Kryptek fans have been asking for a hi viz option. Enter Inferno for 2015.
Kryptek fans have been asking for a hi viz option. Enter Inferno for 2015.
The US Army has issued an update on the pending OCP transition. This message validates what we’ve been saying about the bookend patterns as well as the transition to a Coyote Boot and Tan 499 Belt and T-shirt. The 75th Ranger Regiment is the only unit to be issued the new OCP ACU. Serving Soldiers will be required to purchase the uniforms with their annual clothing allowance. New accessions should see OCP in their clothing bag beginning in FY 2016.
What is it?
After a thorough, fair and scientific camouflage tests, the U.S. Army is adopting the Operational Camouflage Pattern as an Army-wide base pattern for uniforms and personal equipment. The use of Operational Camouflage Pattern will be gradually phased in to minimize the cost to Soldiers and the Army.
What has the Army Done?
Camouflage – In 2009, after Soldier feedback revealed dissatisfaction with the performance of the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) in Afghanistan, Secretary of the Army Peter Geren approved the execution of a four-phase camouflage improvement effort. The first three phases, conducted from September 2009 to January 2010, resulted in the selection of Crye Precision’s MultiCam pattern as the Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern for uniforms and Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) for Afghanistan.
The objective of the last phase (Phase IV) was to determine a long-term multi-environment camouflage strategy for the entire force, so the Army continued working on testing a family of camouflage patterns (arid, transitional, and woodland/jungle patterns with a single matching OCIE pattern) and established the Army’s most rigorous and scientific study of camouflage to date. The Army employed important lessons from a decade of combat experience to ensure the selection process was sound and thorough.
Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan will continue to be fielded with uniforms and OCIE in Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern until inventories are exhausted. In coming months the Army will conduct operational testing and user evaluations of existing Service arid and woodland patterns for possible adoption by the Army.
Phase-in Strategy Reduces the Cost to Soldiers – The financial impact on Soldiers will be minimal. The gradual introduction of the Operational Camouflage Pattern uniforms will allow Soldiers to phase in uniforms as their UCP patterned ACUs and OCIE wear out. The Army will begin introduction of the Operational Camouflage Pattern during the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2015 in Army Clothing and Sales Stores.
Why is this important to the Army?
Camouflage is a centerpiece for Soldier Force Protection. An effective camouflage provides Soldiers concealment which is critical for Soldiers in the close fight with the enemy. The Army will continue to provide the Soldiers with the best possible camouflaged uniforms and equipment.
What other related uniform efforts does the Army have planned?
To correspond with the introduction of the Operational Camouflage Pattern starting in the summer of 2015, the Army will change the color for the Army Combat Boot to a coyote brown color, and change the color of the belts and t-shirts to a tan 499 color.
This article was originally featured on the November 19th, 2014 edition of ‘Stand-To! The Official Focus of the US Army’.
Woodland is making a massive comeback thanks to HSGI, B5 Systems and Tactical Distributors who have teamed up to introduce several new products to the market. Although woodland camouflage has been all but abandoned by the US military it continues to remain popular due to its effectiveness in the environments it was designed for. Even the US Army Jungle School continues to issue woodland hot weather BDUs to its students and MARSOC CSOs use it for certain applications.
Below is a short press release from High Speed Gear who have introduced several of their most popular items in woodland camouflage complete with woodland pattern webbing.
B5 Systems has also introduced exclusive, woodland dipped versions of their popular firearms accessories, including stocks, grips, and forends.
Additionally, Tactical Distributors has an entire category for woodland items on their site.
SWANSBORO, NC – 17NOV2014 – We’ve settled the camouflage debate!!!!! A large portion of our product line is now available in M81 Woodland Camo, based on military and shooting sport customers demand. However, instead of just producing in the vintage fashion, High Speed Gear® commissioned our webbing provider to produce, jacquard M81 Woodland webbing to match the Cordura®. No more olive drab PALS covering the pattern, everything matches, and High Speed Gear has this exclusively.
The Woodland pattern was the default camouflage pattern issued to United States military personal from most branches of the armed forces starting in 1981 with the issuance of the BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) until its replacement in 2006.
High Speed Gear® is dedicated to building the best 100% Made in the USA, Battle Proven Tactical Nylon Gear™. Our products are designed for the highest level of comfort, functionality, and versatility. Satisfaction is guaranteed for all of our customers, whether military, law enforcement, or responsibly armed citizens. Our products are user driven and have been designed based the operational experiences from a wide variety of end users.
For more information, please visit www.highspeedgear.com
To order these woodland camo products visit Tactical Distributors.
The Adidas Camo windbreaker is a full-zip windbreaker made from 100% polyester taffeta. It features a hood with drawcord-adjustment, side pockets with snap-button closure, elastic cuffs, and a drawcord on the hem. It comes in Adidas’ own ‘Multicolor’, which has more than a passing resemblance to Flecktarn, for those of you who are into German camouflage.
On 12 November 2014, Crye Precision filed suit in New York Southern District Court against Duro Textiles, LLC claiming IP infringement. While we have no further details, we can only wonder if this isn’t a step by Crye to protect their IP in the interest of their current licensees. And, we must wonder if this move isn’t somehow connected to the unresolved royalty situation with the US Army. Crye Precision has not responded to requests for comment, however considering this is an ongoing legal dispute we would be surprised to hear from them.
Adidas has introduced a new in-house Camo pattern for their Pure Boost shoe. Adidas has been doing quite a bit of Camo this season with a MultiCamesque shoe earlier this year along with a ladies jacket in a fractal pattern. This Pure Boost pattern offers woodland and urban colorways.
UF PRO is currently offering three new cold weather garments in licensed MultiCam: the Hunter Sweater, Delta AcE Sweater, and Delta AcE Plus Jacket.
The Hunter Sweater is a lightweight layer intended for cold, windy, or wet days. It is made from 100% polyamide, and lined with 37.5 COCONA micro fleece. Additional features include the Striker sleeve pocket configuration, elastic cuffs, and a 1/2 front zipper.
The Delta AcE Sweater is a cold weather sweater designed using UF PRO Hybrid/Design technology to create a garment with a windproof and water repellent nylon ripstop laminate front material lined with 37.5 micro fleece, 37.5 micro fleece in the back and arm pit areas, and sleeves filled with G-Loft insulation lining. UF PRO air/pac inserts in the shoulder allows for comfortable carry of packs, plate carriers, and other heavy gear. Additional features include Striker sleeve pocket configuration, dual access front pocket, wrist warmers, Velcro loop panels on the upper arm of both sleeves, and a 1/2 front zipper.
Delta AcE Jacket
The Delta AcE Jacket is designed with UF PRO’s Hybrid/Design technology, creating a garment with an ePTFE softshell laminate front and back, 37.5 micro fleece contours at the back and arm pit areas, and two layer laminate sleeves filled with G-Loft insulation lining. UF PRO air/pac inserts in the shoulder and upper back area allows for comfortable carry of packs, plate carriers, and other heavy gear. Additional features include Striker sleeve pocket configuration, two front pockets, wrist warmers, lined collar, Velcro loop panels on the upper arm of both sleeves, and a full length front zipper.
UF PRO has been offering garments in the MultiCam-inspired SloCam for a while now, however this is the first time they’re offering products in the original MultiCam pattern itself.
Thanks to Greg for the tip!