A-TACS showed off their new LE Camo pattern at the 2013 SHOT Show last week. The new pattern uses grays, blues and black to create a unique pattern that is supposed to work well with existing black duty gear the officers may already be using.
According to A-TACS the pattern incorporates shadows and “variable angles and urban forms derived from photography.” The company states the pattern has a slight horizontal flow to it. I would agree, and I also think the pattern has a subtle tiger stripe-like flow. The subtle color variations in the pattern are impressive.
The new pattern is interesting, but I don’t know how useful it may be for a SWAT team in an urban environment. I do not claim to be an expert in camouflage, but I just don’t know how useful any pattern may be in a truly urban environment.
I would think that a team may be better off choosing a MultiCam or A-TACS FG pattern that works with the typical vegetation for the region. That pattern would not help against the side of a building, but when deployed to a backyard tree line, it would help. I don’t know that the A-TACS LE pattern would help in either scenario.
Does anyone out there with more experience care to chime in on how useful this pattern may be?