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Still Think US4CES Camo Looks Just Like MARPAT?

Thursday, November 1st, 2012


I’ve heard from more than one commenter that the ADS Inc US4CES family of patterns ( US Army Camo Improvement Program Finalists) is just like MARPAT. Here, co-developer, Guy Cramer of HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp explains the differences.

Guy Cramer, President/CEO of Hyperstealth, developed US4CES pattern independent of MARPAT. He came up with new Macro and Micro patterns designed to increase effectiveness at much greater distances than MARPAT which will isoluminate (The pattern appears as one color rather than four removing the disruptive quality) at much closer distances than US4CES.

Another improvement comes with the “Boundary Luminance Gradient” between the two dominant color layers which create a better disruption element between the two similar hues. Colorblind people see similar color layers the same and the disruption effect is lost – the green hue of night vision has the same effect and the target shape is easier to detect, thus the boundary luminance gradient helps separate these colors even under colorblind conditions. It also adds a 3D effect and the brain interprets this as depth and texture further confusing the vision processing system.

The Macro pattern was also designed to break up the human shape more effectively than had been accomplished with previous patterns.


HyperStealth claims this photo is taken under Night Vision but the color looks a bit off to me. Either way, you can see the differences in the patterns when they are side by side.

Where’s The Woodland MARPAT FROG?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

We’ve been asking that question for awhile now, but we are very happy to report that the USMC’s Flame Resistant Organizational Gear (FROG) is now available in Woodland MARPAT. In fact, it’s already in service. According to industry sources, about one-quarter of the current production of FROG is being manufactured in the Woodland variant of MARPAT.

In addition to contract production, Propper Industries has also added the woodland pattern to their website. (a little hint, they will have NWU Types I, II and III soon as well)

SD Padres’ New Uniforms a Little Too Good

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The Padres have long worn camouflage uniforms in honor of the large military presence in the San Diego area. Previous versions have included Woodland and 3-color Desert. Recently, they unveiled jerseys in a new pixelated camo pattern which resembles MARPAT Desert. Padres officials are concerned that the desert coloring won’t be discernible as a camo pattern and may wash out the player’s number and name.

From the San Diego Union-Tribune:

The digital pattern creates no solid lines or edges and blurs the outline of the human profile. Even the seams have soft edges.

As a Marine wearing a MARPAT uniform moves around, the colors mesh with the background.

“Up close, they look great,” said Jack Ensch, the Padres’ retiring director of military affairs. “But they are going to blend in more on television and from the stands. Many fans aren’t going to be able to tell that these are camouflage uniforms paying tribute to the military.”

Sounds to me like it does exactly what it is supposed to.

Enhanced MARPAT?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

A reader sent this to us. It was posted 8 July 2008 on FEDBIZOPS. The solicitation was awarded by RDECOM Natick Acquisition Center.

U.S. Army RDECOM Acquisition Center, Natick, MA on behalf of the United States Marine Corps, Program Manager- Infantry Combat Equipment, has a requirement for the development and testing of an improved Marine Corps camouflage measure for individual clothing and equipment. Per U.S.C 2304(c)(1), as implemented by FAR 6.302-1, Only One Responsible Source, the Government anticipates awarding on a sole source basis, a firm fixed price service contract to Timothy R. ONeil, a small business located in Alexandria, VA for approximately $30,900.00. The Period of performance for this effort is One Year from the date of award. The purpose of this service is the development and field evaluation of an improved / enhanced MARPAT that will ultimately provide Marines with enhanced concealment through optimization of MARPAT print. The North American Industry Classification System Identifier for this procurement is 541712; the Small Business Size Standard is 500 employees. Questions concerning this synopsis can be directed to Kevin Parker, Contract Specialist, at [email protected] .