Mini Guide: Matching Vest Color to Camo

Discussion in 'Clothing / Gear' started by Knief, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. Knief

    Knief Moderator Moderator

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    One of the most frequently asked questions we see here in C/G is, "What color vest looks good with my camo?" Often times, we can only answer that question with a lackluster "just trust us" while the player seeking help is left buying gear on faith. We can do better. We can show them what their options look like.

    I broke out the ol' camera and all the different patterns and vest colors that I own. Below you will find a selection of 5 common US camouflage patterns, all genuine, matched with 5 different vest colors.

    Camouflage Patterns (from left to right):
    M81 Woodland
    Woodland MARPAT
    Multicam
    Desert MARPAT
    3-Color Desert

    Vest colors (from left to right in the first picture):
    Eagle Industries Ranger Green
    Blackhawk Olive Drab
    Crye Multicam
    Eagle Industries Khaki
    Knock off brand Black (but come on, black is black)

    You'll notice that Coyote Brown, is missing, as are the newly popular AOR1 and 2. Sadly, I don't own any Coyote Brown vests or AOR 1/2 camo, so I can't shoot those comparison. If somebody is willing to ship me the missing colors and patterns, I'll happily head back out into the yard and fire away.

    Below are 1024px wide images, however clicking each image will take you to a higher resolution (2048px) version if you so desire.

    The goods:

    M81/RG; WL MARPAT/OD; Multicam/Multicam; D MARPAT/Khaki; DCU/Black
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    M81/OD; WL MARPAT/Multicam; Multicam/Khaki; D MARPAT/Black; DCU/RG
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    M81/Multicam; WL MARPAT/Khaki; Multicam/Black; D MARPAT/RG; DCU/OD
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    M81/Khaki; WL MARPAT/Black; Multicam/RG; D MARPAT/OD; DCU/Multicam
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    M81/Black; WL MARPAT/RG; Multicam/OD; D MARPAT/Multicam; DCU/Khaki
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    For anybody who may not want to dilly-dally with link clicking, here's the full album with both sizes of each picture:

    http://imgur.com/a/DtcRX

    Updating for Coyote Brown. This is AWS's CB, which seems pretty standard compared to the rest of the industry. I don't know what brand the pouches are, but they're clearly pretty spot on with the vest:

    Multicam:
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    M81 Woodland:
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    Woodland MARPAT:
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    Desert MARPAT:
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    3-color DCU:
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    Composite:
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  2. TheInfidel23

    TheInfidel23 Resident Derp Supporting Member

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    Very cool, Knief. Very helpful guide, actually able to see all of the combinations
     

  3. mikejosephman

    mikejosephman Moderator Alligator Staff Member Moderator

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    I have been quite curious how woodland marpat would look under an OD vest, it looks alright over a black shirt with digi pants, but I haven't gotten a shirt yet, and probably never will ;P Thanks Mr. Knief.
     
  4. Southpawlegend

    Southpawlegend New Member

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    Very nice, should be a sticky because I would use this for future reference. Also if others could add in pictures like he did above below would be a nice touch.
     
  5. Grin

    Grin New Member Lifetime Supporter

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    [ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb4FMn-IWEY[/ame]
     
  6. Magpulman

    Magpulman Active Member

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    Very useful, visual confirmation of what looks good with what. Sticky?
     
  7. Grin

    Grin New Member Lifetime Supporter

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    If we stickied it, nobody would see it.
     
  8. Knief

    Knief Moderator Moderator

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    Yep. I'll sticky it after it's been around for a week or two, but I'd like people to actually see it so we'll let it bounce around the section for a bit.
     
  9. Magpulman

    Magpulman Active Member

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    Ya sticky it later. It's a really useful thread IMO.
     
  10. WKopko

    WKopko Active Member

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    Where is the A-TACS FG? :'(
     
  11. Jakester88

    Jakester88 Active Member

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    He doesn't have Atacs... It's not the best looking camoflauge.
     
  12. WKopko

    WKopko Active Member

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    It's all a matter of personal preference
     
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  13. Qui-Gon

    Qui-Gon Active Member

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    Probably somewhere in the garbage can with the rest of the baby puke.
     
  14. Knief

    Knief Moderator Moderator

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    A-TACS is butt ugly and I choose to ignore its existence. That said, my teammate was waiting three months for a CB OCPC and it just came in yesterday. I'll get pictures of that up soon to round out the thread.
     
  15. WKopko

    WKopko Active Member

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    I don't know why you guys hate it so much, it really doesn't look that bad.
     
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  16. Qui-Gon

    Qui-Gon Active Member

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    Well, it's all a matter of personal preference, like you said. IMO, A-TACS looks like baby puke made of mashed peas, but hey, if you like it.
     
  17. WKopko

    WKopko Active Member

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    When mine comes in, if Knief hasn't posted the OPC by then, I'll give you guys a picture to help round it out. Or I could do it regardless. Which would you prefer
     
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  18. Knief

    Knief Moderator Moderator

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    Do you have multiple vest colors to pair it with? That's sort of the point of the thread, showing what colors go better with different patterns. If you only get a picture with one vest, then it's not helping much because there is no comparison.
     
  19. WKopko

    WKopko Active Member

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    Yes I do, I have a black vest and OD plate carrier. I'll soon have a coyote tan aswell.
     
  20. Knief

    Knief Moderator Moderator

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    Wait at least until you get the Coyote Tan (I'm assuming that it's made by a legitimate company), and if you can borrow a Ranger Green vest from a friend. Black and OD are really the last colors I care about.