Tactical Tailor

Kryptek LEAF

Kryptek is developing a good following for their unique hunting camouflage and clothing line available through Cabela’s. Earlier today, they unveiled Kryptek L.E.A.F., which is a SDVOB (Service Disabled, Veteran Owned Business) that handles all of their government/military work. What makes this so significant is the timing. We didn’t expect to start seeing any of the proposed US Army camo patterns until after the upcoming down select announcement, but Kryptek LEAF just unveiled their full lineup. Go ahead and click on the image below to blow it up to full size so you can get a better feel for the patterns.

These four patterns make a family that shares common geometry but with complimentary color palettes for different environments. There is Highlander which serves as their Transitional pattern, Mandrake which is a Woodland design, Nomad for use in the Desert, and Yeti for Snow use. Not shown on this image are Urban and Typhon which are Grey based patterns for various urban applications.

Take a look at Highlander. It’s unlike anything we’ve ever seen before and they’ve done a great job of producing the illusion of 3D. As you can see, it looks great on a flat file. The question with not only these patterns but all of the Army candidates is, “Can they print it?” I’d say that this photo is a good indication that they can.

Kryptek on how it works:
Kryptek utilizes a multi-directional design to effectively conceal in a multitude of terrains that have either a lateral or vertical flow. The bi-level layering of the patterns incorporate background transitional shading and sharp random geometrical foregrounds to create a three dimensional effect that ensures the utmost in concealment at both close and long ranges. These components combined with colorations selected and matched based on input from testing and observations from Operators in the field make Kryptek Camo the ultimate in passive battlefield deception.

Kryptek LEAF will be officially unveiled at SHOT Show in Source One Distributors booth #8203.


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15 Responses to “Kryptek LEAF”

  1. mcs says:

    This looks interesting enough. It’s an unusual choice to include the hexagonal grid and filled hexagon shapes that they did, but it does give it a certain flair, for sure.
    Thanks SSD for always breaking the new stuff first!

  2. Matt says:

    Looks like a pattern I’d expect to see a pair of Zubaz pants worn by some Rex Kwon Do type.

    “Take a look at what I’m wearing people. You think anybody wants a roundhouse kick to the face while I’m wearing these bad boys? Forget about it.”

  3. Buckaroomedic says:

    That is some whacky camo! I feel that if I stare long enough I’ll see the “hidden” picture!

  4. Reverend says:

    Cobra Commander APPROVESSSSSSssssss!

  5. DD says:

    If you look at the pattern closely you’ll see a outline of a naked lady and words telling you to smoke “Camel Lights”.

  6. Strike-Hold! says:

    Well, its certainly “different”….

  7. maresdesign says:

    The more I look at these patterns the more they look like they where done with a rattle-can and some stencils.

  8. MarkM says:

    Separating the color to a specific part of the pattern will make it easy to print the regional variations.

    Take a look at the bigger picture itself: the first things I saw were straight black leg straps, a large black gun held with black gloves, and a black balaclava.

    Unintentionally defeats the purpose of the whole ensemble, which competently applied camo to the rest of the gear. I guess the photo crew didn’t get the memo – camo your weapon, and don’t ignore the details.

    If you can see those prominently out of place in a static photo, how much more our perception of dynamic movement with stereoscopic vision? Our eyesight is classed with the predators, not the ungulates.

  9. Tounushi says:

    By the sample I see there’s a blurred flectarn-like two/three-color layer and on top there’s a “bent” hex grid/scale pattern with certain parts in solid color, others in color or transparency gradient. It’s truly interesting and the method is quite intriguing. But we’ll see how it’ll hold up in the field.

  10. Travis says:

    I like it!

  11. Greg says:

    Woah… Put this in a music video and you are bound to find some buyers and don’t forget to include the 3-D glasses too 🙂 Odd but good improvment to some shapes i’ve seen.

  12. Johnny B says:

    Yeah – not feelin it. I mean, it LOOKS interesting, but I’m always leery of true geometric shapes and straight lines – they tend to get picked up overeasily because they are not natural. I would have advised making the hexagonal shapes less rigid (different sizes and non-straight lines). I’d also advise incomplete lines (the brain will naturally connect them from distance, not as well up close), and I’d advise making the lines transition in color on the same patt – for transitional I’d use two tones of brown, one of medium green, and another of medium or dark shadow gray. But hey – that’s me.

    The rigid hex patt would prolly work well in a more urbanized environ, where architecture is more forgiving for straight lines.

    • I see what you mean but... says:

      When are we going to see your camo pattern?

      • Johnny B says:

        I don’t make camo – I use it. As a user, I have some familiarity with what works and what doesn’t. I’m not saying that this patt doesn’t or won’t work as it is, I’m just saying what I think I would have done, based upon what I’ve used, seen in use, or learned about as an informed user. When we see this stuff in use, we’ll know. I hope it does work, actually. I just know that the issues I’ve listed above are legitimate issues.

  13. Senior says: