Woodland Camo a Closer Look

Woodland Camo a Closer Look

In honor of Woodland Camo being our camo of the month, we've decided to take a closer look at the origin and history of this infamous camouflage pattern. The four color, high contrast disruptive pattern contains irregular markings in green, brown, sand and black and is unofficially known as M81. The camo that originated for military use and uniforms has also become a staple in the fashion worlds amongst everyday civilians. 



The Woodland Camo pattern took it's identity to highland ERDL camo, differing in the enlargement of the original print. In addition, the borders of the splotches were re-drawn to make them less regular. The pattern does not repeat horizontally across the width of the bolt, only vertically along its length and was officially adopted in 1981. The reason behind enlarging the patterns was to avoid "blobbing" where smaller areas of color tend to blend into larger blobs. This resulted in a pattern of higher contrast making it stand out more sharply at close distances and defeating the effect at closer range. The digital and flectarn camo patterns eventually resolved this issue. 



Although M-81 Woodland Camo has officially been retired from use by the military, the camo pattern itself is still very much alive. From military style BDU Pants and tops, cargo shorts, tank tops, backpacks, shoes and more. The iconic camouflage pattern remains a staple for outdoor, survival and wilderness enthusiasts as well as the fashion world. The patterns successfully blends in the woods and jungle terrains for those who are into prepping, hiking or even hunting. 


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