[Holster] Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 Review

Comfortable.  Concealable.  And affordable?

That’s what Alien Gear’s Cloak Tuck 3.0 ($45) brings to the table.

Aliengear Cloak Tuck 3.0 with XD Mod 2
Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 with XD Mod 2

I’ve been testing it for a few months now and have even taken it to a multi-day CCW course.

While other people were complaining of chafing or were accidentally tearing out their holsters along with their guns…the Cloak Tuck and my XD passed with flying colors.

ITTS Tactical CCW Course with Alien Gear
ITTS Tactical CCW Course with Alien Gear

Read on to see if it meets your criteria for the perfect IWB (inside the waistband) holster.

Features

In a world with a TON of holsters (don’t believe me…check out my Best Holsters for Any Way You Carry), there’s only so much you can do to stealthily affix a firearm to your body.

The Cloak Tuck 3.0 does it well with its hybrid Kydex (hard plastic) shell that holds the gun and completely covers the trigger.

Aliengear Clips and Full Trigger Coverage
Alien Gear Clips and Full Trigger Coverage

Plus a waterproof neoprene backer (think scuba suit) that is comfy even next to bare skin.  Also very easy to wipe off for cleaning.

Alien Gear Neoprene Backer

The clips to your belt also hook underneath it so it’s not coming out unless you want it to.

Alien Gear Clips
Alien Gear Clips

And the cut of the backer is a good combination of enough material to block the gun from touching your skin while allowing a good high grip.

Aliengear Holster, High Grip
Alien Gear Holster, High Grip

How It Conceals

A holster can be the comfiest thing ever…but if it can’t conceal a gun it’s useless!

Here I’m using the Springfield Armory XD Mod 2 Service Model.  The service model is special since it has a full sized grip and a slightly shorter barrel.  One of my top recommendations for Best Handgun for Beginners.

Glock 17 vs XD Mod 2 Service
Glock 17 vs XD Mod 2 Service

The grip is where it matters since it will be the thing poking out of your shirt.

Here’s a couple angles starting with my back.  I’m 5’10” and 175 lbs wearing a large shirt with the holster on my right side.

Back View, Aliengear
Back View, Alien Gear

And from the side:

Side Profile, Aliengear
Side Profile, Alien Gear

How about with a jacket?

Jacket with Aliengear
Jacket with Alien Gear

I don’t know about you…but I can hide it pretty well.  Only when I’m sitting does it poke out a little.  But if you actually sit against something no one will be the wiser.

Seated with Aliengear
Seated with Alien Gear

How’s it Draw?

Likewise, if you can’t draw your gun easily…your holster is useless.  The Alien Gear fared very well during my testing and class due to its clips and cut angle of the backer.

ITTS Tactical CCW Course with Alien Gear
ITTS Tactical CCW Course with Alien Gear

The clips kept the holster in whenever I drew and the angle of the backer allowed me to get a nice high grip.

Smooth Draw with Alien Gear
Smooth Draw with Alien Gear

Conclusion

Do I recommend the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 ($45)?

Aliengear Cloak Tuck 3.0 with XD Mod 2
Aliengear Cloak Tuck 3.0 with XD Mod 2

For sure!

  • Affordably priced compared to other $70+ holsters
  • Super comfortable
  • Easily hides a full-sized handgun
  • Strong belt clips
  • Great angle for grip

Still not sure?

Alien Gear has a 30-day “Test Drive” guarantee PLUS a lifetime warranty.

So what are you waiting for?  Did you go with the Alien Gear or another from my list of Best Holsters?

Regardless of what CCW holster you go with…make sure you have some self-defense insurance in case the unthinkable happens.  Check out my full review of the industry leader, USCCA.

10 Leave a Reply

  • Mike Sr.

