Kydex Concealed Carry Holster: Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Holster Review

Alien Gear makes a great IWB concealed carry holster for the money.

If you are looking for a comfortable way to carry your handgun concealed, an inside the waistband kydex concealment holster may be what you are looking for.

Alien Gear Cloak Tuck Holster 3.0

Alien Gear Cloak Tuck Holster 3.0

Whether you have a Glock 19 or a 1911, there is a concealed carry holster from Alien Gear Holsters that will allow you to comfortably wear your weapon all day long.

Finally, a holster without the poking and painful digging that occurs with other styles of holsters, while maintaining the security and safety of your firearm.

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The comfort comes from a large padded section between your body and firearm. The security of the firearm is accomplished by the use of a custom fitted kydex (or polymer) shell.

Alien Gear Holster properly secured to gun belt.

Alien Gear Holster properly secured to gun belt.

This is the a great tactical holster choice for people who want to carry their pistol on the hip in the 4 to 5 o’clock position, or even “small of the back” position.

Cloak Tuck 3.0 Advertised Features

-Each holster is made specific to your weapon. This provides a custom fit, covering the trigger guard for safety and creating excellent retention.

-Works great with tucked or un-tucked shirts. Convenient and comfortable, you can wear your weapon with the concealed carry clothes you choose.

-They have a kydex Glock Holster, Sig Sauer Holster, Ruger, Beretta, Keltec, Kimber and over 30 other brands, and hundreds of models. Just specify the concealed carry holster for your gun!

-You can trade in your shell for a different gun for free, or you can purchase additional shells for your holster.

-Easily adjustable tilt and ride height. Make it fit just right for you.

-Easily adjustable retention. Innovative green washers allow precise adjustment to your requirements.

-High quality components. The backing is multi-layered with leather and a thin sheet of metal in between for stiffness. This creates the perfect balance between comfort and performance.

– Tough, durable shell that will never lose its shape. The shell is not actually kydex, but  made of a super durable polymer that is much thicker and stiffer than competing hybrid holsters that use a thin piece of kydex that can lose its shape over time.

-Easy on your concealed carry clothing. The thick, rounded edges prevent snags and reduce friction wear.

My review of the Cloak Tuck 3.0

The Good News:

For the most part, I really like the holster. There are a couple things I didn’t like, but I will get to that.

I bought the 1911 version for my Sig Sauer Nightmare. It arrived in a matter of days packaged handsomely in a reusable Alien Gear bag.  As expected, it fits the gun flawlessly.

alien gear holster holding a sig sauer 1911

Fits my Sig Sauer 1911 like a glove!

The holster looks really nice, too. But in the end, it is functionality that matters here.

It comes with plenty of extra hardware for adjustment or replacement as needed.

Included spare parts kit

Included spare parts kit

I was immediately impressed with the out-of-the-box comfort of the 3.0. They advertise that the holster conforms immediately to your body with no break in period needed, and I can confirm this fact.

Alien Gear holster and wilderness gun belt

The holster was comfortable right out of the box and fits my 1.5″ Wilderness Instructor belt securely.

The belt clips are mounted with spacers to allow the option of tucking in your shirt around the gun. This method of concealed carry works best with thinner firearms, but you can get away with with a full size gun if the shirt is looser fitting. .

See How to wear your Cloak Tuck 3.0

I carry a 1911 Sig Sauer Nightmare (Commander barrel length) and generally go with an un-tucked T-shirt or 5.11 Tactical shirt that is a button down and looks great un-tucked, but I like to have the option.

I wore this holster for 30 days so far and it is indeed comfortable. I have to say, it was quite comfortable from Day 1.

The soft padding against my skin is all I feel, no edges of the gun digging into my back when I drive or sit at the kitchen table.

I did not experience any movement of the holster or concern that the gun was not secure as I went about my day. When you don’t think about your gun, it means you have a comfortable holster!

Don’t get me wrong, when you carry a 1911 or other full size gun, you know it is there! But it is nice when it is comfortable vs. a lower quality holster that will actually allow the firearm to cause pain in many situations.

I am now wearing my Alien Gear holster fairly often (depending on the gun I choose to carry), and I have recommended this holster to friends as well.

Now, the Bad…

Ok, nothing terrible here, just a few details that I need to point out.

-It’s tricky to get on if you are already dressed. Since I don’t always carry in the house, I put the holster on when I go out and take it off when I come home, so I like it to be easy to manage.

The plastic clips are GREAT at staying securely attached to my belt, but this also makes it tricky to put it on halfway around my back. (Gotta say, my Crossbreed Supertuck is MUCH easier on and off)

-The adjustment screws are a bit troublesome. Although the ability to adjust the height, cant, and retention is a huge plus, once you adjust it to your liking, you better drop some Loctite on the threads to keep them from loosening.

Alien Gear Holsters vs. Crossbreed Holsters

Look, Crossbreed makes awesome holsters, (I own two and still use my 1911 Crossbreed Supertuck going on 8 years) and heck, they really invented this type of holster.

Alien Gear came along and made it cheaper. And a little prettier.

If you aren’t on a tight budget, by all means, buy a Crossbreed Supertuck, you will not regret it. If you need to spend a bit less, Alien Gear is your holster.

I feel I need to say here that I still use my Crossbreed most of the time. I have worn it for many, many hours each week for 6-7 years now.

It looks like hell but it is so easy to put on, and mine has not loosened up, NEVER needed adjustment, and it secures my Kimber Pro Carry as good as it did when I bought it.  I think I will write a review for that holster as well!

The  biggest advantages of the Alien Gear holsters over the Crossbreed:

-Price.  Alien Gear, $52. Crossbreed Supertuck, $90.

-Adjustable retention. Tension can be adjusted with the included Allen key at any time, the Crossbreed will loosen up over time and need to be tightened. There is a method using a hair dryer to heat up the kydex, or you can send it to them to do it at only the cost of shipping.

-The entire barrel is covered and protected. The Crossbreed and other brands leave the barrel and front sight exposed, which can snag and damage your clothing.

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Quick run down of Features of the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 concealment holster:

  • Forever Warranty
  • Quality materials
  • Comfortable
  • Free shell trades (for a different gun)
  • Adjustable
  • Affordable
  • No Break-In period
  • Made in America

What others are saying about the Cloak Tuck 3.0

“…Purchased this for my Glock 26 and absolutely love it. Easily the most comfortable IWB holster I have ever worn. Very well made and extremely functional.”   -Wes L. Amazon customer

“…This is by far the most comfortable iwb holster I’ve ever worn. Day 1 and it felt like it was already broke in. I carry a full sized S&W M&P 9mm and this holster has no problem with it. I look forward to seeing what they come up with next.”   -onelesshero Amazon customer.

“…Best concealed IWB holster I’ve have ever worn, and I have a lot of them. I hate that it took so long for me to listen to my friends and just buy one. Save time and money, buy this holster!”

-H. Engineering Amazon customer

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