kathys wrote:The Pin-Up collection from Looper Brand has the Ava. It's a Crossbreed style iwb holster but it's cut differently for a woman's body. I haven't tried it but it looks good and I'm really thinking of getting it.
OK, this is a genuine question - not a challenge. Please don't read into this any more than the true question that's intended.
How, specifically, are the Looper Brand Pin-Up Collection IWB holsters "cut for a woman's body?"
"The Betty" seems to be pretty representative of any other hardshell IWB and thus doesn't make any claims to be gender-specific, but I honestly fail to see how "The Ava" is that special.....
They may be cut differently from a CrossBreed SuperTuck or a Comp-Tac Minotaur MTAC, but there's plenty of different hybrid IWBs out there nowadays, and a simple Google Image search for "hybrid iwb holsters" brings up many that are contoured similarly: https://www.google.com/search?q=hybrid+ ... 66&bih=647 . Additionally, with the surging popularity of hybrid IWBs, those with synthetic backing materials are now very common as well. Because of the competitiveness of the IWB hybrid segment, different makers have started to add their own features/embellishments in order to help drive sales. The MTAC has a very different leather backing than the CBST, and the former's ease of adjusting retention used to be a big selling factor over the CBST's need to heat/reshape the Kydex for that adjustment. From there, Tucker's "The Answer" came in with the lined backing and N82 with a synthetic full-sweatshield that further increased comfort (along with a rather unique retention device incorporated into its plastic shell), and now there's makers offering fancy edge stitching, different colored/designed Kydex shell....everyone's realized that they had to do something "special" to gain a share in this highly competitive genre.
I'm really not seeing what makes "The Ava" gender-specific, when there are other IWB hybrids that are cut just like it, as can be seen from the Google Image search. <--- that's a genuine question.
And in all honesty, given how easily a single-layer of leather can be trimmed, I'd actually be more inclined to purchase a simple, low-cost hybrid holster and trim the backing specifically to suit the unique end-user, and then line it with either Moleskin or orthopedic felt.