PenCott and SOD uniforms at SHOT:

PenCott's "sandstorm" pattern on a SOD uniform at the SHOT show

Many of you may remember that I had a very favorable impression of  SOD’s uniform in Pencott’s “badlands” pattern that I reviewed last year, so it was great to meet the uniform’s creator at SHOT.  Max Valente told me that he is very excited about working with Pencott and that in Italy they are having some of the same issues that we are having with our camo patterns, and he is happy to offer his products to the Italian military since a lot of their issued items are not always up to standard.  Interestingly, he also said that what is publicly available on SOD’s website is perhaps 10% of the products that he has developed and sold.  The rest have gone to Italian Special Operations units, such as Folgore, and can’t be disclosed.  I could tell from talking to Max that he was really excited about the projects he had brewing behind the scenes and wanted to tell me more but simply couldn’t.  I’m hoping that some of these details will be revealed as the war in Afghanistan winds down but for now we can enjoy SOD’s work with Pencott, such as the “sandstorm” patterned uniform above.

Kit Up! contributor Jack Murphy is a former Ranger, Special Forces Soldier and is the author of the military thriller PROMIS: South Africa.

  • Bobbie

    Who cares what they look like in garrison, I want to know if they actually upgrade field concealability enough to justify the expense of buying them……..

    • Um, I didn’t say anything about garrison…

  • Lance

    Looks nice for a transitional camo.

    • Camo Fanatic

      The sandstorm pattern is designed for Arid regions….
      Its not transitional….

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  • Ryan

    Nice pattern. Don’t show it to the Army or they’ll get even more confused. Jack you been whipping Brandon here lately on the nice kit. Brandon STEP IT UP!!! Ya’ll are doing an awesome job.

    • I gotta get my gucci gear in where I can Ryan! I think we are all still in a kind of battle haze from SHOT. I’m going to put something together on HALO/HAHO specific gear for you guys next.

  • michele

    wait…don’t we already have a camo. pattern? With all the cuts the military is taking shouldn’t we be just happy with the Multi Cam which actually works and impressively? Save the money and stop going crazy with new patterns. Besides, they all look the same except the colors are different. It’s like the military is a compulsive spender with a no limit credit card.