Want to carry your iPhone like a cowboy? Check out the LD West Leather Holster!
Today we’re going to review the LD West leather holster for your wallet and phone This is a leather holster for your iPhone that was featured in our WTH episode 1 and after that LDWest was awesome enough to send us one to red one to review (a red one!)
This leather holster is actually quite useful and fairly comfortable to wear. Once you get use to it. On the flip side, people are going to start to look at you funny. Based on our time with this product, we give it a thumbs up as we find that its really quite useful. We don’t really have much else to compare this leather holster against but we am quite impressed with the holster as a trendier, maybe even eclectic accessory for your iPhone or any sort of smart device.
Design – Seriously? A holster for your iPhone or Android?
In terms of design, the materials and the craftsmanship of the product is quite nice. Getting to your devices and wallet is quite simple. You can always try to swap out your own wallet into the sleeve but it won’t fit perfectly. There aren’t different sizes for the holster as its a “one size fits all”. LD West has a few different colors with this holster but they sent us the red one which reminded us of Teds really awesome cowboy boots in How I Met Your Mother.
The wallet that is included with the LD West leather holster is made to fit the pocket and for the most part, you can put a lot of stuff into the wallet though it may not fit back into the holster. We’re guessing that everything loosens up over time but from our short period of usage, we had to leave out a couple of our day-to-day cards (Aaron had to leave out his Lego VIP Card).
There are these metal snaps that allow you to adjust the height of the pockets and you can get different sizes of pockets to fit different sizes of devices. LD West sent us the large version which fits the 6 Plus (w/ a slim bumper) quite well. We don’t think it’s going to handle anything larger than a 6 Plus and a slim case for the most part.
The optimal place for the holster in our opinion is right below chest height. We tried a couple of different heights and found the closer the holster is to your armpits, the less comfortable it got and if you’re planning on using this under a sports like hoody, having it higher will result in leather holster nipples. That height will also minimize the holster poking out if you’re wearing a suit jacket.
Protection – It will keep your iPhone safe, if its secure.
In terms of protection of your device, once its in the leather holster and the latch is secured there’s a good chance its not falling out. If the latch isn’t secured and you’re bending over, your device is going to fall out. There isn’t any padding on the inside of the case but the interior is just smooth leather so its generally not going to scratch your device.
Functionality – Access to the iPhone is lacking but the screen accessibility is really nice
In terms of functionality, its surprisingly really awesome. When we first tried this product, we didn’t really think it would do much other than make somebody else’s day “OMG what is that guy wearing?”
The best part about this product is that it frees up your pockets. We personally don’t like having things in our pant pockets when we’re sitting so we end up taking our device and wallets out of our pants. If you’re like Aaron, he tends to forget where he puts everything so having the device and wallets on your body is a life-saver (and a time-saver).
Now, the one thing on my wish list for the LD West holster is to have magnetic snaps rather than actual buttons. We only say this because when you’re using this holster and you’re being awesome, the motion of removing your device makes you feel like a badass. But they putting it in again, you have to snap it, it’s like buttoning up a shirt and on larger devices, its a little more clumsy.
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