Good Guys wear GreenZone™

Although PenCott™ patterns are in use with a number of elite police and military special operations units, its not very often that photographs emerge of these units wearing the patterns in action.

However, last week a photograph appeared of Austria’s elite SWAT unit “Einsatzkommando COBRA” in action during the operation to apprehend a poacher who’d murdered a paramedic and 3 policemen.

27133225copyright Wolfgang Atzenhofer, Kurier.AT

Above:  an EKO COBRA scout/sniper team prepare their equipment as armed officers surrounded, and later stormed, the farmhouse complex where the perpetrator had barricaded himself in.  The perpetrator was found dead – from a self-inflicted gun shot.  The COBRA team is wearing boonie hats, Special Forces Smocks and Sniper Trousers from SABRE.

They see it here, they see it there – they see that PenCott™ everywhere!

September is shaping up to be “PenCott™ month”.  Not only has the availability of PenCott™ garments and gear improved dramatically (especially in the UK and Europe), but the pattern family is also receiving a lot of attention in the trade press as well. “Combat & Survival”, “RAIDER” and “Tactical News Magazine” all feature articles this month that showcase PenCott™.

combat-and-survival-october-2013-issuegreenzone-bdu-1378387226Combat & Survival takes an up-close-and-personal look at the UF PRO “Striker Battle Dress Uniform” in GreenZone™ – in their own unique, eye-catching manner.  C&S is available in traditional hardcopy format, as well as digitally – click here for more info.


Operation Rhino: Silent Heroes Foundation Special Interdiction Unit in training

We have received a set of photos from South Africa of the SHF SIU conducting training to prepare for their operational deployment. 

In the photos you can see their Combat Patrol Uniforms from Helikon-Tex in PenCott-BadLands™ camouflage – also visible in the photos are Alpha Tactical Caps and Silent Warrior Combat Shirts from Molay Taktika, as well as Kit Bags and Backpacks from Hill People Gear.

1098517_617562498274720_632893200_n  969437_617562551608048_599704464_n  970898_617562834941353_1619185460_n  1013291_617562661608037_1862163357_n  1146625_617562481608055_815235170_n  1170815_617562794941357_972480356_n  DSC_0067hpg  DSC_0046  DSC_0027  DSC_0064  DSC_0082  DSC_0070  DSC_0091

According to Team Leader Anton du Plessis:  “The uniforms and colours are ideal for African conditions and the quality is SUPERB.”


PenCott™ camo featured in “Tactical News Magazine” no. 6

What began as an Italian language magazine covering military, law enforcement, police and security topics is now an international digital publishing phenonemon that now has over 90,000 readers per month, and more than 225,000 “likes” on Facebook.

Issue 6 of the International Edition is packed full of great content – including a few mentions of a particularly great family of camouflage patterns used by some great tactical clothing and gear companies (if we do say so ourselves – *wink*).

Helikon-Tex advert - Tactical News Magazine 6


UFPRO P-40 Camou Pants in TNM 6

Click on the image below to jump to the full online edition of Issue 6:



PenCott™ camouflage featured at IWA 2013 international firearms and outdoor gear exhibition

This year’s IWA & Outdoor Classics trade fair in Nurmeberg, Germany (8-11 March) will include, for the first time, an extensive representation of the PenCott family of camouflage patterns.

Hyde Definition – UK / USA

(stand #508, Hall 7A)

Stop by the Hyde Definition booth to see samples of the full range of PenCott printed fabrics and materials – as well as garments and gear in PenCott camouflage from several manufacturers from around the globe.  Also featured will be the first public appearance of PenCott printed webbing from Texcel Industries.


Hyde Definition to exhibit at IWA 2013

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the IWA & Outdoor Classics trade show in Nuremburg, Germany.  IWA is the leading international exhibition for hunting guns, shooting sports, outdoor equipment and equipment for law enforcement and security agencies.

To mark its 40th anniversary, this year the event promises to be bigger, more attractive and more varied than ever.  It will also be special for another reason – its the first time that Hyde Definition will be exhibiting there!

In addition to being featured on the Hyde Definition stand, PenCott products will also be featured on the stands of:

IWA & Outdoor Classics 2013


Sandstorm and Badlands in the Arizona desert

Recently, our friends at Predator BDU got out into the desert and took some great photos of our PenCott Badlands and Sandstorm patterns in their natural habitat…

Click on the photos to enlarge them:



Featured in the photos are the Combat Pack XII M.E.C. from Ares Armor and Predator BDU, and prototype ACUs and Boonie Hats.


To see more, visit the PredatorBDU Blog.


AIRSOFT ACTION magazine profiles Hyde Definition and PenCott camouflage

Published in the UK, Airsoft Action is sure to be of interest, whether you’re already an airsoft player, or are just interested in this sport / hobby which continues to grow by leaps and bounds in both popularity and respect.  Airsoft Action brings the best and broadest coverage of all things airsoft related every month.

Besides the usual gun and equipment reviews, site and event reports, video game reviews and real-deal skills and equipment features, the upcoming December issue of Airsoft Action features an in-depth look at the development and deployment of PenCott camouflage.  By the way, that’s former US Navy SEAL sniper, “Top Shot” expert and Tactical Insider, Craig Sawyer featured in the main photo (Craig’s wearing the 2-piece sniper suit from SOD Gear – photo by Cole Wellendorf).

Click on the link below to read the article (or pick up a copy of the magazine):



Check out Airsoft Action online and on Facebook.



PENCOTT-SNOWDRIFT fabric now available

We are very pleased to announce that our PenCott-Snowdrift camouflage pattern is now available to order on the first of three planned fabric types.

The current fabric is a lightweight, packable, quick-drying and water-resistant 100% polyester shell fabric.  We are using the same fabric, finish and nIR spec as used by the US Marine Corps snow camouflage over-suit.

photograph of actual fabric

As with all of our other products, this fabric is printed by Duro Industries in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA – and orders are shipped from their warehouse.

FABRIC specifications:

  • Construction: 108 warp / 94 fill
  • Weight: 4.40 linear yards per pound
  • Fiber Content: 100% Polyester
  • Features: water resistant, quick drying
  • Finished Width: 62”

Due to popular demand, the next 2 fabrics that we will produce in this pattern are Quarpel-treated 50/50 NyCo ripstop and DWR-finished and Urethane-backed 500D Cordura nylon.

Watch out for some great products from our partners to hit the market soon!

simulation of pattern applied to over-suit and mitten covers

Hyde Definition – in your ears…

We took part recently in a programme on Monocle 24, the 24/7 internet radio outlet modeled on the BBC World Service and part of the same business portfolio as London-headquartered lifestyle magazine Monocle.

Lawrence, was asked to explain how the US Army got into the situation of needing to find a new camouflage pattern for its soldiers’ uniforms and gear.  Then he and Guy Cramer of HyperStealth, were asked to discuss the question of whether this means that digital camouflage is “dead” because of the US Army’s UCP mistake*.

To listen to the archived programme of The Monocle Daily from the 23rd of August, follow the link to the programme home page, scroll back to the 23/08 episode, click play and then fast-forward to the 42 minute mark.


* And speaking of mistakes, the programme host mistakenly referred to Hyde Definition as designers of “traditional camouflage”, and described Guy Cramer as “American” (he’s actually Canadian, and from the same Province as Lawrence).