Friday, March 23, 2012

Let it Snow: USMC Overwhite in Action

It is that time of year again. While it was a Sunny 84 degrees here in Phoenix. The U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center in Bridgeport, CA had plenty of snow on the ground to break out their Overwhite camo co-developed by HyperStealth Biotechnology Corp with camouflage expert Lt. Col. Timothy O'Neill.

If you have been burrowed away guarding your pickled plums, you may have not have noticed Guy Cramer from HyperStealth in partnership with ADS, Inc. are in the running for the U.S. Army Camouflage Improvement Solicitation with their US4CES Version-A. The solicitation only requested three camouflage variants including desert, transitional, and woodland, so good a good artic camo option may get the short shrift. 

USMC Overwhite Snow Camouflage
Of course this doesn't keep a good man down.  Many different camouflage design companies have their own artic/snow patterns in the works. Obviously the Marines felt the need for this selection in addition to their Desert and Woodland Marpat patterns. We have been waiting to see some product from Hyde Definition in their PenCott Snowdrift colorway which already has fabric in the works and A-TACS has their own artic variant on the way soon. 

Kryptek who is also in the running for the Army camo competition has their own Yeti pattern which is simply a color variant of their submissions we have shown here. Thus far they have cut the mustard to reach the final evaluation phase of the U.S. Army Camouflage Improvement Effort. Various scenarios can make snow camouflage an extremely valid option. As you can see with the USMC's Overwhite camo, an actual pattern has been chosen over a simple solid white selection. A winter wonderland isn't a simple coating of snow. There are plenty of other features to break up the terrain along with shadowing, so your concealment should work with that in mind.

Mountain Warfare Training Center - Multi-Force Training Scenario
Photos by Master Sgt. Loeffler 
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