Thursday, April 19, 2012

Science Behind Gore Optifade Marsh Camouflage

We first broke the story on the new waterfowl camouflage pattern produced by W.L. Gore and Associates when we saw it during range day at SHOT Show. Sitka had their new Waterfowl Outdoor Gear line on hand in the Optifade Marsh camouflage.

This video provided by Gore Optifade Concealment gives a great overview of the pattern and how it functions from a birds eye view. Guy Cramer who is a designer for the camouflage pattern gives insight on how the pattern was created to properly conceal hunters from their prey. It is also one of the first commercial camouflage options on the market to incorporate hexagons which creates texturing and allows the base pattern to bleed through for enhanced layering.

The Optifade patterns, while focused for hunting have seen some interest for military application. A lot of military personnel hunt in the the time that they have available to do so. You also have Guy Cramer involved who has years of experience in designing military camouflage. Combining these factors give plenty of reason to see why they would pick up on this camouflage.

While the waterfowl camouflage has a completely different focus given the flying aspect of birds, you still have some inherent factors that could make for a great overall concealment option for the right terrain. Either way it is always interesting to see the well thought out planning that goes into these designs that are definitely outside the box of your typical hunter camo.  

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