Tenicor Velo: reviewing a SIG P365 holster
Carrying concealed is the only way I carry a firearm when I am off duty. While my methods have changed over the ten years or so of my career, the fundamental requirements of a good holster have not. So while the pistols have gotten smaller and holsters have become less leather, more Kydex, the features required of a quality holster remain consistent: features you’ll find well-developed in the Tenicor Velo SIG P365 holster.
When I first began carrying, it was usually a Compact or Subcompact platform. I normally carried at the four o’clock position with a button-up shirt to effectively conceal it all.
Now I carry a Sig Sauer P365, with a 12 round extended magazine in, along with two spares for reloads. Depth of pocket allowing, I can also carry an extended 15-round P365 mag. That’s quite an impressive loadout, considering what a small-framed individual was once restricted to. This is made possible by the small overall size of the pistol and a good holster. Happily, there are a couple of options that fit that description, and they allow me to wear t-shirts again.
I was using a rig from another brand when I first began carrying the SIG P365. It was a decent holster, but I was still printing with the grip. It used plastic clips, which were okay, but I’d repeatedly experienced movement as I wore it throughout the day (the amount depending upon my activity).
When Tenicor added the P365 to their line up Velo holsters, I immediately wanted to try it out — and it’s been my AIWB holster (Appendix Inside the WaistBand) ever since. Well, my choice of any EDC holster for that matter.
Holsters may seem virtually identical, but that’s far from the case. The Velo, with its distinctive look and muzzle wedge, has many features not to be found on other holsters. That wedge, for instance, looks weird, but it serves a very important purpose — it pushes the grip of your pistol into (toward) the body, which helps keep it from printing.
Another unique and highly effective feature of the Velo, at least in my experience, is the Tenicor T1 belt clip by Discreet Carry Concepts. These are hands down the best clips I’ve ever had on an AIWB holster…or on any holster for that matter.
Plastic clips work acceptably well, but they often allow an entire holster to move around while you’re going about your day — and they’re rarely as durable as the quality metal versions. T1 clips from Discreet Carry Concepts are thin, lightweight, very low profile and have incredible tension. that tension feels as aggressive today as it did when I first began using the holster.
In fact, having a good EDC belt (which should be must-have as a part of your carry setup) isn’t as necessary as it might be with otherwise due to the Velo’s clips. I’ve used a variety of belts with the Velo and sometimes without a belt at all. The holster has always performed just fine as long as the pants or shorts had enough material in the waistline.
That said, a good belt is always going to be my preferred foundation of carrying.
That is how strong the T1 clips are, and that allows for many more options wardrobe-wise. That, in turn, means that there are even fewer
excuses reasons not to carry.
I have carried my P365 in the Velo for over a year now, the vast majority of the time off duty, and unless someone comes up with something startlingly better it’s going to remain what I use. The Velo + P365 makes for a tight, light, compact option that’s easy to conceal no matter what you wear. Though at first the muzzle wedge wasn’t very comfortable against my body, after a few days of wearing it that discomfort went away. I have driven on long road trips with it and I am comfortable during the entire 3 to 4-hour ride. That’s actually similar to my first experience carrying appendix fashion for the first time overall – the comfort level improved over a short wear period, and I quickly realized the advantages it gave.
The T1 clips are very effective at staying put and keeping the holster in place. Unlike any other holster I’ve used, I’ve never had to worry about it slipping or falling out. Retention is solid, and I am confident that my pistol is secured until I make the conscious decision to draw it.
Tenicor did an excellent job at designing and manufacturing a holster system that is very concealable, safe, lightweight and durable. They have since made updates to the design with the body contour that evolved from the wedge and a few other features.
The Velo works as advertised and if there is one thing that I could come up with as a con, it would be the price. A Velo setup with the T1 clips will run you $95. Good kit costs money and this is no different. This particular holster has lasted me over a year and is showing no signs of wear or reductions in retention with the clips or of the pistol. It is a high-quality product that Tenicor stands behind 100% and will do a full refund if purchased direct.
The Velo lets you carry your EDC pistol discreetly, safely and will work with pretty much anything you decide to wear. With the increase in shootings in public places, it’s never more important to have a pistol on you (if you can do so legally) so that you’ll have a fighting chance if you’re caught up in an incident where you need it.
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Fifty Shades of FDE is a full-time LEO in California with about a decade’s service in a very large metropolitan agency. He’s a husband, father, and firearms enthusiast. He is a supporter of the Second Amendment and a proponent of law-abiding citizens’ right to defend themselves with concealed carry permits. He runs his @fiftyshadesofFDE page on Instagram and writes gun/gear reviews on www.fiftyshadesoffde.com – when he’s not writing for The Mag Life, of course.