PHLster Pro Holster vs. Skeleton Holster | Which one should I get?

In this post we will talk about the differences between the PHLster Pro Holster and the Skeleton Holster, and why one of them may be more conducive to your lifestyle and concealment needs than the other.

PHLster Pro Holster Holster:

The PHLster Pro Holster comes with a built in wedge, multiple clip attachment points, additional holster length (here’s why), fixed retention, open rounded muzzle for longer guns/aftermarket addition that extend the barrel, and is ambidextrous. 

Skeleton Holster:

This holster has a more simple and minimalistic design. The Skeleton has no clip blocking, has fixed retention, and a rounded muzzle to allow even more comfort, but note that this holster cannot accommodate for accessories that extend the length of the barrel.

Which one is right for YOU?

Since the PHLster Pro Holster has a built in wedge on both sides of the holster it has a higher profile than the Skeleton. Now, this profile serves a purpose, the wedge is there to aid in both comfort and concealment. Specifically, it helps prevent hot spots, especially when seated, and helps to further tuck the grip and top of the slide into the body. Depending on your gun selection, the PHLster Pro Holster may be longer in order to prevent the gun from tipping away from the body. For example, if you plan to use a P365, the PHLster Pro Holster will be closer to the P365XL length. You’ll want to note that certain clothing types can cause some amount of below the belt printing when paired with the PHLster Pro Holster, such as tight fitting pants or leggings. If you know you enjoy using a wedge, and already know that below the belt printing is not an issue when using a wedge, you might prefer the PHLster Pro Holster.

If you’re looking for a more low profile design with a rounded more flush fitting muzzle then you may prefer the Skeleton, but you’ll want to note that Skeleton is just shy of flush fitting to the muzzle. For users who tend to wear tight athletic clothing, or fitted pants, we would recommend the Skeleton Holster over the PHLster Pro Holster. If you plan to use your holster with the enigma you’ll want to note that due to the way that the enigma interacts with the body, and the holster, there isn’t as much need for additional holster length to accomplish the same amount of keel.

Learn more about the Keel Principle HERE.

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.