Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 IWB Holster Review

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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.

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Almost everything that came with the Alien Gear IWB holster. An accessory bag of differently sized fittings didn’t make it into the shot. The branding is reminiscent of a computer company.

 

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.

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The soft backing helped improve comfort in the IWB configuration.

 

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.

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The Cloak Tuck is constructed from a kydex retainer grommeted to a neoprene backing. At first I had considerable doubts about the retention ability of this construction.

 

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).

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Unscrewing either clip and moving it up or down will adjust cant and ride height.

 

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.

Breakdown:

I would recommend the holster based on:

  1. Outstanding warranty
  2. Good comfort
  3. Great price – below $36
  4. Conceals firearm well
  5. Construction is very sound
  6. Adjustable, especially ride height.

I disliked:

  1. Does not retain handgun well off-body (not a great concern with an IWB holster anyway, but something I care about)
  2. It is more difficult to put on than the Praetor and other OWB holsters.


Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


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  • Gregory Markle

    I’ve been carrying my CZ Duty P-07 using an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 for a few months on a fairly regular basis and I really like it. I find it extremely comfortable and it was easy to set up for the proper cant for my carry position (around 4 o’clock with a slight forward cant, very deep set.)

    While I don’t own a Praetor holster, comparing the ease of taking ANY IWB holster to ANY OWB on and off is a bit disingenuous as by their very nature and location an IWB holster is going to be significantly more difficult to get on and off (and trying to do it with your pants on is a fool’s folly!)

    I haven’t used my Alien Gear OWB holster yet so I can’t comment on it but they run a two holster deal that cost me just over $75 with shipping so I grabbed the OWB for range use but have been using the IWB on recent range trips to get used to the draw for carrying it.

    • Gregory,

      The Praetor is what I normally use. I do not normally use an IWB holster.

  • J.T.

    One little correction, that is the Cloak Tuck 2.0 and it costs $35.88. The standard Cloak Tuck has a leather back and does cost just under $30.

  • Drew Coleman

    I’ve been using the original (leather backed) one for quite some time, and it’s a great holster. I bought my brother the 2.0 version when he turned 21 and got his carry gun (I bought him a PX-4 Storm Compact), and he likes it a lot as well.

  • crdiddle

    I purchased and have worn every day for a year a Crossbreed
    Supertuck holster unless I was entering a restricted area or I was in bed.
    During that year I did a remolding project of my parents master bath that
    included pluming, framing, tile work and lots of physical activity including
    crawling under a pier and beam house numerous times all while wearing my
    Supertuck. Not once in that year have I felt like the weapon was in danger of coming adrift. You can turn the holster and weapon upside down while giving it a shake and the weapon still remains secure. Crossbreed uses leather and metal instead of neoprene and plastic. I live in the south and ordered the horsehide to protect the weapon from perspiration and after a week or so the leather molded to my body shape and is so comfortable I no longer feel it unless the weapon catches on something when standing or When I lie on my side. As I understand it Mark Craighead the Crossbreed founder invented this style of hybrid holster and to my mind the extra cost of the Crossbreed is well worth it because of the comfort of the leather and strength of the metal spring clips.

    A few weeks ago I caught one of the clips on a chair and sprung it. The cost to touch up the gouge in the chair is more then a new SIG. The clip still works but is not as secure on the belt. I emailed Crossbreed for the cost of a replacement and they responded that they were sending a replacement free of charge including postage under their lifetime warranty. I can’t recommend Crossbreed enough for serious day after day canceled carry.

    • Grindstone50k

      Alien Gear also make the Cloak Tuck in leather. The neoprene version is actuall the Cloak Tuck 2.0. Also, metal clips are available.

    • kbroughton77

      LOVE my supertuck! Definitely the most comfortable holster I’ve ever had. Recently went over the handlebars of my bike, lost a shoe but my handgun did not move.
      They’re a little more expensive, but well worth the price imo

    • uisconfruzed

      I second your comment, Supertuck combat cut

  • john huscio

    Giorgio tsoukalos-approved

  • The 1.0 is under $30 now. The one I got was a 2.0; that error has been fixed.

  • Don Ward

    Yes, but will it hold my Acme Disintegration Pistol?

  • Pikastump

    I have carried my Glock 23 almost daily in my AG cloak tuck for over a year now. I have nothing but good things to say. I cannot recommend this holster enough. I of course cannot say anything bad about crossbreed or several other holsters but the price difference is significant. With Alien Gear’s warrantee and the comfort and ease of carry, you really can’t go wrong. I live in Knoxville, TN and have carried with the cloak tuck in very hot weather and had no problems. As mentioned my glock will slide out of the holster while not being worn but while carrying it has never been a problem. I have never felt as though it was slipping.

    Great review Nathaniel, and again if you haven’t tried Alien Gear give them a chance.

  • Frank

    They aren’t bad holsters, but the lead times for getting them are pretty absurd. Mine took almost 2 months to get. You’re better off just getting a comptac for more money and not waiting an absurd amount of time.

