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MultiCam Black Branding Imagery from Tru-Spec

Monday, November 25th, 2013


Tru-Spec‘s parent company, Atlanco is running this banner of their exclusive roll out of Crye Precision‘s new MultiCam Black pattern.

MultiCam Black – But Wait That’s Not All You Get

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

You’ve been asking for it and Crye Precision listened. The MultiCam world is getting a whole lot bigger!


Coming 11/25/2013

MultiCam Arid

MultiCam Tropic

MultiCam Alpine

MultiCam Black

Crye Precision Modular Riggers Belt

Sunday, November 17th, 2013


The MRB from Crye Precision is a bit different than the other war belts on the market. The idea was to lower bulk around the waist caused by the wear of belts one atop the next. Money important thing to note right from the outset is that the MRB is not padded and bulk is kept to a minimum.


It’s a system that offers an inner layer that can be used as a very low profile stiffened pants belt called the LoopLock™. Any stiffness is provided by the innermost LoopLock™. The entire MRB, including the inner LoopLock™ are all cut on a bias to be more ergonomic when worn on the waist. Other components include a main load bearing belt called the Outer Belt and a sleeve referred to as the Outer Cover.


The MRB’s LoopLock™ allows two configurations:
-Keep the inner LoopLock™ layer attached to belt for most secure and stable setup.
-Wear inner LoopLock™ layer as a separate low-profile pants belt for added versatility which means you can take your duty rig off and still hold your pants up. But, wearing the MRB this way means it may sit lower than you’d typically wear a full on padded or armored war belt.


Additionally, the outer belt has a convenient side release buckle which can be simply replaced with virtually any first line belt for those looking for something different. However, this main load bearing belt has a really cool feature often found on backpack waist belts. The webbing doubles back though the dual adjust side release buckle and can be pulled forward to adjust fit meaning you’ll get a much better and tighter fit if that is what you are going for.


I’ve worn the MRB and like it. It’s not quite like anything else out there. There are a couple of slots on the side portions of the outer cover to access the main load bearing belt for load carriage options such as drop leg rigs and the sleeve itself boasts two rows of PALS fields on each side and to the rear. Additionally, the MRB can be combined with suspenders of needed. Of there’s anything that I’m not enamored of it’s the aluminum buckle on the LoopLock™. Don’t get me wrong, it works well but it can be a pain to thread the Velcro tab through that holds the belt together.

Available Small – XLarge in Black, Coyote, Ranger Green, and MultiCam.

AirLite Plate Carriers and Chest Rigs Now Available From Crye Precision

Sunday, November 17th, 2013


Crye’s AirLite technology, first debuted at SHOT Show 2012 is now available for order from Crye Precision. There are four models of plate carriers to choose from depending on which plates you use and what features you want as well as a chest rig that can be worn in conjunction with the AirLite series of carriers as well as Crye’s LV-MBAV and LV-RBAV. Unfortunately, they don’t offer a set of strap accessories for stand alone use yet.


For example, the EK01 accepts SAPI cut plates and weighs in at extremely low weights:
SM = 9.2oz
MD = 9.8oz
LG = 10.4oz
XL = 11.2oz

The EK01 and EK03 accept SAPI and Swimmer Cut plates respectively. The EK02 and EK04 also integrate side plate pouches as well as their respective front and rear plates. Front and rear plates can be placed in included plate covers for camouflage and protection.

Available in any color as long as it’s MultiCam.

Blast From The Past – The Latest MultiCam Knockoff

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

We’ve had a few incredulous readers contact us with doubts that the Army would actually alter the OCP/MultiCam pattern on their own so we thought it best to share this blast from the past. We broke this story on March 25th, 2011.

MultiCam was developed by Crye Precision and is currently one of the most popular camouflage patterns on the market. It’s been adopted by numerous countries including the US, UK, and Australia. Consequently, we run across MultiCam knockoffs all of the time. Readers send them to us often asking if they are authentic or not. In fact, we received one yesterday that really caught our eye. Generally, copycat patterns are intended for the MilSim or consumer markets which are often more driven by price than performance. But this one was different. It was developed by the US Army and oddly enough, for much the same reasons. Intended as a cost savings measure and yet still be MultiCam compatible, we’re not too sure they have succeeded at either goal. Take a look, and you’ll see what we mean.


US Army Camouflage Improvement Effort Update – US Army Awards Contract to Crye for OCP – MultiCam Is Now Your Principle Camo Pattern

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

Recently, we surmised that the US Army was going to abandon the Camouflage Improvement Effort and adopt the current issue Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern (OCP) known commercially as MultiCam and worn by troops serving in Afghanistan. According to the Justification and Approval (J&A) published yesterday by the Army Contracting Command on Fed Biz Opps, a contract was in fact awarded to Crye Associates on September 24th, 2013 for a license for OCP. Furthermore, according to details in the J&A, OCP will be the Army’s principle camouflage pattern for the “…” Unfortunately, the PDF left out a few key details like what OCP actually will be used for. But, based on what I am hearing, it’s for all US Army, regardless of unit of assignment or operating location. Meaning…goodbye UCP, hello OCP.


