Alien Gear Holsters showed up in March of 2013 and caused quite a stir in the market. Their first offerings to the public were well built and they have one heck of a warranty. Head on over to their website and check out their warranty here: Alien Gear Holsters Warranty.
Very recently, they’ve improved upon an already good product. The new Cloak Tuck 2.0 holster has the same fit, form and function as the old model, but the folks at Alien Gear have added a few things. The backing is now made of a padded waterproof neoprene, which keeps moisture away from your firearm. One of the really nice additions they package with this holster is a pack of replacement parts that can be used to custom fit the holster to the gun. The standard belt clips are nylon or steel, your choice when you order, though Alien Gear recommends the nylon clips. Alien Gear also offers a variety of belt clips that can be ordered with the holster, or purchased afterwards if you decide to change things up. Available are a pair of “J” clips, “C” clips, leather belt loops. The “J” and “C” clips are less visible and add an element of concealment to your carry rig. Each clip mount has an upper, lower and middle position to choose from and the front and back can be set independently so if you prefer a slight cant to your holster, no problem.
The main backing facing the gun is traditional leather. The backing sewn on the reverse side is now made of waterproof neoprene. This ensures that moisture cannot penetrate the leather backing and settle on your sidearm. For hot climates, this is a big improvement over a plain leather slab that can absorb moisture and transfer it to your gun (bleh!). The shell is made of Kydex and is held in place by four fasteners which can be easily tightened or loosened simply by screwing them down or loosening them. There is a rubber grommet mounted beneath the Kydex at each fastener location that helps you apply the desired tension on the Kydex shell against your gun. One of the cool things that Alien Gear offers is the ability to simply order a new shell, should you decide to carry a different gun. That way, your nicely broken in backing can be used to carry the latest tool of your choice.
Like almost all holsters, this unit will require a little breaking in. I found the shell holding my gun to fit pretty well. There was enough tension right out of the box, so I didn’t need to fiddle with that much. Drawing from the holster is a breeze. I never experienced anything hang up or catch, and the rig clung to my belt no matter what I did. Standing, sitting, bending, all manner of movements did not cause the belt clips to release of the gun to pop out or inch upwards. Re-holstering was just as simple. I carry mine mounted in the middle position, so the waistband of does not obstruct the Kydex shell.
Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the size, weight and quality of this holster. That coupled with their rock-solid warranty and it’s tough to compete with these guys. If you’re looking for a carry rig, I think this is definitely something you should consider. Head on over to their website and see for yourselves.