I recently purchased a "shielded holster" for my 1911. I have a supertuck for my xd's. I do love the supertuck, but I could not see dropping another $80 on a supertuck when the "shielded" is available shipped for $50. The supertuck is also a six week lead time. I ordered the shielded on Tues morn, it arrived at my door on Fri. Quality wise I can see no difference. The leather seems to be the same thickness, the shielded may be a little thicker but that could be because it is not broken in yet. The kydex seems to be exactly the same. The shape of the leather is a little different. I like the shielded better for its shape, the bottom front corner of my supertuck folds upward and is slightly annoying. They both wear about the same. The shielded does have 5 holes to adjust for cant where the ST only has 4. Overall the Shielded holster at this point seems every bit as good as supertuck, I wore all night last night to dinner and a movie and couldn't tell it was there other than the new leather rubbing against me. Here are some pics to compare.