Phantomleaf WASP.II.Z4 Urban Camouflage

Ok, I thought that I had enough camouflage uniforms, but I bought Phantomleaf’s new WASP.II.Z4 anyway… The camo smock in photos is made by Leo Köhler.

Here is just a first view in very marginal urban environment. I actually expect to use WASP.II.Z4 more in late fall, when there is just some snow on ground.

So, for me it is apparent that Phantomleaf has a pretty good solution for urban camouflage and pattern is highly likely great for mountainous and rocky terrain too.

Phantomleaf

https://www.recon-company.com/en/search?sSearch=phantomleaf

Swedish Coastal Camo Net

This is a Swedish coastal camo net from 1980s. It is reversible, one side has traditional woodland colors (two greens and black), but other side is grey-dominant and meant for hiding boats, troops and equipment on rocky coastline. The grey side has three shades of grey.

Serbian/Yugoslavian camouflage net

This is old Serbian/Yugoslavian camouflage net. Its colours are highly contrasting “fall colours” It is the stinkiest camouflage net I’ve ever met and it can be sensed by nose several meters away even outdoors.

The colours are nice for fall and the cut of the netting gives highly irregular appearance.

The close-up.

The other side is plain green.

Some distance added.

Next to Finnish 25K camouflage net in greener background.

Finnish ”Naamioverkko 25K”-camo netting

This is Finnish camouflage netting “Naamioverkko 25K” from 1988. Three colors – two greens and one brown and the same pattern on both sides.

These nets were released to surplus sales, since they are only suitable against visual “Mark One Eyeball”-sensors on modern battlefield. Fibrotex from Israel delivered multispectral camouflage systems for Finnish Defence Forces.

Fibrotex Press Release

Information on tag: year of manufacture, serial number and manufacturer. Made in Finland.

Close-up.

Some distance.

Polaris Solutions Camo Mesh Revisited

The first blog post was about Israeli Polar Solutions camo mesh:

Finally I took some photos about this material in more natural environment:

On the left Polaris Solutions reversible mesh with desert side up. On the right Saab Barracuda desert netting.

Polaris Solutions.

Saab Barracuda:

Some distance.

Both turned, Polaris Solutions has now greener and darker woodland pattern up and Saab Barracuda presents urban pattern.

Again some distance.

Polaris Solutions “rocks around rocks”, no matter which pattern is up. The mesh is stiff and it is easy to mould to look like a rock or a boulder. Some examples:

Generally Scandinavian rocks and boulders are quite dark and grey and covered with moss and lichen, so greener and darker woodland side of Polaris Solutions mesh fabric is better choice while building an observation post among boulders. However, even the lighter and sandier desert pattern is not a bad option, especially when not in direct sunlight.

Polaris Solutions

Finnish m05 vs CADPAT

This is a non-scientific visual comparison of two digital patterns made for northern coniferous forests. Canadian CADPAT is now rather old pattern and newer patterns like Finnish m05 have more sophisticated pattern design.

M05 top, CADPAT bottom.

M05 on left, CADPAT on right.

M05 disappears quite fast when distance grows.

However, with darker background like spruce tree CADPAT disappears too. M05 on left, CADPAT on right on the same branch.

And here.

An another example here.

So, personally I would choose Finnish m05 because it works better at open areas and with lighter background. CADPAT is still good choice for northern forests, but it has a tendency to appear a “dark blob” without a dark background (like spruce).

M05 mesh fabric is available from this excellent seller:

Varusteleka.com

And cloaks made from same material can be ordered from the same shop:

Varusteleka camouflage cloak

Commercial M05 camouflage netting

This is a commercial camouflage netting with Finnish M05 camouflage printing. This particular netting is claimed to be NIR-compliant (not to glare when viewed through NVDs).

Some distance:

And more distance:

It is very lightweight ripstop fabric, easy to carry and it moves in wind like real foliage. It is also quite effective visually.

Seller: ORIGOPRO, Finland.