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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fear Camo Dust in Urban Blight

Our friends over at Fear Gear are hard at work and they have some great shots of their Dust Camouflage Pattern on fabric for us to share. We recently covered this camouflage pattern in more detail, so it is great to see it get put to more testing out in the field.

The Dust camouflage was designed for a desert terrain, but also proves effective in urban, mountain, and transitional environments with a predominant arid influence. Fear Camo utilizes a layering technique to add texture to the pattern and provide a three dimensional appearance when viewed by the human eye. They were quite excited to see the results of their latest photo set. 

Fear Camo Wooded Park 
The photo above gives a good example of a transitional environment with a strong woodland influence. The fabric is concealed well in plain sight with the Dust camouflage and blends right in with the rocky dirt ground cover. The surrounding vegetation doesn't play in largely given the position of the material, but one can see how the green in the pattern combined with the 3-D effect could allow one to hide under the covering fairly discretely, at least with the given floor we see here.

Blending in with a wall scene has been a popular among camouflage designers. We can find it a bit on the street performer spectrum, but this photo helps show the effectiveness of the camouflage. Walls are certainly not always flat feats of amazing architecture design or spartan craftsmanship. Plus years of repair can leave buildings looking rather splotchy in terms of texture and coloring. For some reason this is a the case with a lot of urban war zones these days. The texturing of the pattern plays out well here along with the color scheme.

Dust Camouflage 

We thought the photo below was really awesome. It reminded us of the recent work done by Hyperstealth Biotechnology Corp. for the Bureau of Land Management where they covered  giant renewable resource facilities on park lands that made for quite the eye sore. Clearly this is on a small scale, but certainly shows the possibilities to camouflage unsightly utility hardware in an urban environment. Lets just hope they don't start doing this with light poles and fire hydrants as I can deal with looking at urban blight as long as I can avoid running into it. 

Dust Covering Urban Blight

What camouflage overview is complete without a MultiCam comparison. Clearly it is the pattern to beat when comparing traditional patterns, but we can say this is certainly not the intention of Fear Camo. We are not ones to say one camouflage pattern is better nor does this shot give you any basis for making any judgement, but hey its fun to look at them side by side if only to compare the layers and make up of the pattern.

Fear Gear Vs. MultiCam
Field shots certainly make for a better reality when it comes to showing that the proof is in the pudding and anyone can slap down a camouflage pattern in the perfect setting to make it look good. Clearly dust proves effective from what we have seen at the given distances and specific scenes. It will be interesting to see this pattern on a uniform to see how well it tests when put to use in a real world setting. Fear Gear certainly seems to be on that path!

For More on Fear Gear Camouflage: Fear-Gear.com