Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 Review

To be honest with you, I have lost track of how many reviews I have written on holsters – a tactical gear product which, along with handguns, I believe to be one of [the] most important assets that all of us who are into firearms can own.

Like I have said many times before in my previous reviews of holsters, there is an inherent and/or mutual dependency between handguns and holsters as their combined use could, at any given point in time, be detrimental in a potential life-threatening situation, thus warranting our need to give the purchase of any holster serious considerations.

While at the end of the day, choosing the best holster possible for your particular mission or needs is a matter of personal preference, there are, still, certain features and/or criteria all of which should be carefully analyzed or evaluated before opening your wallets and pocketbooks and buying the wrong holster.

My review today is strictly limited to Alien Gear’s Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster – a system that enjoys great popularity in today’s world where being prepared for the unexpected should be among our top priorities – a world where comfort, concealment and reliability are just critical considerations that we all should look for in any self-defense endeavor.

Key Features to Look for in Holsters

So, as I said before, there are some distinct key features that we should look for in all holsters, regardless of what system you are ultimately looking for.

Yes, I know, when it comes to holsters as well as when you deal with firearms, there is not such a thing as one-size-fits-all.

Quite the opposite in fact.

The holster universe as well as the handgun universe, nowadays are as close as we have ever come to being specialty items in their own right.  

Needless to say, the variables in holster choices, nowadays, are literally endless.

That said, however, I have always contended that there are some critical features or considerations which could be thought of as generic, as, besides all else, the latter may be fundamental to our final selection.

Some of these crucial features include, however not limited to, the following: 

  • Concealment 
  • Retention 
  • Comfort
  • Finish
  • Ease of Draw
  • Durability
  • Adjustability
  • Price

Cloak Tuck – Definition

As noted, today’s review is about the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster. 

Notably, I am often asked the question, what does Cloak Tuck stand for?

Best way I can describe it is, the Cloak Tuck is a classic leather hybrid holster with a plush leather holster base joined with a custom-molded retention shell.

It is [the] classic hybrid holster design that has been around for quite a while.

And, for the novices out there, if you are wondering what a hybrid holster is, well, by default the word “hybrid” is defined as something made by combining two different elements: a mixture.

A hybrid holster uses a hard polymer shell on one side (typically Kydex or Boltaron), and some sort of malleable material on the other side of the firearm.

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Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 - Overview

Before I even go any further in this review, let me disclaim that, in spite of my best efforts to try and give you an objective viewpoint on the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5, I may be somewhat biased, as for me, the name Alien Gear is synonymous with greatness; with great quality, craftsmanship and design as has been shown in all of their products. 

So, if at any time in this review you perceive a certain unbalanced preference for this holster, now you know why. 


The success of the Alien Gear Holsters, like most any other success stories, comes with a history of accomplishments well worth sharing. 

It all starts when company founder Thomas Tedder could not find a handgun holster, he genuinely wanted to carry a pistol in.

The operation began in his kitchen as he developed a design he was willing to wear as concealed carry. At his wife’s request, he eventually moved to his shed and in 2013 he finally relocated Alien Gear Holsters to Hayden, Idaho. 

And, as they say, the rest is history.

Tedder’s success centered around the realization that the most potential lay in a hybrid holster design, which mated a rigid plastic retention shell molded for the gun it would hold to a backing platform made of a durable cloth such as leather.

From its inception, the main objective of the Alien Gear design was to address the weaknesses found in typical holster designs of the epoch. 

Whereas conventional hybrid designs of the time used an 8-ounce leather backer, Alien Gear used a 12-ounce backer, and, instead of using a thin shell made of thermoplastic acrylic polyvinyl chloride [PVC], such as Kydex, Alien Gear used a thicker shell devised for greater durability.  

Another yet common feature of Alien Gear’s holsters was their use of hex screws and crushable rubber washers to attach the retention shell to the holster.

Competitors had traditionally used rivets which were non-adjustable. Belt clips on the Inside-the-Waistband [IWB] holsters were also made adjustable by Alien Gear so that the holsters would ride at the height and tilt angle preferred by its user.

In addition, Alien Gear developed a universal shell system, in which the same holster shell could be placed on any backer made by Alien Gear.


So, the “Cloak Tuck” Holster is an inside-the-waistband [IWB] hybrid holster designed specifically to hide your gun. The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 was designed focusing on comfort and prolonged usage under everyday carry.

The system features a fully swappable plastic shell that is interchangeable for use with the Cloak Slide OWB holster.  

The Cloak Tuck 3.5 comes equipped with either Alien Gear’s standard nylon clips, designed for 1 ¼ to 1 ½-inch belts, or the steel clips that fit belts up to 1 ¾ inches.

For enhanced concealment, Alien Gear has optional nylon “C” and “J” clips as add-items. 

