10-24 Products Runner's Rig Review

The 10-24 Products Runner's Rig and a Heckler & Koch VP9 9mm pistol.

A few weeks ago, I covered the importance of staying fit in these unusual times, and also being armed while jogging. My quick-and-dirty solution was to employ a gun belt and holster combination while dressed around the weapon. Not ideal, but it worked. Soon after publication, several kind people out there suggested more practical solutions, including various “rigs” and bags. I didn’t act on any of them, due to the usual chaos of modern life. It took my enterprising wife to move the staus quo along, and she presented me with the 10-24 Products Runner’s Rig for Father’s Day…

As we noted prior, it’s not a terribly difficult task to amble around the world with your firearm on your hip. Concealed or openly carried, your gun is there, ready for action, holstered properly of course. Now, if you’re moving at any speed greater than a fast walk, it becomes a little more challenging. It takes a lot of practice to get your “running setup” just right. And with the hot weather gripping most of the nation, just when you get things situated, you have to change it up, because it’s hot out. Enter the 10-24 Products Runner’s Rig.

Disclosure - this was a gift purchased for me and not a manufacturer sample. What I received was the same thing you would if you decide to purchase the Runner’s Rig.

A Little About 10-24 Products

Founded by a serving law enforcement officer in the great state of Florida, 10-24 Products develops products to help police manage their firearms more effectively. While radio codes vary sometimes from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the code “10-24” means that the requesting officer needs help. The initial products from 10-24 were designed to attach to the body armor/plate carriers of the officer, holding such items as a backup pistol and first-aid kits. The subsequent iteration, designed for everybody, is the Runner’s Rig.

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Design

Looking almost like a miniature backpack in reverse, the Runner’s Rig is a simple design. Two padded and adjustable shoulder straps, unified by an adjustable waist strap securely anchor the holster assembly to the user’s chest. A sturdy Velcro flap conceals your firearm and protects it from the elements. There’s a small loop so you can yank the flap open if needed. On the flipside of the flap is a Velcro strip for an identifiction plate (say, if you are an off-duty cop, the strip could say POLICE) or some other type of patch. There’s also loops on each side to guide a wire for headphones. Note, I don’t recommend running with headphones - your situational awareness suffers.

Inside, another adjustable Velcro assembly provides retention and prevents your weapon from moving around while in motion. There’s two front pockets, one above the other. The lower pocket is secured by more Velcro and is large enough to hold an iPhone 11 Pro (and maybe an iPhone 11 Pro Max) or a similar-sized device. The upper pocket can hold a small shock-wallet or an automotive key fob. The back is reinforced and padded for stiffness and comfort. The whole holster assembly is made from a nylon material available in several colors. I received the “silver” color, which is a light grey to me. The nylon is water-resistant, but I wouldn’t recommend going for a swim, ha ha.

The 10-24 Products Runner's Rig concealing a full-sized pistol.

In terms of accommodating a firearm, most common duty-sized pistols and below (in terms of size) can be holstered. My setup for this review was an original (2014) Heckler & Koch VP9 9mm pistol with no red-dot sight. From my analysis, this is the biggest-sized pistol that can be fit in the Runner’s Rig. If you’re rocking a red-dot sight on your pistol, this will still work, however, one size may not fully close, though your pistol will still be fully secured and concealed enough from casual view. Your mileage may vary. In the smartphone pouch, I chose to place a spare magazine in there, because my phone is in my pants pocket, and why not carry an extra magazine of Gold Dots or whatever your preferred defensive ammunition is? I didn’t use the ID pocket for anything.

The design is definitely well thought out. I suspect the developer of the Runner’s Rig went through a few prototypes to get to this point.

All the stitching and attachment points seem solid. This is a robust American-made product that has some thought behind it.

The design works - but how does the Runner’s Rig behave when in use?

The Runner's Rig smartphone pocket can hold a smartphone, or maybe a spare magazine for your gun.

Using The 10-24 Products Runner’s Rig

The Runner’s Rig has adjustable shoulder straps and an adjustable waist strap, and should fit most body types. I’ll have to say this is coming from the perspective of myself, a male of 6 foot and average build. I’m not eating barbells for breakfast, and I’m certainly not in the same weight class as the great Gabriel Iglesias. And last time I checked, I’m not a woman, ha ha.

Regardless, like any product of this nature, it takes a few minutes to adjust the straps and fit of the Runner’s Rig. This is actually where a second person can come in useful. I donned the Rig, and my wife was kind enough to set the straps accordingly. The buckles keep everything locked, as it were, so from here on out, unless something goes horribly wrong and I gain 200 pounds, the Rig is an easy-on-easy-off affair. Unclip the waist buckle, and off it comes.

Since it’s not advisable to be running around outside in a residential neighborhood doing draw-from-concealment drills, I had to execute the “function tests” indoors.

