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Gear Color Conundrum

Here's a first-world gear junkie problem that I'm sure some of you have dealt with...

So you've read done research, read the reviews and figured out a piece of gear to meet your needs...maybe a bag, chest rig, whatever. That's the easy part.

Then comes the hard part...picking the color. Paralysis by analysis ensues.

This ain't just choosing from black, brown or green...let's look at some of the options out there these days...
  • MultiCam
  • UCP
  • Kryptek Highlander
  • Kryptek Mandrake
  • Kryptek Nomad
  • Kryptek Typhon
  • Coyote Brown
  • Foliage Green
  • OD Green
  • Ranger Green
  • Black
  • Wolf Grey
  • Pencott Badlands
  • Pencott Greenzone
  • Pencott Sandstorm
  • Good ol' Woodland
And then there are a bunch more...we can obviously keep going and going. And they all have their benefits, too.  Some are more civvy/urban friendly, others more environment specific, others are multi-taskers. Some are more exotic and others tend to only be available in older surplus gear.

And then as you start buying gear, you start thinking about color matching. Like "Does this shade of green match my plate carrier?" and "Will my black holster clash with my new ATACS BDUs?" It's the tactical equivalent of a wardrobe crisis.

Decisions, decisions.

Really, the incremental difference between the various patterns don't often matter much. If it matches up with your environment, you're usually good to go.
The Colors of My Gear: I've got MultiCam, Black, Coyote Brown and a couple pieces in Foliage Green.

Black is good for low profile, EDC stuff, concealment and generally blending into a crowd. Not so good for blending into wild environments, though it's better in forest than it is in desert or other barren turf.

Coyote Brown is a fairly good all arounder...being the color of dirt, it does fairly well anywhere you find the stuff. Fairly civvy friendly and also "goes with" most camo patterns as well--most involve some shade of brown.

MultiCam is, well, MultiCam. The most common camo pattern these days, very popular, and a fairly good all-arounder. More environment specific camo patterns will win out in their specific environments - so Kryptek Mandrake or Pencott Greenzone will perform better in woodlands - but MultiCam will do well in a wider variety of environments.

And foliage green gear I just kind of ended up with. It works ok in urban and wild environments - a grey/green combo.

What colors/patterns do you prefer? Do you have one that you stick to, or multiples that you switch between? Not care at all? Let us know!