Included in the purchase of the Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster is a parts pack (2 - 1/2" screws, 4 - 3/8" screws, 4 - 5/8" screws, 2 - 1/2" rubber spacers, 4 - 3/8" rubber spacers, 4 - 5/8" rubber spacers, 1 - T Nut, 1 - Finish Washer, 1 - 3/32 Hex Key).

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Key Features

  • Comfort & Concealment
    While many inside-the-waistband [IWB] holsters come with preset cant, ride height, and retention that can make concealed carry uncomfortable, with the Cloak Tuck 3.5 concealed carry has never been easier and more customizable affording its user a prominent level of comfort.
  • Adjustability
    With the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster, you can easily adjust the cant and ride height with Alien’s toolless clips, which provide for a perfect fit to the firearm. Alien’s twist-and-lock innovative technology allows you to make quick and easy on-the-go adjustments with no tools and/or hardware.

    Wearing has never been made simpler than just placing the holster in your waistband, hooking the clips on our belt or waistband, and enjoying a breathable concealment with Aliens new CoolVent™ neoprene against your body.
  • Construction and Design
    The Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster evolved from the customer feedback of the previous Cloak Tuck 3.0, aiming to upgrade their holsters with innovative features such as Alien’s base now backed with their CoolVent™ neoprene, designed to wick moisture away from the body, perforated for a better air flow penetration.

    In addition, the redesigned Cloak Tuck 3.5 now incorporates a new clip design into the holster base which does not require screws and hardware used for fastening the clips which translates into a holster base that is smooth, uninterrupted, and more comfortable.

    Ballistic nylon is also built into the holster to provide lightweight durability. The top layer of the holster’s base, facing the firearm, is made with textured Alien Skin material.
  • Ease of Draw
    The layers of the Cloak Tuck 3.5 were designed for the ultimate integrity of the holster. While the competition’s bases are made of leather and other materials that tend to break in and wear down over time, Alien Gear’s patented steel core inside the holster allows for great flexibility and just the precise amount of rigidity to maintain the structure of the holster and ensure a consistent ease of draw.
  • Compatibility
    As far as how many handguns can the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster can accommodate, well, Alien’s thermoplastic shell has over 600 handgun models available. Matter of fact, the Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB has a design for practically every pistol and manufacturer of which you can think.
  • Customization
    Got to say, Alien Gear’s Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster has been one of my “go-to” holsters for as long as I can remember. What I personally found that most attracted my fondness for this holster was its unparalleled customizability. Put it this way, with all the different gun molds and the left/right options, you can use the same base to carry all your pistols, merely by quickly swapping the shell. What more could I ask for?

    In other words, the Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster features the attachment clips which can be easily swapped out, raised, or lowered by merely being turned 180 degrees and pulled outwards – this allows users to effectively customize the ride height and cant in no time.
  • Company Backing
    As far as I am concerned, Alien Gear’s solid backing of their holsters just serves to add a value level of trust to their product line. First, Alien offers their so-called 30-Day Test Drive which gives you the option to try their holsters for a whole month, and if not fully satisfied with the purchase you can send it back for a full refund.

    In addition, Alien Gear also offers their “Forever Warranty” which, as implied by its name, ensures your purchase for like as they will cover all damages that affect the functionality of the holster. Mind you this warranty is no good to cover cosmetic issues, i.e., scratches and/or superficial damages.

Our Final Verdict

To wrap it all up, yes, I would give the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 a 5-star review.

Overall, I was rather impressed with what this holster has to offer.

Overall Rating: 
5/5 stars




Summary and Conclusion

By way of summary, I put the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5's design at the top of the list of key features, namely one that centers around concealment and comfort.

Right behind the design I have construction. The Cloak Tuck 3.5 base, backed with their CoolVent™ neoprene, is just a great concept designed specifically for comfort carry even when used for prolonged periods of time.  

The fact that you can easily adjust the cant and ride height of the Cloak Tuck 3.5 with Alien’s toolless clips, provides for a perfect fit to the firearm. Their innovative twist and lock technology allow for adjusting relatively easily, again with no needs of tools or hardware. 

So, for the sake of objectivity, in most of my reviews, I tend to have a section where I detail all the “Pros” and “Cons” of the particular product being reviewed.

With the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 IMB Holster, however, the list of positives far outweighed the negatives. In fact, most of my evaluations were positive and just about the only gripe I could came up with was the holster can be somewhat difficult to put on. 

Unfortunately, it is not quite as easy to tuck this holster if your pants are buttoned or your belt is fastened.  That said, I ended up reading the instructions provided with the system and it was definitely of help.

I would have preferred for this holster to be easier and faster to don, but then again, nothing in life is perfect.  

Last but not least, at a price point of approximately $50 dollars, I think the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB holster is priced extremely competitively when compared to many hybrid IWB designs on the market.

Bottom line friends, what can I say, I am a fan of Alien Gear products, and I am also a fan of their Cloak Tuck 3.5 holster. If you happen to be looking for an IWB holster, I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending this holster – one you must, for sure, include in your considerations.  

Do yourself a favor and check this one out before making that final decision. 

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