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Old 07-13-2017, 12:17 AM
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I have been looking at graving an alien gear holster (3.0) for my m&p 9. If I were to get this holster I would be using the optional belt loops. How comfortable are these holsters? And how is the quality of them?
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Old 07-13-2017, 06:15 AM
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I have the 2.0 and love it. It's very comfortable and after 2yrs. it is not wearing out at all.I understand the 3.0 is even better, and I eventually will get one.I don't think you will go wrong.
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Old 07-13-2017, 07:32 AM
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I have the Cloak Tuck 3.0. I got it originally for an FN High Power. I later sold that and bought an FNS9. I got on the Alien Gear sight to order another holster, and realized that they offer free shell exchanges for life! Just send in your old holster shell and they will send you a replacement for whatever gun you need. Their holsters are well made, comfortable, and their CS is 2nd to none. I would reccommend them to anyone looking for an IWB holster.
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Old 07-13-2017, 07:53 AM
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I bought one of their "do all " deals of their 2.0 a while back. It included their IWB and OWB bases along with shells for my Walther pps, S&W 45C and S&W J frame. to be honest, I've only used the paddle holster configuration. I will say the guns seem to fit and retain well. (Well enough that I bought a shell for my 45 shield.). Construction is as decent as any kydex shell holster. A benefit is that it's cheap to change gun models as all you need is a new $14 shell to convert the base. Downside is that I think the OWB style is a bit ugly . It's also unlined.
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Old 07-13-2017, 08:12 AM
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Mine was ok. Comfortable and all that but the gun printed more with it then other holsters I use. My Galco King Tuck keeps the gun closer to the body.

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Old 07-13-2017, 08:13 AM
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Hubby and I use them for sub-compact, compact, and full frame carry, starting with the 2.0 at Christmas 2014, and the 3.0 when they arrived. We've also done warranty replacement because of a cross-threaded insert, and a Kydex shell swap when a pistol got traded, The interactions were fast and no questions asked.

They all have been effective with the Neoprene comfortable against the skin. The lining on the oldest Cloak Tuck has a small abrasion hole from holstering. They might replace it if I asked, though I haven't.

A good feature here in the hot and humid southeast is that it's impervious to moisture.
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:12 AM
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Great IWB for my shield 9. Very comfortable. Would buy again.
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I'm going to offer a different opinion.

I'm not saying it's a bad product, but it didn't work for me when I bought one for my G19. I found the holster too wide for me as I'm not that big (32 inch waist). It didn't wrap comfortably around my hip so I sent it back.

Again, not a knock on the product. Just seems that dual clip IWB holsters may be too big for me. Not sure of your size, but it may be something for you to consider.
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:50 AM
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I have one of their OWB for my Sig P320 Compact. It has the leather backing. So far, I really like it. If I had known that the "Shapeshift" was coming out, I'd have opted for that instead. ShapeShift Modular Holster System by Alien Gear Holsters
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I have a couple of them - one for an auto loader and one for a K-frame. The auto loader shell fits great. The one for the K-frame [I]looks[I] like it should fit, but it is like a child's model of a revolver holster. The OP should have good luck with his M&P.
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Old 07-13-2017, 11:57 AM
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Wish they had the shapeshifter for the .45 shield.


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Old 07-13-2017, 12:58 PM
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I like my Alien holsters. I have two for my Sig sub-compact IWB and OWB. I also have the OWB for my 1911s. I like the fit of them pretty well and the versatility.
Pretty good company to deal with, they want to get it right for you. Only issue I ever had was trying to get an OWB with a fitted shell for my S&W M-13, 3", RB, HB ...I don't think they had any idea what I was talking about. They suggested I use one from a different K-frame model as it should work....????? I thought that was rather stupid coming a company selling true fit molded shells.
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Old 07-13-2017, 02:59 PM
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I have the Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB holster and love it! I use it for my S9 with Crimson Trace LaserGuard LG-489. It is sooooo comfortable!

If fact, when I wanted to start occasionally carrying my full-sized Colt M1911 .45, I bought another AG Cloak Tuck 3.0. The M1911 being a heavy pistol, I wanted comfort and the AG holster does a great job of not only concealing, but distributing the weight--adding comfort.
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Old 07-13-2017, 03:00 PM
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Old 07-13-2017, 04:59 PM
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I have one for the Shield and a Glock shell so I can use either. Seems like a great company. I met them at the NRA show and they were really popular.
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Old 07-13-2017, 05:30 PM
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I have one for the Shield and a Glock shell so I can use either.
I thought about getting just the shell for another one of my firearms, but I opted to buy another whole AG holster.

While interchangeable shells are a good idea, it's not practical (for me, at least). I live where it is warm year-round, so I'm not carrying a small gun in the summer and a large gun in the winter. Changing my EDC firearm holster shell only twice a year, wouldn't be so bad, but I may be switching guns every few days or so. I don't want to be unscrewing the mounts, removing the old shell, screwing on the new shell, and finally adjusting the screws for my desired retention. I have better things to do! LOL!

