Making the Buying Process Clearer

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Here at Alpha, we’re all about transparency.

So when a customer recently brought it to our attention that it wasn’t entirely clear that certain Kydex patterns incur an upcharge, we immediately sought to change that.

Starting today, the additional fees are clearly marked next to any Kydex patterns that are subject to an upcharge. Customers will notice this change when selecting the Kydex color for their holster in the dropdown menu – the additional fee is listed in parenthesis next to the name of the color.

We have not changed the prices whatsoever, they are just clearly marked now, and we hope this will make for a clearer buying process for our customers.

Why Do Certain Colors Cost More?

All of our gear is available in the customer’s choice of 33 different colors/patterns - click here to view swatches of each one. Fifteen of those are considered basic colors, and do not incur an upcharge.

But some of the patterns we offer are produced under an official license – the pattern is trademarked through the creator, and our suppliers pay a premium price in order to gain authorization to reprint that pattern onto Kydex. For instance, patterns such as Kryptek Typhon are officially licensed through Kryptek Outdoor Group, and are reprinted with permission.

Some other patterns are simply priced significantly higher through our suppliers, whether it’s due to the printing process, or another reason.

Because our cost when ordering such patterns is much higher than when ordering basic colors, it’s necessary for us to charge a higher price for holsters and other gear made in those patterns.

We try to keep that additional price as low as possible, and charge based on the amount of Kydex needed to produce the gear, and how much it costs us to order that pattern – that’s why you’ll see a range of additional fees depending on which type of gear you’re ordering. 

For instance, a Single AR15 Magazine Carrier in Kryptek Typhon only costs an extra $7, while an Ares OWB holster in the same pattern would run an extra $12 - the cost is partially dependent upon how much Kydex is needed to produce the item. More Kydex equals a higher fee.

To the same effect, an Apollo Appendix IWB holster in Red Carbon Fiber will only cost the customer an extra $10, while that same holster in Kryptek Typhon would cost an extra $12 - the cost is partially dependent upon how much our supplier charges for a sheet of that pattern.

The Kryptek patterns are by far the most expensive, while the additional fees for Carbon Fiber and camouflage patterns are a bit lower.

What Are the Additional Fees?

Type of Gear

  • The Ares Standard OWB Holster
  • The Hyperion Light-Bearing OWB Holster
  • The Prometheus Standard IWB Holster
  • The Apollo Appendix IWB Holster
  • The Kratos Enhanced Light-Bearing OWB Holster
  • The Olympian Competition OWB Holster
  • The Deimos Enhanced OWB Holster
  • The Phoenix Ultimate IWB Holster
  • Triple Pistol Magazine Carrier

Additional Fees

Carbon Fiber & Camouflage +$10

Kryptek +$12

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Type of Gear

  • The Cyclopes Light-Bearing IWB Holster
  • The Minotaur Half-Breed IWB Holster
  • The Centaur Half-Breed Light-Bearing IWB Holster
  • The Gryphon Ultimate Light-Bearing IWB Holster

Additional Fees

Carbon Fiber & Camouflage +$12

Kryptek +$15

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Type of Gear

  • Single Pistol Magazine Carrier
  • IWB Knife Sheath (all knives)
  • OWB Knife Sheath (all knives)

Additional Fees

Carbon Fiber, Camouflage & Kryptek +$5

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Type of Gear

  • Double Pistol Magazine Carrier
  • Single AR15 Magazine Carrier
  • Double AR15 Magazine Carrier

Additional Fees

Carbon Fiber, Camouflage & Kryptek +$7

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Type of Gear

APC-1

Additional Fees

Carbon Fiber, Camouflage & Kryptek +$15

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