Effective visual camouflage renders the wearer indistinguishable from background objects. Most camouflauge patterns on the market attempt to disguise the body shape and match the color palette and patterns of the environment. At FORLOH, we have developed a more scientific approach – based on an animal’s visual processing, not what looks good to the human eye. We use a high-contrast larger pattern to break up your outline, and then add digital "texture" patterns to render you virtually undetectable to your prey.
BELOW TREELINE, FOREST, WETLANDS, WATERFOWL MARSH, DARKER AREAS
Deep Cover’s darker hues are intended for use in heavy canopy and helps you disappear at 40 yards or less. This is an ideal choice for bowhunters where you must go undetected at close proximity. Fantastic for waterfowl hunting in the wetlands as well.
ABOVE TREELINE, DESERT PLAINS, TUNDRA, UPLAND BIRD, OPEN AREAS
The Exposed pattern makes you virtually invisible at 75 yards or more, blurring your form into the landscape at distance to avoid detection. Great in later seasons, at higher altitudes and in barren landscapes. Also ideal for upland bird hunters.
SNOWY HUNT CONDITIONS, ICE FISHING, LATE SEASON WATERFOWL
Snowfall contains multiple ‘shades of white’and also features shades of brown to blend harmoniously with dead grass and snow covered rock. The subtle disruptive coloration keeps the eye tracking across the wearer, even for animals with full color vision.
SALT & FRESH WATER FISHING, BLUE BIRD DAYS
Like humans, fish see in color, especially fish that live in shallow water or near the surface where all colors are visible. FORLOH’s Sea Clear camo, is designed to make the wearer blend in harmoniously with the sky above with a subtle disruptive coloration.
A BIT MORE ON OUR CAMO
At FORLOH we focus on two interrelated but logically distinct mechanisms of effective camouflage.
These are the foundation of anti-predator defenses.
Background pattern and color palette matching, to prevent object recognition
Bold contrasting colors to disguise form and shape
To fully understand how effective these are however, our research started with how an animal’s visual system receives signals. In short, an animal goes through the following process in a matter of seconds. It is in these few seconds where FORLOH’s visual camouflage excels.
StimuliThe animal will normally detect movement as a primary stimuli.
Image acquisitionThe animal will concentrate their vision at that stimuli, analysing the visual information.
Image calibrationThe animal will make a series of decisions based on coloration and object recognition. Specifically looking for natural (eyes) & non-natural stimuli (straight lines like zippers or block color knee pads) on the target.
Edge DetectionThe animal will then combine:
- Spatial scales of the target (is this the size of a predator? Are its patterns a natural scale?)
- Spatial coincidence of the target, specifically looking at the edge of the target (is this the shape of a predator?)
DecisionFlee or not.
All of this happens in a matter of seconds. It is these crucial seconds of decision making that FORLOH R&D team have focused on. Our camouflage patterns work with this decision making process in mind, to visually make our hunters indistinguishable at varying distances, in varying conditions. Especially in those few seconds of decision making by the prey.