The pull tab allows quick access to your firearm, with practice.

The Function Tests

After using the clever Velcro retention strap to properly secure my (cleared - always run tests like this with an unloaded gun…) VP9, I donned the Runners Rig and ran around the house a little, drawing my firearm at random intervals. I will say that years of muscle memory made me wonder why my gun wasn’t on my hip, but it was easy to rethink things. The little loop to yank the Velcro flap open is very useful. Yank, draw, aim, and (dry) fire. Reholstering your weapon, while not as intuitive as a Kydex holster on your hip, isn’t a real problem either. Again, this setup is for a specific use case - if you’re putting your gun away, the encounter is over, and you have a moment to fiddle with the velcro retention strap if needed.

Going for a mag change is a little challenging, but that’s mainly because the smartphone pouch isn’t designed for what I was using it for. Though with practice I’m sure I’d become proficient at it.

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The Running Man Test

The Runner’s Rig is designed for, well, running with a firearm, so why not take it out for a run? With the Kung-Flu nonsense still a thing, I haven’t returned to my gym yet, so I’ve been running outdoors. I’m in the middle of a streak and have been putting in some distance every day. While not at the level of David Goggins, it’s a non-trivial distance, every day.

So, I donned the Runner’s Rig, and ventured out into the great big world with this purpose-built system.

At first I couldn’t help but always notice that it was “there”. Instead of on my hip, my gun resided in a nylon pouch on my chest. I felt a little self-conscious about it, but realizing the practical reality of the situation, i.e. most people are too busy driving or staring at their phones, I got over it. There was some back to front movement as I ran along, but nothing distracting. I suppose if I bulk up a little more and edge towards a Sean Whalen-esque build, there’ll be no movement. It’s not the Runner’s Rig fault, in other words.

As I ran along past the first mile or so, the Runner’s Rig did prove it’s worth. It’s quite comfortable over distances. The padded straps help. You know something is there, which is good, but it’s not a burden at all. I completed my run with zero complaints. I’ll go ahead and say it’s a good deal more comfortable than running with a traditional concealment holster. I can also see this being a great use case for back-country hiking where an open carry holster on your hip could prove inconvenient, i.e. it snags on something, or it’s not legal in your state.

A fringe benefit - As the firearm wasn’t beneath my shirt with the grip against my skin, the gun wasn’t exposed to the heavy-duty sweat of a South Florida run. No more wiping my VP9 down after each jog, that’s for sure. This alone should justify the purchase to anyone looking to arm themselves while running. The padding, and your shirt, keeps all the sweat and moisture away from the gun. Excellent. The spare magazine suffered no ill effects, either.

The Running Man Test - pass.

The little wallet-ID pocket is a nice touch.

Other Considerations

When thinking about these bespoke solutions for armed runners, my initial trepidation was that a lot of them seemed to break my rule about off-body carry, i.e. don’t do it. If this were a standard fanny-pack affair or man-purse (European Handbag) affair, it would be a hard pass. Positive retention of the weapon isn’t possible, and someone could just snatch the carrying product with one fell swoop. The Runner’s Rig, with the shoulder straps and cinched waist strap, keeps your weapon in contact with your body and secure, throughout your physical regimen.

Just for the heck of it, I went driving with it as well. This could actually be pretty useful for a long journey where perhaps having your firearm somewhere besides your hip is beneficial.

As far as concealment, your gun is fully concealed in the 10-24 Products Runner’s Rig. I’m not a lawyer and this doesn’t constitute legal advice, but from where I sit, this satisfies the requirements of keeping your firearm concealed, if the law in your state so requires.

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Pros And Cons Of The 10-24 Products Runner’s Rig

If you just want the bullet points…

Pros

  • A secure and comfortable method of carry while engaged in strenuous physical fitness activity.

  • Adjustable and padded straps make this work for most body types.

  • Padding and nylon material keep your firearm concealed and away from sweat completely.

  • Additional pocket for smartphone can hold something like a spare magazine, multi-tool, or PowerBar snack.

  • ID pocket is a nice touch.

Cons

  • Not really a “con” per se, but it’s obvious you have “something” on your chest. However, to be blunt, most people are too wrapped up in their own affairs or staring at their phone doing TikTok or MySpace or whatever to notice what some guy running by them has on his body.

  • This may not work for a woman with certain, umm, remarkable assets. Or maybe things would just be at a slant?

The Verdict

Part of defending yourself effectively means staying fit. And in these rather unusual times, your access to dedicated exercise facilities may be restricted. So, you have to take things to the great outdoors - which, as of late, can prove dangerous as well. You gotta be prepared. The Runner’s Rig from 10-24 Products is a welcome solution to this unique problem. I highly recommend it.

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