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Thread: Am I as camouflaged as I thought I was?

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    Am I as camouflaged as I thought I was?

    Had an interesting conversation today.
    Whilst browsing stalking gear, the shop attendant, Brian, informed me that washing my stalking clothes in ordinary detergent causes them to have a UV effect. He suggested treating them with an anti-UV spray.
    I would appreciate members thoughts?

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    don't bother buying fancy sprays its just to lighten your wallet, move slowly and quitely and that will make all the difference along with glassing every few feet into cover, atb wayne

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    most detergents have some form of uv boost. its their attempt to create that whiter than white, cleaner than clean effect.

    roll around in the dirt before you go out!!

    ade
    Big bloke... but outta shape

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    You Actually wash your stalking clothes that cant be right. Just wash in machine with out detergent.
    Last edited by 6pointer; 31-01-2014 at 20:34.

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    Correct, best to use pure soap. The blue specks in normal powder are just uv reflectors (aka optical brighteners) designed to make your brain think your whites are crisp and bright. Really your brain is just seeing very light blue uv reflection.

    You can buy a uv lamp off ebay for 5 and check for yourself.

    Just leaving your stuff in a room will allow it to pick up dust which is smothered in UV reflectors from the clothes in the house.

    Whether it actually matters......

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    The brighteners do make the wearer stand out a bit. An amusing thing to try is to look at something washed in the latest "fizzbangwallop blast'o'clean" and then something washed in, say, Nickwax TechWash. The former sticks out somewhat and supposedly a lot of prey animals have eyes sensitive in the UV end of the spectrum.

    I use this:
    Nikwax Tech Wash Non-Detergent Technical Cleaner: Amazon.co.uk: Sports Outdoors

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    There was an article in a BASC mag last year that talked about the increased UV from modern washing powders and as suggested, they said use plain soap flakes for camo gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyK30 View Post
    Had an interesting conversation today.
    Whilst browsing stalking gear, the shop attendant, Brian, informed me that washing my stalking clothes in ordinary detergent causes them to have a UV effect. He suggested treating them with an anti-UV spray.
    I would appreciate members thoughts?
    See my signature!
    • Do not be seduced by the marketing-men....

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    I use army surplus gear cheap and cheerful and the only time it's washed is when it rains which is every time I go out these days .............lol


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    +1 for nickwax tech wash all my cammo gear is washed in it.though on the marsh i normally come home mud brown anyway as a creek bottom finding specialist.if theres a hole im first to the bottom of it

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