Pine Survey

Facts and Figures

  • Since 2008 actively engaged in product reviews and subject matter articles in various forums
  • 2013: Switch to dedicated publishing platform PINE SURVEY
  • Non-profit and open source (Patreons get advance access, however)
  • Experience based reviews on camouflage, outdoor and military gear and equipment
  • Guest contributions by active and former military and law enforcement personnel
  • English and German language (depending on topic and arrangement)
  • Regular visits to trade shows like IWA since 2013
  • Ahead of trends/ among the first to report (e.g. UFPRO, PenCott)
  • Network to major brands and companies like ANV Knives, Helikon-Tex, Hyde Definition (PenCott), Kizlyar Supreme, Phantomleaf, Spartan Blades, Tasmanian Tiger, Tacticaltrim, Tilak, UFPRO, Vanquest Gear and others
  • Regarded as a reference in camouflage field tests because of comparative approach

  • Over 100 reviews, articles and field tests with an average volume of 4 Din A4 pages, and 10-20 detailed pictures per article. Not counting photo galleries
    • Basically the equivalent of a book by now
  • An average of 500 visitors daily, with around 1000 page views per day
    • means: returning visitors
  • Social Media reach between 2000 and 20.000 people, depending on the content and if shared by cooperating parties
  • Top 5 countries who visit: USA, Germany, China, Singapore, Russian Federation
  • Field tests of 20 camouflage patterns, still counting…


  • First in depth German speaking article on the PenCott camouflage family in 2013
  • First English speaking article on SloCam in 2014
  • Major field test involving woodland and transitional camouflage patterns in 2016
  • Mention at Recoilweb in 2016
  • First in depth review of PenCott Metropolis in 2018
  • First in depth article and field test on Austria’s “Tarnanzug Neu” in 2019 (cooperation with Austrian MoD
  • Review series “Tourniquet Tuesday” of 10 Tourniquets in 2019
  • First camouflage field test using a drone in 2020


The person behind the curtain

I obtained a doctoral degree in history and am doing research on military history and armed conflicts since 2007. In the last 8 years my main work focused on security policy and conflict research. As a result I am following trends and developments in the defence industry just as much as the relevant policies.

Even though I spent some time in the military as almost every male Austrian citizen, I never considered myself a professional soldier. The experience in an airmobile unit was a unique experience however, which shaped me personally.


LEO with long time operational experience and SF background. Sport and Operations Trainer.

S. W.:
LEO with SWAT background, now K9 officer.

Schneider B.:
Militia (Reserve) soldier, competitive shooter

Offenlegung gem. §25 Mediengesetz:

Mag. Dr. phil. D. Jaklin, Wien
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