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What I'm using: LD West smartphone holster

I'm not talking about an Galaxy S7 Edge or a Nexus 6P, either. My HTC 10 does not fit comfortably in my front pockets. My Nexus 5X does not fit comfortably in my front pockets. And when I go look for other jeans, short of baggy cargo pants or a few jumpsuits, they don't fit well in those pockets either. And that's a problem, because I, like so many of us, spend just about every waking moment with my phone on me. I might not be using it every moment, but I need it on me as I walk around my apartment or around my TV station.

And now, doing that is about five times easier thanks to a gadget I never would've considered a year ago: the LD West smartphone and wallet holster.

The LD West holster in the wild

If you've seen these around before, that's because the LD West holster has actually been around since 2014, but has flown relatively low on the radar. Considering their admittedly bold look, not to mention starting prices of over a hundred dollars, it's understandable that most people wouldn't give LD West a second glance… that is, until you see one in public.

My moment seeing one in public came this March, at the Mobile Nations workshop where I finally met most of the colleagues I had only known as bylines on our site and tiny avatars on Slack. While he hadn't yet officially joined us as MrMobile yet, Michael Fisher was outside Atlanta with us, and he was packing an LD West holster. And it was a beauty.

Two pouches, two phones, one kickass holster.

After spending the weekend, nay much of the previous year, ferrying my phone around in the pocket of my hoodie or in my back jean pocket, having to take it out every time I sat down, the LD West holster didn't look goofy. It looked downright perfect. Yes, it's a bit odd, but I've never shied away from an odd look if it was functional.

LD West agreed to send me one of my own to try out after fawning over Fisher's. When my grey holster arrived, I felt more anxious about opening it up and using it more than some of the phones I've received over the last two years. Part of that anxiousness was the environment where I'd be wearing this holster. Texas is an open-carry state, and I did have some trepidation about someone mistaking the bulge in my jacket for something deadlier than a Nexus 5X.

As I warmed up to wearing the holster in public, and Texas warmed up from it's mild winter's nap, I quickly saw that fear was unfounded. Sure, I got a lot of looks from passersby, but apart from my mother telling me I look silly, no one seemed all that concerned with my packing a pair of smartphones rather than a pair of six-shooters.

LD West's holster is an awesome park accessory

The one glaring exception to this rule would be during my trips to Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Skipping up to the security checkpoint with the LD West holster bouncing under each arm, I'd be picked for the "random screening" just about every time. Not that it wasn't easy to sling off the holster and empty my pockets, but I couldn't help the roll of my eyes every time I'd pass the bag check and be waved away from the turnstiles to the metal detector.

That said, an extra minute of screening was absolutely worth the convenience of have the LD West in the park. Rather than having to dig my phone out of my purse every time I wanted a photo, I could just slip it out of my holster, snap off a few quick shots, then slip it back in. Rather than having to take my phone out of my pocket every time I sat down on a ride and stuff it into my purse or a pocket on the seatback, my phones stayed safely in my holster. I wore it on Radiator Springs Racers, Test Track, and Seven Dwarves Mine Train with no problems, though I may have held my holster down on a few of the drops out of an abundance of caution.

I had several other guests ask me about my holster (one of my co-workers told me just last week that he needs a photo of me wearing it at work, probably to satisfy a bet), with many going beyond the usual double-take and wondering where one could fit in their life.

And fit in my life, the LD West certainly does. While it was designed for one smartphone and a wallet, I find myself using this with two phones. It may seem extreme, but I'll be writing about the Nexus 5X sitting in the wallet pocket (which is admittedly a little smaller than the L pocket on my right side) much more frequently now that it's rooted and tinkering with Xposed and Layers. Besides, unless your wallet's as heavy as your phone, the balance is better with two phones anyway.

While many wear the LD West holster low and loose, I personally prefer having the phones higher up on my side, near my bust. It steered me away from a few shirts with wider necklines as the buckle on the adjustable elastic straps can chafe while you're getting used to it. The holster is also great for in the car, as rather than my phone sitting in a dirty cupholder, or in a dash mount under the blistering Texas sun, it is in my holster, where I have absolutely zero temptation to pull it out and see who buzzed me at 75 miles an hour.

Also, if you're into Pokémon Go, the LD West holster is great for hatching eggs, as you can leave the screen on in the holster and walk around normally without phantom touches, something else I can't say for most of my jean pockets.

Did I need this holster back in 2014 when it came out? Absolutely not, nor did many of us who were packing smaller phones. But as phone sizes have grown and pockets sizes have shrunk, this holster is a solution to a problem that has arisen for many more people. At $119.99 for most of the traditional models, it is indeed a bit of an ask.

But you have to ask yourself: how tired am I of taking out my phone every time I sit down at my desk? Every time I get into the car? A mother of four remarked about wanting one to keep her phone in place while she wrangled the daily chaos. A salesman was tired of having one phone in his pocket and one in an ugly belt holster for work. All of a sudden that price doesn't seem so crazy.

