On this Cloak Tuck 3.0 sized for the FNX-45 Tactical, the panel is generously sized at nearly 10 inches wide and over 9 inches tall. That’s important, because the large surface area helps distribute weight. From the inside out, the layers are chosen to provide different functions. The body side is made of neoprene—the stuff from which wetsuits are made. It’s soft and squishy for comfort, but waterproof so sweat won’t make its way from your body to the gun. In the center is the new flexible steel band. That’s placed right behind the gun mount area and is pancaked between layers of ballistic nylon so the steel section won’t poke through the neoprene layer over time. The steel band on this particular model is about 3 inches tall and 4 inches wide. You can flex it, so while it provides support, it will contour to your waist. The outside layer is made from the “alien skin” material. It’s a “thermoplastic polymer,” with a light turtle-shell texture. It feels somewhat like a synthetic leather and a little rubbery.