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Springfield XD Mod.2 Subcompact 9mm/40cal 3 inch ShapeShift Core Carry Pack

$99.88

Please note: The ShapeShift Core Carry Pack, formerly known as the Starter Kit, has been renamed to better represent the four most popular “core” carry styles within our growing modular holster system.

XD Mod 2 ShapeShift Modular Holster Kit


The ShapeShift Modular Holster System is patent pending.

In order to carry your XD Mod 2 in all the ways one might want to - open, concealed, in or out of the waistband - you'd have to have several Springfield XD Mod 2 holster models in your possession. If you wanted to use active retention at times and passive it others, you'd have to have multiple holsters for that as well.

What if you didn't have to?

What if you could get a XD Mod 2 holster with a modular design that allowed you to truly carry it in any fashion you wanted? With any type of retention you desired?

Alien Gear's ShapeShift is not just an XD Mod 2 concealed carry holster or open carry holster - it's a complete carry system. This holster system allows the user to carry their pistol in any manner they wish, with adjustable passive retention and active retention both available for use.

The core of the ShapeShift is the retention shell system. The ShapeShift Core Carry Pack includes one full Shift Shell and two trigger guards. The two half-Shift Shells can be combined to make a clamshell, or can be combined with the half-shell to completely wrap the trigger guard. From there, the choice is up to you to find the carry configuration you want. They fit together using toolless locking rails, combined with a twist lock.

Included with the shells are two backing pads - one small, one large.

The larger backing pad is for use as an XD Mod 2 IWB holster, which you may note is of nearly the same design as our Cloak Tuck 3.0. It has the same spring steel core, neoprene backer and Alien Skin top surface, as well as adjustable belt clips. Attach a full shell to a trigger guard half shell and attach to the backer, and you have an IWB holster.

If you prefer an XD Mod 2 appendix carry holster, attach the shells to the smaller backer. Use the locking gate on the outer shell to install the large IWB belt clip, similar to the larger clip on our Cloak Mag Carriers. Adjust to the cant angle of your preference, and you have an XD Mod 2 appendix carry holster.

The ShapeShift can also give you two options for an XD Mod 2 OWB holster as well.

If you assemble a full shell and a half shell, and attach to the smaller backer, there are two belt slide clips that come with the holster. Attach these and the ShapeShift becomes a high-ride hybrid XD Mod 2 belt slide holster, perfect for OWB concealed carry under lighter outerwear or an untucked shirt.

However, you can also attach both full shells to create a clamshell holster. This configuration is an ultra-durable holster design, which can incorporate one or more active retention devices. Included in the kit is a paddle attachment, giving you an XD Mod 2 paddle holster.

Retention is highly adjustable. Included in the kit are three retention bars that can be attached to the half-shell. Choose light, medium or heavy passive retention. Additionally, a thumb-release or finger-release - or both concurrently - can be attached to the full shells for the utmost in holster retention.

The ShapeShift is also backed by Alien Gear's Iron Clad Guarantee, which includes our 30-day Test Drive. Wear the holster for up to 30 days, and decide if it's the holster system you looked to the stars wishing you had. If not, contact us and we will arrange a refund.

We also extend a lifetime warranty on the ShapeShift. As long as you own the holster, we will fix any issue regardless if it's due to defect or damage, or we will send you a brand new holster. Forever.

Are you ready for a whole new universe of carry possibilities?


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Bad holster Review by DOUGLAS
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I'm not happy with the owb holster weapon can not be reholsterd it bends to much and will not go back in. (Posted on 8/1/2020)
Over all a good product Review by Don
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the product is of good quality, one of the things I don't like the modular part is a good idea however it is bigger in size then a typical hybrid holster. I do like that you get 4 configurations in 1 package the inside the wast band are extremely comfortable especially when its in direct contact with your skin. (Posted on 7/30/2020)
Owned Shape Shift just over a year and I have 4 warranty claims and am waiting on my fifth!!! Review by Tom
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Love the idea but this is poorly executed. I carry everyday, At first I really loved this holster but let me tell you if you actually train with your firearm this holster really isn't worth it. Even in just everyday use in normal carry, the little twist locks that hold your firearm shell in place and attach the trigger guard to the holster. Well don't count on them staying together because they won't! And by the time you notice that they are gone you have lost the trigger guard and the twist lock. Which effectively turns this holster into a $167 turd... I will say that Alien gear has been super kind in sending me replacements for free, but now with the Covid stuff going on their phone lines are shut off and I still haven't heard back from the email. Which leaves me with a holster that I can't use... As an NRA instructor I cannot recommend this holster... When I talked with the guys at the Alien Gear booth at the NRA show in Indianapolis they didn't really seem to take the advice I offered. Sad because this holster has lots of potential for someone that trains with multiple weapon platforms. Very disappointed! (Posted on 7/25/2020)
great holsters Review by Mikeb
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great company fast shipping love my shapeshifter holster. M&p 9 fit perfect (Posted on 7/22/2020)
great all a round Review by Dandoe
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This is my first Alien Holster, it is by far the most comfortable holster I have had. There are so many different configurations you can make. I love the wall mount option as well. The only issue that I have found is that you have to take the holster almost completely apart when using the IWB to use the wall mount. Which makes it difficult when using this in my truck. Only way to get around this is to buy a extra shell. Other than that, It's amazing! (Posted on 7/21/2020)
Extremely pleased Review by Joe
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I have had many holsters in the past, but after many years of daily wear, the Kydex was about to give up the ghost with nearly full-length cracks on both sides on the edge of complete failure. All I wanted was another of the same.

