Camouflage patterns come in a huge variety but which are the best? Today we answer this question and find out what makes a camouflage effective.
Camouflage is not just for animals, it’s for people too! Whether you’re in the military or you’re hunting, whatever you use it for, camouflage helps you become literally invisible, so you can go about whatever it is you’re doing unseen. Of course, it’s no good just wearing any old camouflage pattern and hoping that it will work, because it totally depends on the environment you’re in, as to what is going to be best suited.
Different patterns are used by different militaries because they send their soldiers to specific areas, and their patterns are designed to be effective in that environment. The best camouflage pattern should therefore be ideal for the background you’re trying to blend into, and it should be openly available for you, depending on what it is you’re doing.
Here are some of the most effective camouflage patterns used around the world. Let’s check them out one by one.
- Multicam Camouflage Pattern
This is a very widely available pattern, and it blends very well into woodland and desert surroundings. It was designed in 2002 by Crye Precision for the US Army. It uses seven colors and can be used in multiple environments. It works well in different season, light conditions, and elevations too.
Kryptek is one of the most natural types of camouflage patterns around, and it was inspired by snakes. For that reason, you can assume that this would easily fit in with a desert surrounding. Again, this is often used by military in some scopes, and it can also be used for regular use by those who are not military in personnel. It is very ‘snake’ in design however, and that is very clear when you look at it.
Check out the video below to see how effective Kryptek camouflage patterns can be.
- A-TACS (Advanced Tactical Concealment System)
This is one which is used by the military in some phases and it is openly available for others too. The pattern is a little blurry, which is designed to blend into a setting which isn’t that well defined. If you stand still while wearing this camouflage pattern, you’re not going to be seen.
These are three of the best camouflage pattern choices on the market, but there are many more besides. To help you choose between these, and any others that you come across, first we need to find out what really makes up the best camouflage pattern for you.
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What to Look for in the Best Camouflage Pattern
Creating camouflage patterns is an art-form. We actually learn a lot about this from animals in nature that use camouflage to avoid being seen when hunting (or being hunted). Check out our article on the top camouflage patterns in nature to learn more.
There are greys, browns, greens, and even beiges, and the best camouflage pattern for your particular needs is not necessarily going to be just one of the above. You also don’t want the color to be too bold because that is going to stand out like a sore thumb. Avoid any items of camouflage clothing which are primarily designed for fashion, because these are not going to work that well when you are out and about in the field, forest, desert, or wherever you’re using it.
We just talked about the color, but you need to think about the shade and the tone. This all boils down to what you’re going to be using the camouflage gear for, but overall, a natural tone which is not too rigid is best. By this, we mean that a blurry pattern, something which doesn’t have defined lines is a good option. Nature does not have defined lines and patterns, it has blurs and it moves into one shape to another. You need to reflect nature as much as possible.
- What is your setting?
Of course, the best camouflage pattern really comes down to what setting you’re going to be using it in. Are you going to be using it in a forest? A field? A desert? Are you going to be mixing and matching your settings? You need to decide which is going to be more common, and you need to work with that accordingly. It’s no good going for a camouflage pattern that works well in the desert, if you’re going to be spending a lot of time in forests which are abundant in green leaves.
- Is it wearable in other settings?
If you are going to be moving from setting to setting and you don’t want to purchase different camouflage patterns for each one, you need to think about versatility. In order to save money, you should consider the most used setting, but you should also search for a pattern that has more than just one use. If you are using it for military purposes, you should probably go for a more desert-style shade and pattern, but if you are using it prevalently for hunting, go for something more forest-themed. There is nothing wrong with opting for something which is going to give you versatility in terms of cost effectiveness, provided it serves its purpose.
This all proves that camouflage is never just one entity. Militaries use different patterns and shades for each division and for each battle or situation they go into.
Just like an animal adapts itself to its surroundings, human camouflage has to do the same thing. The very point is to blend into the background, become invisible, and not to be seen. If you can do this by choosing the right camouflage pattern for the use you have in mind, then you will be effective. If you make the wrong choice, you’re not going to achieve your aim and your hunting or hiding endeavors are likely to fail completely.
Shop around, but do your research ahead of time, and think carefully about your setting – that is the best advice to give when looking for the best camouflage pattern for your particular needs.
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