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Cyclists and Joggers: How do you carry?
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I'm trying to get some ideas on how to carry while running or riding my bike. So far I've been putting my LCP in pocket holster in my Camelback while riding the trails in the mountains. But I'd like to find something that will put the gun on my body with quicker access. I've been running unarmed because I have yet to find a setup where the gun isn't flopping around all over the place. As previously stated I'd like to carry my LCP while doing these activities because the the size and weight. I have honestly considered wearing a fanny pack since it will provide a place to put everything. I usually wear compression shorts under regular gym shorts and sometimes sweatpants. If you can recommend a product great but I'm mostly looking to hear what you do.

I'm in the market for a road bike as well, any recommendations?
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#2
I picked up a cheap shoulder rig off of Amazon to try out that option for jogging. Seems to work pretty well as long as the belt tie-offs are tight and you keep your arms close. Definitely better than bouncing around OWB or chaffing IWB. Still requires something that uses a belt, though.
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Xavier;29771 Wrote:I picked up a cheap shoulder rig off of Amazon to try out that option for jogging. Seems to work pretty well as long as the belt tie-offs are tight and you keep your arms close. Definitely better than bouncing around OWB or chaffing IWB. Still requires something that uses a belt, though.

Thanks, I want to stay away from anything that requires a belt though.
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5.11 Tactical Stow-Away Holster Shirt

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Philadelphia Patriot;29778 Wrote:5.11 Tactical Stow-Away Holster Shirt

Have you ever used one? If so, with what gun? Is it comfortable? And what's it like to draw with a shirt over it?
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HzPA;29779 Wrote:
Philadelphia Patriot;29778 Wrote:5.11 Tactical Stow-Away Holster Shirt

Have you ever used one? If so, with what gun? Is it comfortable? And what's it like to draw with a shirt over it?

I never used one, but if I were to go jogging or bike riding, then that seems like my most likely option if I wanted to carry. You might not need to wear a shirt over it if is warm out. You also could get a zip up hoodie and wear that shirt underneath, or if it is too warm for a hoodie then cut the sleeves off of the zip up hoodie. I don't think there is a perfect solution to your problem, so you're going to have to maybe compromise in comfort and/or drawing practicality.
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Yeah I feel you. Not looking for a perfect solution, just something better than what I have now. That shirt is a good suggestion none the less and I will definitely consider it.
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Philadelphia Patriot;29778 Wrote:5.11 Tactical Stow-Away Holster Shirt

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I personally own two of these shirts so I can give you my feedback. IMO, the shirt does a great job of keeping my gun (Ruger LCP or Sig P238), phone, and car keys comfortably close to my body while jogging.

Comfort: Initial thoughts on the shirt was that it was not very comfortable due to the tight fit, but the shirt is designed that way. If you've never worn a compression shirt, it will take some time getting used to. After a few uses, it starts to feel like a second skin. I've been wearing one since I started jogging at the beginning of summer and I think it has broken in a bit. One thing to note is the length of the shirt. The shirt extends all the way down to my ass but as you run, it will ride up on you as you jog. It will settle while you're jogging and isn't uncomfortable.

Pockets: The pockets are very deep and almost go down to my waist - great because it keeps my firearm upright for easy draw. They're padded nicely and if you wear a loose shirt over it, you won't print. Actually, regular folks probably wouldn't even know you were carrying b/c of the padding. I wouldn't recommend jogging with anything heavier than a LCP or P238 because that's just too much weight on one side. Lastly, the pockets have small velcro squares lining the opening to keep the pockets closed and it does a good job of keeping things in.

Breathability and evaporation: The material they use is like most moisture-wicking fabrics and does a good job of pulling sweat away and letting it evaporate. The pocket areas take a longer time to evaporate b/c of the padding but it still dries just fine.

Body temp regulation: I wore this all summer with a moisture-wicking t-shirt on the outside and I did not get too hot. When the temperatures started to drop down to the 40's in the morning, I wore a base layer shirt (Paradox Outdoors) over the 5.11 shirt and stayed warm for the 4 mile jog.

Drawing from the shirt: Fortunately, I've only had to do this at the range. Drawing your firearm from the shirt will take some practice b/c you have to do a high lift of your outer shirt (if you're wearing one) to access the pockets. There is nothing to snag the firearm on the draw and the velcro opens fairly easily.

I hope this info helps with your decision.
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I do a lot of cycling in the summer for exercise. There are a lot of trails and bike lines in Pittsburgh. When I do, I carry, OWB. It's secure and comfortable for me, and conceals easily under one of those high-visibility vests you can buy at Home Depot. This is the holster I typically use:

http://ttgunleather.com/catalog/i89.html

This guy makes them tight. He can add a thumb-strap if you prefer, but really, it's tight enough as it is.

I bring two extra mags in this mag carrier, too.

http://ttgunleather.com/catalog/i51.html

I wear a pair of bike shorts underneath carpenter shorts or a beat-up pair of 5.11 shorts. I've seen that REI sells cargo shorts WITH belt loops and bike short padding in them, haven't really tried them yet.

I do have the 5.11 shirt, but I don't use that for carrying a pistol anymore. Unless it's a mouse gun (which I don't own,) I just found it too heavy/uncomfortable. Plus, I hate putting a gun in a pocket without a holster. Instead, I use the 5.11 shirt to carry cell phone, wallet, house key. It's actually great for carrying that kind of stuff, too.

Of course, on a bike, awareness and speed are usually the best defenses. Unless you get unlucky.

When I go jogging, it's indoors on a treadmill, and I'm not carrying, so can't offer suggestions there.
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Thanks for the replies.

RXM, good review. I'm used to the feel of a compression shirt as I wear Under Armour cold gear ones in the winter to keep warm. So, I know what it's like; I'll just have to change my attire a little if I wear one of the 5.11 shirts instead. One question I had though is: do the pockets stay dry inside? I see you keep your phone in there too so I'm assume so.

Johannes_Paulsen, I just can't stand riding my bike with a belt on. But thanks for your suggestion. I agree that awareness and speed are best but when I'm riding my mountain bike I'm doing a lot of long slow climbs on public fire roads to get to trail heads. People in vehicles and the occasional other rider are all I see.
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