Are Tenicor Holsters Any Good?

Are Tenicor Holsters Any Good?

 Written by Mark Buff, GunZee founder and CEO.

Are Tenicor holsters any good? Yes, they are. But like most holster brands, they have their share of detractors. Let’s look at the (mostly) good and (small amount of) bad of Tenicor holsters.

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We'll evaluate Tenicor holsters and their quality, comfort, and overall value. 

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Tenicor Holster Review

Tenicor holsters have a high degree of craftsmanship, with a focus on fit, retention, and concealment. Tenicor's attention to detail and rigorous testing ensure that their holsters can withstand the environment and the test of time.

When you look closely at Tenicor holsters, you'll notice that they have features that cater to the needs of even the most discriminating consumers. These holsters were created with an understanding of how important quick access and a smooth draw can be in high-pressure circumstances. The adjustable retention system allows for a unique fit, ensuring that your firearm remains secure until needed.

Tenicor holsters defy wear and tear while providing a lightweight alternative for everyday carry using durable, high-quality components such as injection-molded thermoplastic. Tenicor also offers a variety of variants to meet different guns, preferences, and carrying techniques.

But it is Tenicor's commitment to innovation that truly distinguishes them. They consistently modify and improve their products based on customer input and real-world experience using a research-driven methodology. This dedication to quality guarantees that Tenicor holsters remain a reliable option for individuals who demand the finest from their equipment.

Tenicor Velo4 AIWB Holsters

Tenicor Velo 4 AIWB

Tenicor Velo4 AIWB holsters. Image source:

The Tenicor Velo Gen4 AIWB holster is optimized to conceal side bulges by wearing the gun in front of the hip. The camming bar and body contour work together to rotate the gun's grip into the body, while raising the muzzle away from the lower abdomen. With its anatomically designed angles and curves, the Velo4 eliminates hot spots and pressure points, ensuring a comfortable and concealed carry experience.

Constructed from thick (0.093") and robust thermoplastic, the Tenicor Velo holster boasts durability and longevity. Its features, molded directly into the holster, showcase Tenicor's commitment to intentional design and performance. The Trucise fit ensures a secure holster with a smooth and consistent draw, while the carefully profiled shirt guard prevents sight-bite and allows for an unobstructed high thumb grip.

The Velo Gen4 is compatible with most slide-mounted red dot sights, suppressor height sights, and various slide lengths and muzzle devices. Dual tension screws allow for subtle adjustments and security. To tackle the challenge of ride height, the Velo4 offers attachment options that balance security, durability, concealment, and convenience. These options include the T1 Clip, closed soft loop, and snap loop, catering to different belt widths and user preferences.

  • AIWB holster
  • Optimized concealment for tailored or athletic clothing
  • Durable thermoplastic construction
  • Trucise fit for secure holstering and smooth draw
  • Compatible with slide-mounted red dot sights and suppressor height sights
  • Adjustable ride height with multiple attachment options: T1 Clip, closed soft loop, snap loop
  • Dual tension screws for subtle adjustments and security
  • Anatomically designed body contour for comfort and reduced pressure points
  • Easy concealment without bulky clothes
  • Comfortable to wear for extended periods
  • Customizable fit and ride height
  • Robust construction for daily use
  • Compatible with Glocks, Sig Sauer, M&P, 2011/1911, and Walther concealed carry guns
  • Price starts at $99, putting it on the higher end of the holster market.

Velo4 User Reviews

This reviewer appreciates the Velo holster for its comfortability.

The Veloo4 holster “is the most comfortable, functional AIWB holster,” says this reviewer

For this redditor, the Velo4 “didn’t meet the expectations."

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Tenicor Certum 3

Tenicor CERTUM3

Tenicor Certum. Image source:

The Tenicor Certum 3 is optimized for both appendix and hip carry, providing almost an inch of ride height adjustment and 30 degrees of cant for a truly customizable experience.

Equipped with the Tenicor T1 belt clip, the Certum 3 ensures strength and durability while allowing unique vertical adjustment. The holster's precision fit is achieved through proprietary CAD designs, and CNC machined tooling, delivering a secure Trucise fit with dual tension screws for subtle adjustments. The Certum 3 has three detachable camming bars in various sizes for personalized adjustments and maximizing concealment.

Made from thick (0.093") and durable thermoplastic, the Certum 3 is designed for longevity. Its integrated performance features include a mid-ride shirt guard for an unencumbered high thumb grip, compatibility with conventional slide-mounted red dot sights, a tall sight channel for suppressor-height sights, a rounded bottom profile for comfort on your hip, and threaded barrel compatibility.