See at LD West

Pulling a phone out is a breeze

Photography by Michael Schneider

Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

  • Sorry but that just looks ridiculous Posted via the Android Central App
  • +10000000 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Two phone holsters? Does it come in a phone/gun combo? Posted via the Android Central App
  • One side is for your phone, the other is a wallet.
  • RTFA
  • She's in Texas. Of course it comes with a gun option. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, cause all of us Texans carry guns. Idiot Posted via the Android Central App
  • I could see a phone and wallet. But something like this would be great for a phone and pistol as mentioned above. Hopefully, someone will do that. This looks a bit crazy, but women need something different in many cases (no pun intended). Just working or moving around a house for example. Many keep in a purse, but at home that's of little use. Plus leggings or other apparel has no pockets. As you might suspect, my wife has mentioned this on > 1 occasion as she's looking for the last place she laid it down.
  • This reminds me of the UK Office show, with the underarm holster that Garreth used, and that was back in 2002.
  • No... You or I would look ridiculous wearing it but Ara makes it work. The back design does need work...
  • Must be white to wear this tho. Otherwise you'll get shot. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm glad I wasn't the only person who thought this. In the current climate, I would be caught dead wearing this.
  • Statistics do not back your comment. Posted from Nexus 6
  • Yes, they do.
  • Actually, they don't.
  • Nope, they don't, unless you're liberal or the media... Then you make up whatever lies you want.
  • You're more than twice as likely to be killed by a cop if you're black than if you're white. That is a fact
  • 99.9℅ are justified. Posted from Nexus 6
  • According to who? Posted via the Android Central App
  • But if you point out that Black people commit a disproportionate amount of the crimes in this country, you guys get all bent out of shape.
  • Not "Black" people. Lower income, uneducated people commit a higher rate of crime. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That is one way of looking at crime statistics. You can look at it by income and class, by gender, by whatever you like. But since the discussion above was about the rate at which cops shoot Black people, I thought it might be helpful to look at why cops have so many interactions with Black people to begin with. It's because they are committing crimes at a ridiculously high rate. I think it's fair to look at both sides of the issue.
  • Well yes and no. Ask yourself what types of black people are committing those crimes. It's not inherent in a particular race. I married into a large black family. Not a single one has ever been in trouble with the law. The problem in this country is the inability to look deeper when it's so easy to generalize. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I just love how one sIde claims to be better than the other sIde!!
    There is nothing better on the other sIde, we all know both sIdes suck
  • They absolutely do, but I doubt you'll care about actual facts that don't fit the narrative you want to believe. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I was weary about wearing it at public events at first, but cops don't bat an eye at it... so far. All it takes is one, though.
  • You have to be a person of color to be weary of cops while wearing this LD holster, but the same luck apply when getting out of your house. I will pass.
  • This was the point AR was making, It's ugly and reminds of a fanny pack holster of some sort!!!
  • Actually, some of my coworkers were rocking 'festival belts' (fanny packs with a hipster name) at the Mobile Nations conference.
  • They don't need to lie. They're fanny packs. With the current surge in Pokemon articles I wouldn't be surprised if they had poké ball emblem attached just like the tv show. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Probably the same people that call a man-purse a satchel. A purse in French is called une saccoche. See any similarities? Posted via the Android Central App
  • People who call a bag or a satchel a 'man purse' are uncomfortable in their gender identity. A bag is a bag. The prefix 'man' doesn't change it, or the person wearing it. See also 'Man-Bun' (just a bun). Posted via the Android Central App
  • Being a Brit I always have a chuckle when you Yanks talk about "fanny packs" as in the UK "fanny" has a total different meaning. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "Hey buddy, wanna buy a 'festival belt'?"
  • I am a person of color weary of cops yet at the same time, I dont put this on expecting to be shot. Been wearing my holster everyday for a few months now & none have batted an eye.
  • What color is yours? I have yet to see the white, red, or blue out in the wild, just grey and cognac.
  • That was my thought as well
  • This^^, if I was living the USA, nothing will makes me try this, even if the company is going to pay me to wear it, I'll not! From my basement in Senegal
  • I wear mine all the time- no I'm not white.
  • Nope! Doesn't look like it! Lol
  • Exactly what I was thinking, you couldn't pay me enough to walk around with this thing on today. Posted with my cellular device.
  • Looks like it works,but no way I would wear this in public. Posted via the Android Central App Working Pokémon into an article about a ridiculous looking holster.PATHETIC.
  • All it takes is one trigger happy cop to see that...
  • Or a trigger happy gangbanger in Chicago. Posted from Nexus 6
  • Erik, so eloquent today. *cheers*
  • Not pc enough for you? Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • No, just not enough intelligence. Posted via the Android Central App
