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Monday, August 22, 2011

New Dust Variant from Fear Gear Camouflage

New camouflage design developments have been limited over the past few months, so we were excited to see some photos from FEAR Gear with their latest Dust urban and desert variant. This utilizes their same FEAR Camo "modular pattern" utilizing the positive space configuration, that they first started designing in 2009.

FEAR Camo Dust Variant
The FEAR Camo camouflage pattern is a first of its kind  in that it is comprised of layers specifically designed to create a perception of depth within its geometry. These layers can be arranged into three configurations. We provided their samples in grey scale free of any color interference, so you can easily see the differentiation.

Below is the Positive Space Configuration as represented in the Dust Variant which is utilized for operators whom will be exposed against a solid background such as rocks and walls in urban or desert environments

Fear Gear Positive Space Configuration
Next is the Negative Space Configuration where an open depth of view is created in a woodland or bush land environment full of trees and/or sporadic vegetation.
Fear Camo Negative Space Configuration
Finally you have the Neutral Space Configuration for the Fear Camo which is utilized for grassland terrain where high frequency visual noise is present. This was utilized for their MEC-GB transitional pattern with a grassland bias.  


Fear Camo Neutral Space Configuration
Back to the Dust Variant, here is one of their great field test samples with a comparison above our new favorite head wear, the A-TACS Boonie Hat in the center of the photo. The camouflage certainly has much promise and we can't wait to see it on some uniforms in multiple field test shots. 

Dust Sample Field Test
We asked Mr. Ian Collinson, founder and lead camouflage designer for Fear Gear why they withdrew from the US Army Camouflage Improvement Solicitation. Is response mainly came down to timing and resources. He noted that the emphasis on uniform and personal equipment development rather than focusing on camouflage design. They simply did not have the time necessary to go outside their expertise to meet the requirements in the time frame given. 

Mr. Collinson notes, "My interest and expertise is in developing camouflage patterns and technologies and I would like to think that the Army would benefit from my designs but the manufacture and supply of uniforms and gear at a military level is an area that I know nothing about and the time-frame we were givem from the initial pre-solicitation to the submission deadline was nowhere near enough time for me to figure it out, hence our withdraw." 

FEAR Camo has 12 variants under way which would allow for an operator to utilize their camouflage in a vast number of environments. The Fear Camo system has a very distinct geometric signature to provide identification for units using it. Given the three configurations developed for one pattern, it can be quickly customized utilizing a corresponding colorway to meet the needs of a given environment. We can't wait to see the variety of options they come up with from Sand to Snow

We wish FEAR Gear well in completing their camouflage variants and future pursuits for licensing of their patters whether it be commercial or governmental.

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