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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Multicam vs ACU vs What's Next

What prompted this article is an article that appeared in the Financial Times on multicam, et al. see http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/a38e59de-d7d6-11e0-a5d9-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1XpOuFBx3

Barre Army Navy Store has been in the Army Navy Business for the last 30 plus years and seen a lot of changes  at the time we started business the Olive Drab pickle suits were just heading out the door. Woodland Camouflage was just coming out of the military system as well as the day and night desert patterns and the urban warfare patterns which by the way spawned a whole series of fashion camouflage patterns.

Now the US army is at it again. The winners of this new competition of camouflage designers will be fielding portions of it we interpret it correctly 4 different camouflage patterns that directly reflect us army branding. Similar actually to what the Navy has done with their NWU or Naval Work Uniform see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniforms_of_the_United_States_Navy#Working_Uniforms

Bottom line is Multicam is probably just an intermediate pattern on the road to something else.

What pattern do you like and why?

8 comments:

Kyle Finch said...

Multicam is a fantastic pattern. It may not work in every environment, but I think some color changes would open some doors. The current Multicam pattern works well, but a desert and a winter/snow compatible color combo would lock it up in my opinion for Multicam.

Dave said...

I was hiking in a wooded area last weekend, where our entire group had multicam uniforms. I was walking point and when I turned around the rest of the group had stepped off the trail. Even though i knew they were there, I could not see them. Another person in the group, also commented on the effectiveness of multicam. I think it is by far the best pattern to date.

BJ Custard said...

Bottom line is Multicam is probably just an intermediate pattern on the road to something else.

Isn't everything just an intermediate pattern? I mean, there will always be a "next pattern"...

Captain Dann said...

Humans are on a cycle from the garden of Eden until camo nirvana...sometime in the future some government study will conclude "Nude" as the "ultimate Camo" and all the tactical clothing manufacturers will be out of business! In the meantime, enjoy the multi-cam...its good stuff and keeps the thorns out of your 'nether-regions' better than 'nudi-cam'.

JL in AZ said...

I live in the desert of Az and this camo is the first Do-all camo pattern that does blend in the desert and up in the pine forest mountains as well as the juniper-oak hills. We have it all in this state and it gets hard and expensive to buy camo and this one seems to be the best yet.

Anonymous said...

The issues are not really practical effectiveness, they are political. Procurement is not thought of (in this day and age) as a MISSION thing, it is a MILITARY WIDE THING. For each fighter, there are twenty non-fighters, in the rear with the beer who do NOT need camo, at all. Think of it. In a relatively crowded office space would you be better suited with an MP5 or a twenty inch barrel M-16? The answer (for the fighter) is obvious, so, why are ALL soldiers issued an M-16 (this was not the case in WWII), politics. MARPAT was a political disaster, fostered on living persons for political gain. MULTICAM is a soldiers answer to a soldiers problem, that will probably be decides by politicians (Generals) for political gain (promotion / lucrative post Military employment guarantee). Blood will be shed, hut not the blood of the children of politicians.

Anonymous said...

I use multicam as my primary hunting uniform, cayatoes year round. Seems to work well in the brush or on a clearcut. Only problem is the pants seem to fade out faster than the shirts, other wise good uniform.

Anonymous said...

Pants have always faded faster than the shirt. Why do you think dress blues have light pants and dark. blouse?

As for me, the old Viet Nam tiger stripe works best in my environment, but everyone doesn't live in the PacNorWest.