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The Story of Nemesis Camouflage...
Owner, Founder and Designer, Clint Hoover is US Army retired. Highlighted service with the Elite 75th Ranger Regiment and Iconic 1st Special Forces Regiment (aka. Green Berets), as an Assaulter & Sniper on an Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA). He spent a 25 years career perfecting all aspects of Military & Special Operations fieldcraft techniques.
Clint has invested a decade in the tactical industry working on the development of multiple camouflages brands, products, research & development, manufacturing, sales, marketing, acquisitions and development of textiles & Sub-straights for the camouflage industry. Learning some truths! “Uniforms, gear and camouflage brands have a progression and a finite life cycle” Almost all current prominent camouflage brands have been on the market for 20 years or more!
As a student of military history & legacy camouflage patterns, here is how Nemesis Camo evolved. Like the first attempt at disruptive camouflage “Frog Skin” pattern that Marines Raiders first wore in 1942 during the Solomon Islands campaign. Soon after the US Army began development on the 1946 ERDL “Green/Brown dominant” camouflage, the precursor to M81 Woodland pattern. Vietnam period found Special Operations closely identified with wearing the well- known “Tiger stripe” pattern. With the Cold War looming in Europe, the Army continued developing the M81 Woodland pattern and with perpetual middle east turmoil, seeing the development of (DCU) Desert Combat Uniform being adopted and replacing the much older (DBDU) Desert Battle Dress Uniform or “Chocolate chips”. Fast forward to the 2004 (UCP) Universal Camo pattern disaster, quickly replaced in 2014 with the current Scorpion or (OCP) Operational Camo Pattern.
Clint states: “This is for sure, Warriors from days of old; did not need trendy camouflage to make up for a lack of tactics & concealment fieldcraft. Could you imagine wearing wool tunics, trousers and leather gear?!” Like my grandfather (WWII) and father (Vietnam) before me, they could wear a flannel, jeans and an orange vest and still always bag the game! With current trends in the camouflage market... there is a heavy renewed interest in historical patterns on modern gear and equipment. Some manufactures do not carry some people’s favorite products in their favorite pattern leaving some enthusiast frustrated. Some companies on the other hand offer everything in their camo, making you look like every else! I’m the road less traveled guy.... That’s why...Nemesis Camouflage.”
Clint leverages his lengthy end-user experience; coupled to development “lessons learned “on fabric wet printing, sublimation printing, narrow width goods, and hydrographic. This along with closely listening and understanding top product manufacturers textile procurement and production concerns. We wanted Nemesis Camo to uncomplicates the overly complicated Macro/Micro pattern theory. During this pattern’s development, implementation of end-user’s interests, popular legacy patterns, modern printing capabilities and limitations, product manufacturing, advanced color combinations, mil-spec requirements and most importantly shelf appeal.
Nemesis Camo is more of a “Macro” pattern. This improves the printer’s ability to maintain or stay on “standard”. The pattern slightly eliminates hard lines with an interlaced feathering of edges, giving these patterns an out of focus illusion. Absolute elimination of directional lines will greatly reduce manufacturing lasers cuter lay out set up time and less waist of fabrics. All patterns are based on a 6 color patterns with predominant percentages in environmental pantones. All pantones have been carefully selected with prior (NATICK) U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center (NIR) testing. While the primary function of a field uniform, it to disguise or to conceal the warfighter, it cannot be overlooked that it also inspires Esprit de Corps and a soldier identity. Instills soldier’s self-confidence, and it can even instill fear in one’s enemy. In a very short period, the Japanese soldiers knew the fierce Warriors in “Frog Skin”, or the MACV SOG Recon Teams in “Tiger stripe” as well as the early GWOT SOF in modified BDU/DCU uniforms. Sweaty, Bloody, Muddy!
By blending the past with the future, Nemesis Camouflage will give the future warfighter their individual legacy and advantage to take the fight forward!
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