Alien Gear Holsters new “Cloak Tuck 2.0 IWB” holster proves once again, that they know what they are doing when it comes to building concealable, stable, and super comfortable holsters. As much as we like the speed of a standard OWB (Outside the Waist Band) holster, in the world of concealed carry, the IWB (Inside Waist-Band) holster rules, and the public quickly scrutinizes the plethora of new models available every year and decides which ones are worth keeping, and which ones are piles of cr@pola.
This holster has been out for a few months, and there is already an abundance of info about it on the forums and on YouTube. So when PracticalShootingTips.com was given the chance to test one we jumped at it and decided to select the version that fits the stock Glock 17 Gen4 we use here in so many tests. Yes, a smaller framed auto would have concealed better, but we were also running the gun as fast as we (safely) could safely at the range, and full-sized autos are faster than compacts in that regard, at least in my hands.
Alien Gear’s moto: “Superior Technology, Superior Holsters” seems to be an accurate representation of what they do when designing their products. The Cloak Tuck 2.0 features a Neoprene composite design; essentially a comfortable, waterproof body shield with a strong plastic, weapon specific, shell. This affords the user a strong and stable package, while also offering the added benefits of keeping sweat away from the frame of the weapon it holds. The holster does this by adding a thin layer of ABS plastic to the inside of the neoprene body-side layer/shield (the part that, in older designs, is usually leather). This adds some extra stability while also allowing the entire body shield to flex with both the gun and the user’s body. The shield on the Cloak Tuck 2.0 is also shaped to offer maximum sweat protection, while still allowing a full COMBAT GRIP on the weapon. The ABS inside the body shield acts as an extra sweat barrier, while also adding to the long-term durability of the holster; when used for extensive training or competition, if, after 1000’s of draw and re-holstering cycles, the gun ever wears through the first layer of synthetic leather, the gun will have a super tough time wearing through the ABS behind it. This should give peace of mind to readers that would use this holster beyond normal everyday carry. But simply inspecting the design of a holster is not good enough for Guru Chia, so off we went to do the wear testing.
The Cloak Tuck 2.0 was subjected to our extensive “70 Hour – 700 Draw Wear Test”. During the test I wore the holster out and about, at the range, and while training. The holster came with Alien Gear’s standard nylon belt clips (for belts 1.25-1.5″) and they worked perfectly with every belt we used. The holster remained attached to our belt securely the entire time, even when entering and exiting vehicles and exercising. Included in Alien Gear’s packaging was also a selection of numerous screws of different lengths and rubber spacers that can be used to either increase or decrease the amount of distance between the Neoprene body shield and the holster’s shell; essentially adjusting the tightness of the holster and how hard it grabs the weapon. Being an IWB design, the pressure the user’s belt applies on the side of the holster also dictates draw difficulty, so keep this in mind when searching for that perfect “happy medium” in draw ease and weapon retention.
Situational awareness dictates that we be aware that we are carrying a weapon (like I have to say that…) but we found the holster comfortable enough to almost forget we were carrying our full sized Glock 17. Siting, standing, walking and running; the holster remained secure, stable, and super comfy. Even when wearing the holster under my t-shirt, with nothing in between my skin and the holster’s soft Neoprene body shield, I found the Cloak Tuck 2.0 to be easy on the skin and not likely to cause much distraction.
It should be noted that during the initial 700 draws, the holster was using the “medium” rubber spacers as well as a medium tight belt setting. This offered enough weapon retention for most everyday tasks, yet was still smooth and easy on the draw stroke. Holster tightness is directly related to holster wear; the tighter the holster, the most wear the weapon puts on all materials involved in the draw cycle, which was why, to be fair, I selected the medium spacers. The Cloak Tuck 2.0 was disassembled after these 700 draws (and their respective 700 re-holsterings) and a photo was taken of the body shield:
A photo was also taken of the inside of the holster shell while it was disassembled:
As illustrated in the photos, the Cloak Tuck 2.0 showed minimal wear and tear, even after 700 draw cycles and seems to be a very reliable and durable design. As the name hinted, and I was able to confirm during testing, the Cloak Tuck 2.0 allowed me to tuck my thin shirt in-between the holstered weapon and my pants, leaving only the holster’s nylon clips exposed to view on the belt. This is a nice feature, especially when comparing the Cloak Tuck 2.0 with other IWB designs. While the average passer-by will most likely be unable to identify these clips as a sign of presence of an Alien Gear holstered weapon, I would guess that the standard nylon clips would have higher chance of bringing unwanted attention to the area the weapon is concealed. Alien Gear has provided other clip options on their site, such as their “C” and “J” clips, as add-on items that I feel would mitigate this small problem. It should be noted that the clips are only visible when using the “tuck” feature, and are otherwise hidden when concealing the entire holster as one normally would with a jacket or untucked shirt.
In conclusion, what Alien Gear has given us is a hybrid, highly concealable holster that, after our “70 Hour – 700 Draw” Wear Test has proven durable and comfortable. I would not hesitate to continue to use the Cloak Tuck 2.0 for everyday carry and look forward to using it during my daily training. We will keep our readers updated, and will be posting another article in the future once this holster has seen more wear.