Also, keep in mind that if you buy an AG for a Shield and then want to buy a shell for a full-size gun, buying just the shell may not work well because the pad is larger for those guns.

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Old 07-13-2017, 05:56 PM
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I own 2 iwb, most comfortable holster for me. Also purchased one as a gift. I've upgraded the 2.0 to 3.0. Also traded a shell for another shell. Lifetime warranty.
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Old 07-13-2017, 06:32 PM
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I have been looking at graving an alien gear holster (3.0) for my m&p 9. If I were to get this holster I would be using the optional belt loops. How comfortable are these holsters? And how is the quality of them?
I bought mine for the Ruger 9e and then a new shell for my M&P45. While they are nice, be sure to buy...wear pants 2 inches bigger (at least) or you'll be uncomfortable, a t-shirt and a casual dress shirt on top unbuttoned/untucked is best IMHO.
I have my M&P45 shell on now and the Ruger fits it and stays put also.
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Didn't work for me. Too long and wide. They took it back no problem.
Can't complain.
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I can't offer an opinion about alien holsters but I highly recommend Bladetech products for both in and owb
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Old 07-14-2017, 09:36 AM
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I got the 2.0 and after about 1 year the plastic inside liner broke into so I e-mailed them and they gave me the option of a new replacement or for $12 getting a 3.0 which has a stainless steel liner inside. I went with the 3.0 upgrade. This is my EDC now. I'm happy with the holster.
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I have the cloak tuck 3.0, the cloak slide (favorite), and the cloak mod and they are all great holsters.

I am not going to buy the shape shift because it looks like a million parts not to mention I simply dont need it since I already have all 3 options.

I might get a stealth gear OWB Flex at some point, they look amazingly well built.
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Old 07-14-2017, 11:11 AM
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I'm going to offer a different opinion.

I'm not saying it's a bad product, but it didn't work for me when I bought one for my G19. I found the holster too wide for me as I'm not that big (32 inch waist). It didn't wrap comfortably around my hip so I sent it back.

Again, not a knock on the product. Just seems that dual clip IWB holsters may be too big for me. Not sure of your size, but it may be something for you to consider.
Yes, if you're a smaller framed individual with a tiny waist, then the Alien Gear IWB holster system will probably not work for you. They are just too wide.

I am small and my waist is a 30. The AG holster for a Detective Special was just way too wide and big. It was so wide that there was no way it was wrapping around my tiny hip/cheek. There was just no way it was fitting on me without super printing and a huge bulge in my clothing. I sold it without ever even using it. Had the belt loops and everything.

Smaller folks keep that in mind.

As for quality, everything is great and AG is a great company that will take care of you.
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Thanks for all the amazing replies, I think I'm gonna go ahead and pick one up and try it out!!
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The dreaded Milano people. Be patient.
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Way too wide for my 32 inch waist .. Lucky I didn't buy one but tried on a friends and for my thin body type it just doesn't work .. One thing is its hot .. guess that's why its water proof .. smaller single clip holsters do as good a job with out all the mass and weight of that type of holster ..

It also printed much more then the Garrett Industries holsters I have for both my S&W Compact and Sig Legion P229 ..

For many its a great holster but for me and many others that are thin it would be sent back ..
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Was this meant for the "Rebate" thread?
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Was this meant for the "Rebate" thread?
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I own the Cloak Tuck 3.0 and have 5 shells for it. First, it's a descent holster at a great price. Customer service has been top notch every time. Their Christmas deals are staggeringly good but that results in LONG waits at that time of year - so be warned. That said, its my 2nd choice for IWB hybrid carry. I much prefer my Black Arch hybrid with its optional comfort backing. I also have AG's OWB holster because I bought it in a 2-for deal primarily to get the 2nd shell. Its clunky and not very useful IMHO but I have the older leather model.
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Sorry, I'm getting to that age where multi-tasking and dementia conflict.
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I bought the 2.0, upgraded to the Cloak 3.0 with a LaserMax. Had it for about 2 years. I liked it. Am considering buying their OWB Paddle for CC under coats and vests. They have a new version that they came up with. Very innovative adapts quickly for a variety of carries. But it isn't for me. They are a really good company with excellent customer service.
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I bought the 2.0, upgraded to the Cloak 3.0 with a LaserMax. Had it for about 2 years. I liked it. Am considering buying their OWB Paddle for CC under coats and vests. They have a new version that they came up with. Very innovative adapts quickly for a variety of carries. But it isn't for me. They are a really good company with excellent customer service.


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I'm going to offer a different opinion.

