HyperStealth Biotechnology Corporation has posted a series of photos taken in conjunction with a Gen III night vision device to demonstrate how various camouflage pattern perform . Sample patterns include Crye Precision’s MultiCam, Kryptek and ADS/Guy Kramer’s US4CES all of which are finalists in the US Army camouflage Improvement Effort.
U.S. Army Phase IV Baseline Patterns, will the Army have to settle with these?
by Guy Cramer, President/CEO of HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp.
Guy Cramer continues his investigation into the US Army’s Camouflage Improvement Effort in Part 6 of his series. He brings up some very compelling points. Now that the Army has indefinitely delayed the announcement of their camo findings, they rush headlong into impending legislation requiring them to adopt a common pattern and uniform with the other services. The time to assume leadership in clothing US servicemembers for combat is now.
This isn’t a performance issue like the Individual Carbine. They’ve done the research. They have the solution. All the Army has to do, is act. Otherwise, everyone may be stuck with second best; the baseline patterns that the Army’s effort was meant to replace.
The Vans OTW line is partnering with Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp for a line of camouflage shoes, packs, and apparel that use several of Hyperstealth’s camo patterns. The line will be available this month at all participating Vans OTW retailers.
The New Zealand Army’s 1st Brigade has begun to field the new Multi-Terrain Camouflage Uniform.
The new garb features incorporated knee and elbow pads and there is also an FR version for operational deployments. They are part of a new layered clothing system includes wet and cold weather layers which are designed to fit underneath and over top of the MCUs.
The NZ Army will be rolling the uniforms out over the next six months. The now ‘old’ uniform worn by NZ Army will be inspected and all serviceable items will be placed into a clothing pool to equip recruits, officer cadets and the NZ Air Force until stocks are exhausted.
One significant aspect of this new uniform and associated camo pattern developed by HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp is that it is not a pixelated pattern. Additionally, the Kiwis opted for a single pattern, acknowledging that troops find themselves in multiple environments over the course of an operation. According to Project Manager, Captain Ian Leabourne, “We have traditionally had our two patterns of uniform, one for the jungle and one for the desert. However, with the operational environments we face today, we can be operating in a variety of terrains within one area. We needed something which would do the job in whatever environment we deploy to. This uniform, with its unique NZ Defence Force pattern, solves this issue. The MCUs are a layered clothing system, so it is not just a case of a new look. We have included the full range of clothing which our soldiers need to perform well on operations and in training.”
A lot of people look at the US Military’s camo wars and ask themselves, “Why not just adopt MARPAT?” That’s a fair question, especially when you take it one step further and ask, “Why bother with camouflaged PPE when using Coyote is good enough?”
HyperStealth’s Guy Cramer takes a look at the history and data available to explain why MARPAT isn’t the best answer. This is well worth the read.
Hyperstealth’s front man Guy Cramer has written a rather extensive look at the recent history of US Army camouflage development. Inspired by the large number of online commenters stating that OD provided the best camouflage, he dug into his archives to demonstrate that this isn’t the case at all and goes one step further by using the US Army’s documentation to make the case for environmental specific camo patterns and explain why the Army ended up conducting the Camouflage Improvement Effort.
Cramer is very open about the fact that he worked with ADS Inc to offer the US4CES family of patterns so he has some very staunch opinions about camouflage. In my opinion, this doesn’t color his article but it’s worth knowing while you read it all the same. Ultimately, it is definitely worth your time to read.
Deceptex print on demand camouflage fabric from HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp is now available for order. The fabric is 70/30 Poly/Cotton and offered in 5 yard segments with over 580 patterns currently available.
The initial batch of custom camouflage Deceptex uniforms is ready for shipment. Manufactured by the Canadian company TacWear, these uniforms use a light weight (6.50 oz./yd2) 70/30 Polyester/Cotton Twill with 15%-18% woven-in stretch and are laid out similar to the new Enhanced Combat Uniform cut being adopted for Canadian Forces.