I Just Can’t Get It To Work – Leg Leash Alternatives?

While the standard leg leash works across a wide range of shapes and sizes, no one product will be perfect for everyone. If you’re having trouble with the leg leash, first watch the entire instruction video, paying careful attention to the adjustment instructions, and try both of the routing methods shown. Proper adjustment solves the vast majority of leg leash problems. Allow yourself plenty of time to get used to it, like any new thing you try.

Common problems:

If you have done your best to follow the instructions and are still having issues, please reach out to customer service with photos of how you’re wearing the leg leash for personalized help. You can also join the PHLster Concealment Workshop and read through the group Guides section to see tips and tricks from other users.

Can I take the leg leash off?

No, we don’t recommend using the Enigma without the leg leash. It’s a bit like a seat belt: you may not need it every time you hit the brakes, but when you need it, you need it.  

While belt tightness alone may seem like enough resistance for a clean draw, the abdomen can change dimensions when sitting, lying down, or strenuously fighting. This can lead to unexpected belt rise and a fouled draw.  

If you’re having trouble with the leg leash, first double check your adjustments.  You can also find information on how to change the leg leash material, and leg leash alternatives below.

I just can’t get it to work. Alternatives?

If the steps above don’t solve your issues, you may want to look into alternative solutions. Here are a few things that have worked for other customers. Note that several of these are aftermarket solutions.

  • Custom leg leash from Levo Designs. They offer extended sizing, wider, softer webbing material, and different buckle options that may be helpful for users who have trouble manipulating the standard leg leash buckle.
  • Secondary garter from Levo Designs. This helps prevent the leg leash from sliding down in back.
  • The Bumster from Levo Designs. This routes differently, and may improve comfort and/or help reduce leg leash printing.
  • DIY paracord leg leash. If the material of the leg leash bothers you, you can replace it with a material of your choice by following these instructions. You can also buy a paracord leg leash kit from Henry Holsters.
  • DCC Clips. Since the purpose of the Enigma leg leash is to anchor the holster in place when you draw, you can also accomplish that by anchoring the Enigma to your pants by using a DCC clip attached to your Enigma faceplate. These low-profile metal clips can be screwed into the existing faceplate holes (do NOT drill or modify your faceplate). They are a secure and reliable alternative, provided your pants are a suitable material. Note that since the DCC clip is visible on your pants, you lose the zero signature benefit of the Enigma.

Do you need extra holster length?*

*If you’re carrying a longer-muzzled gun or a revolver, adding extra holster length may not be necessary for you, but for short semiautomatic guns, it’s often helpful.

Guns with short muzzles can be top-heavy and difficult to conceal comfortably. To solve this, some holsters have extra length added to the muzzle end. Like the keel on a boat, the extra muzzle length helps balance the holster, making it more comfortable and easier to conceal. This is especially true if you have a bit of a belly, which tends to push the grip out more and make the muzzle dig in.

Note that while extra muzzle length reduces grip printing, it can increase muzzle printing, which can be a concern with lower carry positions and tight fitting pants such as leggings or yoga pants. 

Learn more about the Keel Principle here.