I'm not saying it's a bad product, but it didn't work for me when I bought one for my G19. I found the holster too wide for me as I'm not that big (32 inch waist). It didn't wrap comfortably around my hip so I sent it back.

Again, not a knock on the product. Just seems that dual clip IWB holsters may be too big for me. Not sure of your size, but it may be something for you to consider.
Thats what you skinny guys get! Lol. My cousin just returned his alien for the exact same reason. He also has a 32 inch waist. Said it was to big for him also.
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Do you know if the shapeShift for M&P9 will fit M&P9 2.0?
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For all those wanting the Shapeshift for the Shield .45 was "chatting" with AG less than 20 minutes ago and the rep. from customer service said it will be available in January or February 2018.
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I've been a fan of their products for quite some time now. I have an original Cloak Tuck, a 3.0, and a Cloak Slide. All great, all comfortable, all reasonably priced. I recently took a class for my Enhanced conceal permit and used the Cloak Slide, it was perfect. My gun came out cleanly and locked in sharply when returned to the holster. I tried the Cloak Mod and returned it as it felt a bit to floppy for me, the Shape Shifter I'm still not sure about just yet.

If you go with the 3.0, give the "C" clips a try. Your belt passes through them, but they're open enough that they're all but invisible. Good Luck and good shooting.

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I had the super tuck 3.0 and had issues being able to draw it.

I have a small waist 31-32 inches. This caused the IWB base, due to its large size, to bend and constrict the shell (for my Shield9 and 9C) making it extremely difficult to draw, like sprain my shoulder to draw.

I've switched to the Alien Gear Shape Shift, LOVE IT. Having the smaller base resolved the drawing issues. It also allows me more positioning options as there is less interference with the belt loops on my pants.

Of course, do your own research.

P.S. Outstanding customer service. I had an issue with one of their shells. I asked what I needed to do to return the defective shell and get a replacement. They said "Don't worry about it" and sent me a whole new system.

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I personally didn't like my holsters from them and i bought two. An owb and the tuck 3.0. It's comfortable but there's so much excess holster it was ridiculous. I carry kydex now and I'm much happier. Gun goes in easier, it doesn't move much.
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Old 12-16-2017, 05:33 PM
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Finally decided.

The AG 4.0 was an interesting possiblity and was heavily researched (along with others) but was too busy and and looked clunky. I finally decided on a tried and true IWB. Still breaking it in but very happy.

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I wore my M&P Shield for two yrs before I sold it in a Cloak tuck IWB holster. It was comfortable & I was happy with it, I did upgrade to the optional leather belt loops which I recommend.

I did change to a DeSantis Cozy partner IWB leather paddle holster & the comfort between that and the cloak tuck was night & day. The Cozy partner was by far more easier to put on, held my pistol more securely and I really liked the 15į FBI forward cant better than the Alien gear. I now exclusively use DeSantis OWB speed scabbard holsters for my pistols since Texas is now a open carry state.

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I wore my M&P Shield for two yrs before I sold it in a Cloak tuck IWB holster. It was comfortable & I was happy with it, I did upgrade to the optional leather belt loops which I recommend.

I did change to a DeSantis Cozy partner IWB leather paddle holster & the comfort between that and the cloak tuck was night & day. The Cozy partner was by far more easier to put on, held my pistol more securely and I really liked the 15į FBI forward cant better than the Alien gear. I now exclusively use DeSantis OWB speed scabbard holsters for my pistols since Texas is now a open carry state.
Where do you wear cozy partner? It looks very comfortable.

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Hi There,
Do you guys know if ShapeShift shell for M&P9c (4.25" barrel) will fit M&P9c 2.0 ?
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I just realized that I already posted this question here - please forgive me my clumsiness - I'm not too experienced with using any kind of forums

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Iíve been using a variety of the 1.0,2.0,3.0 holsters for a while. The neoprene is nice in the winter but makes me sweat to much any other time. I have several 1.0ís and a box of other holsters. Sold my crossbreed and bought 2 more AG holsters for other pistols. Iím a bigger guy and carry about the 5 o clock position and can wear it all day without noticing. Took an advanced pistol class with it and took some ribbing but explained if itís all about comfort why wouldnít I use whatís most comfortable for me? While everyone is on the appendix carry and kydex only kick I tried a few. Too fat for appendix and the idea of having to constantly adjust to sit, or draw, or walk, and F running with it made it not a remote option for me. While carrying in other positions with a kydex only I constantly get my love handles pinched when I move. With the AG I have none of those issues. I didnít have any with the crossbreed either but the angle was awkward and caused it to drag when drawing and made reholstering a challenge.


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I have the 2.0. I have the shell for the m&p shield and M&P 9. To be honest I dont care for it all that much. I use a n8 tactical most of the time or a Ramora. I just yesterday received a holster from keyhole that I like. It is the Nano rapid. It'll take some breaking in but I wore it all day today and I like it.
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