Several months ago we reviewed the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck holster and were pleasantly surprised by the comfort and fit. The company made some changes and asked us if we would like to try their revamped 3.0 version. We said “yes”, but wanted to change things up a bit.
Any Kydex maker can build a holster for a polymer framed compact or subcompact pistol. We decided to try a full sized Glock 20 in 10mm for Alien Gear’s latest design.
At first glance, the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck looks a bit on the large size. It is a hybrid holster, similar to a Cross Breed or DeSantis Intruder. It makes use of a neoprene backing board with a Kydex holster attached to it; in this case it is a series of screws and spacers as opposed to more traditional rivets. The neoprene back helps distribute the weight of the firearm over a greater surface area and the use of neoprene over leather makes this an extremely comfortable holster. Additionally, the wearer can utilize the leather belt loops or replace them with the optional J-hooks to make it a tuckable holster.
Like its predecessor, the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 is completely adjustable for cant, height, and holding tension. Adjustments are easily made and Alien Gear supplies a complete set of washers to make the hold tighter or looser.
The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck is completely up-gradable and the company encourages the use of this option.
Some shooters buy a new holster for every handgun they own, whether they carry it or not. As a result, if they trade the handgun in or sell it, the holsters tend to go with it. With Alien Gear, the shooter can keep the holster and exchange the shell for one that fits another model.
The branding of the holster is a bit more subdued than previous versions, the head of the space alien is still there, but he is not colored in white, just a subdued engraving in the black. The spacers in their fluorescent green accent this theme and really set the brand apart. The good news for the tactically minded is that these spacers are not visible as they are worn inside the belt. The aliens will not compromise your position.
The biggest innovation in this model is the incorporation of spring steel in the backing board instead of plastic. It makes for a stronger holster that forms to your hip within a week as opposed to a plastic or leather version that takes months.
Alien Gear builds a true custom holster that is made individually, but the price barely reflects that, even if the ordering and wait times do.
We have been wearing the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 on almost a daily basis since we received it, alternating between the Glock 20 and the much larger Glock 40 with a 6″ barrel. With a proper belt there is no sag and the neoprene prevents chaffing and acts as a better cushion for the handgun when carried IWB.
It takes a lot of talent to make a proper and comfortable holster for such a large handgun and Alien Gear delivers in spades.