When browsing through camouflage clothing to update your hunting gear or searching for a gun in something other than black, stainless or pink, you probably have stumbled across a pattern that looks rather lizard like. Not quite sure if it is designed for fashion or function, you might have skipped right past it thinking, “That just isn’t for me.” However, you are passing up what might just be one of the most truly innovative camo patterns in modern history.
Kryptek camo and its parent company, Kryptek Outdoor Group is a fairly new company formed in 2011 by two brothers-in-arms, Butch Whiting and Josh Gleghorn. Serving together in Iraq, Butch and Josh discovered their mutual affinity for hunting big game. They always say, “Find a way to make money doing what you love” and for the love of the hunt and the passion for improving soldiers’ system, after returning home, they founded Kryptek Outdoor Group—dedicated to developing apparel that is not only comfortable, but highly functional, as well.
The team at Kryptek uses their varied battlefield experience and proven combat designs to create clothing and accessories that transition from “battlefield to backcountry” with ease. Kryptek’s 10 different camo patterns are some of the very few that work to camouflage, mask and blend the human form to both the human and animal eye.
Originally designed with Special Operators in mind, the Kryptek camo mixes both blend and distributive patterns to create a layered affect. With shading in the background and sharp geometric shapes in the foreground, the Kryptek camo multi-directional design resembles how the highly-effective 3D camo netting does when stretched over large equipment.
Though on a computer screen, this reptilian-like camo pattern may not look like much, it is incredibly versatile. Few patterns can boast blending well at long and short distances. From 33 to 100 feet, Kryptek gives you a better chance at survival and bagging that trophy buck or bird.
To be successful camouflaging in all light spectrums, camo must be printed using the correct inks and materials. Kryptek camo patterns have been extensively tested and proven to hide you in daylight, as well as night and infrared, thermal and night vision.
Truly, a transitional pattern, Kryptek was selected in 2012 for testing in the Army’s camo improvement program. (Crye Precision’s Scorpion W2—similar to Multicam—won.) There are 10 different patterns to choose from for every environment possible:
- Mandrake-Green and brown-based for dense foliage environments
- Raid-Grays and white for urban settings
- Highlander-Varying shades of browns, some gray and shadowy green for mixed terrains and elevations
- Altitude-Greens and grays for areas that have sparse cover and mountainous areas
- Nomad-Brown and tan-based for barren landscape, deserts and sand
- Banshee– Dark browns and shadows for forest
- Typhon-Black and gray for night
- Neptune-Blues, black and grays for ocean-specific cover
- Yeti-White and light gray for winter and snow-covered camo
- Pontus-Bright and dark blues with some gray for marine and water environments
Kryptek Typhon, Mandrake, Yeti and Highlander are the most popular. Some may find the new camo pattern gimmicky or people are buying it to be “tacticool,” but wearing the latest and greatest pattern isn’t about looking cool. It’s about having the best advantage out there. Sure, your old Razor flip phone works, but doesn’t the iPhone make life easier? The Kryptek camo is quickly gaining steam and not because there are a ton of guys playing operator in their basements. It’s because the technological advances and real world testing the Kryptek team are relying on means this stuff works.
For more on camo, read “50 Shades of Gray: The Evolution of Camo and a Throwback to Solid Colors.”
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