As you might’ve guessed, we’re big on saving pocket space here at Pocketnow … and we sometimes miss the days when phone holsters were a “thing.” I talked about this in a short editorial almost exactly one year ago, where I made a case for the return of the phone pouch:

The added utility of freeing up a pocket is almost magical – especially in the summertime when fabric is at a premium. Also, phones don’t clang around on a belt like they do in a pocket, keeping your stride steady and your center of gravity … centered. You’re much more likely to feel vibration alerts when the phone is tethered to your hip. And the quick-draw ability a holster provides is unparalleled. Yet despite all these advantages, hip-clips are on the decline. And that’s sad.

Boutique accessory maker LD West must’ve heard my lamentations all the way over in its Mississauga stronghold, because the company has spent the intervening months designing and promoting the LD West Original holster, a suspenders-like rig that slings a smartphone pouch under one arm and a wallet holder (complete with wallet) under the other. The resulting contraption is easily one of the most distinctive smartphone accessories we’ve seen, and we’ve spent the last week or so test-driving it from the sidewalks of Boston to the beaches of Manchester.

How did the resulting game of playing detective go? Did the suspender rig actually make the day-to-day smartphone experience more convenient? And will I buy one of my own to tote my personal communicator in my off-hours? Those questions and more answered, in Pocketnow’s LD West holster review video!

LD West Holster Review

If our impressions aren’t enough for you, and you’re itching to do an LD West holster review of your very own, head on over to LDWest.com and use the promo code “ANLDWESTSUMMER” (all caps!) to save $19.99 on your very own LD West Original holster! And be sure to leave your own thoughts on this distinctive accessory in the comments down below.

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