The next phase of Camouflage?
Last year visitors of IWA might have got the impression of a bursting camouflage bubble. Seeing how the last few years were full of different camos, the decision of the US Army to go with a Multicam derivate made also an impact on the industry. At the same time you could witness an emerging trend by SF and LE units to go with solid colours like ranger green, brown grey (RAL7013), different variants of grey and so on.
This year introduced several new patterns to the public, some new, some in development for quite some time, but not yet released.
- For starters, ConCamo went to the next round, displaying a brown version of its Confusion Camouflage, aimed specifically at European deciduous and mixed forests in autumn/winter, but also for semi-arid environments. Several companies picked up ConCamo, starting with UF Pro, Leo Köhler, MD Textil, among others. Prototypes by Tasmanian Tigers were also around. The brown variant of ConCamo is to be released this year in September/October, and you will find more pictures of it here on Pine Survey, since I managed to get a piece of fabric.
- Berghaus had another camouflage gem on display: the Dutch fractal pattern
- Gore-Tex had a camouflage unicorn at display. German Armed Forces Multitarn, which is restricted to the public, but nevertheless interesting to see.
- Phantom Leaf is on the rise as well, specifically targeting the military and LE market. Offering one of their patterns through UF PRO (which was displayed during Enforce Tac), they also displayed several patterns at the booth of Recon Company.
- Tru Spec had their BDU Xtreme on display, showing all variants of A-TACS (iX, AUX, FGX, & Ghost).
- As every year you could also find Kryptek at the show, but not in vast extent.
- Last but not least: PenCott. As you could already see in previous galleries, PenCott Wildwood was on display in both the Helikon-Tex and Direct Action booths. Both companies had several items on display as can be seen here and here.