I have been using a CrossBreed SuperTuck Deluxe daily for 6 years now. I carry in the 1 o'clock position, not quite appendix carry but close enough. I'm a big fan of my CrossBreed so I was wondering how the Alien Gear would compare to it. Both have a lifetime warranty (CrossBreed's lifetime warranty does not apply to all items). Both are IWB holsters. Both have similar construction styles. But that's where the similarities end. I'll get to the differences in my review below as they come up.
So when the Alien Gear holster arrived, it came in an black ziplock type plastic bag with their logo on it. Inside was the holster, instructions, and a set of spare parts nicely packaged on a neon green (keeping with the alien theme) plastic backing card, not a bunch of loose parts in a plastic bag. I appreciated the extra thought that went into this. It keeps everything nice and organized. No extra parts are included with the CrossBreed.
I took out the holster to exam it. The first thing I noticed was that the backside portion which goes directly against your body was lined with a thin piece of neoprene. It was soft and slightly spongy and actually felt pretty nice. I can see the benefit of having this against your skin versus leather when it's hot out. The back side also had the T-Nuts already in place for adjustment of the clips if you wanted to adjust the ride height. With the CrossBreed, you have to move the T-nuts to where you want if you want to adjust the clips. On the Alien Gear, the T-Nuts were used to attach the plastic shell with unlike the rivets used on the CrossBreed. I'll explain why this is important further down.
|Against the body Neoprene side of the holster|
So, that's all well and good, but how does the Alien Gear holster feel while wearing it? Honestly? Pretty darn good. The neoprene side is a little thicker than the leather of the CrossBreed, but not by much and it's very soft and pliable. The one thing I immediately noticed was that it didn't squeak when I moved or bent like leather did. It stayed firmly in place due to the better gripping plastic clips which wrapped around and under the belt. I was always having to adjust the metal clips on my CrossBreed to get them to stay on the belt, especially when I squatted down. Yes, CrossBreed does offer different clips for a more secure hold, but this is what I have. For me, sitting down was always less comfortable with the CrossBreed, as the leather would dig into my upper thigh (1 o'clock carry position, remember?).
Alien Gear took that great hybrid leather/kydex holster idea and improved upon it. A lot. And in doing so, they still managed to produce a holster that is almost half the cost as the CrossBreed They're very much worth checking out. They'll give you 30 days to try it unlike CrossBreeds 2 weeks. And if you don't like it, send it back. They make it almost impossible not to try it. If you do, tell them Resister in the Rockies sent you.