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Some Background on Oakley’s Cerakote Ultrablend Camo

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

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Last week, we visited Oakley’s Headquarters in Southern California. In addition to a great tour, we had a look behind the curtain at some emerging technologies, and then we sat down and had a discussion about the Ultrablend Camo pattern.

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After a tour of the five football field long building, we headed back into the Standard Issue team’s lair. I hadn’t been there since 2004 and it was awesome to see where they had moved to, and how much OakDef had grown (for more photos visit our Instagram feed).

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The discussion turned to Ultrablend when I mentioned that some readers felt it had a resemblance to the Kryptek family of camouflage. Turns out, it really doesn’t. But you may recognize the geometry, after all.

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You may recall the painted Camo patterns that Rangers (and others) were applying to their helmets several years back. One of the OakDef team members, Drew Wallace, is a former Ranger and he brought the technique to the brand. Oakley had just started experimenting with Cerakote and he put together a couple of examples (shown above with a TC2001 high cut helmet he wore in Iraq as a contractor). The glasses are the Wiretap (top) and Blender (bottom) and these were the prototypes that proved the concept.

Ultrablend is more of a concealment methodology than an exact pattern. Specifically, it’s based on the camouflage techniques taught in Army FM 21-75 Ch 1. A base color is applied and then subsequent layers of Cerakote are over sprayed using a mesh screen like used in helmets.

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In this photo you can see the SI Fuel Cell in the Desert and Black patterns. Ultrablend eyeglasses are individually airbrushed, utilizing two different patterns of netting and three different colors of Cerakote Gen II Firearm Coating. This offers the glasses added aspects of durability, abrasion resistance, and lower NIR reflectivity, along with a unique camouflage pattern.

Painted Sniper Rifle Image _ Ultrablend Story

The Ultrablend pattern is currently available on the SI Fuel Cell in Desert Sage although they’ve also created a Black version of the pattern. These are limited editions so if you’re interested, don’t wait around.

www.oakleysi.com

Scorpion W2 and MultiCam Side-by-Side

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Like peas and carrots, the Scorpion W2 and MultiCam patterns are certainly complimentary but they aren’t exact matches.

MC-Scorpion Comparison

You asked for it, so here it is. Scorpion W2 is on the left and MultiCam pattern on the right. The lighting was not the same. However, the two side-by-side patterns are scaled based on the pattern repeat. This gives you an accurate view of how the pattern elements square up with one another.

A Look at Operational Camouflage Pattern (Scorpion W2 Variant)

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Yesterday, SSD received several yards of the Scorpion W2 variant of the US Army’s recently adopted Operational Camouflage Pattern in 500D Cordura. As you can see, from these photos, it is similar to the commercial MultiCam pattern developed by Crye Precision and used by the US Army as OCP in Operation Enduring Freedom as well as various other DoD elements over the years. But, it isn’t an exact match. There are numerous differences in the patterns.

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The May 2014 marginal marking is the date that the pattern was registered.

Scorpion W2 Pattern

Two striking elements are the rather wide brown and green-based bands that run across the pattern. Additionally, you will note that Scorpion W2 is less dense than MultiCam and lacks vertical elements present in MultiCam.

Colors

Here you can see the eight colors in the pattern’s palette. The pattern is 60″ wide and repeats every 25″ vertically, which is the close to the same as MultiCam.
Pattern Repeat

Click here and then right click on image to see the full res version.

Below, you can see the MultiCam pattern. The pattern is about 60″ wide with a 26″ vertical repeat. The pattern is much more dense and would seem busy when compared to Scorpion W2. However, we do have almost 10 years of effective operational use of the pattern which was used as a baseline pattern in the unfinished Phase IV of the US Army Camouflage Improvement Effort.

MultiCam Pattern Sample

Please Note, major coloration differences are due to photos taken in different lighting.

What do you think?

Boom: That Just Happened

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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Something Cool Just Showed Up At SSD. Details soon!

Kryptek – Tartaros Hoodies

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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Kryptek’s Tartaros hoodie is a piece of casual wear that can either be worn as part of a layering system or as a stand alone outer layer piece. Made from 97.5% polyester and 2.5% spandex, the Tartaros features a stretch fabric front kangaroo pocket and 3-piece hood with draw adjustment. Currently available in three Kryptek patterns, in four configurations: Highlander, Typhon w/ black, Typhon w/ red, and Yeti.

www.kryptekstore.com/Streetwear-C9

TRU-SPEC MultiCam Tropic And Arid Uniforms Now Available On PredatorBDU

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

TRU-SPEC MultiCam Tropic Arid

TRU-SPEC’s line of clothing in MultiCam Tropic and Arid patterns is now available for purchase on PredatorBDU.com. The Tru-Spec TRU Uniform Coat, Tru-Spec TRU Uniform Pant, and TRU-SPEC Patrol Cap are all available in the Tropic and Arid patterns, and in all standard sizing options.

www.predatorbdu.com

OR Summer Market – Salomon

Monday, August 11th, 2014

New colors coming 2015 for the SpeedCross.

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Under Armour – Men’s UA Mobtown Shoes

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

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Under Armour’s Mobtown basketball shoe features a slim athletic cut designed to offer better mobility by eliminating the bulk of extra fabric. The camouflage upper, called Dune (it’s not licensed MultiCam, but it’s certainly inspired by Crye’s pattern), is made from water-resistant canvas. The ultra-soft collar lining and full-length Micro G sockliner make up the inside of the shoe.

Also available with a Black full-grain leather upper.

www.underarmour.com/shop/us/en/mens-ua-mobtown-basketball-shoes

OR Summer Market – Lucky Bums

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Lucky Bums has introduced the Kryptek Quantas color option to their Koda 11′ hard board SUP.

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www.luckybums.com

US Army Announces Changes To The Army Combat Uniform

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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In addition to the recent reveal of the Scorpion W2 pattern, now known as OCP, the US Army has also announced minor changes to the Army Combat Uniform to coincide with the new camouflage pattern. Beginning in Fall of 2015, the new ACU in OCP will feature lower leg pockets with button closure instead of the current hook and loop fastener. The insert pockets for knee and elbow pads will also be removed.

Additional changes being considered by the Army Uniform Board include:

- elimination of the mandarin collar and replacement with a fold-down design
- change of the infrared square identification for friend or foe, known as the IFF tab
- removal of one of three pen pockets on the ACU sleeve
- elimination of the drawstring on the trouser waistband

Again, the US Army will begin issuing the improved Army Combat Uniform in Operational Camouflage Pattern in Fall 2015. Military clothing sales stores will begin selling the improved ACU in Summer 2015. Soldiers will be given three years, between the period of initial adoption in Fall 2015 and the Summer 2018 requirement date, to transition to the new ACU.

www.army.mil/article/131259/Soldiers_to_get_new_camo_uniform_beginning_next_summer