Operator Editor Camouflaje Trials
In Operator Editor we want to test the best camouflage patterns. Our camouflage trials will test the patterns over different backgrounds, in different light conditions and at different distances. With real on-the-field photographs we will visually check every aspect and objectively rate their conceal rate. Below this lines you can access our research, check the images, check the numbers and conclude yourself which one is the best.
||M81 US Woodland
||M09 Spanish Desert
TIGER STRIPE CAMOUFLAGE
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Republic of South Vietnam
Developed in the 1960s in the extint Republic of South Vietnam, this camo was originally a variation of French Lizard pattern, and ended up as a family of patterns, in many colour variations and copies from all around the world. The vietnamese Tiger Stripe became very popular in the Vietnam War, as it proved to be very effective in jungle and dense woodland areas, soon was also used by some US Special Operations units. Later on, was issued by countries like Thailand and many latin american countries. The actual USAF ABU pattern (2002) is clearly based on a Tiger Stripe design featuring ACU-UCP colours. The Russian Kamush pattern (1993) was also inspired in the Tiger Stripe family. The Desert Tiger Stripe variation has been used by some US Special Operations Forces operating in Afghanistan and Iraq, wearing commercial uniforms made in the USA.
In the end, we can say that Tiger Stripe is a pretty decent camouflage for woodland areas, although it works better in the shadows. In direct sunlight and arid areas it stands out a little. All in all, it can be used for the average forest and for semi-urban areas.
M81 US WOODLAND CAMOUFLAGE
OWNER: US Armed Forces
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
The M81 Woodland was developed by the US Army in 1981 has a modified version of the previous 2nd ERDL pattern, also know as "woodland". The main difference can be found in the color (ERDL was prominently green, and the M81 brown) and primarily in the pattern scale, being the M81 bigger. The m81 woodland pattern has been one of the most duplicated and modified camouflage patterns ever designed, seeing service with military forces around the world and continuing to be worn today by many countries. Officially used by the US Armed Forces untill 2001 by the USMC, 2005 by the US Army and so on by the rest of the US branches, its still being used ocasianlly by some Special Operation groups, specially in Afghanistan when operating with local forces. The M81 woodland has prooven to be one of the best military patterns ever made for temperate climates.
The M81 US Woodland is one of the best camos for woodland areas, as we can see in our trials. It works very effectively in shadows, and decently in direct sunlight, but it stands out a lot on rocky and arid backgrounds, which also can be a reference for urban areas.
DPM S95 CAMOUFLAGE
OWNER: British Ministry of Defence
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK
Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM) was a range os camouflage patterns issued since the late 1960s by the UK Armed Forces featuring many variations over time, and finally assigned to the standard woodland pattern (DPM S95) made for temperate climates we know today. DPM is one of the most widely copied patterns in the world, with many countries having their own variations of the standard woodland and desert patterns. Other countries like Canada, New Zealand, Holland, Oman, Portugal, Indonesia, Yemen, Bulgaria and Philippines use or haved used DPM like patterns. The DPM has proven to be one of the best temperate camouflage patterns ever made, being used by the UK Armed forces from the 1960s to 2010, when was gradually replaced by the MTP (Multi-Terrain Pattern), wich is basically a DPM featuring Crye Multicam colours. Its known that Russia had used copies of DPM too.
This camouflage is one of the best for woodland areas. The DPM colorating is nearly perfect for temperate forest, also, as being darker, it works better than others at direct sun light, but is darker in the shadows, which can atract attention while moving. In rocky-arid areas is obvious that it can't be an option.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Germany
Flecktarn ("spotted camouflage" in german, also known as Flecktarnmuster or Fleckentarn) is the result of a series of prototipes inspired on the WWII german "splitter" pattern. Those studies lead to the Flecktarn pattern in use today since 1976, but not widely distributed along the german armed forces untill 1990. The flecktarn pattern features rounded blotches in different colours designed to match the continental german forests. A desert variation of Flecktarn called Tropentarn begun being tested in 1993 as a requirement for the new war scenarios ahead, but was not fully adopted until 1999. Other countries based their camos on this family of patterns, like the danish M84 issued in 1984 and the japanese JSDF temperate camo (Type II Flecktarn) issued in 1991. Its known that Russia had used copies of Flecktarn too.
Surprisingly, the Flecktarn camo has proven a high level of camouflage on our trials. Its colours and texture make a great effect in both shadows and sunlight on our test area, where its redish-brown makes the difference.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Standard colour used in military uniforms since de WWI, specially in european and north american countries. Green plain colour is still used today in pilot suits, tanker suits and for some naval special operations. Countries like Austria and Israel also keep this as their main colour for their military instead of camouflage patterns.
The plain green has been for a long time the standard comour for military uniforms. It does a decent job in all the scenarios, but doesn't really succeeds in any of them. With vegetation in the background is more effective, but it needs to be behind the shadows, thus in direct sunlight stands out. The lack of a pattern makes it more easy to spot at short distances.
OWNER: Crye Precision
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
Multicam is a true multi-terrain camouflage pattern, developed by Crye
Precision for the US Army in 2007 for the Future Force Warrior program.
Was then adopted by many US special forces groups, and by the US Army
troops deployed in Afghanistan since 2009, officially know as the OCP
pattern (Operation Enduring Freedom). Multicam is a very reliable
camouflage, being battle tested for many years, and adopted officially
by many law enforcement agencies and military forces for its efficiency.
