You might have seen that the color grey has become a bit of a trend, and a topic of conversation, in the tactical industry lately. So okay, I’ll be that guy who makes that joke…
But seriously, why has grey suddenly become so fashionable? Why is it suddenly ‘the new black’? Grey as a tactical or low-visibility color has been around for quite a long time. Remember the German soldiers in WWI and WWII? They predominantly wore uniforms of ‘Field Grey’, and in some cases ‘Mouse Grey’ in order to reduce their visual signature.
The ‘sea wolves’ of the German U-Boat forces not only painted their submarines in a low-viz shade of grey, they also wore uniforms in a shade of grey that bears a close resemblance to the ‘Wolf Grey’ of today (as seen in this still from the movie “Das Boot”).
The US Navy also painted all of their major surface ships a famous shade known as ‘Battleship Grey’, and to this day most aircraft in the US Navy and US Air Force are painted a subtle shade of low-visibility grey.
It appears that the US Army isn’t the only force who’s efforts to field a new camouflage pattern seem to be moving at a snail’s pace…
The speed with which the Dutch Armed Forces are implementing their new Netherlands Fractal Pattern almost appears to be in danger of possibly standing a chance of losing to a snail if it was pitted in a head-to-head comparison.
Nonetheless, our friend Robert Hendrick has reported that there’s been at least a couple of new developments reported in the official Dutch Army newspaper – from which the photo below has been taken.
The female anatomical configuration has now been factored into the uniform sizing system (note the female mannequin in the line-up) following input from a focus group of female soldiers. Also, it appears that the Dutch have also settled on a combined Temperate/Arid colorway of the NFP pattern to be used for individual gear (note the swatch of fabric hanging off the shoulder of the first mannequin on the left).
As we learn more, we’ll keep you informed.
Helikon-Tex unveiled their cool new products for 2015 at IWA – as well as their current range of tried-and-tested, field-proven products too.
North American fans will also soon have reason to be very happy! We can’t reveal any more details at the moment, but by all means download Helikon-Tex’s PDF catalog (click on the picture below), and get your credit card topped up…
Direct Action unveiled their full line of next-generation gear at Enforce Tac / IWA (we even got a special sneak-peak at some of their next gen + gear that’s still under wraps!) – you will be impressed.
The full line is expected to be available for general purchase by June / July of this year. In the meantime, download their catalog and feast your eyes on all the goodness that is Direct Action gear… GO LOUD!
Hyde Definition’s cutting-edge PenCott-BadLands™ and PenCott-GreenZone™ camouflage patterns continue to show up in interesting places – this time they are featured in Season 3 of the award-winning Netflix drama “House of Cards”.
Caution, this announcement carries a SPOILER ALERT…
Seen in a crucial and dramatic segment of Season 3; PenCott™ camouflage patterns are seen in use by ‘Russian’ soldiers taking part in a peacekeeping mission in the Middle East. The Russian soldiers are seen wearing BadLands™ uniforms, whereas GreenZone™ uniforms are worn by the Russian officers and by Russian President Petrov. All of the PenCott camouflage uniforms used are the CPU (Combat Patrol Uniform) model made by Polish company Helikon-Tex.