Following on from a conversation in the store today about which camo and why, we thought it might be of help to offer some information about camo and all the varieties around these days. Books could be written and are on this subject, so this is a very brief overiew
Camouflage has been around since the world was created so camouflage is nothing new. Camouflage has to main purposes, to blend in or to change your outward appearance.
Prey use camouflage to blend into their surroundings and therefore are not detected from possible preditors
Preditors use camouflage to change their outward appearance and to blend in.
Most hoofed animals are ungulates (which refers to how they see). They see in three colours, yellow, blue and grey and have 20/40 vision, slighty fuzzy vision
Birds are basically eyes on wings and can see colours in the ultaviolet that we cannot see. However bird do struggle a bit with shapes.
Camouflage clothing comes in a few options, to blend in or to disappear.
Realtree like patterns make you blend into your surroundings but depending on your prey, you shape can still be percieved. Animals can perceive your shape, birds struggle with seeing the outlines.
Optifade patterns in essence make you disappear to your prey as they cannot detect either your or your outline.
In essence, both work in different scenarios. Understand your prey and then choose your camo pattern depending on the results you want to acheive.
As always one type works for some prey and the others are not as effective.. no matter what the price tag.
Your own experiences would be worth reading about too.
Hope you find this useful.
Rugged & Tough