I didn't *think* I'd be interested in the "kid-sy* Alien gear stuff -- what someone referred to in this thread as a "transformer" design. But boy... on a lark... I gave Alien Gear's 4.0 IWB a try and... I'm sold. I love this thing.

I had worried all this plastic would make it hang out too much. But that's not the case at all. It stays close to my body, same as my other holsters. And they couldn't be taken down to be cleaned as the Alien Gear can -- easily, smartly. I immediately valued that, since if I'm not in bed, I'm wearing my EDC.

The retention adjustment needed to be loosened to my likely -- and I see someone in the thread obviously had a case of "user error," reporting that the shell didn't cover his trigger and he couldn't get it to click -- no matter how much he "tightened" it. I'm guessing he needed to back it off a little to push his gun further in? Incredibly easy to do. (What a tard.)

In short, seeing some of the negative responses here took me back at first. WTH? What *isn't* to like about this system? Anything that doesn't suit you can be easily adjusted to your exact preferences -- and without requiring any tools.

And they sent extra parts? I didn't get the 4-holster pack, but the IWB version came with a few extras that get me thinking about the OWB and paddle holster expansion kits. I might check into those.

I loved my original holster, and I would have been totally happy with just another one, if not for the forecast Covid-19 delay in shipping. (Alien Gear got this one to me incredibly fast despite it). And though I won't likely be replacing my other holsters any time soon (since I almost never wear them and they're still like brand new), I would likely buy Alien Gear 4.0 rigs for my S&W's, CZ, and Berettas if I ever decide to.

The shell material seems so much superior to Kydex, and so less hostile to the gun's finish. I'm predicting much longer durability. But then... Alien Gear warranties this thing for life, right? Guessing I won't really need to worry about that. But let's see. (I'll get back to you in 5-10 years on that.)

I'm a fan. I love this thing (been wearing it daily for a few weeks now.) Highly recommend!!! (Posted on 7/21/2020)
Versatile 4-in-1 Holster Review by Nick
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Honestly, at first I was a little skeptical and overwhelmed. So many different parts and adjustments but after playing with it for a while, I fell in love. This will be my second Shapeshift holster ordered and both have been great. The first was for me and the second, my girlfriend. When I received the second one, however, the retention screw only turned about one whole turn. I contacted the live chat and they advised to use a socket wrench and it turned with ease. So if you are having issues with retention screw not turning, try a socket wrench before returning. Sure, not meant to be used with a socket but you use other tools to adjust other aspects of the holster. I love how quickly you can change from IWB to OWB and have 4 complete options for a fairly decent price. For me, it is really comfortable. My gun has some sandpaper like features on the grip but I ordered a rubber grip to prevent any discomfort when carrying and I can carry for many hours without discomfort. You will not be disappointed. (Posted on 7/20/2020)
My Favorite Holster System Review by BillyBob61
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Bought my ShapeShift Core Package two years ago for my government 1911. It was so easy to carry that piece of steel around as it was truly comfortable IWB and OWB. Liked it so much I bough a shell for my Shield and the magazine clips as well for both firearms. I have used other brands, but the ShapeShfit system has been the most comfortable and versatile systems I have owned. I am a "believer", but only wish they had a shell for my S&W 5906 too! Great products, great versatility at a fair price. (Posted on 7/18/2020)
Great holster , poor belt clips Review by Shorty
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This is the best IWB holster that i have ever worn , I wear it even when wearing shorts , with no printing . I wear this holster system with my firearm every day , for yours at a time , complete comfort . However the belt clips leave a lot to be desired , one of mine has stretched out the the point of being almost unusable , for the money paid , I would think that this would be better addressed . Though I have the shape shift holster , I have never had a reason to go into any other carry option besides the IWB , because this holster is so comfortable . Everyone experience might be different but with my Ruger LC9S pro , this system is more than i expect .... once again , besides the belt clips ( which I think are cheesy) . (Posted on 7/12/2020)
Underwhelmed. Review by Aaron
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I recieved the shapeshifter holster as a gift from a friend and I was kind of excited to have a new holster for my 1911 para.
I tried each of the configurations and one after another left me disappointed and feeling like whoever designed it really likes transformers toys and doesn't carry a gun for a living.
I was so disappointed that I gave it back to my friend because it wasn't worth keeping even just to spare his feelings. (Posted on 7/9/2020)

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