The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 was a much needed update from the previous 3.0 version. I loved the Alien Gear ShapeShift line and this Cloak Tuck 3.5 shares similar features to that of the ShapeShift.
After using this holster for 3 months now, I am satisfied. The retention is a lot adjustable and the cant angle is adjustable to how you like.
From the beginner’s perspective, I can see its usefulness and could be a great option in budget.
Here’s the full review!!
Why Use Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB?
So, why use the Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB when you can buy a seemingly better and more improved ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster?
The number one reason is the Cloak Tuck is cheap and is a lot more affordable. Also being adjustable newbies can figure out their requirements and then move on to more specific and high end holsters later.
Another point is you might not find all gun models to be compatible with the ShapeShift. The Cloak Tuck 3.5 is compatible with over 500 guns and all you need to do is change the shell for a few dollars.
Material and Construction
Just by looking at the holster, you can tell that it has the same backing as on the ShapeShift. The Cloak Tuck 3.5 has a slightly smaller backing than the 3.0. It might not be a huge difference, but even a few millimeters matter in this category.
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The backing is made from CoolVent neoprene that is flexible, retains its shape while holstering and breathable. In short, it feels comfortable when it sits against your skin. The edges now have protecting covering and so there will be less fraying when compared to the 3.0.
There’s a steel plate that sits within the backing behind the shell that will also add to the durability. If you turn the neoprene, you will see there are two reinforced edges at the flexible portions and an array of holes to make the material more breathable. As for the shell, it looks more elegant and precise on the 3.5 than the previous versions.
Fit and Holster Location
The fit will be perfect with this holster no matter how you carry it in the IWB position. A lot of the praise goes to the belt clips that come with the holsters. I love the standard clip. But you can get other options like the C clip, O clip and J Hook. With the standard clip, you will have to wear your shirt untucked for complete concealability.
During my test, I wore this holster for the whole day during which I walked, ran, sat and stood and even watched a few shows on Netflix. The holster remained in place securely. That’s what you want from any holster.
For most people, the 4-5 O’clock position will work best for this holster. You can do 12-3 O’clock positions, but that will compromise your flexibility or concealability to some extent. Experiment a little to find out what works for you.
A lot of people complained about how hard it is to put on and off. But that’s not a problem as the Cloak Tuck 3.5 is made for carrying your gun securely. So, if you are in a situation where it requires you to take your holster on and off frequently, this might not be a suitable option. It’s better you go for a paddle type OWB holster. For people like me who wear holsters for 6-8 hours everyday, this isn’t an issue.
Cant and Retention
The awesome thing about this holster is the clips. They don’t have the screws anymore and you can simply rotate and adjust the clips without any hardware.
The Cant is super adjustable from 0 to almost any angle. All you need to do is to change the positions of the clips within the three holes lined up vertically. So, the ride height will also change with it. This is the same technique used in the ShapeShift.
As for the retention, there are four screws and rubber washers that you can adjust to get your desired retention. So, you can go from loose to extremely tight. It might not be as easy as the ShapeShift, but once you get used to it, it’s not that tough.
Compatibility With Guns
The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 is a custom holster and is available for a wide range of guns. That’s the reason it is still so popular despite the availability of more improved holsters from Alien Gear.
Here’s a list of firearms that are compatible with this holster: S&W, Walther, Steyr, Sig Sauer, Springfield, Bersa, Beretta, Sarsilmaz, Ruger, Glock, Taurus, Kimber and many more.
Lifespan and Maintenance
During the last 3 months of use, I found no visible wear and tear. I can see even after 1 year of use, this holster is going to hold its shape, thanks to the improved backing. The only thing that you can do is to install some locktite on the four retention screws so ensure they don’t loosen up over time.
As for cleaning, just remove everything from backing and give it a good wash with soap and water. If you decide to use it without cleaning, you could do that as well.
If you are a newbie in the gun world, the 3.5 Cloak Tuck will work for you. The price point is also a decisive factor and will ensure you don’t overspend. When you feel you are ready to upgrade, you can go for another Alien Gear holster or go for something specific to your choice of style.