Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 Review

| November 1, 2015 | 5 Comments

Alien Gear opened it’s doors in 2013 and quickly became known for cost effective long lasting durable holsters. Now just a short 2 years later the company has a vast product set and is setting the world on fire letting innovation be their guide. Being an old timer I never thought I would use the word innovation when describing a company which makes holsters. Originally Alien Gear started out with the traditional materials, leather and kydex?as I would expect. Even with it’s features it just wasn’t enough to drive me to change from my existing carry setup. Within a short period Alien Gear released their 2.0 model with neoprene backing in place of the leather. Now this change immediately catches my attention and I would place an order for one. In my review of the Cloak Tuck 2.0 I called it “the most comfortable holster I have ever carried”. The width of this holster spreads the weight out across your belt which I suspect is part of their secret sauce to comfort. It makes carrying full size pistols a breeze. I know someone utilizing one to carry a full size Glock 20 — 10MM and someone else a full size S&W M&P.

Cloak Tuck 3.0 (Left) vs Cloak Tuck 2.0 (Right)

Cloak Tuck 3.0 (Left) vs Cloak Tuck 2.0 (Right)

So you ask what is the big deal about the neoprene backing, neoprene has qualities that I think makes it a great materiel for holsters. Neoprene provides excellent water resistance for those hot days when you are outside exercising while carrying. It also provides great protection against things like salt water and other elements your body my excrete while carrying, therefore providing a great barrier of protection between your body and your firearm. Most often this isn’t?thought about but being around firearms for the majority of my life and around those who carry I have seen firearms began to rust only after a day of carrying by some people. Though I see my carry pistol as a tool I still prefer for it to look nice and consider it a necessity to keep it clean and rust free to know it will be 100% reliable if I ever need it.

Alien Gear leveraging technology and innovation to push the envelope of holster design and manufacturing has recently released the Cloak Tuck 3.0 model.?This model brings forward a lot of feature and functionality from the Cloak Tuck 2.0, neoprene backing, spare parts kit but yet?introduces a few?new ideas as well, and?important to me continues to be made in America.

New Features:

Stainless Steel Spring Band
Thermoelastic Polymer
Covered the exposed hardware
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One of the major advancements in the Cloak Tuck 3.0 is the insertion of the stainless steel spring band. This insert adds to rigidity and durability. Interestingly I immediately noticed retention was a lot better on the Cloak Tuck 3.0. There is no doubt that the thermoelastic polymer skin which has been scaled assist with?retention also.?I have carried the?Cloak Tuck 2.0 for many months and thought retention was just fine, though I have noticed when getting in and out of my vehicle concealing myself behind my door I would slightly adjust and double check the seating of my pistol. The Cloak Tuck 3.0?has quickly modified that behavior, I no longer even think twice about retention. Don’t get me wrong I won’t be getting rid of my Cloak 2.0 anytime soon, it will soon wear a new kydex shell for my S&W J frame.

Retention is one of the most?important things to consider when purchasing a holster and though the Cloak Tuck 3.0 is improved it wasn’t a big concern for me to begin with. The biggest improvement for me was the hiding of the hardware under the neoprene backing. This adds additional comfort to a holster I consider to be the most comfortable on the market. The metal hardware wasn’t a huge issue but it was cold to the skin first thing in the morning if I weren’t carrying with my shirt tucked in. This also adds to longevity, with the metal hardware exposed to the chemical properties of your sweat it will eventually start to rust.

Alien Gear continues to blaze the trail leveraging technology and innovation to drive improvements within their products that they stand behind at a very affordable price point.

  • 30 days money back no questions asked
  • Lifetime warranty? if anything ever breaks for any reason including the clips
  • Free shell trades for life, if you get a new gun we will trade your shell to match the new gun as long as you own the holster.

My only real knock against this holster is sort of a personal one, I am Mr. Revolverguy and the revolver selection is rather small compared to the semi auto selection. As I mentioned above the width and design of this holster would make it a great selection for heavier revolvers for deep?woods carry and hiking. So what do you say Alien Gear Marketing department can we get an expansion in the revolver selection?

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  1. Halfcell says:

    I have the coat tuck 2, for the price it is one of the best hosters I have….as I wright this I have it on, siting in my easy chair, just returned home from town, you get where you no longer know it is even there. My carry is a SIG 938 sas. After finding the right combo on cant and height I removed the unused hardware and used blue lock tight on all the screws. Great hoster, I will always carry concealed even though we go open carry after the first of the year.

  2. tommy wood says:

    I like Your cloak 3 holster. I did need to get the neoprene covered with leather, due to being allergic to neoprene. My only complaint is , after about 6 moths of wear, the plastic clips have widened and no longer securely grip my wide belt. I’ve never lost my holster, but have had it ride up, due to the clips not staying fastened.
    I need to get some new clips. Tom

  3. Donald VanZant says:

    After I purchased my new S&W .40 CA Shield I purchased about 4 holsters attempting to find one that met my needs. When I read about the AlienGear 2.0 I purchased it. I was quite pleased with it although when the 3.0 was offered I bought it too. Later I ordered a new shell for the Shield which was configured for the LaserMax. both the 2.0 and the 3.0 offered great versatility. I carry !WB now and during the hot summer tuck the holster under either a loose shirt or even a dress shirt where it fits comfortably. Although I do prefer to carry IWB using a jacket or coat in the cooler temperatures, which allows faster access to the weapon. I have worn the 3.0 for up to 12 hours at a time while driving long distances. It is comfortable and concealed.

  4. James Cappel says:

    I have the 2.0 to carry a Kahr CW 45, I sometimes travel and have worn the holster for up to 15 hours. I’m ready to kick off my shoes and holster to relax in my easy chair, several times I’ve kicked off the shoes sat down then noticed I still had my gun on. Great product, will buy the new 3.0 soon.

  5. Rob N. says:

    I had a Cloak 2.0. It started snagging and wouldn’t let me pistol come out of the kydex, despite many adjustments. Threw it in the trash. I’m not going to trust my life to something that won’t let me draw my defensive firearm.

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