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Skeleton Optics Partners With MultiCam to Feature Sunglasses with Distinctive Camo Patterns

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

Skeleton Optics, an American-owned performance eyewear company producing innovative, high-performance sunglasses for outdoor enthusiasts, has announced a new partnership with MultiCam®, a leading developer of military-grade camouflage patterns. The partnership allows Skeleton Optics to use three unique MultiCam color patterns for its Special Edition frames, offering customers a choice of design-specific camouflage patterns for an enhanced outdoor experience.

The Skeleton Special Edition frames featuring MultiCam camouflage patterns will be offered on Skeleton’s popular DECOY frame style, which offers the perfect blending of style and performance. Color and pattern choices include the DECOY-MultiCam Alpine™ Edition, developed for snow-covered environments, the DECOY-MultiCam Black™ Edition, designed for law enforcement officers and high-risk environments, and the DECOY- original MultiCam Edition, developed for a wide range of environments. DECOY-MultiCam Special Edition sunglasses have a MSRP of $180.00 and are available for purchase at www.skeletonoptics.com.

According to Skeleton Optics President and CEO Mark Llano, a MultiCam brand ambassador and co-founder of SERKET Racing, a regular entry in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, the partnership between Skeleton Optics and MultiCam offers Skeleton Optics a range of premium camouflage patterns that complement Skeleton’s flexible, Grilamid material frames. “We’re very excited about our partnership with MultiCam,” says Llano. “Leveraging MultiCam’s unique camo patterns with our technology-based designs offers our customers a superior line of sunglasses for any outdoor environment.”

Ernesto Rodriguez, Brand Manager at MultiCam, agrees, adding, “This is indeed a great fit for both MultiCam and Skeleton Optics. Their innovative lens and frame designs give us a terrific platform for extending our brand into the premium sunglass category.”

With the launch of the Special Edition DECOY MultiCam frames, Skeleton Optics continues its pursuit of the finest, high-quality materials. For lens technology, this includes polarized lenses with Tri-Pel technology, manufactured by Carl Zeiss Vision – the recognized world leader in optical technology – while the handcrafted frames are designed and manufactured in Italy.

See more of what you’ve been missing at www.skeletonoptics.com.

New ACU Construction Available in MultiCam

Monday, July 18th, 2016

I have been waiting for this. Finally, someone has introduced the new ACU cut in the MultiCam camouflage pattern. As you know, the Army’s Operational Camouflage Pattern, popularly referred to as Scorpion is restricted to military sales only, while MultiCam is commercially available. But even more important, by the Army’s own patent, we know that MultiCam outperforms OCP.

Available exclusively at TacticalGear.com, the new ACU features all the updates made during the 2015 reinvention, including replacing hook-and-loop pockets with more discreet closures and a roomier upper-sleeve pocket.

Get yours at tacticalgear.com/new-multicam-acu.

Good Luck Luie!

Friday, June 17th, 2016

Good Luck to our friend Luie Z as he heads to the WERA Nationals!

MMI Textiles Introduces MultiCam Printed Webbing

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

During SOFIC we ran into MMI Textiles and they told us they had secured a license to print MultiCam webbing.

One of the things I like about their printed webbing is that the edges aren’t white.

www.mmitextiles.com/product-lines/webbing-and-tape

Team MultiCam Military Charity Initiative

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Team MultiCam® has always been about relationships and common interests. Our brand ambassadors are respected in their fields, passionate about what they do and stand behind MultiCam®. From motorsports to competitive shooters, civilian to military, they are a diverse group. They believe in MultiCam® and represent us proudly.

This year the team has grown to include off-road racing legend Ricky Johnson, veterans and motorcycle racers Luie Zendejas and JD Potynsky, veteran/pro-fisherman Jamey Caldwell and veteran/off-road racer Jeff Benrud. They, along with current members Jeff Provenzano, Luke Johnson, Mark Llano, Kyle Defoor, and Travis Gibson, share a desire to give back to our nation’s service members, and we are excited to announce the 2016 Team MultiCam® Military Charity Initiative.

Each team member is supporting a military charity of their choosing. The 10 members will be collectively representing the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, the Navy SEAL Foundation, the Boot Campaign and Mission 22. All these organizations are doing great work to help disabled veterans and their families offset the often high price they have had to pay to serve their country. The Team MultiCam® brand ambassadors will be working hard to bring awareness to these issues and hope to raise as much money as possible so that these charities can better assist the men and women of our armed forces. Please, help them by visiting their GoFundMe pages, spreading the word and donating today. Thank you.

