That’s What She Said: Womens Concealment Shorts from UnderTech

| January 13, 2016 | 5 Comments

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People often ask me how I carry concealed when I’m not wearing an outfit that would support a traditional holster. The UnderTech Undercover concealment compression short seemed like the answer.  I had already looked at systems like The CrossBreed Belly Band, and The Can Can Sport Belt.

Stuff like that never stays put.

My body type is curvy with a small waist.

The gun is already printing, imagine how much worse it would be if it shifted to the side.

I know from experience that unanchored belts shift up from my waist and around to the side. Tugging and futzing after any normal movement like getting in or out of a car and loading or unloading groceries seems like a bad idea for carrying a loaded gun. Can Can does offer a Corset style that incorporates a foundational garment which would stay in place, but the elastic holster areas are positioned behind the hip and cannot be altered.

At first glance these compression shorts by UnderTech seemed like a good compromise.

There are two pockets to accommodate left or right draw. The pockets are made of elastic and are open ended. I like to wear them backwards for AIWB. I also found that if I wore them inside out the band of elastic around the waistband added just enough additional stabilization to hold my M&P Shield in place without interfering with my ability to draw easily. If I affixed a bit of Velcro to the bottom of the other pocket it could hold extra mags or even my phone.

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This is how I orient the shorts.

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With a fitted shirt there is printing, but I think it’s minor. If I was jogging by or walking my dog I doubt anyone would suspect there was a firearm at my waist.

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Concealment is best with a cover garment.

$59.99 for comfort, concealment, versatility, with no lace or lingerie detail in sight?

Seems too good to be true.

Yep. It is.

I can pull the trigger through the elastic pocket.

I tested from both sides of the garment. I don’t own a Can Can or a Belly Band so I took a look at how they secure triggers. The Can Can appears to be made from the same type of elastic as the UnderTech shorts, so if you currently own one yourself it might be a good idea to see if your trigger can be pressed. The Belly band has been re-designed to offer a Kydex trigger guard (at an additional charge) which attaches with Velcro onto the base belt system.

Of the three options, the UnderTech shorts are still my favorite. At $59.99 or under depending on where you buy, I’m more willing to customize them to protect that trigger, and when I do I’ll be writing about it.

Whatever you choose, it is extra important to use dry fire drills with these kinds of holsters.

Drawing from and re-holstering safely takes practice and since you’ll be unable to test them in live fire classes or at most ranges these exercises are your best bet for getting familiar with working from them efficiently.

The search continues.

About the Author:

The She-Shepherd The She-Shepherd is a defensive firearms student, mother and advocate for pushing the boundaries of how we train. She believes that defensive training must balance context, mindset, and skill to be most effective. Her specialty has become testing alternative modes of firearms carry and best practices of less than lethal force options through rigorous force-on-force scenario based training.
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5 Comments on "That’s What She Said: Womens Concealment Shorts from UnderTech"

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  1. Sharon says:

    I use the UnderTech shorts as my primary holster everyday. I can exercise wearing them, I can comfortably drive in them and I am able to wear them all day and all evening…with pants or a skirt. And with a fairly form fitting top. I wear mine so that the gun is on my hip at about 4:00. Reholstering is a challenge so as not to muzzle your support hand. I was intrigued about your thoughts about wearing inside out for extra support from waistband….and for the ability to carry appendix if so desired. Good review.

    • The She-Shepherd The She-Shepherd says:

      Hey thanks!

      I think I have a workable solution to the trigger issue. A lot of people have suggested some sort of Kydex supplement, but it is really important to me that anywoman would be able to fix this without need of specialized or expensive equipment.

      I’m going to give it a try next week, look for a post about it later this month.

      Thanks for reading!

  2. Liz says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! I was wondering if there was sufficient trigger protection w/ this shorts.

  3. Cassie says:

    Great review! I’m looking into buying these shorts. I’m worried the compression will be uncomfortable for my pist baby belly. What do you think? Granted, my “baby” is 2 but I have had 4 so there’s extra skin there.

  4. The She-Shepherd The She-Shepherd says:

    Hi Cassie!

    Great question!
    As a fellow mother, I was also concerned about the level of compression these shorts would offer and if I would find it restrictive.

    The good news is that I wasn’t bothered by that at all. The shorts are just a lycra short rather than a true compression short. Unless you have some painful scar tissue you should be fine.

    However, since you do have several little people whose hugging height matches your waistline, I strongly suggest reinforcing that trigger guard. Here is what I came up with from materials I had at hand:

    http://shortbarrelshepherd.com/thats-what-she-said-triggered/

    Best to you and your family!

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