The Royal Guard is made of horsehide which is why it costs more than the summer comfort which is made of cowhide. If you handle them both side by side you can feel the difference. The summer comfort is softer and not as firm as the Royal Guard. I find the horsehide holsters to be more durable and longer lasting. Given the choice I like the Royal Guard. But don't get me wrong, the summer comfort is still a good, quality leather holster. I own a few for some of my weapons and they are a good holster.