So far in my concealed carry experience, I have utilized three different ankle holster: a Fobus ankle holster for a Ruger LCP, an Uncle Mike's holster for a CZ-82, and now the Galco Ankle Glove for my Smith. I'll tell you upfront, the Galco stands far above the other two in terms of security, comfort, and just plain staying where you put it.
The construction of the Galco is a neoprene band backed with sheepskin. The holster itself is leather, and has a thumb snap retention strap that goes behind the Smith. Some models have the thumb strap and some don't, so make sure you know which is which before you order. Between the thumb strap and molded fit of the holster, I have no worries about the gun coming loose. The Fobus was probably the next most secure holster (no thumb strap, but with a tight molded Kydex fit), with the Uncle Mike's in last place (not molded, with a hook and loop thumb strap). The Galco's wide neoprene band - which is as tall as the holster itself - is easily the most comfortable ankle holster of the three. I've worn it for 12+ hours while walking around the mall and running errands and almost forgot I was wearing it thanks to the sheepskin panel. The Fobus and Uncle Mike's had a nylon backer to the holster, with a 1.5-2" nylon strap to secure the holster around your ankle. The wide strap also keeps the holster in place vertically due to its snug fit. Technically, the Galco can be worn with or without a calf stap, but I haven't needed the calf strap yet. The Fobus had no provision for a calf strap, and the Uncle Mike's still managed to fall even with the calf strap.
This kind of performance doesn't come cheap, though. My price paid for the Ankle Glove was $75, versus $33 for the Uncle Mike's and $45 for the Fobus. When it comes to security and comfort, and having your gun when you need it, however, the extra money is completely worth it. I highly recommend the Ankle Glove for anyone who is considering ankle carry.
About the Author
Woody is a 10 year veteran of the US Coast Guard, where he has served at various units including the International Training Division and Maritime Security Response Team. He has held qualifications including Deployable Team Leader/Instructor, Direct Action Section Team Leader, and Precision Marksman – Observer. He has deployed/instructed on five continents and served in quick reaction force roles for multiple National Special Security Events in the US.