Alien Gear holster deal

Discussion in 'Functional Gear & Equipment' started by chimo, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

    A few months back I picked up a S&W M&P 45 Compact for concealed carry and started looking at IWB holsters. After doing my homework, I had whittled my choices down to either Crossbreed Super Tuck or Alien Gear Cloak Tuck. I went to the Crossbreed web site first and found that a Super Tuck would cost me just under 70 bucks...which is about what I would normally spend on a decent holster. Then I went to the Alien Gear site and got a pleasant surprise. Not only was the Cloak Tuck less than 50 bucks, they are running a 2 holster combo deal that enabled me to not only get a Cloak Tuck 3.0 for my S&W, but also a second holster of my choice (I got a Cloak Slide OWB also for the S&W) AND a third shell for my Springfield XD, so that both holsters can be used for either gun. The best part was the cost...only 73 dollars and some change for two holsters with and a third shell for another gun.

    I love both of the holsters. I prefer a 4-5 oclock carry for concealed carry both IWB and OWB, and 3 oclock for open carry. In all cases and with both my pistols the holster is so comfortable that I hardly know that I have it on, both the firearm and holster are nice and flat and conforming to my body, draw is smooth and efficient, and re-holstering isn't a hassle. Each holster also comes with a complete set of spare hardware too.

    If you are looking for high quality holsters that won't break the bank, I highly recommend checking out Alien Gear.
    Alien Gear 2 Holster Combo

  3. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Moderator Moderator

    What is the material on the inside? The side closest to your skin.
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  4. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

    The backing is a neoprene composite that is both comfy and fairly sweat proof. The outer side is what they call their "alien skin" which is some kind of thermoplastic polymer. In between the layers they have a piece of spring steel in the 3.0 version that I got. I found a video that outlines the construction better than I can.

  5. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    We spend a lot of time hiking and exploring; would you recommend either of these? Concealment is not as important as comfort. The terrain is steep, very steep so comfort is the key need.
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  6. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

    From a comfort standpoint the Cloak Slide OWB is fine for long hikes, but for hiking and playing around in the bush I kinda prefer a military style flap holster or a traditional thumb-break duty holster because they protect and retain the firearm better when the brambles and branches seem to come alive.

    Also, when climbing or descending in steep terrain, Murphy usually ensures that when you stumble or tumble, your sidearm will also tumble out of the holster if there is no strap/flap retention.
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  7. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    For the 1911-A1, I use a military holster and web belt; as you said it works and perfectly. Concealment isn't required as it is our land. Although I know it isn't legal; after reading a couple was tortured for their PIN numbers, I do carry when hiking anywhere.
    As southern summers get right hot; so I'm considering others that are lighter.

    Although there are places where the only way would be to rig ropes and others that are butt slider or tree hugger descents. To avoid what could be serious tumbles; we stick to the easier stuff. To those who are unfamiliar with the other definition of tree hugger; traveling down hill by hugging tree to tree.
    We bought the property last May and have spend a lot of time, effort and money completing it and not enough time exploring it.
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  8. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Try a drag line. You'll like it.
  9. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

  10. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    [LMAO][bow]:lol:(not quite what I had in mind..)
  11. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I used to do a lot of free-climbing when I was young. I seldom ever used anything but a weighted line, with alot of uses.
  12. Pax Mentis

    Pax Mentis Philosopher King |RIP 11-4-2017

    I'll have to try one. I've had my Supertuck for about 10 years now and love the leather/Kydex but always willing to check out something new and recently got a new gun.
  13. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member


    I hike as well. Purchased one of these: Hill People Gear | Real use gear for backcountry travelers

    This is a great conceal carry with additional uses. I use a raven II holster that ties into a loop. There are other options on the page.

    Watch this:

    Not to hijack thread, happily I will move to different thread if requested.
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  14. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    You do know some people have weak stomachs. :) :D

    I did a quick look and they mentioned Glocks and Glock is one I do not own. How would they work with other semis?

    After Chimo's drag line; he should be forgiving.. :ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO:
  15. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member


    Full size Springfield 1911 will fit no problem. I use glock 19 w 2 extra mags.

    I hiked 80 miles with this on my chest and attached to my pack. Doubles as a great pillow with a fleece jacket on it. I slept on my gun. We were on a hike with a bunch of kids and no one knew I had the gun and no one suspected it.
  16. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Thank you, I appreciate you taking the time to answer me. What I like about the kit bag is as the firearm cannot be seen, it poses no threat.
    The sight of a firearm make some people uneasy and when seen bad people know you are armed. I do not wish do do either.
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  17. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Man, those holsters look amazing! The price is pretty good, too. Thanks for the info.
    I ended up making my own crossbreed holster a while back for the Makarov. It turned out nice, but my Kydex skills are lacking.

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  18. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

    IMO, the Cloak Tuck 3.0 is at least equal to the Supertuck, but at half the price. Being able to essentially get 2 holsters plus an extra shell for yet another gun for pretty much the same price as a single Supertuck for a single gun was a no-brainer for me.

    I've got a HPG Kit Bag myself and I love it. It's a great concealed carry option for when you are humping a backpack or riding a bike or motorcycle. I don't use a holster at all with it though.

    @Tikka, I carried my XD 45 in the kit bag with an extra mag with no problem...but it seems a little lighter and less cramped now that I use my M&P 45c and two extra mags.

    Your kydex skills are better than mine...nice job.
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  19. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Sounds as if it will work quite well. I prefer 1911-A1, S&W M59, and Browning High Power types in pistols.
  20. chimo

    chimo the few, the proud, the jarhead monkey crowd

    I am a 1911 and High Power fan myself, but like an old classic car or bike, I only take them out for a spin when it's a nice sunny day and I am in my sunday-go-to-meeting clothes. I let the S&W and SA take the wear, tear, and risk of ending up in someone's evidence room for normal EDC. ;)
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  21. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    They point better for me. Even my S&W and SA are old, LOL

    Ditto, my bring a longs car or truck are the least expensive for the same reasons.
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