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 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.
BEST FOR DENSE, LUSH, EARLY SEASON & PRE-FROST, BURNT VEGETATION
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.
Designed for use in exposed areas of sparse vegetation particularly post-frost burnt vegetation
FORLOH’s Crypsis Technology is especially important here to avoid detection in later seasons, at higher altitudes and in barren landscapes.
BEST FOR USE IN DEAD GRASS AND SNOW COVERED ROCKS
Snow has a spectrum of shades and FORLOH’s Snowfall camo is designed to match the color of snow across that spectrum from heavily shaded snow to snow in direct sunlight. To effectively work at close contact, not only does Snowfall have multiple ‘shades of white’, it also has 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.
BEST FOR BLUEBIRD DAYS IN BOTH SALT AND FRESH SHALLOW WATER
Like humans, fish see in color. Fish eyes work like those of most animals, processing visual information through rod and cone cells, cone cells are those that distinguish colors. Some species have few cone cells, while many have an abundance, particularly 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 blue sky above, the subtle disruptive coloration looking out of water against the uninterrupted sky is ideal for bluebird days in both salt and fresh shallow water.
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.