Hunting Pack Camouflage Choices (Be
sure to read the article and see more pictures, scrolling below the upper photo)
The colors and camouflages that we
build our products in
are combined in ways that are meant to work as well as possible in a
variety of field conditions. We don't believe that it matters much
if you have oak leaves vs. poplar leaves, or juniper needles vs. pine
needles, in order to match the exact tree that you might happen to be
standing next to. Basically, we look for colors and patterns that
will provide the best eye-fooling effect in as many diverse environments
as possible. Lighting has a great deal to do with the way that the
eye sees camouflage. You'll notice that one pattern may look
different in various photos on this site, for example. All of them
are valid; they're just seen in different environments. The photos
below aren't Photo-shopped images; they are just what the camera saw.
Obviously, part of our effort has to do with making an
attractive product, and one that evokes the high quality that we build
into every piece that we make. The reality is that most color
decisions in the retail environment are made looking at products at
arm's length, under a cavernous,
artificially illuminated interior space. In the case of packs, it seems
that many people want them to match those nifty camo shirts, pants,
belts, boots, and socks that they're waiting to break out when the
season rolls around again.
We encourage you to think a little more broadly about
camouflage. In our products, we try to offer options that are
clear alternatives: one biased toward an open-space environment, and one
biased toward a darker background. But as you can see in the
photos on this page, these aren't hard and fast rules. The webbing used
on our packs has as much impact on the visual effect as does the
camouflage it's matched with; the trim highlights colors in the
pattern. Many of our products are
trimmed with a color we developed that we call
Dry Earth (check it out by clicking here), and it blends well with the color of dirt
pretty much anywhere in the world. But the camo
patterns and webbing colors aren't really limiting. We don't think
that you have to care about what shape the leaves are
in your pattern, and the one that works best might be counter-intuitive.
Many modern camouflage patterns have excellent all-around field colors,
and these are the patterns that we seek out when we make our packs.
We don't push anybody's brand in particular, and there
are ever-widening options becoming available. In fact, take a look
at Eberlestock's own UNICAM™, a pattern
that we've developed based on requests from our customers in the special
operations community. Or the new patterns from Hide-Open Camo,
which we think are great. For the hunter, camouflage should be something fun,
and it's not something to get too worked up about.
What will really matter out there is your fieldcraft... If your head's in the game, and you happen to be
wearing blue jeans, it probably won't matter all that much to your
quarry. On the other hand, camo gives us the opportunity to blend
in with the natural environment, which makes it more pleasant to be in
the field. Not to mention that, in an increasingly crowded world,
those of us who practice fieldcraft might like to meld away in the woods
to avoid all of the people who just don't seem to want to understand
what we're doing out there. In the spirit of all of this,
Eberlestock takes care to select "real" field camouflage patterns.
We have really come to like Mossy Oak Brush
fine details meld into most forest floor, open field, and brush
environments. The fine pattern is balanced by larger light and
dark areas, and it's a good replicator of mid-range natural field
colors. Don't let its name fool you -- our distributor in northern
Finland reports that our Brush packs have started a new rage in camo up
there in the north country! This is a great go-anywhere
This photo of a J34 in Hide-Open
Western Slope was intentionally taken with the pack simply resting
against a rock. Now you know why Hide-Open's motto is "Stand up
and Hide"™. The photo was taken as
the sun was setting, and you can see that the pattern completely melts
into the sage and rock features around it.
Above, an H2 Gunrunner pack in Hide-Open Rock Veil,
sitting on one of the boulders from which it was created. This is
a great pattern for high country hunting, for winter climates, and for
all-around hunting. Similar to our description of Mossy Oak Brush
above, the pattern works well in both interior forests and open spaces.
Our UNICAM ll pattern shown here on a G4 Operator pack standing in the grass. The digital pattern is great in
a wide range of environments. Photo taken in open midday sunlight.
Wearing a JP9, this hunter climbing a steep western open slope
blends in perfectly wearing Mossy Oak Brush. Photo taken in
New Pattern- Loden
Above: Hide-Open Rock Veil™. Copyright Hide-Open LLC.