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    Lets talk camo

    So a lot of stealth camping threads have come up recently and ive been wondering about what works best for hammock camping.

    most of the camo comparisons i find online are for people who play airsoft in the woods and are comparing uniforms.

    on a broad scale, in the woods, what do you think would be best for both tarps and hammocks? im sure the hammock itself wouldnt matter all that much if it was by itself, but our tarps cover broad area and solids dont look as natural out in the woods.

    ive used the Superfly with the camo before, but not really out in the woods. both my current tarps are black and that works out at night pretty well, but not so much in the day light.

    anyone got some comparisons of woodland and ACU in a more broad size?
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    what works the best is distance....and sometimes even that can't beat a random encounter like we had this year in the Smokies. We were just lucky he was cool (private property owner).
    Next to distance is natural cover/blocks. For me usually thats large thick stands of rhododendron, it would even hide CoolDays bright orange tarp.
    Then the pattern. Doesn't matter what color it is if it is a solid block of one color-it will catch the eyes. But whose eyes? Remember the classic red/black plaid by one of the big name wool makers (orvis maybe? filson?) anyway that plaid you and I'd pick out is camo to animals.
    Me I like flecktarn but I can't see any cottage ever making a tarp in that pattern!

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    I will have my camo Cuban from HG shortly hopefully the material manufacturer can get the color close to what Adam and I are hoping for, will post pics when it arrives.

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    i agree with medicineman...

    Off the trail and tucked away in the brush. (If possible) I find it a lot easier to hide a hammock than it was to hide a tent since level ground is not an issue. I just make extra sure there are no widow makers.

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    I prefer good old woodland camo. Works well in the pines where i camp. But digital looks cool.
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    i want to see an ASAT tarp...
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    and something I learned here at HF

    humans rarely look up for threats with the belief that over thousands of years of development the vast majority of threats to people were below the waist-dogs/wolves/snakes/etc.
    So if you can when stealthing head up hill.

    I might see the ASAT near a duck blind!

    Just thought of an awesome but HEAVY camo=ghille tarp
    but maybe not so terribly heavy if you the tarp you have but add lightweight nylon netting then put native plants into the netting-thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MedicineMan View Post
    humans rarely look up for threats with the belief that over thousands of years of development the vast majority of threats to people were below the waist-dogs/wolves/snakes/etc.
    So if you can when stealthing head up hill.
    learned that one a long time ago, or hang em REAL high, ha.

    most people only look for things in their sightline, but usually below like you said. ive been atop some odd places and rarely have been seen.
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    still thinking on it

    those ball hammocks, nylon pack up into a ball wee bigger than a fist...could drape that over the tarp to hold the native vegation and get the ghillie effect.
    Wonder how much those hammocks weigh? Nice fish seign too.

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    I find, when looking at pics of tarps in camo, that the straight ridge line and the angled straight lines with a darker area of the "entrance" catches my attention. Not too many objects in nature have those straight lines, so breaking them up somehow would greatly increase your "hideability".

    Other than that, I think the patterns are less important. In the Swedish military, they use a pattern that is quite different from most, with small areas of quite straight lines. Still works well though (they say - I was in the navy, so I wouldn't know )


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    my favorite pattern of all

    Winter flecktarn
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