I’ll add additional credence to my assertion that this is the Army camouflage by citing paragraph 8 of the J&A.


While the J&A discloses that a license was contracted we still have no DoD contract notice to determine the exact value of the contract. However, we do know, based on the J&A that the value is somewhere between $150,000 and $650,000 which is much lower than the street value of this contract. But the exact estimated value has been redacted in the online announcement. Currently, no contracts award notices are being issued by DoD due to the shutdown so this is odd that a notice was not issued in September. I am quite interested in seeking what the Army paid for the license as they were getting three patterns (that the Army insisted in needed for readiness) for a song under the Phase IV contract. By licensing OCP, the Army (and by extension DoD) gets just one, albeit true, universal pattern.


At this point, the Army has not announced the cancellation of the Camouflage Improvement Effort but based on this information, I’d say that the fat lady is backstage warming up. They all but tell the four finalist vendors for Phase IV, that is over as they’ve chosen an alternate course of action.

So not with a roar, but a whimper, the US Army announces their new camouflage pattern. Let the run on everything MultiCam begin!

Update: A couple of points here. This COA means the Army will not be purchasing rights to a family of patterns. Although, I’ve never been a fan of the multiple pattern requirement because it’s a logistical nightmare. Additionally, the Phase IV finalists haven’t been notified one way or another. The Army had no issue with halting the Individual Carbine program so I’m not sure what the hesitation is here. All of the companies have stiff armed multiple opportunities to sell their patterns to other customers pending the Army’s decision so this is costing them money. However, do not expect to see some of these finalist patterns available commercially for a variety of reasons. There are many in industry watching what the Army is doing here and taking cues about participation in future programs.

MDM – DRIFIRE/Crye Precision PCU Level 9

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

In what is the biggest news of Modern Day Marine, DRIFIRE and Crye Precision have teamed up to introduce an FR, certified, PCU level 9 garment. This gives SOCOM its first SOF Unique FR combat uniform option that is available to any units on the SPEAR program.


DRIFIRE is offering their performance FR fabric called Foretrex and Crye Precision created the garment design. Foretrex is not only FR but also wear resistant, moisture wicking and anti-microbial.


It integrates the features found on the Crye Precision combat uniform, including the interface for the Crye knee pad, and is a great option for those requiring FR coverage.


Available in virtually any camouflage pattern, the first run is in Woodland camouflage. However, it is important to note that the stretch panels at the lumbar and knees are non-FR.

SMA Chandler Lets The Cat Out Of The Bag – Crye Family Of Camouflage Patterns For US Army

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

Updated In an article posted less than an hour ago by Stars and Stripes, Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F Chandler III was quoted as telling troops from the 4th Combat Brigade Team, 10th Mountain Division, at Forward Operating Base Gamberi that the new Army camouflage would be a recolored variant similar to Crye’s MultiCam verifying what SSD has known for months.

…Chandler also told troops that the new Army combat uniforms will likely be phased in starting eight to nine months from now. The uniform will feature different colors for different environments, but the pattern will be very similar to the mottled “multicam” currently used in Afghanistan under the designation “Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern.”

I told you guys months ago that his office was leaking like a sieve regarding the selection for the US Army’s Camouflage Improvement Effort. He isn’t even keeping it as a secret anymore but this is by no means the way it was meant to be announced. In fact, the Army still has not officially announced any of the finalists. Reading, you can see that the Stars and Stripes reporter didn’t even know what he had. He was writing a story about tattoos and I think the SMA just said it without a thought.

Now, if the Secretary of the Army’s office would just validate what the SMA put out, we could all just drop the charade and move on. I know the supply chain would breathe a collective sigh of relief. Additionally, an official announcement would also bring some closure to a program that started almost three years ago.

I’d like to remind everyone that the competition was very close and the selection wasn’t based on popularity but rather science. While I haven’t seen the test report yet, I do know that this was the most comprehensive camouflage program in history with over 120,000 data points collected. In addition to Crye Precision, the US Army also evaluated families of camouflage patterns consisting of Transitional, Woodland and Arid patterns along with an optional pattern for OCIE from ADS Inc partnered with Guy Cramer, Brookwood and Kryptek.

Thanks WBY!

This article has been updated to add details about the Army Camouflage Improvement Effort.

An RAAF Variant of AMP?

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Did the Royal Australian Air Force take a page from the US play book and develop a specialized Blue variant of the Australian MultiCam Pattern originally created by Crye Precision? If so, they are bluer than even the original USAF Tigerstripe Pattern.


Normally, we won’t publish something without at least two sets of verification. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get that for this one but we believe it to be real. We are still unsure if this is a trial pattern or a planned version for the RAAF.

AMP was developed by Crye Precision under contract to the Australian military for use in Afghanistan. It integrates MultiCam and its very effective color palette with some of the more traditional Australian camouflage elements found in the long serving DPCU pattern.


Friday, June 21st, 2013

Crye Precision founders Caleb Crye and Gregg Thompson, graduated from Cooper Union’s School of Art in ’97 and Albert Nerken School of Engineering graduate in ’00. The University’s website recently published a great piece on them.


It’s well worth the read so head on over.