Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 Holster

Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 Inside the waistband holster hybrid system providing comfort and concealability.

By Darby Darrow

If you concealed carry a gun for personal defense, on a daily basis, two characteristics of a holster will come readily to mind; concealability and comfort. Carrying a full sized 1911 proves challenging on both aspects. It would be more comfortable, and much easier to conceal a small pocket gun. But if we have to defend ourselves or families with a handgun, comfort would be a secondary consideration. We choose to carry guns that we shoot well.

There are many options for carrying a gun on the waistline, but few provide the concealability of an inside the waistband holster (IWB.) Since the muzzle is entirely concealed inside your trousers, a much shorter outer garment can be worn.

The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 Holster ($43.88 from http://aliengearholsters.com)

The Alien Gear IWB holsters are designed for comfort and concealability, and they excel at both. The Cloak Tuck 3.0 is a multi-layered holster that is about 9 1/2 inches wide. This extra width helps to distribute the pressure of the gun over a greater area. The portion of the holster that rides closest to your body is an ultra soft neoprene. Your gun is held between a form fitted piece of Boltaron plastic and a piece of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) with an “alien skin” texture. In between the neoprene and the TPE are a piece of stainless spring steel and some ballistic nylon adding additional support and a perspiration barrier to the holster. The spring steel is confined to the size of the gun leaving the “wings” of the holster flexible allowing the holster to conform to your contours. The flexibility means that there is no “break in” time, the holster is comfortable right off the shelf.

The Cloak Tuck 3.0 is available for 500 handgun options and can be configured with a variety of different attachment systems including Standard nylon clips, steel clips, “J” and “C” clips, and black or tan leather loops.

The holster is easily adjustable for ride height and cant, by removing the screw and spacer and moving to a different hole. The holster also comes with a hardware pack with different sized spacers allowing you to vary the tightness of the holster’s retention.

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We like the Cloak Tuck 3.0. It is easily one of the most comfortable IWB holsters that we have run across. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Alien Gear offers a 30-day test drive! Order the holster and wear it for 30 days. If you aren’t satisfied with it, they will buy it back! What happens if you decide to change your carry gun? Each of the outer shells is form fitting for a specific model of handgun, if you change guns you can send your old shell in and trade it for a new one. Alien Gear offers interchangeable shell trades for life. To top that off, they offer a “Forever” warranty. If anything breaks on any part of the holster they will repair or replace. Forever. Can it get any better than this? How about made in America?

When we first saw the low price we thought that we would get a shoddily thrown together product with inferior components. After wearing the holster for a few months we were pleasantly surprised. The quality, design, adjustability and customer service all exceed the low price of this holster.

The Cloak Tuck 3.0 sandwich: TPE skin/stainless spring steel/ballistic nylon. Photo by Alien Gear.

Flexibility equates to comfort. There is no break in time for the Cloak Tuck 3.0.

Flexibility equates to comfort. There is no break in time for the Cloak Tuck 3.0.

The hardware kit that comes with the holster includes all of the hardware needed to adjust the holster’s clips and shells.

The hardware kit that comes with the holster includes all of the hardware needed to adjust the holster’s clips and shells.

A typical hybrid holster will have 6 exposed T-Nuts.

A typical hybrid holster will have 6 exposed T-Nuts.

The Cloak Tuck 3.0 covers the majority of the T-Nuts leaving only 2 exposed.

The Cloak Tuck 3.0 covers the majority of the T-Nuts leaving only 2 exposed.

Outer garment tucked in, the only indication is two black plastic clips.

Outer garment tucked in, the only indication is two black plastic clips.

Pulling up on the outer garment gives ready access to the handgun.

Pulling up on the outer garment gives ready access to the handgun.