To say hunters have an opinion of camo would be a understatment! Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to write. I am blown away with the feedback and amount of detail everyone has shared. I appreciate the time you have taken to contribute. It’s this type of “real world” information I deem so valuable in building this line. Your input is helping to build KUIU.
Some repeated comments:
“I much prefer earth tones over camo. I have never felt not wearing camo as a disadvantage. That said I hunt Montana and Alaska.”
“While we are on the subject of camo, in my mind it is far less important than other factors. I choose my backcountry gear based on performance and use a lot of mountaineering gear that isn’t camo at all.”
“Others such as mossy oak, realtree, etc I find quite laughable. They may be okay if your game is within 10 yds, but beyond that they blob out so bad you might as well have on solid black.”
“Camo that mimics trees, brush leaves, etc. are great but what happens when you spot and stalk on a wide range of terrain in one day? … I need something that would alter my appearance in a variety of terrain.”
“I’m a big fan of big contrast and confusion vs. photorealism”
To summarize the feedback I have received:
– Movement and wind direction are of primary importance at distances under 50yds. No camo can hide the hunter from these truths.
– Large amounts of contrast to defeat “blobbing” at distance is extremely important. Everyone has had a situation where they needed to close the distance without cover.
– Earth tones that work in a variety of terrain are key. This comes back to the variance of cover one may encounter in a single hunt or multiple hunts during the season.
– The gear the camo is printed upon is of greater importance than the camo itself. Cheap cotton in the best pattern available will not find it’s way into the backcountry.
– It must have visual appeal to the consumer. Who wants to buy something that is ugly?!
What else? I’m building KUIU based on your feedback. Please keep it coming!