Camouflage design in the news again

All of the recent chatter about the US Army’s camouflage problems seems to have kicked off some discussion in Singapore about the Singapore Armed Forces introduction of a family of pixelated camouflage patterns.  The most recent article appeared in The New Paper on Monday of this week.

The New Paper is Singapore’s second largest English-language newspaper (online and offline) and they contacted our Marketing Director, Lawrence, for some help in putting a piece together.

Unfortunately, the article is somewhat marred by repeating the misinformation that the US Army is ditching its current pixelated camouflage uniform for a non-digital design – in fact, only one pattern family in the short-listed candidates for the US Army’s next generation camouflage pattern is not digital, and the Army has not yet made any decision about a new camouflage pattern or patterns.

What the paper wanted from us was a quick and easy layman’s answer to the question of how is camouflage designed.  They also asked for some info about patterns (historical-to-modern) that have influenced a lot of other designs.  The latter part didn’t make the editorial review apparently though, so we’ve included it here:

A few patterns have had a tremendous amount of influence on the choice of camouflage pattern used by other countries:

  • WWII German “oakleaf” – Used primarily by the Waffen-SS, the reversible “oakleaf” pattern was nonetheless a very effective camouflage pattern and has had some lasting influence on camouflage design since the war.  Becuase of the notoriety of the Waffen-SS however, patterns based on this design have often been politically sensitive or controversial.

  • WWII British “brush-stroke” – First used on the famous Denison smock worn by British paratroopers, this camouflage pattern has influenced the design of numerous patterns since the war.  DPM, a derivative of the original brush-stroke pattern, remained the standard camouflage of the British military for more than 40 years.

  French “lizard” pattern – Initially employed by French paratroopers in the Algerian and Indo-China conflicts of the 1950’s, “lizard” pattern inspired the famous Vietnamese “tiger stripe” camouflage and has been copied or used by many countries across Europe, South America, South-East Asia and Africa.

  • US “jungle leaf” and “woodland” – Originally developed by the US Army’s Engineering Research and Development Laboratory (ERDL) in the late 1940’s, the pattern wasn’t issued until the late 1960’s during the Vietnam War.  The pattern was later revised in the early 1980’s and issued as “Woodland” camouflage on the new Battle Dress Uniform then entering service.  The original “jungle’ pattern and the later “woodland” pattern probably hold the record of being the most widely copied camouflage patterns in history.

  • “CADPAT” – CAnadian Disruptive PATtern camouflage started the digital pixelated camouflage revolution of the 21st century and has become one of the most widely copied and imitated camouflage pattern in the history of military uniforms –  including the current camouflage patterns used by the US Army, US Marine Corps and US Navy.

  • “MultiCam” – Developed by Crye Precision for a US Army research programme, MultiCam has gone on to achieve tremendous commercial success through use by US and allied special operations forces, and was also adopted as the standard camouflage for all US Army forces in Afghanistan as of 2010.


Click on the image below to view a PDF of the published article.

 Camouflage pattern images courtesy of Camopedia: The Camouflage Encyclopedia.

US Army camouflage in the news

Its kind of funny sometimes how a story that’s old news in the industry gets picked up by the mainstream media and takes off with a whole new life of its own.

Such was the case recently when our Marketing Director, Lawrence Holsworth, interviewed for an article about the US Army’s choice of the so-called “Universal Camouflage Pattern” that appeared online in The Daily.

Much to everyone’s surprise, this article sparked a wave of articles published around the world – virtually all of which quoted extensively from The Daily’s article, and most of which also contained a lot of wrong or mixed-up information.

But the fall-out wasn’t restricted to the online or newspaper media, Lawrence was also contacted by the FOX Business Network to appear on one of the their TV programmes.  Click on the image below to watch the result…


SOD Gear “Zombie Massacre” Movie Promo

Star of the upcoming movie Zombie Massacre, “Iron” Mike Mitchell is seen here wearing the new Spectre Chest Rig from S.O.D. Gear (suppliers of uniforms and equipment for the movie). He is also wearing the S.O.D. Gear Spectre Combat Shirt, Pants, and Boonie in PenCott-Sandstorm Camouflage.

Watch out for more info about S.O.D. Gear’s line up of personal equipment featuring PenCott camouflage coming soon.


Shaddox Tactical custom gear

Based in Oregon, Shaddox Tactical gear is designed and built by people who know quality tactical gear, for the operator who knows quality tactical gear.

They provide personal service and quality hand-made custom tactical gear made of  military specification materials and hardware. All of their services and products are guaranteed and if they fail from workmanship or materials they will repair or replace them for free.

