Kryptkek: Whiting and Cleghorn on their Camo

Kryptek has proven to be an immensely popular (and unconventional) series of camouflage pattern. Here are Butch Whiting and Josh Cleghorn giving you some background on how they went from working on the sharp end in Iraq to developing a ‘final four camouflage finalist’ (in the U.S. Army down select process).



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  • Paralus

    So very cool, yet so very few retailers

  • obsidian

    All dressed up and no war to go to.

    This stuff cost money DoD doesn’t have, issue OD green and Khaki for the next four to eight years and be happy you still have real guns to train with and not wooden simulations.

    • Ian

      Big talk from someone that doesn’t fear getting shot. Camo works, and works well. That’s why nearly every modern army uses it.

      • gallglas

        Little talk from someone who doesn’t realize this is Obama”s POST-AMERICAN world. I’m an Old guy at home paying taxes, I don’t expect to get shot I do expect this furor over clothes to cost money in taxes The wars are over.

        No more fighting means no more camofluage needed.

        No one said cammie doesn’t work But There ain’t enough money to put a CV to sea, operate the F-35B or Get the F-22 up to speed yet here the military is hung on clothes as fierce as any Gay fashion designer.

        Time for the military to accept what cammie there is and quite attempting to create more when the war is over.

        For troops not in actual combat or doing field duties OD Green or a Khaki will do just fine.

        Troops in the field should get a cammie that works in that arena then go back to OD/Kahki.

        US Navy Sailors aboard ships are wearing cammies that blend in with the sea, making a man/woman in the water impossible to see and recover, how dumb is that?

        • Why use Khaki and OD then? The savings are minimal on that, as a “universal” pattern being issued costs about the same to produce because the cost is in sewing and materials.

          The real cost would be additional green or tan side camouflage uniforms, but those will only be issued when units go into theater.

          There is no big cost to a new camouflage pattern (that actually works) if they slowly phase it in by halting UCP production.

  • steveb

    ‘The wars are over’. Wasn’t something like that said after WW I, Vietnam, etc? The camo testing is now complete and there is a winner (I don’t know which one). It doesn’t cost much more to make uniforms with a new pattern vs an old one or a plain one. As long as the procurement is done on a phased or replacement basis, the added cost is a fraction of other programs and operations. Low intensity COIN/CT type conflicts is ‘where it’s at’ now and the foreseeable future. In these scenarios, a good camo uniform and PPE offer a lot of bang for the buck, not to mention the safety of our most valuable weapons system…people. I think our troops should be ready to fight the next war, not one 5 to 50 years in the past.

  • Long Thrust VI

    Steveb is sooooo right! Folks who think “…the war’s over” because some politician tells them so need to spend time with a history book. A prepared military requires equipment & material (including adequate uniforms) as well as trained personnel.

  • desk_pilot

    You do not need cammo to work in a motorpool stateside. You need cammo to hide from Muj in theater. All the cammo in the world does nothing when you are wearing a dayglow orange relfective belt.

  • Nick Korn

    okay maybe way off topic, but this should diffuse some of the bickering here. what kind of knife is dude carrying in that retention sheath on his vest above^^?