Luke Johnson:
supporting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation: www.gofundme.com/LJTeamMC

Ricky Johnson:
supporting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation: www.gofundme.com/RJTeamMC

Kyle Defoor:
supporting the Navy SEAL Foundation: www.gofundme.com/KDTeamMC

JD Potynsky:
supporting Mission 22: www.gofundme.com/JD-TeamMC

Luie Zendejas:
supporting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation: www.gofundme.com/LZTeamMC

Mark Llano:
supporting the Boot Campaign: www.gofundme.com/MLTeamMC

Jeff Provenzano:
supporting the Navy SEAL Foundation: www.gofundme.com/JPTeamMC

Travis Gibson:
supporting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation: www.gofundme.com/TGTeamMC

Jeff Benrud:
supporting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation: www.gofundme.com/JBTeamMC

Jamey Caldwell:
supporting the Special Operations Warrior Foundation: www.gofundme.com/JCTeamMC

Premier Defence Agencies to Offer MultiCam Run of Carinthia Survival Rainsuit

Sunday, May 15th, 2016


The Carinthia Survival Gore-Tex rainsuit is pretty popular for it’s small size and great breathability. Thanks to an Australian customer, the factory has agreed to doing a run of them in MultiCam. This is really a limited thing and they are only doing a few extra. 

Go to www.coolkit.com.au/multicam-survival-rainsuit and put in your order. Delivery is expected mid-July.

Thier site isn’t set up for overseas sales. Email them and they’ll advise you of postage and the price less tax.

SORD MultiCam Tropic Uniform Available At OP Tactical For A Limited Time

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

For a limited time, O P Tactical has gov’t overrun MultiCam Tropic SORD Field Uniforms available.

These are made from 50/50 NYCO ripstop and available individually as
Pants and
Jackets.

Court Dismisses Crye Precision’s Suit Against Duro Textiles

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

On Friday, 22 April, 2016, Federal Judge Denise L. Cote published a ruling, granting Duro Textiles motion for summary judgement and dismissing with prejudice Crye Precision’s remaining claims against Duro Textiles, stemming from a lawsuit filed against Duro in early 2015. This is actually a second lawsuit although the initial suit was filed in late 2014 and withdrawn in early 2015.

Specifically, the Judge dismissed three specific allegations in this suit; breach of contract, trade dress infringement and common law unfair competition arising from Duro’s printing of a camouflage pattern owned by the US Government.

Crye Precision’s MultiCam licensing agreement was central to their claims against Duro. Duro last signed such an agreement with Crye in 2012 and once it had expired in 2014, and Duro began printing the Army’s OCP, legal actions commenced.

Below is the paragraph 3(h), in question.

According to New York law, this clause from the 2012 agreement is unenforceable due to reasons stipulated in the ruling. Furthermore, the judge ruled that it was too broad in scope. At face value, it seems like a pretty straightforward ruling by the court, until you consider that it could create a situation where the premise it is based upon fundamentally changes.  The full order, seen below, is quite detailed and worth the read.

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To be sure, this is a victory for Duro, but perhaps a bittersweet one. Duro was essentially a lone horse in printing OCP for the Army. Now, they are sure to see competition for this business in the future. What’s more, the Army may well lose control of the pattern it created for use in place of MultiCam. Whether the Army likes it or not, we may see commercial OCP, or really close copies, by Christmas.

Here’s why. Much to the chagrin of those of us watching from the sidelines, the Judge’s decision does not declare whether MultiCam and OCP (Scorpion W2) are similar. Rather, the court is very clear that Duro is just printing what the Army paid them to print; namely, OCP and claims that the government can tell the difference.

Judge Cote dismissed Crye Precision’s claim of trade dress infringement. The court’s ruling may well have set creating about an interesting situation. Consider this:

The Government is the creator and only purchaser of Scorpion W2. It is a sophisticated consumer, as its creation of Scorpion W2 and its announced switch from MUTLICAM in 2014 evidences. Duro’s only sales of Scorpion W2 have been for the Government, specifically to Government contractors and subcontractors in the supply chain for the U.S. Army. These contractors order Scorpion W2 from Duro by name. Thus, while MULTICAM and Scorpion W2 compete in the same Government sales market, there is no likelihood of actual confusion on the part of the Government or its contractors.

It’s the second and third order, or should I say “disorder” effects that will be interesting. For example, what if the consumer is no longer just the US Army but also commercial customers. Could that expanded consumer group tell the difference between these two patterns?

This exact situation may be additional fallout from this ruling, and it may not just affect Crye Precision. By declaring the competition clause of Crye’s licensing agreement void, could printers, licensed or not, begin to make counterfeit versions of MultiCam, or for that matter OCP, consequence free?

Although Judge Cote declared the provisions of Crye Precision’s licensing agreement too broad, you have to wonder how specific they would have to be to satisfy the court and protect the pattern(s). As far as I know, current licensees are under a newer 2014 version of the contract which may contain updated language that already addresses the court’s concerns and were signed under different circumstances than the long-standing agreements with Duro. It must be noted that this ruling by Judge Cote is specific to the situation with Duro.

It is yet to be seen whether Crye Precision will appeal the ruling, but it doesn’t stop them from defending their IP on other fronts. Also, although many are concerned with license fees for the printing of both MultiCam and OCP. This ruling doesn’t address them. Regardless, the bottom line here is that Crye is going to have to sue the US Army if it wants to ultimately settle the MultiCam vs OCP question. We’ll keep you posted if we hear anything.