In addition to adaptive Field Toad Camo and Prairie Toad Camo patterns, P1G-Tac® also worked towards developing their own universal camo pattern, which in the end turned into Varan Camo by P1G-Tac®. Today we have the opportunity to take a closer look at it.
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First announcements and tests of Varan Camo by P1G-Tac®, that have been revealed about a year ago, reminded me of MossyOak patterns, so initially I thought it was P1G-Tac’s attempt to enforce their positions in hunting, fishing and outdoor segments of the market. However Varan Camo by P1G-Tac® turned out to be a combat-oriented pattern, developed under external request made by american company. Original targeting towards Middle East zone of conflict, that is rich in arid & mountain terrains, dictated the main requirement for this pattern – adaptability, due to which it has the following look
Varan Camo by P1G-Tac® has nothing in common with spots of Field Toad Camo by P1G-Tac® and Prairie Toad Camo by P1G-Tac® patterns and uses bigger elements. The core colors are mild tan and brown, supported by brighter net-like texture with darker green and brown colors. This three-dimensional texture merges into bigger shapes on average & big distances in the arid terrain, and also blends with vegetation stems on closer distances in woodland environments. This helps with breaking up human silhouette whether it is located in the foreground or background of the selected cover. In Ukraine Varan Camo by P1G-Tac® would be the most effective during the fall and spring (before the spread of newly-grown vegetation) in the Northern regions and mid summer to early spring in Southern regions.
Following photos show how Varan Camo by P1G-Tac® is working in the scenery typical for North-Western Ukraine.
Camera’s brightness and zoom were zeroed out so that lighting conditions represent the 16-18 hours period of the sunny April day.
Just to help you out I’ll leave hints about approximate distance, my stance and lighting conditions under each photo.
Since the net texture of Varan Camo by P1G-Tac® strongly resembles the tree bark, and the pattern itself is oriented towards mountain terrain, it was really interesting to test it next to trees and rocks. Results of these tests could be seen on photos below:
Next to moss and fallen leaves Varan Camo by P1G-Tac® works in the same good way:
In the end I would like to point out that Varan Camo by P1G-Tac® would be optimal for the time when the bright green vegetation either has faded away (mid summer – fall) or has not grown yet (spring , as on photos above). We still have to figure out how it would behave in the broad-leaved forest during the spring-summer period, so please wait forward the updates on this subject.
In light of recent Varan Camo legal rights transition to Ukraine’s Ministry of Defence, this pattern now has a great potential to become the primary camo for airborne and special forces units, and probably the whole Ukrainian Armed Forces.
More photos of Field Toad Camo by P1G-Tac®, Prairie Toad Camo by P1G-Tac® and Varan Camo by P1G-Tac® on different types of terrain could be seen in pattern’s blog – jabacamo.com, and P1G-Tac® products in this pattern could be ordered at p1gtac.com.