I first heard of Alien Gear Holsters on a Facebook advertisement. I wasn’t in the market for a holster, but their logo and pictures intrigued me. So I checked them out and was interested in their design and I appreciated the fact that they are American made. Naturally when Will asked if I wanted to review the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster, I jumped at the chance.
Will got me in contact with Justin Johnson at Alien Gear, who was not only helpful, but awesome to work with. Justin sent me one of their Cloak Tuck 3.0 holsters, and a shell to fit my FNS-40 and my Kimber 1911.
My first impressions when I opened the package was it looks very well made. I was a little overwhelmed, though, with how much comes with the holster. Of course after looking at the included hardware kit and spare parts sheet, I found that all of the washers, screws and rubber spacers are for extensive customizability. Also included in the package was an instruction manual and a card that has their Iron-Clad Triple Guarantee embossed on it.
The customizability is laid out on their website, and its pretty impressive. You can adjust the cant forward or backward according to your preference. The ride height is also adjustable to how high or low you want your to sit on your body. Then retention can be changed from tight to loose giving you an option of excellent security or faster draw.
I set the Cloak Tuck to the standard FBI cant, a comfortable ride height and as tight on the retention side as I could without sacrificing my draw speed. I had to try my draw a few times and make a few small adjustments before I felt comfortable and safe with the how tight it held my FNS. All of this I did before I put on the holster.
I wore the holster everywhere! I started wearing it just in my off-time, but it was so comfortable to wear I decided to wear it to work, church and doing my honey-do errands for my wife. I personally attribute the comfort to the well designed neoprene inner pad that just seems to contour to your body.
At work (I’m a welder now) the holster held up well while working hard and I must say this particular holster outshines my other holsters when it comes to printing. The Cloak Tuck lives up to its name when my wife doesn’t even realize I’m wearing a weapon!
My only gripe with this holster is that like with all similarly designed holsters it can be a little difficult to put on. Alien Gear does include an instruction manual on how to don this holster, but honestly I have been wearing IWB holsters for long enough that I decided to forgo the instructions and put it on in the same order I did with my old leather holster. Unfortunately it is not easy to just tuck this particular holster with your pants buttoned or your belt fastened. The belt clips kept hanging up on my pants and I struggled with it for a couple of minutes. I finally gave up and took a look at the instructions and I’ll admit that Alien Gear definitely did a good job of step by step instructions.
I would prefer that the holster was easier and faster to don but you can’t have everything you want, and the versatility and comfort of the holster definitely outshines this small preferential gripe.
To wrap it up I would have to give Alien Gear’s Cloak Tuck 3.0 a 4.8/5.0 stars. It definitely does the job of concealment well. The holster is comfortable and holds up well when being very active. The only area of concern is the difficulty I had getting the holster on, but honestly I am so used to it now that doesn’t bother me as much.
If you want an excellent Made in the USA IWB holster for off-duty or concealed carry I would definitely suggest the Cloak Tuck 3.0. Plus as its priced under $50 its hard to beat.
Thanks again to Justin Johnson and the whole Alien Gear team. Go Hard BlackSheepWarriors and Semper Fidelis!
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