
The inner surface of the band is anti-microbial, because let’s face it – this band is going to see its fair share of sweat during its lifetime. This should keep the band from getting smelly as well.
Note: Most other belly-bands come with an elastic nylon holster that is sewn into the belly band. This has a number of downsides. The nylon doesn’t protect the trigger properly, increasing your negligent discharge risk. Second, it collapses once you pull the gun, making re-holstering with one hand impossible. In other words – most belly bands are bad holsters and belong in the trash. Not this one.
The band comes with a phone pouch. The good news is that on this new model, they made the phone pouch a little larger. So even if you have that large iPhone MAX model, it’ll fit into the pocket just fine. The phone pouch doesn’t close at the top but keeps the phone fixated well, with zero chance of it falling out.
There are 2 small pockets for spare magazines, but you can also use them for whatever else you need. Keys while running, a snack bar, and a flashlight. There is space for your concealed carry permit, as well! In case your state requires you to have the permit on you while concealed carrying.
It’s important to remember that the neoprene will wear out with time, it’s not something like leather that will last you for many years. But it’s the best material that we have available for belly bands right now.
So, the band won’t last forever – it’s rated to be hand-washed for up to 25 times. Overall, 25 times is more than enough, and you shouldn’t expect more from synthetic neoprene-like materials.
Keep in mind that if the belly band wears out, you don’t have to buy the full holster again. CrossBreed does sell these bands separately, and buying up a new band will set you back about $30 the last I checked.
Retention & Fit
The retention of the Kydex part is good, snappy, and overall well-executed.
I get good positive retention on my Sig P365, just like any other hybrid holster I’ve used.
There is a decent amount of pressure.
With the additional strap of velcro covering the firearm when it’s holstered – it’s well-protected and secure at all times.
The band is easy to put on and comfortable in most situations. It’s also easy to adjust & reposition on the go if you need to do so.
I don’t forget that the band is there, but while wearing it my gun doesn’t poke, prod, or cause pain in any other way. It doesn’t dig into my stomach while sitting down.
It did take some adjusting and getting used to, but when I finally got the band where I liked it, it was great and I didn’t notice it any more than a regular holster.
Comes in small (29-36 inches), medium (36-42 inches), and large (42-52 inches) sizes. You’ll find your fit no matter how big or small your waist is.
There are different ways of wearing the belly band. You can wear it on your belly, as the name suggests. Or if you’re aiming to replace your tuckable holster, you can push it down lower under a tucked-in shirt. So the gun would be sitting around your appendix carry position.
I wore it around my belly for most of the time with the gun either in 1 o’clock or 4 o’clock positions. But the concealment was also good in the appendix position which I tried a couple of times and liked.
With that said, carrying lower will probably be uncomfortable if you’re on the bigger side, as the band will be pushing your belly up above the belt. That would also push the handle of your gun out & increase the chances of your gun printing.
And while it’s good in most situations, here are some potential downsides to keep in mind with this one:
- If you have a bigger gun – the grip of your gun might rub against your body – that DEPENDS A LOT on the type of your body and the size of your gun. Bigger folks trying to carry bigger guns in this will run into this. Keep this in mind.
- If you wear it around your waist, the belly band will ride up when you sit down. That’s just the way it works – it doesn’t have a clip keeping it in place like a waistband holster does. One of the tradeoffs you have to make when using a belly band.
Ease Of Concealment
I had no trouble concealing while wearing this rig.
The band wrapping around the holster keeps it closer to the body, which makes it better for deep concealment than most other belly bands.
While carrying, the grip does push out from the body a little bit. The band wrapped around the gun helps with this, but still. It’s best used with a smaller frame.
I wouldn’t use it with bigger guns. The belly band is strong, but expecting it to support a full-sized frame is really pushing it. It will stretch out the neoprene, and the top of the gun will tilt forward.
Side note: If you do cover your belly band up with a shirt, avoid white as it’ll be visible through the fabric.
As with any CCW holster, you’ll have to watch your clothing while wearing this rig if you want to have deep concealment.
Depending on the gun that you choose to wear, you can position it anywhere in the front of the body. Below your chest, around the middle, or slightly on the side.
You can adjust the cant however you want with the adjustable velcro.
No complaints here – everything works. The holster’s easier to adjust than most of the waistband carry models.
Ease Of Draw & Reholstering
The gun draws smoothly and re-holsters like a regular holster.
It’s easy to get my hand inside an elastic waistband to establish a proper grip before drawing.
Drawing speed will depend on the exact belly band position that you’re carrying with, and the clothes that you have on. Pulling up the shirt does not interfere with firearm access.
A common complaint is the retention being too tight for a good draw, from what I’ve read online. There’s nothing wrong with that, have patience. Let the holster break in, use it for a little while, and holster and reholster the gun until it loosens up a little.
It’s better that the holster is a little more on the tight side in the beginning, rather than too loose. The former you can fix, but there’s nothing you can do about the latter.
Crossbreed Modular Belly Band 2.0 Holster’s Price & Value For Money
Retailing around $70 – it’s not the cheapest belly band holster on the market. But it’s definitely one of the most advanced ones out there.
I won’t compare it to the cheap $20 belly bands. Don’t buy them. Nobody should. They’re not safe.
As for this one – it’s decent value for money, considering that they’ve actually managed to make a comfortable & non-slippy belly band model that just works.
The interchangeable holster shell means that you can use it for different guns as well. No need to buy a 2nd belly band, just the shell.
Guns & Mods Supported
The Modular Belly Band 2.0 supports most gun models from the following makers:
- Bond arms
- Double Tap
- Heckler & Koch
- Honor Defense
- Magnum Research
- North American Arms
- Rock Island
- Shadow Systems
- Sig Sauer
- Smith & Wesson
- Springfield Armory
Most popular lasers & optics mods are available.
Video Review & Unboxing
Crossbreed’s Warranty, Shipping, Customer Support
- All CrossBreed holsters come with a lifetime warranty. This covers your holster failing due to a manufacturing defect – they will repair it or replace it for free.
- There is a 30-day exchange & return policy. After receiving your holster, if for any reason you want to return your holster, you can do that within 30 days from the purchase date.
- They offer a “try it free” for two weeks, if you don’t like the holster you can send it back
Free shipping is available.
Loose Rounds: Do We Recommend Crossbreed Holsters?
If you’re looking for a good, comfortable belly band then CrossBreed Modular 2.0 is a good pick.
Sure, it has its faults.
It might not work for you.
Heck, belly bands might not be your thing at all.
With CrossBreed’s generous returns & 2-week trial policy, you can find all of that out without losing any money.
So whether it’s your first experience with belly bands or you’ve already tried some of the other models – this one’s a rec.
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