Thursday, February 4, 2016

Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 Holster Review

I have owned a good number of holsters over the years.  At this point, I know the style of holster I prefer and what works best for my draw, re-holstering and comfort.  For me, I prefer a hybrid holster (leather and kydex) for inside waist belt (IWB) and outside waist belt (OWB).

I currently have a few Comp-Tac holsters that use for my Springfield XD and XD-SC and I have been very pleased with them so far!  I have already reviewed them in the past, here and here; and would trust and own another in a heartbeat.

That being said, after I purchased my Springfield XDS 9mm I knew I wanted an IWB holster but I wanted to see what other brands are producing.  While there are MANY companies making hybrid holsters, Alien Gear is a company that I have heard a lot about and I have been lurking through their website for a few years now.  After reading about their newest Cloak Tuck 3.0 and seeing the price, I knew I couldn't pass up the opportunity to try it yout.  (Full disclaimer: I purchased the holster personally with no additional discount from Alien Gear for the review).

The holster arrived about 10 days from the date of purchase which I felt was a great turnaround time.
The holster was in a large zip lock back with another zip lock bag containing instructions, the guarantee and extra pieces.

I was immediately intrigued by the thermo-elastomer "Alien Skin" texture, meant to improve drag and durability. Within the makings of the holster is a stainless-spring steel core, and a neoprene layer that will contact your waistline.  What you end up with is a well designed, flexible holster that should be comfortable for hours of wear.

The holster has 3 holes on each wing so you can adjust the depth of carry and also adjust the cant.  I prefer to carry deep so I set my belt clips at the highest
hole.  Making the change is very simple, and the wrench is provided to unscrew the clips.  There are additional green rubber spacers if needed.  Black spacers are available on their website as well.

Hidden well with t-shirt
Alien Gear recommends the holster to be work at the 430 position, which I tried.  I have never been comfortable carrying in this position and still felt that it was uncomfortable for me.  I adjusted the position to 2 o'clock which is very comfortable!  

After wearing the holster for 3 days I felt that is was what I hoped it would be.  Retention was great and have zero worry about it falling out at any point. Re-holstering is easy due to the solid kydex and the neoprene inner layer was very comfortable against my skin.  The belt clips are terrific and retention of the holster was top notch.  

Alien Gear backs up their holsters with a 30 day test drive, free shell trades for life (if you change firearms) and a forever warranty! To find an Alien Gear holster for yourself, just follow this link: Alien Gear Holsters

While time will help determine if this is the holster I'll stick with, I am very satisfied right now!  I will post additional comments after I have carried this holster for a few months.