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A review of the Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster for the Chiappa Rhino 200DS

Posted by AJ Koenes on Sep 18th 2020

The Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster | With over 500 guns available we use ours with a Chiappa Rhino 200DS

You can buy the Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster for around $90 on:

A review of the Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster for the Chiappa Rhino 200DS

The First Impressions of the Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster:

It was pretty good, look like a well-built chest holster that would work well during hiking or hunting. It had a custom-molded clamshell for my Chiappa Rhino 200ds. The construction and quality look good and the compact size indicated like it would be perfect for the intended use.

Installation and Setup of the Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster:

It is pretty simple and straight forward. There are four screws on the clamshell that help you adjust the tension when you draw your firearm. There are two straps that are adjustable and a nice piece of padding that goes over the strap that's around your shoulder.

The shoulder padding of the Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster for the Chiappa Rhino 200DS

The Specs of the Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster:

The Alien Gear boasts a soft, cool lint neoprene that provides a cushion base and allows your skin to breathe and wick away moisture. The base is also reinforced with spring steel for strength and durability.

The clamshell offers proper trigger guard protection and excellent retention for a smooth draw. It also offers a 45-degree angle only so adjusting the cant of the holster is not an option. It shouldn't be an issue due to the design of a chest holster. It's interchangeable with any of the other Alien Gear Cloak series clamshells and provides an excellent base for interchanging with your other models. The straps, that connect the holster around your body feature durable woven nylon.

The Field Test Results of the Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster:

I wore the shoulder holster for some time over the course of many weeks. I put many hours, if not days, on the shoulder holster and it is still working well. The draw seemed to be easy and the retention worked well enough that I had no concern of my firearm becoming dislodged and falling to the ground. It was decently comfortable though the straps aren't wide enough to prevent them from becoming too tight on occasion. The functionality was great and allowed me to sit comfortably, work comfortably, and play comfortably while still having immediate access to my firearm.

rubberized back straps of the Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster for the Chiappa Rhino 200DS

Pros of the Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster:

There are some excellent pros to this shoulder for chest holster. First being the ease of accessibility and the second would be the interchangeability of the clamshells to different cloak holsters. The quality of materials is excellent and there's even some rubber lining to help prevent the nylon straps from slipping. The plastic, steel, and neoprene look to be of the highest quality and you can even wash the holster in the washing machine.

Cons of the Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster:

There are a few cons to this holster. Even though the quality of materials is excellent the assembly is lacking to a certain degree. I've noticed with some of my holsters from Alien Gear, the sewing and stitching can be subpar, and wear and tear around the neoprene can leave it frayed. On this particular holster, even though they boast of their durable woven nylon straps, I find them to be thin and sometimes uncomfortable, but thicker and wider straps would have served this holster much better especially considering the price point of what they're asking on their website.

breathable Neoprene backing of the Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster for the Chiappa Rhino 200DS

My Final Thoughts on Alien Gear Cloak Chest Holster:

My final thoughts are that it is a great holster for hiking or hunting in the backwoods. It's an excellent companion in bear country. I personally would look elsewhere for spending $90 on this holster due to the lack of quality. I see even as straps for the price point of what they're asking. I would guess the total cost of materials to be well under 30% of their asking price and value for the money. I just can't justify the price.

I think on its own, it's an excellent holster, and if you're looking for a chest rig to be a companion with your other Alien Gear Cloak Holsters, I think it's an excellent option due to the interchangeability of the clamshells.

The clamshell provided for the Chiappa Rhino 200ds was excellent. Even though there was no positive retention when drawing, there was enough overall retention to prevent the firearm from falling out. Though I do like and prefer a crisp snap when drawing or replacing my firearm but this holster does not offer that and the consistent retention does make for a smoother draw.