About a month and a half ago I ordered one of +Alien Gear Holsters
Cloak Tuck 2.0 holsters for my new Steyr M357 (4” barrel and a full length, double stack grip). It showed up about 2 weeks ago and I’ve been carrying it on and off since. Here’s my review, for those of you who are interested. FIT
The Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0 (AGCT2) fits nicely. The large plastic (default option) belt clips are easy to get on and off and hold the holster securely in place. The belt can still be slid (with reasonable effort) a bit to position the buckle in the correct place, if the belt shifts while putting the holster on. I have found this NOT to be the case with the Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe (CBSTD), which I personally found to be frustrating.
The only downside I found is that while the CBSTD could be put on with only loosening my belt and slipping it in, I haven’t found that to be possible with the AGCT2. It might be with more practice, but so far I’ve found I need to open my belt completely and unbutton my pants. I’m hoping that’s only a practice/experience issue, but it’s too early to tell.
The AGCT2 leather back is cut so the thumb can easily get around the grip, between the grip and your body. I believe Crossbreed calls this the Combat Cut and charges an extra 5 or 7 dollars for this option. My CBSTD does not have this “combat cut”. While this provides a bit more leather surface area to disperse the weight/pressure of the gun a bit more, I haven’t noticed any significant difference in comfort from the CBSTD to the AGCT2.
Reholstering my Stery is easy and natural. Granted, this is something I will hopefully never have to do while actually carrying, but while practicing at home, I found this to be marginally, yet noticeably, easier with the AGCT2 than with the CBSTD. I suspect this has more to do with the particular handguns in question (a Steyr M357 for the AG, and either a Sig P220 Compact SAO or HK USP Tactical 45 (full-size) for the CBSTD) than it does with the holster itself.FINISH
The finish appears to be of excellent quality. The leather front is supple and soft. The kydex holster is sturdy and well-shaped. The neoprene backing/padding is soft and comfortable, though, given the size of a IWB holster of this style, I didn’t find it worlds apart in terms of comfort compared to the standard leather back of the CBSTD. I found the factory retention to be a bit loose for my liking, but not exceptionally so, as since the retention can be adjusted, I found no real fault with respect to this.FEATURESAdjustable retention
– The tension on the kydex can be adjusted to the user’s preference.Adjustable height and cant
– Both the height and cant are adjustable simply by removing and repositioning the clips. The factory height has the top of the kydex about a quarter inch about the belt, for me, and the cant is set at the FBI’s standard 15 degrees. I’ve not had to change either.Neoprene-backing
– the holster has a neoprene-back so as to be more comfortable for the wearer. While I did find it more comfortable than my CBSTD, it was not a huge difference or one that, to me, would be enough to make me choose this holster in and of itself.Swappable Kydex shell
– The kydex holster shell can be swapped out, making it more cost effective for a user to switch carry pieces. So, for about $13, you can have an IWB holster for a new piece, instead of $30 - $40 for a whole new holster.Parts kit
– the AGCT2 comes with a spare parts kit, that looks to include every spare part you might need (with the exception of the leather back, the holster shell and the belt clips, of course). I haven’t had to use mine, and hope I don’t, but it’s nice to have – especially considering I’ve lost numerous bolts and washers with my CBSTD.Free Shell Trades for Life
– If you know you want to permanently switch to a different carry piece, you can trade you shell for another for free. For life. For an unlimited number of times.30 day trial
– if you don’t like it, they’ll buy it back. I like mine, but it is nice peace of mind when trying out a new company/brand of holster.Warranty
– They say if any part of the holster ever breaks, including the clips, they’ll replace it for free. I’ve not had to use this (and would be seriously concerned if I had to, after just 2 weeks), but it’s nice to know it’s there if I need it.COMFORT
I’m a big guy and finding a comfortable holster is something that took me a long time to do, and that was the CBSTD. That’s also one of the reasons I was hesitant to leave the CBSTD and try something else. I wear my IWB about approximately the 3:30 to 4:00 position. Also, I’m admittedly out of practice with carrying as lately I’ve stopped doing it every day due to work issues. Still, any time we go shopping or out and about, I am carrying.
That being said, I found the AGCT2 to be very comfortable. Within 5 minutes of first putting it on for the very first time, I barely noticed it was there. Kind of that reassuring pressure feeling that a good IWB leaves you with once you’re used to it. That’s also with it being ice-cold and fairly inflexible, as I literally picked up the box from outside our garage door, took it in the house, opened it, and put it on. And I live in Wisconsin…and this was in February. Having worn it now for a couple weeks, so it’s broken in, I pretty much don’t notice it’s there. The weight is evenly dispersed. The backing is soft enough and wide enough that even with my “additional bulk” it doesn’t create any undo pressure or pain. Even when driving our minivan or or Camry, the holster is comfortable and doesn’t cause any issues with buckling or unbuckling my seatbelt.CONCEALABILITY
I don’t wear tucked in shirts for my current job, but this holster allows for that. With the untucked polo or button down shirts I do wear, even with being a big guy and the 4.0 inch barrel and full grip of the double stack Steyr M357 that I carry, the AGCT2 rides tight and close to my body, pretty much disappearing. Being as it’s winter…and I live in Wisconsin…and it’s been a stupid cold February, I haven’t had any issues with printing, but since this holster rides as tight or tighter as the CBSTD that I used to carry with my aforementioned Sig and HK, and I didn’t have any printing issues with those, I really don’t expect to have any printing issues with this, either. COST
At about half the cost of the CBSTD, yet with extras and features that either aren’t available for the CBSTD, or have an additional cost, the AGCT2 is a great buy at $30-$40.OVERALL
I’m very impressed with the quality of the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 2.0, as I am with its overall value. It’s half the cost of the Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe, which is widely considered to be the best of breed for this style of holster, yet easily matches them in terms of quality, value, features, extras, warranty, etc.
Admittedly, I’m not doing a strict apples to apples comparison, since I’m not comparing the same exact handgun for each, but I did stack the Sig and the Steyr on top of each other and I was surprised to find that they’re basically the same overall size, due to the much lower bore-axis of Steyr’s design. Roughly the same overall height, length and width. I didn’t actually measure them, but I would estimate them to be within an 1/8 inch of each other for any given dimension, and that’s close enough for me. Fully loaded, the weight of the all-metal Sig vs the metal and polymer Steyr is roughly the same, as well.
All in all, I feel the comparison is pretty well matched and while I can’t say if it’s right for you, I can say it’s right for me, and it’s what I’ll be going with for this style of holster in the future.
Let me know if you have any specific questions or if you think there’s anything I left out that you’d like me to add.
As an aside…it wasn’t my intent to knock the Crossbreed or their SuperTuck Deluxe holster (and I don’t think I did that), I simply used them as my comparison holster because that’s the only other holster of this style that I have, and that’s what I’ve personally used.