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An IWB Holster With The Best Of Both Worlds: Handgun Compatibility And Advanced Comfortability

Innovation is a three-part equation: a new idea solves a real problem to serve an end user or intent.

Inside the waistband holsters are a representation of that process.

And that process is consistently exercised at Alien Gear Holsters. Ideas are squeezed, twisted and tested until there's something that has legitimate merit and utility.

From that, the Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster was born.

It combines two beneficial traits for concealed carriers — the broad compatibility of Alien Gear's Cloak Series holsters with the improved comfort of the ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster base.

Let's reflect on how the Cloak Tuck 3.5 structurally and functionally enhances the award-winning Cloak Tuck 3.0.

Structural Changes Between The Cloak Tuck 3.0 And 3.5 IWB Holsters

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The sort of IWB holsters Alien Gear offers have two primary elements: a shell and a backer.

The boltaron shell from the Cloak Tuck 3.0 is a thick, durable thermoplastic sheet heated and pressed to the shape of specific handgun models.

Over time, Alien Gear Holsters built a library of over 500 gun holsters for that system.

It attaches to a layered backer at four points, each of which can be tuned tighter or looser for varying levels of passive retention at each individual point.

The Cloak Tuck 3.5 uses that shell system.
It also adopts the backer from the ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster.

This backer differs structurally with a new CoolVent Neoprene that is perforated to disperse heat and wick sweat away from the holster better than the Cloak Tuck 3.0 neoprene.

Like the 3.0, the 3.5 also has a layer of ballistic nylon, spring steel and a textured thermoplastic elastomer surface.

However, that front surface has been reconfigured for better grip. And, as requested by many customers, it is edge bound with a durable textile to prevent any fraying or damage to the outer edge.

The clips on the 3.5 have also changed since the 3.0, which presents the next piece of information to consider.

Functional Changes Between The Cloak Tuck 3.0 And 3.5 IWB Holsters

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Functionally, the Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster repairs some of the shortcomings of the Cloak Tuck 3.0.

Primarily, the clips.

Previously in the 3.0, the clips came with screws that, unless secured by Loctite, would back out over time if the holster wasn't routinely maintained by the user.

The 3.5 clips are tool-less like the ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster clips. To raise, lower or swap them out with other clip styles, they need only be turned 180 degrees and pulled outward.

This simplifies the process of adjusting cant and ride height, while also eliminating the ability for screws to back out.

The Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster has broad compatibility with hundreds of handgun models, meaning if a concealed carrier's handgun is not compatible with the ShapeShift 4.0 IWB Holster yet, the 3.5 will have many of the functional characteristics of it, at the sacrifice of modularity.

Its Iron Clad Guarantee features a 30-day test drive, Forever Warranty and most notably free shell trades for life like the Cloak Tuck 3.0.

The Cloak Tuck 3.5 IWB Holster has all the compatibility of the Cloak Series and all the comfortability of ShapeShift Series.

It's a holster that reflects real feedback from customers to serve their needs.

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Jake Smith gun blog writer