Last spring on the blog we discussed camouflage for KUIU. We all agreed it would be best for KUIU to create a new pattern. The pattern requirements you suggested were earthtones, non-blobbing, visual confusion, high-contrast, distinctive and attractive. After reviewing the final version of the pattern this week in the field, we made the right decision, thank you.
Vias is a macro-camouflage pattern designed with light, medium & dark earth-tones to create visual confusion that breakups up the human outline at distance. Vias is made up of 5 colors, a dusty tan, grey, dark grey, brown and black. I designed the pattern to break up the human form on the horizontal axis in three place for the lower body and three places on the upper body with the light-tan color. You will see this when you look at the back of a jacket in the distinctive tan sections that run across the entire panel. This is important for consistency of breaking up the body when the pattern is cut into small panels and sewn into a garment. I did not want Vias become less effective when it is made into a pack or pants because of how the panels are aligned and sewn.
We shot Vias this week in as many situations as we could find so you could get a feel for this pattern. The Sierra Nevadas have been pounded with snow lately which limited us to high desert environments east of Reno. I can confidently tell you, Vias in dark timber past 10 yards will be almost invisible. Most of the photos enclosed are shot between 10 and 15 yards. We did shoot further distances but you could not find Chris in the photos so I did not include these in this post.
I am very excited about this pattern and how effective it is at any distance and any environment. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions.