Mastermind Tactics AIWB Holster Foam: Wedges and Pads
Foam Wedge Purpose:
Foam wedges can greatly improve the comfort and concealability of an AIWB holster. “What are the foam wedges for?” is one of the most common questions we receive. Wedges aid in concealment by tilting the grip towards your body while pushing the muzzle away from you. The foam provides more comfort simply due to it being softer than the body of the holster and also through changing the way the pistol and holster sit on your waistline. The positioning of the wedge can have a significant influence on comfort and concealability.
Type of foam:
Our wedges are made out of fine-cell, cross-linked closed cell foam. The foam is resilient and durable which means it will have a long service life. The foam also has low moisture permeability and is mildew and rot resistant.
Break in period:
The wedge will mold to your body fairly quickly. Break in can take a few days, if you have never used a foam wedge before we recommend wearing it until it is broken in even if it feels a little odd the first time you put it on. While there are some people who do not find a benefit from a wedge it is fairly rare in our experience for users to not prefer to use a wedge once it is broken in.
Everybody is different and on top of that each model of pistol is different. We make different size wedges to accommodate most user preferences, pistol sizes, and holster set-ups. We also offer a foam pad for those who want the comfort of foam but don’t need the concealment abilities of a wedge.
The Mastermind Tactics Verso Wedge pictured below is designed as a concealment aid for holsters with claws/wings. The Verso wedge is angled in a way that rotates the top of the slide towards your body and allows the pistol to sit flatter on the waistline when used in conjunction with a holster with a claw/wing.
The placement of the wedge on the holster has a significant impact on both comfort and concealability. Movements as slight as ¼” up or down on the holster body can transform the holster from being uncomfortable to something you barely notice wearing. Also each model pistol is a different shape and as such differing wedge positions on holsters for guns of different makes/models is completely normal and usually necessary to achieve the maximum blend of comfort and concealment.