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Aside from being impossible to spell correctly on the first try, the Uncompahgre Puffy Jacket is a phenomenal insulation piece. It bridges the gap between fowl weather gear and cold weather gear. I have had a few weeks of significant use with this jacket and there are a few features that are especially worth discussing: Continue Reading…

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Extreme conditions need extreme gear. The First Lite North Branch system is for when things get a bit more extreme. The North Branch jacket and pants are made for colder temps and for when it gets windy and wet. The jacket and pants have some fantastic features that anyone can appreciate and they are made with the same quality that you have come to expect from First Lite. I recently ordered a set in ASAT (Fusion was backordered at the time) and I wanted to point out a few specific features in the jacket and the pants that really set these two pieces apart. Continue Reading…

Photo Credit: First Lite

Photo Credit: First Lite

In Part I of this test, we discussed the importance of understanding the science behind camouflage. By way of review, camo is intended to help one “blend in” with his or her surroundings by reducing the appearance of the human silhouette. This is accomplished through one of two pattern options: macro/micro patterns and photo-realistic patterns. Macro and micro patterns (Fusion, ASAT, Vias, Verde, Optifade, etc.) are build on the same basic principal: no discernible pattern means less identifiable shape. The use of asymmetrical design aids in breaking up the human silhouette and helps you go undetected (theoretically). Photo-realistic patterns (Mossy Oak, Realtree, Kings Camo, etc.) use multi-layered images to simulate the forested background in which you are hunting. Continue Reading…

Photo Credit: Blacktailcountry.com

Photo Credit: Blacktailcountry.com

Someone once said to me, “Camo is a lifestyle choice. People have been killing animals without camo for centuries.” While there is some truth to that statement (people have indeed hunted and killed animals without camo), there is more to camo than just whatever tickles your fancy. Camouflage is all about breaking up the human silhouette so that the human body is not as readily identifiable as it would be if said person were wearing a white t-shirt and jeans. However, what goes into breaking up the human silhouette? Does a splotchy pattern of mixed colors equal no silhouette? Hardly. There is a science to camouflage that if neglected, will result in reduced success in the field.
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