Please give us brands you have been looking at??
I was looking at what I own: Ky-Tac .5 (holster, two types of mag pouches), Blade-Tech (two belt holsters, now one, one type of mag pouch-none IM type), Talon Tactical (one holster) and Comp-Tac (four now three holsters with, two types of double mag pouches), and two "not commonly known" maker mag pouches-my only example of not as good bent Kydex. I know what type of performance I get out of each.
The IM holsters I looked at have been Uncle Mike's in the flesh (hard finish an unattractive to me), Fobus (different plastic, still IM, it appears, not visually appealing either) and only pictures of the new BT IM and a brief look at what I think was an older IM Blade-Tech. Remember, I was not not arguing with the function, just appearance...UM and BT injection molded may work fine. But when I look at DETAILS, I see differences. There were some customer service differences, too. I agree, I have seen some pathetic looking bent Kydex out there, I just never bought it...because it looked bad. I agree 100%, the mere fact that I have bent Kydex does not assure me of quality, reliability, or performance. The fact that I have well designed and crafted
Kydex from good companies does. And again, not running down the molded models!!! I'm always up for cheap AND good if I get a chance to try one. Maybe in molded IWB, really thin, would be worth a try, but I don't expect that to happen for a lefty, BT seems to make right handed ones only. I gather the molds for that type of thing aren't cheap and they have to count on sales from the majority of shooters, not us left-handers, to make it back.
To repeat, please, no offense or insult to BT or you meant, and just because it's Kydex doesn't mean it's good craftsmanship.