  • IWB holster
  • Flexible design for appendix and hip carry
  • Almost 1-inch ride height adjustment and 30 degrees of cant
  • Tenicor T1 belt clip with vertical adjustment slots
  • Trucise fit for secure holstering and smooth draw
  • Compatible with slide-mounted red dot sights and suppressor height sights
  • Detachable camming bars for personalized adjustments and concealment
  • Durable thermoplastic construction
  • Comfortable and customizable fit
  • Multiple attachment options: T1 Clip, closed soft loop, snap loop
  • Adaptable to various carrying positions
  • May require some trial and error to find the perfect fit
  • Compatible with Glocks, Sig Sauer, M&P, 2011/1911, and Walther concealed carry guns
  • Price starts at $99, making it as expensive as some of the other holsters on our list

Certum 3 User Reviews

“Been wearing it all day everyday since I got it, and no hot spots or anything,” says this reviewer

This reviewer finds it to comfortable in both the 3 and 5 o’clock positions.

“The Tenicor Certum 3 is really good, I couldn’t be happier with it,” says this redditor.

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Tenicor ARX

Tenicor ARX

Tenicor ARX. Image source:

The Tenicor ARX holster is an OWB belt holster. 

  • Minimized profile for optimized concealment and continuous wear
  • Custom profiled wings and integrated belt slots for a secure fit against the body
  • Mid-ride sweat guard for protection and comfort
  • 10-degree forward cant for improved concealment and easier draw
  • Thick and durable thermoplastic construction for long-lasting use
  • Trucise™ fit for a secure hold and consistent draw
  • Dual tension screws for subtle adjustments and added security
  • Some users dislike its limited adjustability
  • Compatible with Glock CCW guns
  • Price is $99, the same as other models on our list

ARX User Reviews

“It’s comfortable and sturdy, very impressed so far,” says this reviewer of the ARX holster.

This redditor noted that he had to loosen the screws and is now satisfied with how the holster “hugs your body tightly.”

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Tenicor Vs. Tier 1

Both Tenicor and Tier 1 are well-respected manufacturers of holsters, each with their pros and cons.

Tenicor Pros

  • Focus on simplicity and lean designs
  • Optimized for both appendix and hip carry
  • Unique mounting slots for ride height and cant adjustments
  • Durable thermoplastic construction
  • Trucise fit for a secure hold and consistent draw
  • Compatible with slide-mounted red dot sights and suppressor height sights

Tenicor Cons

  • Limited number of models available
  • May require some trial and error to find the perfect fit
  • Not suitable for every carrying position
  • Users complain that the built-in wedges are too bulky

Tier 1 Pros

  • Known for their innovative Axis and Agis holsters
  • Customizable with a wide range of colors and patterns
  • Modular designs for flexibility in carry configurations
  • Built-in magazine carrier options for added convenience
  • Premium materials and craftsmanship
  • Adjustable retention and cant

Tier 1 Cons

  • Generally more expensive than Tenicor holsters
  • Some models may be bulkier due to added features
  • Longer lead times for custom orders

Tenicor holsters excel in simplicity and lean design, while Tier 1 offers more customization and modularity. 

For this redditor, the Tenicor Sagalux2 was a disappointment. He doesn’t like its built-in wedges as they are “too big.” He is going back to carrying and sticking with Tier 1.

On the same thread, after one redditor recommends the Tier 1 as the “most comfortable quality holster,” another user suggests trying the Tenicor.

Tenicor ZERO Belt

The Tenicor ZERO Belt, developed in collaboration with Wilderness Tactical Products, is an innovative gun belt to support IWB carry.:

  • 1.5X thickness for the perfect balance of flexibility and rigidity
  • Low-profile, unencumbered buckle design made from hard black anodized 6061 T6 aluminum
  • Purpose-built webbing with no excess material ensures a sleek and minimal appearance
  • Single layer of proprietary support webbing with face webbing for a uniquely flexible and comfortable belt
  • Tail end of the belt treated with Wilderness Tactical Products' proprietary polymer, preventing fraying and enhancing durability
  • Easy sizing: simply purchase the belt in your regular pants size
  • A few users might find the buckle slightly larger than their preference, causing minor discomfort or a less streamlined appearance

ZERO Belt User Review

“Beyond brilliant design, it’s passed every test with flying colors,” says this reviewer of the ZERO belt.

This reviewer noted that this a low profile belt and “it stays in place between belt and pants.” He wears it every day, even when he is not carrying his CCW gun with him.

After using the Tenicor Velo4 holster, this redditor decided to try their ZERO belt. He loves the belt after using it for a couple of months.

Tenicor Magazine Pouches


The magazine is kept close to the body and hidden from view by using the security of the T1 clip from Discreet Carry Concepts. The ABDO is designed to carry the appendix forward of the hip. 

The clip blocking acts as a body contour, increasing the length of the pouch and guaranteeing a secure position. For long life, the ABDO is built of a thick and robust thermoplastic. The ABDO is built for performance with bespoke CAD designs and carefully machined CNC tooling.

The bag is meant to be worn on the support side, with the bullet tips pointing forward. Custom tension adjustment is possible thanks to the twin retaining screws. The ride height may be adjusted using the slots in the T1 clips, and the carry angle can be adjusted using the slots in the bag body.

This reviewer paired this magazine carrier with an alone holster and is very happy with it.