    I've been using my cloak tuck 3.0 to carry my PT845 for several years now. I picked it up as soon as they made a shell for my gun. I've used a number of off the shelf and custom rigs over the years. For off the shelf, this is the best concealment rig I've used. Comfortable, sturdy, great retention, I can drive with it, and the little alien keychain fob is great. One of the best features is the neoprene backing. I have severe, widespread psoriasis. Normal clothing at times can be painful (think ciggarette burn on top of the spot you burned 5 minutes ago). The neoprene backing causes little to no discomfort, even in warmer conditions. Yeah, I'd say I like it.

    3 weeks ago
  • Woodrow Greenfeather

    I have used the cloak tuck for about 3 years. Like everyone else, I initially had problems with the screws. I applied a drop of blue loctite and haven't had that issue since. The best thing I found with it is being able to adjust the cant and the tension on my gun. I am handicapped and walk with a cane. My shooting hand is messed up so I wasn't able to buy a one size fits all. The other great thing about it is the inter changeable shells and lifetime shell change out if you change firearms. At the time that I bought it I open carried a G22 and concealed a Keltec PF9. I eventually got s Beretta Nano and got the shell for it. Both of these holsters I still use and wouldn't wear anything else.

    5 months ago
  • Dave

    I too, bought the this holster for my daily CCW (Walther PPS M2) after following the links for accessories on Walther's website directly off their page for the PPS M2. The vast array of choices to sift through was dizzying and most of them seemed to be "my home based Kydex holter making business" (or slightly larger) and they were, as the article says, about $70.00 or higher and largely all the same. Having already purchased two holsters that didn't work for me (it was expected as holster choices are fairly personal). AlienGear was viewed early on in the process due to it alphabetically placed listing. All the reasons discussed in the article lead to me purchasing it after looking at about 30 others and searching for reviews, etc. Five months later I still love it and wear it directly under my shirt with the only garment between part of me and the holster being my undershorts. It is very comfortable, I have slept laying on it with my CCW in it, and forgotten about it. The screws do occasionally become loose, but they have never fallen out, and I keep a small torx bit to tighten them as needed. Although I initially wasn't thrilled about tightening the screws, I found myself playing with the kant and position occasionally and now it doesn't bother me. The LocTite is a neat tip and I will probably try it. I have recommended this holster and AlienGear to friends and the ones that bought it felt the same as I have and are still using it as well.

    8 months ago
  • John

    Purchased the Alien Gear IWB/OWB for my Taurus 24/7 G2. The first clue about issues was the extra screws in the package. Started wearing the OWB around the house to get a feel for it; after two days of just normal movement (sitting, standing, reaching, walking, etc) the screws fell out of the belt clip. Found them on the floor, put them back in. Fell out again after another day of wear. Switched to the IWB. Same thing. This went on for a couple months. Contacted AG customer service, got the equivalent of a digital shrug and suggestion that I use Loctite on them. Loctite doesn't work; the constant flexing still works the screws loose. Put both the holsters in the trash and went back to my old holster.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Hi John, thanks for sharing your experience with us.

      1 year ago
  • Scott

    What brand of undershirt are you wearing to keep the holster off your skin?

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Hi Scott, I'm wearing Neleus...I have both the short and long sleeve ones. Great for going to the gym and holster reviews.

      1 year ago
  • Donald

    The Cloak Tuck is my favorite holster. I have one for my FNS-9C and it is so comfortable I sometimes forget I'm wearing it. Like someone else mentioned, you will certainly need to apply some loctite to all of the screws to keep them from working loose. I have tried some other holsters with my other carry guns but they are not as comfortable and well made as the Cloak Tuck.

    1 year ago
  • Steve

    Iv'e worn the cloak for about 3 years as my everyday carry holster. It is a great fitting holster that stays where you want it. The only drawback I ever had was every few days the screws holding the belt clips in place would start to come loose ( I have a very active job where I am constantly moving). I figured out a quick fix to the problem, a small drop of blue lock-tite keeps them from working loose. All in all this is by far the best IWB holster i have found.

    1 year ago
    • Eric Hung

      Thanks for the loctite tip!

      1 year ago
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