Pictured here is an example of their work in the form of a flash-bang grenade pouch, a zippered utility pouch and a small radio pouch in PenCott-GreenZone.

Visit their website or their Facebook page for more information about their full range of products and services.


“KOMMANDO – International Special Operations Magazine” spotlight on PenCott

The July / August 2012 issue of the renowned “KOMMANDO – International Special Operations Magazine” includes a spotlight article about the PenCott family of patterns – featuring a line-up of products from SABRE (the tactical clothing and gear brand from JK Defence in Germany).


The issue also includes news of the MBS-1 Combat Shirt in PenCott colorways from SPECOPS Poland.


Whiskey Two-Four and QP Gear – paintball, airsoft and real-steel

Arizona-based Whiskey Two-Four Paintball and its sister brand QP Gear have been busy building up an impressive portfolio of clothing and equipment featuring PenCott camouflage.  Many of their products are really unique and innovative and between the two brands they cover the full spectrum of paintball, airsoft and real-steel pursuits.

You can see their paintball and airsoft orientation loud and clear in their Stashable Lightweight Utility Tunic (or “SLUT” for short), which is designed to be thrown on over your regular clothes to provide a quick, comfortable camouflage coverall in a handier configuration than a typical set of overalls.

Pictured on the GreenZone SLUT above is WTF’s SPECTRE battle belt in GreenZone.  The Spectre is fully adjustable and features an articulated 3-part build to provide a more comfortable and stable fit for carrying your sub-load and/or secondary armament.  The Spectre is made from 1000D Cordura nylon with matching PALS webbing made from 500D Cordura nylon, and also features WTF’s exclusive 3D airmesh backing for ventilation and padding.

Also on the gear front, WTF offer several different types of modular combat vests.


PULLER chest rig.

WTF Plate Carrier.


In their clothing line, WTF offer two types of combat shirt; one in a pullover style, and one with a hood and 1/4 length zipper – which can also be made with foliage loops for users who want an added level of concealment – and most recently WTF has also added trousers in a basic pull-on style.

WTF Combat Shirt in GreenZone

Hooded Combat Shirt and WTF Minimalist Pants in Badlands. This dude is so hard-core that he paintballs barefoot!


QP Gear:  Whiskey-Two Four have taken some of the suitable products from their paintball/ airsoft portfolio, put them on steroids, toughened up their construction where needed and forged a line of custom gear for the “quiet professional”.

Every piece of QP Gear kit comes with a lifetime warranty – which means that should your QP Gear ever fail for any reason, the company will repair or replace it free of charge (all you have to do is send it back to them)!

In addition to MOLLE platforms, vests and rigs, QP Gear also provides all of the pouches to go with them.  Such as the 556 Flat Front Shingle in Badlands pictured below.

For more information, and a lot more products, visit the WTF website and Facebook page.  And check out the QP Gear website and Facebook page for real-steel level products.


UW Gear – unconventional gear for unconventional times

UW Gear, the UW stands for “unconventional warfare, are a rather unconventional outfit themselves.  Their motto is “Don’t forget nothing” (borrowed from Rogers’ Rangers of  French-Indian War renown), and reflects their philosophy of rugged self-reliance and individual readiness.

UW Gear’s MINUTEMAN MKII Chest Rig is made to order and is available in AK and AR versions.  It is specifically designed to give the rifleman an optimum platform to carry 3 x 30-rd mags, plus additional gear if required.  It is intended for unsupported operations where mag protection and retention are critical, but with quick access as well.  To that end, the mag pouches feature UW Gear’s unique Fast Tab closure system, which is brilliantly simple yet cunningly effective.

Prototype Minuteman MKII AK chest rig featuring 4 mag pouches. Production version features 3 mag pouches.

Visit UW Gear’s website at for more information.

Extreme Gear Labs – rigs, bags and more

Extreme Gear Labs in Colorado have been around since 2002 and have a devoted following among special ops units and other aficionados of custom gear.  And its no wonder, since the company describes its mission as being to “design and make kick-ass gear and equipment for all trigger-pullers, face-shooters and heart-breakers”.

Its also no wonder then that EGL and their customers have picked up on the uniqueness and effectiveness of the PenCott family of patterns – with Badlands seeming to be the most popular at the moment.

EGL M4 and Glock MiniRig

EGL Medical Chest Pouch

EGL SF60 Chest Rig

EGL Doosh Bag

Our friends at PredatorBDU Blog recently ran an in-depth review of the EGL Doosh Bag, check it out.

To see more of what Extreme Gear Labs has done, and can do, check out their Facebook page.  Alternatively, you can contact them via email at:  elabsinfo”at”gmail”dot”com.