Master of Disguise

 

Here at Uturn, we’re not generally about blending into your surroundings. For a killer camouflage jacket though, we’ll make an exception.

Camouflage has a rich and extensive history that makes its so much more than just a fashion trend. Our friends at Heddels.com offer up a wealth of information on the history of camouflage patterns, so we’ve picked some of our favourite ones to appease your inner nerd.

Camouflage was born in the war-torn decades, during WW1 after the French began employing artists to paint their artillery in similar patterns to the forest surrounding them. Since then, many other militaries have adopted the tactic, altering the original pattern slightly to give their troops a greater advantage in different surroundings.

Soon enough, camo became a widely adopted fashion statement, with big brands all around the world finding unique and often groundbreaking ways they could integrate the pattern into their pieces.

 

Brushstroke

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Brushstroke was developed by British paratroopers in WW2. Troops used large brushes to paint different colours over their khakis before jumping into enemy territory.

 

Tigerstripe

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Developed by the Vietnamese during the 60’s, this pattern was most effective in disguising armed forces fighting in bamboo dense environments. The pattern was originally inspired by French colonists and taken on board by Vietnamese Marines.

 

Duck Hunter

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Originally used by US troops in the Pacific Theatre during WW2, this pattern became popular with duck hunters during the 60’s, right through to the 90’s.

 

ERDL

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The US Army Engineer and Development Laboratory developed this famous pattern, considered one of the oldest and best. This pattern reflects grass, twigs and leaves.

 

US Woodland

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One of the most common and recognisable camouflage patterns is the US Woodland, inspired by ERDL. You’ll notice the pattern is the exact same but enlarged by approximately 60%. The pattern is still in use with militaries around the world.

 

Raindrop

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Originating from the German Air Force during WW2, rain camo became popular during the Cold War. The vertical lines imitate falling rain against a solid background.

 

Chocolate Chip

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The Chocolate Chip pattern was developed in the US army during the 80’s. Mimicking rocks and dirt, this pattern was used for desert warfare and has been adopted throughout Africa and the Middle East. Anyone hungry now?

 

Splinter

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Splinter, is a German Air Force invention from WW2 resembling splintered glass. The design was short lived in the military but became a highly desired fashion statement.

 

Flecktarn

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Award winning, Flecktarn was a design triumph during the 70’s and became a European standard. Many designers vouch to stay away from Flecktarn due to its popularity and inability to stand out.

 

Multicam

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Multicam was designed to be the ultimate camo print, blending into any type of surrounding, weather, or lighting condition. Developed in 2003 for American troops in Afghanistan, the design has over 100 separate image layers and several spectrums of colour to blend into alpine and desert environments.

 

Cadpat

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Dubbed the world’s first digital camouflage pattern, this designs pixelated micropatterns blur fine lines making troops more difficult to see from a distance. This pattern is commonly used today in modern military forces.

 

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