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Improved CADPAT Undergoes Testing in Petawawa

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Canadian troops are putting the new CADPAT colorscheme through its paces. DND plans to transition from the current woodland arid shades to a single pattern in the future.

Sneak Peek – Kryptek Obskura

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

Coming Spring 2020 – Obskura – a new family of Camouflage patterns from Kryptek.


Friday, September 13th, 2019

Phantomleaf Camo 1

PHANTOMLEAF from Germany is not new as a company, but this is the first camouflage pattern available in civilian use. Otherwise they work with authorities and provide them with specialized camouflage solutions. But together with Leo Koehler the first uniform has landed in PHANTOMLEAF.

Phantomleaf Camo 2

Close-up of WASP II Z3a pattern: This is quite green and has many spots and color gradations into dark brown. In the picture you can also see the  PHANTOMLEAF logo. The company produces camouflage patterns, all of which have so far been reserved for the authorities.



WASP II Z3a makes  PHANTOMLEAF available on the civil market for the first time. Therefore the logo is marked here also with “CIV”. The manufacturer comments: “We consistently use medical, psychiatric and neuropsychological expertise to optimally influence the complex interaction of measurable data and data processing. This enables us to achieve improved signature management.” The patented algorithms would configure the camouflage schemes in such a way that they could be used on a wide variety of objects: from personal clothing and equipment to the vehicle – on land, on water and in the air.  HERE you can find a full review of the new Leo Koehler Set consisting of Kommando Feldbluse and Einsatzkampfhose.

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Fibrotex USA Opens New Factory in Stearns, Kentucky

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Fibrotex USA recently opened their new manufacturing plant in Stearns, Kentucky. There, Fibrotex USA will manufacture Ultra-Lightweight Camouflage Net Systems (ULCANS) to fulfill a 10-year, $480 million contract.

The factory will employ up to 150 workers and is operated in a partnership with subcontractor Outdoor Venture Corp. Ultimately, OVC plans to employ an additional 200 employees at their existing McCreary County operation

Eyal Malleron, CEO of Fibrotex USA had this to say, “Today more than ever, our troops are facing a near-peer enemy with capabilities that did not exist nor were in play for the last two decades. This new threat requires us to re-adopt and relearn camouflage, concealment and deception doctrines more than ever. We are excited provide this exact solution to the US Army via the ULCANS with the strategic assistance of OVC and the extraordinary workforce in Kentucky.”

“This is an important long-term partnership that we are building in McCreary County to supply products directly to the Army,” said JC Egnew, president and CEO of OVC. “I anticipate this friendship will far exceed the next decade.”

“This exciting project will create substantial new economic opportunity in Southeast Kentucky, while also providing crucial, high-tech products for our nation’s armed forces,” Governor Matt Bevin said. “Outdoor Venture Corporation has been an integral part of McCreary County’s industrial sector for more than 35 years, and it is great to see the company bring another great business to the region. We thank both OVC and Fibrotex USA for the vital work they do, and for their commitment to utilizing Kentucky’s strong workforce to accomplish their mission.”

Canadian Army – Uniform, Camouflage and Equipment Modernization Process Marches On

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Lieutenant-Colonel Raymond Corby speaks to 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, about the Soldier Clothing and Equipment Modernization Trial at Garrison Petawawa on September 4, 2019. Photo By: Private Robert Kingerski PA01-2019-0286

Ottawa, Ontario — Some 600 soldiers at 4th Canadian Division Support Base (4 CDSB) Petawawa will soon be standing out as they help the Canadian Armed Forces test a new Canadian Disruption Pattern (CADPAT) to help select a replacement camouflage for the current iconic woodland and arid CADPAT patterns.

The original distinctive CADPAT, revolutionary for its time, was initially developed in 1997. It is most closely associated with the Canadian Army but it is also worn by Navy and Air Force personnel when they work within Army lines.

Canadian Special Operations Forces personnel wear another pattern, MultiCam, which is not being replaced.

Since CADPAT was issued, there have been a number of advances made in camouflage research, specifically protection from detection by infra-red and other night vision systems.

Starting at the end of September 2019, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment will begin wearing coats and trousers, shell fragmentation protective body armor, bush caps, helmet covers and rank patches in the “Prototype J” mid-spectrum pattern.

This new four-colour pattern falls in the middle of the camouflage spectrum, not overly emphasizing brown or green tones.

A member of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, asks a question to Lieutenant-Colonel Raymond Corby about the Soldier Clothing and Equipment Modernization Trial at Garrison Petawawa on September 4, 2019. Photo By: Able Seaman Elizabeth Ross PA02-2019-0286-007

While there have been over a dozen patterns tested, this is the first pattern to be taken out of a lab and tested using real soldiers, who are undergoing rigorous training for overseas operations. There will likely be adjustments made to the pattern resulting from this trial.

The trial will last until July 2020. During this time, the Human Factors Support Cell from the Soldier Systems Directorate within Director General Land Equipment Program Management will seek user feedback about the “Prototype J” pattern by conducting large-scale questionnaires.

The team will also conduct data collection, focus groups, and 3D body scanning to define how the current operational uniform and personal equipment can be improved.

This study will also include seeking out soldiers of smaller stature, including but not exclusively women, to ensure that the next generation of clothing and equipment fit the widest variety of soldiers possible.

A member of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, inspects the prototype uniform from the Soldier Clothing and Equipment Modernization Trial at Garrison Petawawa on September 4, 2019. Photo By: Able Seaman Elizabeth Ross PA02-2019-0286-012

The Soldier Operational Clothing and Equipment Modernization (SOCEM) project, led by the Canadian Army Director of Land Requirements, in cooperation with Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) and Defence Research and Development Canada, has been working for over two years on harnessing technological advances to improve the functionality of Canadian Armed Forces operational uniforms and equipment.

The goal is operational clothing and equipment that protect and fit better while lightening the load carried by soldiers.

Transitioning to a single pattern from the current temperate woodland (green), and arid (tan) will also create efficiencies in terms of logistics.

With the final decision expected no later than 2022 and a full roll out 2027, the interim years will see mixed uniforms and equipment as items in the new pattern are gradually acquired and put into service.

By Eric De Lafontaine, Manager – Soldier Operational Clothing and Equipment Modernization, Directorate of Soldier Systems Program Management

5th Group Goes Retro During Training Exercise

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

SSG Patrick Howard of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office took these photos of 5th Group NCOs conducting an exercise on Fort Campbell with Troop, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.

The battle drills, mission planning and casualty care is oretty standard fare, but what makes these photos interesting is the Green Berets depicted in the photos chose to go old school by wearing Tigerstripe uniforms.

This image in a articulations harkens back to 5th Group’s Vietnam experience. The full color patches are interesting choice.

Coming Soon To A Foot Near You

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

This is the final draft of the upcoming Altama Maritime Assault Shoe in M81 Woodland, before the confirmation samples are made and production begins. They will be available in Mid and Low, in whole and half sizes.

First Lite X NEMO Field Collection

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Specialized hunting brand First Lite has teamed up with outdoor innovator NEMO Equipment to offer a line of NEMO products in First Lite’s colorway.

The line is shelter focused, with tents, sleeping systems, and even a version of NEMO’s luxurious Stargaze Recliner. Plenty of options, whethr youre hinting from a base camp or a multi-day hike from hide to hide.