This is my review of the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB holster. This is their top of the line IWB holster.
So, here are my thoughts. Ordering to the door took 9 work days which is commendable as they estimate 12-14. Packaging is nice. There are plenty of video reviews on YouTube about the packaging and the holster so I’ll get into the meat of my review… The holster its self.
I messed around with all the different configurations possible with this holster and ended with the slide side all the way up and the grip side all the way down giving the maximum cant. This works best for me because I spend a lot of time in vehicles. This position gets the magazine off my back. My particular holster has the custom plastic mold for my Springfield XDm 4.5″ 9mm which is no small pistol and not the easiest to conceal.
I am wearing it in the 4:30 position which is the factory recommended position and it is by far the most comfortable, though I kinda like the 5 o’clock position too but have to put my shoulder out of joint to draw from it. From 4:30 I don’t have to dislocate my shoulder. I did, initially seem to have problems drawing but realized it was human error. What was happening is when drawing the grip side clip would stay on the belt like it should but the soft part of the holster would bend and the holster would come part way out of my pants. Come to find out there were a few things going on here. First, I was thumbing the soft part of the holster by the slide. Second, I had the retention too tight and Third my belt was a soft piece of shit. I now wear a 5.11 Tactical Double Duty Belt which holds this up very nicely.
Back to the holster. Time will tell of it’s durability but from other reviewers I have read it will be a very durable holster. Keep in mind these are NOT kydex holsters. They are Boltaron plastic, which is a very durable plastic. Here is an explanation about that plastic versus kydex.
As far as the tuck-ability of this holster is concerned it is definitely tuckable. Where I have issues is I’m a tall guy and wear tall tuck in shirts. If the shirt tucks really far into the waistline then the fabric will scrunch up a little bit by the holster. Also if you’re skinny like me it will still be hard to completely conceal a full size firearm like my XDm. Just remember something, 99.9% of people out there aren’t looking at you trying to figure out if you’re packing. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but most people are smart phone zombies. They probably wouldn’t notice if you had one in your hand. Also keep in mind there are people out there that ARE looking. Cops, Security Guards, Other CCW holders, etc… It’s still in your best interest not to print and this holster does a DAMN good job of that. Even with a relatively tight fitting shirt on you still won’t know I have my pistol on me unless you put your hand on my lower back / hip, and unless you’re my wife, kids or chiropractor you better keep your hands off!
Fit and Finish? I tried and couldn’t find one blemish or flaw. The neoprene backing is very comfortable against the skin and the “alien” material feels a lot like premium leather, though I know it isn’t. It does provide plenty of grip on the firearm though.
To be honest I can’t find anything wrong with this holster which is out of character for me. I guess I’m just that impressed and I highly recommend this holster for someone needing to wear tuck in shirts. One request I have for Alien Gear? IWB Tuckable Magazine holsters to match. Pretty Please! I would love to be carrying my 2 extra mags also and it would help balance out the load.
Oh, how the hell could I forget price??? You WILL NOT find a comparable holster for the same price. Don’t let the price fool you. This holster is, in my opinion better than holsters costing twice as much.
I gotta admit, one of the reasons I choose Alien Gear is because they are not only committed to the 2nd amendment, they also have a sense of humor!