By David Crane
defrev (at) gmail (dot) com
May 9, 2011
Updated on 5/09/11.
DefenseReview (DR) readers may have noticed that we’ve been on a bit of a combat camo (combat camouflage) kick, lately. Well, we’re going to keep that party going with some info on Hyde Definition’s (HD) very interesting production-ready PenCott “multi-terrain” terrain-specific digital camouflage patterns.
Strike Hold! and Soldier Systems have been following HD PenCott multi-terrain camo pretty closely and positively, and Hyde Definition recently submitted Pencott in response to the U.S. Army’s RFI for a family of camouflage patterns, so it’s perhaps time DR did a piece on it.
It’s therefore fortuitous that Lawrence Holsworth (very British-sounding name, except he’s Canadian), Marketing and Business Development Director at Hyde Definition, just sent us an email message on their production-ready PenCott-Greenzone, PenCott-Badlands, and PenCott-Sandstorm “multi-terrain” terrain-specific digital combat camo patterns. The following is the email message he sent us (edited/modified for confidentiality/OPSEC):
I’ve noticed that you’ve run a few camouflage-related stories lately (and no wonder, since camouflage is such a hot topic at the moment), but many of these seem to be about patterns that only exist as computer-generated simulations, or as technology that “could” be applied to clothing, etc.
So, I thought you might be interested to know that Hyde Definition are actually much further ahead than the rest of the pack and has already developed and put into production an advanced, hybrid, multi-environment camouflage pattern family. PenCott is now available in the “GreenZone” colourway for verdant environments, “Badlands” for transitional / semi-arid environments and “Sandstorm” for arid / desert ones.
Please see the attached release and photos for more info.
All the best,
The following is from Hyde Definition’s press release on PenCott Multi-Environment Camouflage:
PenCott™ Multi-Environment Camouflage is in production
PenCott Multi-Environment Camouflage is Hyde Definition’s stunning, hybrid pattern that is already receiving a high level of interest from military and law enforcement special operations forces – as well as private consumers – in North America, Europe and the Middle East. To meet this high demand the following PenCott colourways are now in production on mil-spec, Berry-compliant, 50/50 NyCo ripstop fabric:
Over the next few months, these colourways will also be available on 65/35 Poly-Cotton ripstop, 500D Cordura Nylon and 1000D Cordura Nylon fabrics. Further synthetic and/or mixed fabrics will be made available based on demand – special finishes will also be available on request.
The PenCott-Snowdrift™ colourway will be in production later this year, additional specialised colourways are also currently under development, and Hyde Definition will also be launching its own ”Hybrid Tactical Uniform”, “Hybrid Tactical Smock” and headgear for the commercial market in the next few months.
The PenCott Multi-Environment Camouflage pattern family has already been added to the product portfolios of the following companies:
PenCott has also been chosen to compete in the Polish Future Soldier programme [ISW Tytan (Polish: Indywidualny System Walki Tytan "Individual Warfare System Titan")], will be entered into the US Army’s camouflage improvement initiative, and is currently under consideration by several units and agencies as well.
Dom and his team at Hyde Definition wish to thank the team at Duro Textiles for their diligent assistance in helping to get the entire family of PenCott Multi-Environment Camouflage Pattern to market.
First launched in 2008, PenCott is more effective than other patterns because it features:
- an organically textured micro-pattern for close quarter concealment
- a uniquely blended midi-pattern to foil detection at mid-range
- a high contrast macro-pattern for long distance disruption
- a natural palette synthesised from real-world colours and tones
- a hybrid combination of blurred edges and fractal shapes
- a hybrid, naturalistic, omni-directional, multi-scalar appearance
The result is that the wearer literally disappears into the background “noise” of the terrain and escapes both detection and recognition. And when you’re down-range even a split-second advantage in detection or recognition can mean the difference between mission success or mission failure. PenCott helps give you the edge.
Photo(s) Credit: Hyde Definition
Company Contact Info:
Marketing and Business Development Director
Hyde Definition Ltd.
Office Phone: +44 (0)208 123 0302
Email Contact Page: http://www.hydedefinition.com/contact2.htm
Drop Zone Tactical Ltd. (Tactical Military Clothing & Equipment)
8003 Argyll Road
Toll Free United States and Canada: 877-461-5700
Toll Charged Phone: 780-461-5700
Toll Charged Fax: 780-461-5771
Duro Textiles, LLC
110 Chace Street
Fall River, MA 02724
Corporate Office: 508-675-0101
Duro Print Plant
206 Globe Mills Avenue
Fall River, MA 02724
Print Plant Office: 508-675-0101
Duro Textiles Military Division
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