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[HOLSTER REVIEW] Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 — A Differing Perspective On Everyday Carry


Recently, Brandon and I had the opportunity to try out Alien Gear’s new Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 Inside the Waistband concealed carry holster.  Brandon has, I think, every single holster ever made for the Glock 26/27.  I don’t own a Glock so I’m already limited on holster selection.  I was incredibly happy to find out Alien Gear supports all my firearm choices – Walther PPS, M&P Shield .40 S&W, Sig Sauer P229, and most importantly – my CZ-75D PCR.

Full disclosure: I’ve had an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 1.0 with a leather backpad for going on almost a year.  Picture enclosed for reference.  And up until a month ago, it had been my primary everyday carry inside the waistband holster for my Walther PPS. I am also the Contributing Editor for Alien Gear Holsters Blog.


As you can see with the Cloak Tuck 1.0 – it definitely contours well to the body but things like perspiration tend to warp the leather a bit.

With the Cloak Tuck 3.0, it features a neoprene backing that wicks sweat away.  Additionally, between the outward facing layer and the neoprene is a spring-steel band that keeps the holster’s form much better than previous Cloak Tucks.


While I was trying it out, I used it to carry my CZ-75D PCR.  The CZ-75D is compact but not at all as conceal-friendly as my M&P Shield .40 S&W or Walther PPS.  Still, I really enjoy that pistol and I love getting to carry it.  So I put the Cloak Tuck 3.0 to the test.

Cloak Tuck 3.0 Offers Great IWB Concealability

The CZ-75D PCR is not an easy pistol to hide along the waistband.  I’ve enclosed pictures for reference with both my t-shirt tucked over and a button-up to demonstrate that even under ideal circumstances – it’s certainly not a warm weather concealed carry pistol.  But that’s a matter for the CZ-75D PCR review, not Alien Gear.


What the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB holster did do was keep the pistol situated low enough in the waistline where its outline is obscured.  Does it look like I have some sort of abscess growing out from the side of my gut?  Yes.  But most people aren’t staring at my gut – at least not out of admiration.


And where I really noticed it was when I was walking around town.  I live in a city and so when I want to pick up a jug of milk or a dozen eggs, I walk down the street.  Because it’s the tail end of August, it still gets pretty warm.  And surprisingly, with a button-up shirt over the top, no one seemed any the wiser I was carrying my CZ-75D PCR.  Bonus?  Unlike the leather backpad in the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 1.0 that warped and lost some of its shape due to excessive wear and sweat, the neoprene backing on the Cloak Tuck 3.0 did just fine and the spring-steel band actually helped keep the form perfect.

Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Is Very Customizable

Out of the box, the retention was set so tight that there was no way I could confidently draw or reholster my CZ-75D.  It actually made me sort of nervous – until I saw they included a set of rubber gasket extensions.  Because the CZ-75D PCR was not designed for an inside the waistband holster (or at least, I don’t think it was), it didn’t seem to fit right in the Kydex shell on default.  With some adjustment and experimenting with different sizes of rubber gaskets – which came standard with the holster – I found the perfect mixture of retention.


I like the standard plastic clips that come with the Cloak Tuck 3.0.  They fit well over my belt and secure it reasonably inside the waistband.  I saw Alien Gear also has leather loops, metal clips, etc., and that may be good for another person’s style of carry – but standard works just fine for me.

Final Rating: Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 w/ Standard Plastic Clips


MSRP: $43.88 (+ S/H)

All rankings in each category are out of 5.0 possible points.  A 3.0 is considered “industry standard”.

  • Conceal: 4.9
  • Comfort: 5.0
  • Presentation: 5.0
  • Durability: 4.7
  • Value: 4.9

Grade: 4.9/5.0 (A++)

Has the Alien Gear Holster’s new Cloak Tuck 3.0 replaced my leather backpadded Cloak Tuck 1.0?  I can safely say, “yes.”  While I won’t be retiring the ole’ one because it’s configured for my Walther PPS, I can definitely say as jacket weather approaches that the CZ-75D PCR will be comfortably at home in this new Cloak Tuck 3.0.

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James England is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry…

James England is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 36 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his CZ-75D PCR in an Alien Gear MOD holster.

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  • Joe Betz

    You can put the shell from the original cloak tuck to the 3.0, just a heads up! So both weapons will work when ever you want.

    • James England

      Yeah, that’s a pretty great feature about AGH holsters. I keep one geared for a more compact carry (Walther PPS) and a more robust compact (CZ-75B/Glock 19 Gen 4). For me, AGH holsters are affordable enough where I can keep a number equipped to suit my needs but they do have a pretty cool shell replacement policy if I decide to switch firearms.

  • Allen

    I have had mine for my 9mm Shield for about 2 weeks now and can say it is very comfortable, I seriously can say I hardly know it’s there it fits so well, and the retention being able to be easily adjusted is a bonus.

  • Geo

    The problem I have with Alien Gear is that one of their biggest positive features, the interchangeability and flexibility, is also the biggest downfall. Because the backing has to be fully interchangeable for a vast array of firearms, it means that they must use an excessive amount of kydex to accommodate all firearms, no matter the size. This just makes it too wide for me (and I’m a big guy) to use comfortably on a daily basis. I carry a 9mm Shield as my go-to, and my holsters from stealthgearusa and crossbreed just fit a compact gun better.

    With that said, I would def recommend alien gear to someone on a budget or someone that varies their carry options. At almost half the cost of the holsters I mentioned above and the flexibility of changing out shells, it is hard to beat. But for a purely functional comparison for one daily carry, I think there are better IWB options.

    • Adaminak

      You can order the backing based upon the size of the gun you’re interested in carrying. For instance, I have two Cloak Tuck 2.0, one with the small backer for my Kahr P40 and one with the medium back for my FNS-9. The also make a micro for smaller guns and a fullsize for bigger. I agree that if you order a backer for a 1911, and then switch the kydex for a Glock G42, you’re going to extra backer, but at $30 each, backers are cheap enough to get what you need for each gun.

  • Sean Caldwell

    I have the cloak tuck 2.0 and i carry a glock 23 every day and have no issues with imprinting in shorts and a tshirt, i absolutely love alien gears cloak tuck line

  • busdriver72

    If you are going to carry at the 3 o’clock position then it is going to be more noticeable. Try placing the holster at the 5 o’clock spot…almost above the right rear pocket. Yes, you do have to reach back a bit further (practice) but the grip of the gun is flatter against the back. Less imprinting.

    • demarini_26

      The only issue I have with carrying at the 5 o’clock position is it makes driving extremely uncomfortable. I have a Glock 26 and have tried several holsters at 3, 4 & 5 o’clock positions and with the 4 & 5 positions, I just can’t get comfortable with the weapon pushing up against my kidneys, low back area, making the 3 o’clock position about the only, comfortable position. Any ideas on how to overcome that, I’m all ears!

      • Jonathan Wade

        same problem for me. I mounted a galco paddle holster on my seat with a ratchet strap. I just throw my firearm in that when I’m driving

  • JustMe

    I own both the 2.0 and 3.0 versions. I like them very much for my Sig P320 and M&P 9c. I wish they offered a zero cant version instead of having to use the clips to adjust cant. I prefer a straight up/down draw/reholster.

  • Arondos

    I carry a Ruger SR9C in an alien tuck 2.0. The concealed carry thing is new to me so I am no expert on comfort. I’ve had it on all day out and about and my wife didn’t realize I was carrying. Typically I carry about where my right back pocket is, harder to draw than from the hip but it conceals much better IMO.