Camouflage is a science.
It encompasses vision, sound, smell, movement, vibrations and even EF waves.
FORLOH’s proprietary camouflage design is science-led and field-tested. Better technology improves breathability, which reduces sweat and associated odor. Anti-microbial fibers keep clothes fresh from what sweat is produced. Odor-free treatments eliminate foreign odors from camp-fires, pets, food, etc… while new material treatments reduce noise that has plagued hunters wearing traditional technologies.
FORLOH Deep Cover
Designed by bow and rifle hunters for use in dense, lush, early season and pre-frost-burnt vegetation. It’s especially effective under lower light—ideal for the key hunting times of dusk, dawn and intermitted light conditions such as under the canopy of trees, or high in a tree stand. Deep Cover is highly effective in wet and rainy conditions too. FORLOH’s Crypsis Technology and disruptive coloration combine in Deep Cover to work effectively at shorter contact distances as one would expect in densely vegetated areas.
Designed for use in exposed areas of sparse vegetation, particularly post-frost burnt vegetation, above the treeline, in the rocks and desert arid climates . FORLOH’s Crypsis Technology is especially important here to avoid detection in later seasons, at higher altitudes and in barren landscapes.
Designed for use in winter or at elevations above the snowline. FORLOH's Crypsis Technology visually conceals the hunter better than anything on the market to date in these conditions. The subtle but distinct pattern coloration breaks the shape of the hunter just the right amount to confuse game during the decision making process.
Effective visual camouflage renders a target indistinguishable from irrelevant background objects. Most technologies available attempt to disguise the body shape and match the color palette and patterns of the environment. At Forloh we have a significantly more scientific approach. We have studied and subsequently developed our camouflage to a higher level of scientific research – based on an animal's visual processing model (specifically big game) .
Crypsis & Disruptive Coloration
At Forloh we focus on two interrelated but logically distinct mechanisms of effective camouflage. Crypsis & Disruptive Coloration. These are the foundation of anti-predator defences. Basically, in the animal kingdom, how animals and insects avoid detection.
Crypsis - background pattern and color palette matching, to prevent object recognition.
Disruptive coloration - bold contrasting colors to disguise form and shape.
How it works
To fully understand how effective these are, our research started with how a particular animal visual system receives signals. In short, an animal goes through the following process in a matter of seconds – this is where Forloh’s visual camouflage excels.
Stimuli - the animal will normally detect movement as a primary stimulus.
Image acquisition - the animal will concentrate their vision at that stimuli, analyzing the visual information.
Image calibration - the animal will make a series of decisions based on coloration and object recognition. Specifically looking for natural (eyes) or non-natural stimuli (straight lines like zippers or block color knee pads) on the target. This is where Forloh’s Crypsis Technology comes in.
Edge Detection - the animal will then combine:
- Spatial scales of the target (is this the size of a predator? Are its patterns a natural scale?) This is where large block colored camouflage fails.
- Spatial coincidence of the target (is this the shape of a predator?) – specifically looking at the edge of the target. This is where Forloh’s disruptive coloration comes in.
Decision - flee or not.
All of this happens in a matter of seconds. It is these crucial seconds of decision making that the FORLOH R&D team has focussed 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.