The pattern has also been officially adopted by Australia and Chile
among other countries, specially their special forces, as in the case of
Italy, Spain, Canada, South Korea, Ukraine and Germany. Other countries,
like Georgia, Rusia or Poland (know as Suez or CamoGrom), has created
their own copies of the camouflage. The UK replaced its woodland and
desert camos in 2010 by a variation of Multicam, called MTP (Multi-
Terrain Pattern). The US Army also plans to fully adopt a variation of
the camouflage, officially know as Scorpion W2. The original Multicam is
also widely available commercially for civilians, and is produced under
license by several manufacturers, as well as illegally copied by some
Collectively known as the best camo on the market, it has proven to not to be so. It sure does pretty good on arid areas, on rocky backgrounds, and everywhere with none or little vegetation (also on urban terrain) but when it comes to dense vegetated areas, it stands out, specially on direct sunlight. What we've learned is that, if going Multicam, better stay on the shadows. This camouflage was made for transitional environments, specially for Afghanistan, and although it can work nearly everywhere, its definitely not the best option for woodlands.
OWNER: US Army
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
The UCP (Universal Camouflage Pattern), also know as ACU (Army Combat
Uniform, wich is the uniform cut, not the pattern) is a camouflage
developed by the US Army to replace the older M81 Woodland and the
Desert 3, back in 2005. The UCP was thoroughly designed as a multi-
terrain camo, however, in the last few years it has only been
demonstrated to be effective in urban, arid, high mountain and artic
terrain. Being the result of many tests, and inspired in the canadian
CADPAT pattern (the first modern digital camouflage) the colors chosen
where, od green, grey and light tan, excluding black as it doesn't
appears predominantly in nature.
The effectiveness of the pattern has been questioned, leading to several
research programs being conducted to modify or replace the current
standard issue pattern. In July 2014, the Army announced that Scorpion
W2 (a variation of Multicam) had been selected as the replacement
pattern, as Multicam has proven to be a very effective and highly
versatile camo for the troops deployed in Afghanistan. UCP may end up as
a law enforcement camouflage for urban environments, but remains being
officially used by Serbia, Argentina, Chile, Peru and Malaysia among
other countries. As a digital pattern, it's designed to reduce the
likelihood of detection by night vision devices
The UCP was presented as an all-terrain pattern, but obviously is not. We can clearly see that it only succeeds in arid-rocky terrains (urban areas and snowy terrain too) but even so, it gets too bright on direct sunlight. On woodland areas is allmost a problem. We recommend this camo for urban or semi-urban areas.
MULTI-TERRAIN PATTERN CAMOUFLAGE
OWNER: British Ministry of Defense
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: UK
Based in Crye Precision's Multicam pattern, and developed as a result of
a series of field tests in Afghanistan, the MTP gradually replaced the
previous DPM (woodland camouflage) and DDPM (desert camouflage) british
patterns in 2010. The pattern combines the origianl DPM pattern with
Multicam style colours. Considered with the Multicam pattern, one of the
best multi-terrain camouflages.
On this trials, we can't compare this MTP photos with the other camos, since the light conditions are different. Because its similarity with Multicam, its levels of camouflage would have been very similar (although MTP presents a bigger pattern, which works better in some conditions). So we can see some trials with sunset sunlight. In this particular case, its level of camouflage gets boosted up and works specially good on arid areas and between low-dry vegetation.
DESERT 3 COLORS CAMOUFLAGE
OWNER: US Army
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA
Developed in 1990 by US Department of Defense, was issued the next year to meet the demand of a camouflage pattern suitable for Western Asia and North Africa at that time, coinciding with the Gulf War and the escalating tension in Middle Eastern. The Desert 3 colours pattern, also know as "Coffee Stain", was developed to replace the previous Desert 6 colours pattern, used in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
The 3 colours desert has been used by all US Armed Forces until the Iraq invasion on 2003, later on would be gradually replaced by the new digital camos, the ACU-UCP for the US Army and the Marpat Desert for the USMC, among others. The 3 colours pattern is officially discarded, but occasionally used by some US Special Operations Forces, since it has proven to be a very good camouflage in arid-desert environments. The pattern is used by a large list of countries and has been copied in countless occasions.
Obviously, our site for the trials is not the best for desert camos, but we can also test out that in the arid-rocky areas does what is expected. On woodland areas is not a good option, but between dark shadows and down on the ground, it still can go unnoticed if you avoid movement.
M09 SPANISH DESERT CAMOUFLAGE
OWNER: Spanish Ministry of Defense
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Spain
Officially known as "M09 Ejército Pixelado", this family of two camos (woodland and desert version) was developed in 2009 for all Spanish Armed Forces. It was first issued the desert version (Árido Pixelado) for troops deployed in Afghanistan that same year, replacing the previous 6 colour desert pattern. The woodland version (Pixelado Boscoso) would have to wait until 2014 to be transitionally replacing the old ERDL woodland. The Spanish Ministry of Defense has stated that all personnel would be using the woodland version, except for those units stationed at the Canary Islands and for overseas missions taking place on arid-desert countries. Spanish Forces currently deployed in Afghanistan are wearing the desert version. The pattern is based on Crye Industrie's Multicam, despite of the two different colorations and the pixelation of the shapes. Both camos have proven to be very effective in their respective terrains.
As said before, our site for the trials is not the best for desert camos, but we can also test out that in the arid-rocky areas does what is expected. On woodland areas is not a good option, but between dark shadows and down on the ground, it still can go unnoticed if you avoid movement.
TEST 1 CONTROL - ALL CAMOS
TEST 2 - ALL CAMOS
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TEST 9 - ALL CAMOS