camouflage that I use as well as tests on different kinds of patterns that are useful in a number of environments. For the past couple of years, I've been religiously using MARPAT in both it's Desert and Woodland form for outdoor games. MARPAT, if you didn't already know, is short for Marine Pattern and is used by the United States Marine Corps. It's a digital camouflage pattern unique to the USMC and they use two forms of it, depending on the area they are deployed. A Desert MARPAT is obviously used in arid regions. I use my Desert MARPAT in late autumn until things start growing again in the spring. The rest of the time I use Woodland MARPAT, which is much better for deep wooded areas with lots of growth. There are "civillian" versions of both Desert and Woodland MARPAT that I have compared before, but I'm a bit stingy with my stuff and only field genuine USMC-issue MARPAT.I've done a couple of posts on
It's never really let me down when either pattern is in season. The only trouble I tend to have is in those "Transitional" periods. In Spring and Fall when the colors are turning, it's tough deciding if I want more greens/dark colors or lighter tans and browns to match my surroundings. This is where I almost wonder if investing in a third set of camouflage might help cover my bases a little more. The best candidate that I've seen that is a bit of a mix of both is called MultiCam. Currently fielded by the US Army, MultiCam has been often cited as a good middle-ground camouflage that works well in many different environments. I've seen it work especially well in the seasons where my camouflage gap tends to be.
The hangup that I have about MultiCam is that I'm worried that I won't use it frequently enough to warrant pursuing a set of it. I COULD use it year-round, but for the types of games that we normally play, Woodland MARPAT over the summer is likely going to be the best choice. We play fewer off-season games where I would potentially use MultiCam and the Desert MARPAT can handle most of that. In that same vein, my Desert MARPAT doesn't get used that frequently because we don't often play in the winter to begin with. I'm almost wondering if I should replace the Desert MARPAT with MultiCam for our off-season games.
I'm open to suggestions, so chime in if you've got an idea on how to tackle this Tactical Nitpick of mine!