There came a flat, black saucer-shaped object that floated above my head in the night air and hummed steadily. I found myself mesmerized by the steady, pulsating vibrations that seemed not only to tickle my ears but my whole self. When I came to my senses, I had lost three hours of time, and was wearing an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 inside-the-waistband holster.
Unfortunately, due to holiday travel and other interruptions of my daily life, I was not able to carry the Cloak Tuck as much as I would have liked. However, I did carry it several times, and found it to be a reasonably comfortable and secure holster to use. The holster is one half of a kydex shell, backed by a neoprene support and guard, which acts as both a padding agent and a “frame” for the hostler. My initial reaction was that this is not how a proper holster should be made. I normally carry using an OWB Praetor Defense holster – two sides of kydex bolted together. Off-body, the Praetor holds the firearm securely; it takes a considerable amount of force to remove my Glock 19 from it. The Alien Gear is different; the pistol slides easily from it when it is not secured to a person.
However, when on the body in the IWB configuration, the Cloak Tuck seems to retain a firearm just fine. I did a few jumping jacks with the holster and gun on to check retention, which proved solid enough for that sort of activity. At no point in my experience with the holster did I feel like the pistol was coming loose from retention.
In many ways, I actually felt that the IWB Alien Gear was more comfortable than my Praetor holster. The Alien Gear holds the Glock lower on the belt than the Praetor, and the considerable foam padding does really improve comfort over the bare kydex of the Praetor. The Praetor being an OWB holster, this is not a serious issue, but I think the additional comfort might make a difference in how often one wore the gun.
There was a psychological component, too. Wearing an IWB holster felt a little more discreet than the OWB, though in actual concealment I suspect it makes almost no difference in visibility.
The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 is adjustable for cant, ride height, and retention. Ride height adjustment in particular is welcome to me, as I like to carry handguns lower than the average holster allows. Adjustments can be made by unscrewing the clips from the grommets and changing their position, and by loosening or tightening the screws holding the shell to the backing (I tightened the shell on mine all the way down, until the screws began to protrude from the back).
Finally, mention must be made of Alien Gear’s warranty:
30 Day Money Back Guarantee
You are not just going to like your new Alien Gear Holster – you’re going to love it. Guaranteed. Wear it for a month and if you don’t agree that it’s the most comfortable and concealable holster you’ve ever owned, we’ll buy it back. No questions asked, no hard feelings.
Unlimited Holster Shell Trades For Life
If you ever decide to carry a different handgun, we’ll trade your plastic shell to match your new gun. You may make unlimited trades as long as you own your Alien Gear Holster.
Free Forever Warranty
If any part of your Alien Gear Holster ever breaks for any reason, including the clips, we’ll repair or replace it for free.
It’s difficult to argue with that. I won’t say that Alien Gear has made me want to toss my Praetor – I still favor that holster since it’s easier to get on and off, and holds my gun securely even when off-body, but I don’t think I’d stop anyone from buying the Alien Gear, and I’d even be strongly tempted to outright recommend it based on the warranty.
I would recommend the holster based on:
- Outstanding warranty
- Good comfort
- Great price – below $36
- Conceals firearm well
- Construction is very sound
- Adjustable, especially ride height.
- Does not retain handgun well off-body (not a great concern with an IWB holster anyway, but something I care about)
- It is more difficult to put on than the Praetor and other OWB holsters.