Alien Gear contacted me and asked if they could send me a holster. I accepted. The sent me a holster, two shells, and all of the clips:
Background on what I’ve learned about holsters. I used to carry leather, when I worked in an office. Then, I started working outside. I build houses. The leather quickly became pliable due to heat and, no doubt, sweat. And I didn’t want this to happen. So, I went to a hybrid. And the leather, though it would not interfere with the trigger, still became kind of icky. And, also, there was that time I had to draw my gun and drew it and the holster at the same time. Awkward. I’ve since switched to loops only. After that, I went all Raven Concealment for work and break out the leather when not working. Needless to say, I put the loops on the Alien Gear.
The Alien Gear is not leather, it is Neoprene. Now, I’ve not carried it long term, but that seems an improvement over leather, if you work outside. The holster is a bit wide for a skinny guy like me. I carry at 4 o’clock and the loops come up near my front pocket and towards the center of my back. I’d prefer a model that wasn’t as wide. Here it is compared size-wise to a Raven:
It’s comfortable. Wore for a week on the job and comfort was great and it was not as stiff as my Kydex Raven holsters.
Seems well made. No issues at all with changing out bodies or loops.
The body of the holster is a bit gritty on the back side, the side that contacts your body. So, if you’re around sawdust and debris, if it gets in there, it will stick.
Like other hybrid holsters, the gun doesn’t lock in with a click like they do on kydex. Takes some getting used to.
Tentatively, I recommend it. If I carry it long term, we’ll see how it does out in the heat and cold of East Tennessee.