Apart from trying the Concamo myself, I gave my kids 10 bucks each and let them “model” in the Concamo gear. My son is 195 cm or almost 6.5 feet, so don’t get the word “kid” wrong. Most of the time the instruction was just to stand or kneel in a certain position, and not to hide. In most of the images, they are carrying an air rifle with a scope, with the Concamo rifle kit on. primers
Most of the time the camouflaged person is in the center of the picture, but not always. It will give your eyes and brain something to think about. You may not believe it, but a lot of the images have the object standing quite close – within 5-15 meters. With increased distances and lower-light conditions, it would have been virtually impossible to see any of the Concamoed objects.
Below: Shooting position, kneeling.
In all fairness, there isn’t much hiding going on here. Just a kneeling shooting position in the grass and fern. In a hunting situation, imagine yourself just walking around and suddenly you see something and you just sit down. cci Primers
Zooming out so you get an overview. primers
This is wide-angle and a bit distorted by the camera of the iPhone, but there isn’t much of the object to pick up here for the eyes.
Below: Far from an ideal place to be in terms of “blending in”, but in most cases, I think the eye would still be very confused. I presume animals might have it even more difficult.
Summertime: Another example of a far from an ideal place to be, but later or earlier in the season when the grass is dry it would work well. And this might actually work when hunting regardless, but a mixed-forest environment would rule. primers
And as soon as you have something behind you, you disappear. Search center, about 50 meters away.
Strangely (in my opinion) it works great to hide beside birch, with their white and black. Pine trees are great too, even better. This is fairly open terrain, in full daylight, and I think in reality the eyes would just scan past this. Imagine this being with poor light conditions. Side view below. primers
And a front view.
Bang! You’re dead!
As I mentioned in the introduction, the aim was not to take perfect shots, where the camouflage seems to work perfectly and market a product. I just want to show what it looks like in different situations, sometimes less favorable like the two ones below. In my opinion, Concamo still works quite well here. primers
The person below is 195 cm tall and not trying to hide, carrying a rifle. Look center, left side of the road. About 30 meters distance.
He is even standing in the light, not in the shadows. primers
Below: Most of the body is outside/beside the tree.
Below: Close, in front of the tree. The design breaks up the contours of the head, shoulders and hands. Well, about everything an animal would consider a threat. primers
Below: Now you see me, now you don’t! Same position, wide angle, from about 15-20 meters. Confusion going on.
Below: Not in front of the tree any longer. Laying in plain sight, center right. primers
Below: In plain sight, 5 meters distance, carrying a rifle – I can only see a little bit of the exposed brown stock. My eyes (and brain) had a hard time understanding the difference in depth between the camouflaged person and the trees.
Below: It’s pretty sick how well it blends in. The barrel of the rifle is just gone, as well as the legs.
Below: Standing in the open air.
Below: An old apple tree works really well. Can you see her?
Below: There she is. About 165 cm or 5.4 feet tall.
Below: Kneeling in front of the bush, to the left of the apple tree.
Below: Difficulty level increases again. Prone behind the rhododendron.
Below: Just sitting in front of the bush to the right.
Below: Nike Air flip-flops are a clear giveaway.
Below: Almost like the Ents, the tree-like creatures in the Lord of The Rings, but this is my daughter with the Concamo Ghosthood 3 meters in front of the camera.
When someone is wearing the Concamo, I think it’s hard to judge where something begins and where it ends. There isn’t much contrast to pick up, and the depth is hard to tell. Also, it looks like there is moss and lichens growing on the gear, but that’s just part of the confusion. You can add optional 3D stripes if you want, but I don’t think it’s needed here. The face, hands and body are just gone.
Disappearing in direct sunlight. I don’t know how, but it’s like the patterns work like a chameleon, with the ability to shift in different hues and brightness. Except that shift happens in your brain.
Below: By the tree with the birdhouse. Kneeling. It’s not easy to find something when you’re anticipating where the object is, and it has moved.
I didn’t want to make these examples too hard, because if anyone has time to prepare for their visual disappearance then you wouldn’t find them at all in these images.
Another example of where the object would be easy to spot normally, but if you were quickly scanning this area and others you might miss something.
Below: Prone, by the small pole to the left of the pump house. With a rifle pointing at you.
Below: By the tree with the birdhouse.
The suit is “flat” but it appears like it has depth.
Let’s take an even closer look at that.
Below: Low-kneeling, center, low left.
Below: Care for some cherries?
Below: Center, a little to the left. Standing.
Below: Not the perfect example. But there’s an AR10 in this garden, on a bipod.
Infrared Reflective Capabilities
Due to a lack of night vision equipment, I was not able to test Concamo’s IRR capabilities (infrared reflective), so we have to use their reference picture to give you an idea. Seen is a Ghosthood Ghost-Hoodie in Green Gen 2.
The Pulsar Axion XM30S Thermal Imaging Scope is used to look at a Swarovski STR80 spotting scope with and without the Concamo GhostHood.
Apparently, if you want some privacy from thermal imaging you can put the Ghost Hood on and be a little bit more discrete.
The Concamo rifle kit.
5.11 Tactical cap for size comparison.
Concamo on Firearms
Finally, I just put some of the Concamo over a Benelli MR1 and a Browning BAR to show how it could work in a hunting situation. I made absolutely no attempt to “hide” the firearm or put it in a better position to get a better photo, but it breaks up the silhouette.
The tripod is a REKON Outdoor Gear, thanks to Scott Country International.
Available in green (pictured everywhere else), brown and beige.
Photo by Concamo.
Going thermal: Benelli MR1 .223 Rem with Pulsar Talion XQ38 and Browning BAR Match .308 Win with Pulsar Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro.
I was stalking some animals with the Browning BAR and put the rifle down against a tree. It kind of disappeared. I found it really difficult to see where the front of the rifle starts and ends. The scope is Pulsar’s new Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro.
Brent0331 has a pretty good video with the UF Pro Concamo, in a woodland environment during the late winter time in north Texas. Around 8 minutes in – can you find him before you get shot?