    • Michael

      I just got mine, a combo (Cloak Tuck 2.0 and the OWB) for my PPQ M2, in the mail today. Order it on December 17th, so it only took about 2 and a half weeks. They said about 4 to 6 when I ordered so I was thrilled when I got it today.

  • JLR84

    I gather that the author is not familiar with the Comp-Tac MTAC and Crossbreed Supertuck based on his bewilderment at the design of the Alien Gear holster.

    The Alien Gear does seem attractive given how much less expensive it is than either the MTAC or Crossbreed, but I’m worried about the exposed rivets on the back. At least the MTAC, which I own several of, has a second layer of leather on the back so there’s no exposed hardware digging into the skin.

    Can anyone familiar with the Alien Gear comment on whether this is a concern?

  • Bill

    I seldom consider speed in putting on or taking off a holster, but having used several IWB tuckables, I always found that there was a lot more fiddling and struggling to make sure that everything was in the right place and that my shirt actually stayed tucked, versus throwing on a jacket, sweater or untucked shirt over an OWB

  • USMC03Vet

    10 out of 10’just for the warranty.

    Good grief they have confidence in their products.

  • Melvin-Purvis

    To the OP – now that you brought it up, just how many Jumping-Jack’s did you do? Inquiring minds need to know…

  • Gregory Markle

    It all depends on your setup. My OWB holsters are all mounted using Bladetech Tek-Loks, it takes me less than 30 seconds to take them on and off. Since I have to often remove my rig to enter various places I work at being able to remove it quickly is a plus. I have yet to examine whether or not the Alien Gear OWB will work with the Tek-Lok but I’m not confident from my initial look at it which means I would be resigned to weaving my belt through everything…but at least unlike an IWB it doesn’t pretty much require removing my pants!

  • I’ve had an Old Faithful IWB holster (they recently merged with Alien Gear) for a little over a year now. Their holster is virtually identical excepl they use thick leather (or horsehide for a little extra) for their holsters. I normally carry IWB, and this has been the best holster I’ve ever bought! And I’ve been EDC since the early 90’s, tried IWB, OWB and shoulder rigs. none have been as comfortable and secure feeling. Yes it felt bulky for the first couple weeks until the leather formed to me, now I can hardly tell I’m carrying a full size all steel 1911.
    I doubt I’ll ever buy another IWB holster other than Alien/Old Faithful brand, absolutely love the product, but wonder about the lifespan of the neoprene back? Will probably stick with the leather version myself.

  • Cknarf

    I’ve carried my Bersa in one for about a year now, and I absolutely love it. Can’t beat the value, either.

  • “It is more difficult to put on than the Praetor and other OWB holsters.”

    Yes it is, as are the Crossbreed Supertuck. I have one and don’t use it for that reason. I use an IWB from a different manufacturer that is much easier to put on and every bit as comfortable and concealable. The problem is the width of this and the Crossbreed. To put it on you have to undo your pants. Other, narrower, holsters don’t require that.

  • FightFireJay

    Why would you possibly care about holster retention when you are not wearing the holster? To me, the only thing that matters is retention when I’m actually using the holster, not when it’s sitting on my night stand or in my gun safe.

    Also, yes, some people may consider a tuckable IWB holster “more work” than an OWB holster. But if you want to be able to remove your cover garment at a restaurant or simply not have to worry about a cover garment in warm weather, there is no better option. I’ll gladly take an extra 30 seconds to get ready in the morning to have the option to do whatever I please with my jackets.

  • Cody M

    I have been using the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 for about a year now, maybe a little less. The first neoprene “lower” I had the plastic part of the laminate (fake leather, plastic for rigidity, and then neoprene on the back) broke due to stresses from moving. This was with normal everyday use, nothing overly strenuous. I called them up around December 17th-18th and requested a replacement. They asked what was the issue and asked that I send it back to them so they could see why it broke. I was told this was not a common issue but when it did happen it was very serious. Other than that no other questions were asked. The guy that i spoke to was extremely professional and courteous. After a 10 minute conversation, I received my new “lower” (new screws and rubber inserts included) on December 22nd. The new one was textured differently, and more rigid, than the original, so i have to guess they made some revisions on the backing. Is it the best holster on the market? No, but for around $40 and a lifetime warranty I’d say it is worth it.

    I did not have to wait a ridiculous amount of time to get my original holster 1.5 weeks maybe 2. Maybe I was lucky. The replacement part came within 4 days.

  • Gregory Markle

    Because it’s far easier than reaching around (I carry at 4 o’clock) and trying maneuver the stiff metal clips over the belt without rolling the edge of the pants and getting it positioned correctly with the clips perfectly vertical. It takes less time the drop my pants, clip it, and pull them back up than to wrestle it on out of my vision…and it’s not like I put it on and arm myself in public.

  • Daisuke0222

    Just ordered a pair of them (IWB & OWB). Can’t wait to receive them.