  • You are more likely to be shot and killed in Chicago than you do by police anywhere in the country. This abides by any race, color, or creed even.
  • Yes, this is a lot more likely...
  • Oh look the tired black in black crime bro. How quaint. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That wouldn't even be an issue if the liberal media didn't push it's agenda. Black on black crime?? on white crime? Gtfo!!.....white on black crime? That's social injustice!!!! Call Al Sharpton! Call Jessie Jackson! Call the President!! Hate crimes against humanity!!! Hands up, don't shoot!!
  • The media creates their own narrative for ratings. Same old sad story. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Its like a nerdy lara croft
  • I just need the braid... and the short shorts... and the tiny tank top... ooh, and a good pair of boots.
  • I think most of us DARE you to do that and perhaps on next wallpaper Wednesday? :)
  • Sure thing --- who wants to pay for my waxing first?
  • I'm sure a GoFundme page would exceed your wildest expectations ARA!!
  • Don't be creepy.
  • I knew that was coming. ! Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's not creepy, I think she would look cool.
  • Same here!!
  • Gorilla tape is pretty cheap, and you get the same results! Took a month for that spot on my forearm to fill back in...
  • Yeah, gorilla tape would work, but I think it would a bit painful for the bikini area... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Flossy Carter did a review of one last year on YouTube. Check it out. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yo' it's ya boy Floss, back with anutha vidddeo Love Flossy, he's like Unbox Therapy. Raw & Uncut.
  • It was his review that made me buy mine.
  • Out of a scale of 1-10....this is a go! Posted via the Android Central App
  • RRAAAHHH Posted via the Android Central App
  • I love mine. I wear a suit for a living so it makes it easier. now when I wear a shirt and tie, some people freak out.
  • Aug 2nd can't come fast enough. This site has fallen off the deep end. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Fallen off the deep end? We have ALWAYS reviewed phone accessories of all kinds. How is this one any different?
  • What happens on Aug. 2nd?
  • Note 7 drops Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh yeah, I'm a dummy! But then it'll be 7 Note7 articles a day for 7 weeks. j/k I'm honestly a little interested in the Note7. One of the first time I can say that about anything Samsung. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Easy to overlook this week.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I can see it now... "How to play Pokemon Go on the Note 7!"
  • It wont be one article though. It will be a different article for every possible little obscure setting.
  • And Windows 10 anniversary drops. Can't come soon enough, excited for both. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Same day? I'm not a Windows user, so I don't keep up with release dates for their stuff. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah, I was probably the polar opposite of most people on here concerning August 2nd in thinking "Oh, the new Note drops on Anniversary update day"? :-)
  • You can't get 3 to 4 articles about new phones daily dude, so reporting on other things is highly welcome From my basement in Senegal
  • +1
  • They really have lost their way around here, but what's Aug 2nd?
  • Jesus Christ, they write articles about a new game that is massively popular and people *****. They write articles about something else and people *****. Just leave until the second then, crap. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No
  • Don't let the door hit ya Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hope you didn't hurt yourself too badly coming up with that original line... Stroke of genius, that was... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Good way to get shot
  • Not in a million years. Glad for the Pokémon tie-in, because for a minute there, I thought there was going to be an article which didn't have a Pokémon angle to it. Imagine the horror!! Posted via Nexus 6p
  • I actually wrote this before last week's Pokemania, but I did notice the usefulness while walking around to hatch eggs and decided to include it.
  • I'm still waiting for the red to get in stock. Have the blue which I wear everyday. Love my holster.
  • Awww, I wanted the blue and now they don't list it anymore!
  • There isn't an "angle" here just because she mentions in 1 sentence that it's useful for that game. Did you not read the other 1000 words?
  • Article is actually great (just hate the holster). I think we're all just done with Pokémon this week...I was being 'mostly' sarcastic. Posted via Nexus 6p
  • I have a feeling nobody cares about p-go in 2 months.. we gotta be strong and survive the media hype..
  • Noooo. Doesn't look stupid at all..... How about some clips too for extra batteries and accessories? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Elastic can only hold so much before it starts to stretch out of shape. And now that my phones are in these, I have more room for batteries in my pockets.
  • Would be great if it was around the waist...I carry 2 would be perfect for me... posted from Limited red and gold Lumia 950, Beautiful S7 Edge gold or Surface pro 4
  • Like a fanny pack? Note 4 910C 6.0.1 | Good Lock UI | Android Central App
  • I need one with two slots for phones and one for my Nitecore!
  • You'd be better off with a small Pacsafe sling which would be much more practical and less attention grabbing.
  • I have enough purses and I'm not wearing a purse around the TV station all day.
  • Given the placement of those phones, I'm thinking maybe Spigen, Supcase, and co. need to think about adding a line of bras and sporty tops to their product line. ;)