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[HOLSTER REVIEW] Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster

I’ve been wearing the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 (IWB) holster with the Ruger Max-9. Together, the Max-9 and Cloak Tuck make carrying a breeze. A quality made holster that has comfortableness on the body, firm retention and several carrying options is a great EDC holster. A quick draw and easy insertion is also critical. The modern technology Alien Gear employed to allow the carrier so many options is amazing. The Cloak Tuck 3.5 offers all of that plus more for under $50.

The wide holster base uses soft breathable neoprene material where the body and holster meet. The neoprene feels great and doesn’t get too hot on warm summer days. Internally, it has a steel core insert that adds strength and keeps the pistol secure. The front side has a “rubberish” material where the pistol rests. There is no leather installed on the Cloak Tuck 3.5. The kydex is perfectly formed for the Max-9 with a red dot. Alien Gear produces the Cloak Tuck 3.5 to fit over 600 different firearms. They are daily adding more firearms with options such as red dots and light/laser attachments. 

What I find most impressive is how this holster can be adjusted in so many ways. The user can individually choose the perfect height, angled cant and retention strength. Alien Gear uses tooless clips to adjust how the holster rides on the body. There are three on each side of the holster where the clips install. Simply moving the clips downward, they can be removed and placed in a different hole. For the deepest concealment, place the clip on the top holes. To carry the pistol higher, drop the clips to the lowest setting. The carrier can also adjust the cant of the pistol with the clips as well. I surely like products with options and the tooless clips offer several height and angle placements. This process takes only a couple seconds to adjust. 

Alien Gear adds several spacers and screws in the package. The carrier can adjust the retention by choosing a longer or shorter screw with the appropriate spacer. There are a total of 11 spacers with four screw/spacer settings on the holster. Personally, I like the spacers that were installed on the Cloak Tuck 3.5. It held the Ruger Max-9 perfectly. Most holsters rely on screw adjustments to increase or decrease the pistol’s retention. When this is done, the screws could potentially back out leaving the carrier with a holster with severely deceased retention. The fact that Alien Gear added additional screws and spacers to avoid that problem is a bonus in my eyes. 

I mentioned a quick draw and easy insertion was critical. A holster is useless if the carrier cannot quickly access the pistol. I took the Cloak Tuck 3.5 and Ruger Max-9 to the range to check this out. I feel most comfortable carrying at 4:30 on the hip which is exactly where Alien Gear recommends this holster to be worn. With an untucked shirt, I was able to quickly draw the Max-9 and fire. Check the attached video to see how well the Cloak Tuck 3.5 rests on the body with my draw and fire practice.

The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 offers a lot of holster for the money. The options available along with the comfort of carrying make the Cloak Tuck 3.5 a winner. Check out the Cloak Tuck 3.5 along with several other holsters that Alien Gear offers at https://aliengearholsters.com/

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