Holster Review: Desantis E-Z Rider II

August 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Carry, CCW, Equipment, Self Defense



Advantages: Holds the gun and magazine well, fast on the draw, flexible carry options.
Disadvantages: Not a lot,really.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

One of the carry methods I wanted to test out for my article on concealed carry in the office was off-body carry, specifically a day-planner or portfolio holster, and the DeSantis EZ-Rider II fit the bill nicely.

The EZ-Rider II offers more than just off-body carry, though, as it comes with a detachable paddle attachment that allows it to be carried on the belt as well. The holster easily holds my KelTec P3AT and fits my S&W Shield as well. The included magazine pouch is too big for the skinny and short P3AT magazine, but it easily holds double stack magazines that it was made for.

The holster is made from ballistic nylon, with a leather backer and plastic paddle for belt carry, and was surprisingly fast to use. The zipper was easy to grasp and open (although an additional pull would make that task easier) and I found it was fast and easy to get the gun out and into play from the holster. 

How fast? Well, let’s compare the time it took to draw and shoot at a target from the EZ-Rider II to a the time needed for a tuckable inside the waistband holster. 

Average Time to Draw and fire one shot

IWB (Tucked): 4.77
EZ-Rider II: 3.43

IWB (Tucked): 3.23
EZ-Rider II: 3.30

And this is what that looks like in action. 

I was pleasantly surprised by this holster. If you’re looking for something different in a holster, or if you’re looking at trying off-body carry and want something that’s fast to access and easy to carry, I’d suggest you give the DeSantis EZ-Rider II a try.