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The last time I donned on a hybrid holster, it was the Crossbreed SuperTuck with cowhide in a combat cut and metal clips for the Glock 19. I did end up selling the holster; not because it didn’t work as advertised – it wasn’t what I needed. I did eventually try the SmartCarry, but ultimately ended up carrying in my pocket.
The benefit of wider weight distribution for comfort did not outweigh the time it took me to set up compared to other non-hybrid holsters available – especially when tucking in my shirt.
On days I’m not working in a NPE, I’m happily carrying a Glock 19 or Kahr PM9 in an appendix holster from Dale Fricke. Since my 2011 review on the SuperTuck, I’ve deviated little from pocket or appendix IWB carry.
After receiving the Cloak Tuck 2.0 for the Glock 42 from Alien Gear to write a review, I found myself revisiting the same personal preference issues I had with the Crossbreed. However, there are notable differences, some of which were positive.
Judging from past reviews of the Cloak Tuck 2.0, the hardware included appears to have improved significantly, favoring a molded rubber instead of ill-cut fuel line to adjust the retention. It’s pretty slick, actually.
Compared to the SuperTuck, the Cloak Tuck 2.0’s retention is adjustable by using the rubber spacers and appropriate hardware included with the holster. Further, the plastic shells are interchangeable for their separate semi-automatic and revolver systems and trade-in through their Iron-Clad Triple Guarantee.
The Cloak Tuck 2.0 smells like a mouse pad, but that’s only because most mouse pads are made out of neoprene. The materials and the manner of which they were assembled together appear sound and it is comfortable.
The holster shell is manufactured from Boltaron, not Kydex. I haven’t had an issue with the Kydex holsters cracking, so I’m not certain if I can fully appreciate the applicability of Boltaron for holsters primarily used for everyday concealed carry.
Of note, the shell is a flat press mold of the firearm with no curve. While I don’t appreciate curves in my firearm, I’ve come to expect it for side mounted carry rigs. As a result, placement for me is very limited to the 5 o’clock position, which is just right of center of my back. This affects my draw, and ability to do so if I am ever on my back.
Sliding the set up forward to my preferred side-carry position at 4 o’clock, the shell starts to force my waistband out. You can play with the cant to attempt to make it less noticeable. My preference, applicable to this holster at 5 o’clock, is the high screw in the front and the medium to low screw on the back. Using the high screw hole in the back doesn’t provide me enough cant to reach back, and the grip sits too low below the belt.
If you have more girth to work with, you may have more potential flat surface area to contact the holster, permitting more variation for your ideal holster position.
The photo above demonstrates my preferred carry position using a Off the Grid Concepts Sidewinder, compared to the position I must use with the Cloak Tuck 2.0. The top and bottom rows demonstrate the Cloak Tuck 2.0 concealed, tucked and untucked, respectively.
I think the clips bring a lot more attention than any printing bulge in my pants. I wouldn’t be caught wearing this outside the house with my shirt tucked in, which isn’t exclusive to the Cloak Tuck. It’s true for the SuperTuck and for the knives you carry everyday with the clip conspicuously attached to the pant pocket. However, having a selection of clips/loops to choose from is nice. Of the options, I think the standard clip will suffice for most folks carrying with an untucked shirt. The leather loops are a nice option, with the exception that the buttons are exceptionally tight, and the hole in the plastic stay isn’t counter-sunk. The j-clips and c-clips will work for its intended purpose, but don’t pretend it will make it less noticeable.
I favor the Cloak Tuck over the SuperTuck moderately. Retention is easily adjusted by using the rubber spacers, instead of heating up the Kydex on the SuperTuck, and I think the shell swapping principle is an attractive deal – all for less than $40.00 USD.
My primary contention is how limited positioning can be as a result of a flat mold. I think if I slightly bent the mold by heat, I may have more freedom to adjust the holster in a more favorable position for me. Further, I think set up takes considerably longer than any of the leather IWB or appendix holsters I’ve used over the years. That alone excludes this holster, and anything like it, from my rotation.
With that noted, if a hybrid holster fits your needs, particularly price, Alien Gear’s Cloak Tuck 2.0 is a holster worth trying yourself.