New Gear: Alien Gear ShapeShift Shoulder Holster

New Gear: Alien Gear ShapeShift Shoulder Holster

ShapeShift Shoulder Holster brings a new level of comfort and utility to the unique carry method.

How the ShapeShift improves on the shoulder holster:

    • CoolVent neoprene prevents straps from digging into shoulders.
    • Four-point anchors (shoulders and belt) keep holster in place.
    • Padded paddle stops gun from bitting into side and protects firearm from body moisture.
    • Adjusts to any cant angle.
    • Modifies to any body size in seconds.
    • Level III retention.
    • Compatible with exsisting ShapeShift modular holster system for IWB and OWB carry.
    • MSRP $133.88.

Blame the silver screen. When most of the un-anointed hear the term concealed carry, they conjure up visions of shoulder rigs. You can't fault them, considering the volume of manatee undercover cops and sharp-dressed bad guys who kept their heaters hanging right along their rib cage. Imagine the neophytes' shock when they find the style of carry is somewhat a rarity compared to nestling a handgun at some clock point on the belt line.


Uncommon when measured again inside- and outside-the-waistband systems, shoulder holsters still make sense for many armed citizens. Be it tramping the woods with a hunting revolver or requiring handgun access in a position that makes the tried-and-true 3-o'clock position unwieldy, placement on the upper body is as logical as a mathematical proof. And Alien Gear has made the carry preference all the more practical with the introduction of its rather ingenious ShapeShift Shoulder Holster.

Utilizing the company's cutting-edge ShapeShift modular hybrid system, Alien Gear has cooked up an agile shoulder rig that addresses many of the common complaints of this unique method of carry. Chief among these is comfort.


Anyone who's stepped out with a shoulder rig knows the systems can feel like yoking up to plow the back forty. Not the ShapeShift Shoulder Holster. With advanced light and comfortable materials (CoolVent neoprene), the holster's English bridal leather resists digging into tender spots, remains situated on the shoulders and moves naturally with the user. Furthermore, belt anchors keep the rig in place, even through the most strenuous situations, so a sidearm is where it's expected when it matters most.

The ShapeShift holster itself is a marvel. Designed to modify to nearly any form of waistband carry, the hybrid unit is versatile and well suited to the shoulder system. A vented and padded paddle holds a handgun back from nipping at a shooter's side while remaining breathable and protecting the firearm in a potentially musty carry position. Moreover, it adjusts to any cant and elevation a user desires ensuring it adapts to a particular user's body and carry preferences. If that's not enough, the ShapeShift Shoulder Holster provides Level III retention, including adjustable passive retention, thumb release and a thumb break.


The system modifies to fit any user in seconds can configure to hold a single gun, a single gun and extra magazines or two guns. The ShapeShift Shoulder Holster has an MSRP of $133.88. Those who already own a traditional ShapeShift holster system can buy the shoulder holster expansion pack for $99.88.

For more information, please visit:


Next Step: Get your FREE Printable Target Pack

Enhance your shooting precision with our 62 MOA Targets, perfect for rifles and handguns. Crafted in collaboration with Storm Tactical for accuracy and versatility.

Subscribe to the Gun Digest email newsletter and get your downloadable target pack sent straight to your inbox. Stay updated with the latest firearms info in the industry.

Previous article Ammo Brief: America’s ‘New’ Favorite — 9mm Luger
Next article Tips For Getting The Best AR-15 For Your Buck
Elwood Shelton is the Digital Editor for Gun Digest. He lives in Colorado and has provided coverage on a vast spectrum of topics for GD for more than a decade. Before that, he was an award-winning sports and outdoors reporter for a number of newspapers across the Rocky Mountains. His experience has consisted of covering the spread of chronic wasting disease into the Western Slope of Colorado to the state’s ranching for wildlife programs. His passion for shooting began at a young age, fostered on pheasant hunts with his father. Since then, he has become an accomplished handloader, long-range shooter and avid hunter—particularly mule deer and any low-down, dirty varmint that comes into his crosshairs. He is a regular contributor to Gun Digest Magazine and has contributed to various books on guns and shooting, most recently Lever-Actions: A Tribute to the All-American Rifle.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.