FERO2 OWB Mag Pouch

The FERO2 magazine pouch features a custom clasp that reduces bulk while enhancing concealment and security. The clasp is adjustable to accommodate 1.50" and 1.75" belts, and the space between the clip and the pouch can also be adjusted to ensure a secure fit with various belt thicknesses.

Constructed from thick and durable thermoplastic, the pouch maximizes concealment by positioning it high on the belt and beneath the cover garment. The minimalist design keeps the pouch discreetly positioned, close to the body, and high on the beltline.

After trying almost a lot of different mag pouches, “Tenicor won out in my opinion by a vast majority and will be my go for years down the road,” says this reviewer.

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Tenicor FAQ

Where is Tenicor located?

Tenicor is located in Camas, Washington.

What are Tenicor holsters made of?

Tenicor holsters are made of thick and long-lasting thermoplastic, usually KYDEX or a similar material. This ensures a durable and long-lasting design while maintaining a slim and lightweight profile for easy carrying and use on a daily basis. 

Is leather better than KYDEX for a holster?

Both KYDEX and leather holsters are good. Which one is better depends on personal preferences. Here are some of the specs of both of these holsters:


  • Leather holsters are generally more comfortable against the skin due to their flexibility and natural feel.
  • Many people prefer the classic look of leather holsters.
  • Leather holsters can provide a quieter draw than Kydex.


  • Kydex holsters are typically more resistant to wear and tear than leather, as they do not absorb moisture or sweat.
  • Kydex holsters offer adjustable retention and a more secure fit for your firearm.
  • Kydex holsters require less care and maintenance than leather ones, which may need conditioning and cleaning to prevent cracking or deterioration.

What holster do most police use?

Most cops utilize holsters made of strong materials such as KYDEX, nylon, or other synthetic fabrics, which provide a high level of durability and retention. Police officers' holsters may differ depending on their department's requirements, personal preferences, and the type of pistol they carry.

Safariland, Blackhawk, and G-Code are some of the most popular CCW holster brands among law enforcement professionals. Many police departments provide duty holsters with a Level II or Level III retention system, which adds another layer of security to prevent unauthorized individuals from accessing the officer's firearm.

However, it's crucial to note that different police officers and departments have different preferences and needs, so there is no single holster that all officers use.

Is Tenicor Malus Sol a good holster?

The Tenicor Malus Sol is a good holster because of its durable construction, precise fit, and thoughtful design. It comprises a thick, high-quality thermoplastic material that offers durability and resilience to wear. 

The Malus Sol is intended for appendix carry (AIWB) and includes a camming bar system that rotates the gun's grip towards the body, improving concealment. It also has adjustable riding height, cant, and retention, allowing for a customized and secure fit. 

Are Tenicor holsters compatible with additional gun accessories, like lights or lasers?

Tenicor holsters, such as the Tenicor Sagax Lux, are designed to hold specific gun accessories, such as weapon-mounted lights. It is critical to ensure that the specific holster model is compatible with your firearm and accessories.

How can I determine the ideal holster for my body type and preferred carry position?

Consider your body shape, daily activities, and wardrobe when choosing a holster. Look for holsters with adjustable features such as ride height and cant to customize the fit to your specific needs. Trying out various holsters and carry positions can also assist you in determining the most comfortable and effective solution.

Are Tenicor holsters suitable for open carry or only concealed carry?

Tenicor holsters are primarily intended for concealed carry, but some models, such as the Tenicor ARX OWB holster, can also be used for open carry. Consider retention, ease of access, and overall comfort when choosing a holster for open carry.

Are Tenicor holsters available with belt loops instead of clips?

Tenicor holsters come with a variety of attachment options, such as belt loops, closed soft loops, and snap loops. The holster model you select will determine whether these options are available.

Are Tenicor holsters available for left-handed users?

Tenicor does provide holsters for both right and left handed users. To ensure proper fit and functionality, choose the correct handedness when ordering your holster.

Is a trigger guard important when choosing the right holster?

A trigger guard is an important feature when choosing the right holster. A proper holster should completely cover the trigger guard, protecting the trigger and preventing accidental discharge. This is an important safety feature because it prevents any foreign objects or fingers from accidentally engaging the trigger while the gun is holstered.

What holster do Navy Seals use?

There isn't a single specific holster that all Navy SEALs use because the choice of a holster is determined by various factors such as mission needs, personal preferences, and the type of pistol carried. Safariland, Blackhawk SERPA, and G-Code holsters are popular among Navy SEALs and other special operations units. 

Does Tenicor only make holsters for Glocks?

No, Tenicor does not only make holsters for Glocks. Tenicor manufactures holsters for various popular handgun models, including SIG Sauer, Smith & Wesson, and Heckler & Koch, in addition to holsters for Glock pistols. 

About the Author

Mark Buff is the founder and CEO of GunZee. He is an ardent firearms enthusiast and has been carrying concealed for more than 15 years. He created GunZee to solve his own problem: that of uncomfortable KYDEX holsters. His patented GunZee memory foam holster pad makes inside-the-waistband carry super comfortable.

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