Just got a note from Guy Cramer, the brilliant camouflage designer I profiled in a 2011 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. His design has just been named one of five finalists in the competition to create the next generation of general-issue US Army fatigues.Next: The top five will undergo extensive lab and field tests. A winner will be announced in 9 to 12 months.
Cramer teamed up with the military supplier ADS in the bid. Two of his toughest competitors, Crye Precision of Brooklyn, and the US Army's own Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center, are also on the short list. One interesting entry, too: Kryptek Inc, a small camo developer based up in Fairbanks, Alaska, made the finals. Looks like Kryptek's a couple of Afghan/Iraq war vets who've teamed up to create great gear and interesting patterns for both soldiers and outdoorsmen. Great story there for anyone with the budget to get up to Fairbanks.