GreenZone™ features in STEYR MANNLICHER promo videos

One of our Austrian fans tipped us off today about these two promo videos from Austrian arms manufacturer STEYR MANNLICHER.

In each video, the marksman is attired in SABRE-brand smocks, trousers and boonie hats.  We’re proud to be associated with such a renowned global brand as STEYR.  Danke schoen!



SABRE® releases PenCott-SnowDrift™ “Ghostwalker” gear

“Become one with your environment” reads the strapline for SABRE’s ‘Ghostwalker gear’ line-up in PenCott-SnowDrift™.

The complex design of the PenCott™ family does indeed look more organic and natural than other patterns.  The combination of multi-sized fractal shapes, dithered boundary layers and 360° pattern geometry disrupts the shape of the wearer and blends into the terrain with amazing effectiveness.  So we can totally understand why Sabre chose this strapline and product family name.


Developed with input from the Sniper cadre at the International Special Training Center (formerly known as the International LRRP School) in Pfullendorf, Germany, Sabre’s Special Forces Smock, Gen.III and Sniper Trousers, Gen.II are renowned within the ranks of German and NATO special Operations Forces – and their PenCott GreenZone and BadLands products have been in use with a number of  special operations units – both at home and overseas.

The Sabre Ghostwalker Gear line is made from US-produced, milspec, durable-water-resistant-finished, 50/50 NyCo ripstop and water-proof 500D Cordura Nylon fabrics.  And these professional-level garments feature a comprehensive set of features and pockets to deliver the performance – and carry the gear – to accomplish even the most demanding missions.



O’Neill Ops mix it up a bit with BadLands™ and SnowDrift™

It is very much the fashion these days to wear camouflage that’s all “matchy-matchy” – in other words, for everything from your boots to your hat and your gloves to your belt and everything in between to be in the same, perfectly matched camouflage pattern.

1467318_731603190184652_1192474712_nHowever, sometimes its good to mix things up a bit – especially in “transitional” terrain or seasons.  In these photos we see the guys from O’Neill Ops using this principle to great effect on the plains of South Dakota recently with a combination of PenCott-BadLands™ and PenCott-SnowDrift™.

Incidentally, the camo oversuit they’re using here was developed by Hyde Definition, and is currently being produced under license by Applied Orange Performance Equipment.


Other SnowDrift options in lightweight, water-resistant polyester and water-resistant-treated, 50/50 nylon-cotton ripstop are available from Drop Zone Tactical, Sabre, – and coming soon from Leo Koehler, Helikon-Tex and UF PRO.

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.

Leo Koehler PenCott™ camouflage garments now available through RECON COMPANY

Renowned German military and outdoor clothing and equipment retailer RECON COMPANY has expanded their portfolio of products featuring PenCott™ camouflage patterns.

The latest additions to the line are the “Combat Shirt”, “KSK Einsatzkampfhose” and “KSK Einsatzkampfjacke / Smock” designs from Leo Koehler – in the GreenZone™ and BadLands™ patterns.



Check out the full line-up of Leo Koehler, UF PRO and SABRE products in PenCott at:


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.


RECON COMPANY adds PenCott-GreenZone to its line-up

Renowned German tactical gear retailer RECON COMPANY is now offering SABRE’s line of PenCott-GreenZone clothing for sale.

Currently in stock are the Sniper Smock and Trousers and the Combat Field Shirt that were featured in the KOMMANDO article about Austria’s COBRA anti-terror unit.  The photos below, from the RECON website, give a good look at some of the key attributes of each of these garments (click on the pictures to enlarge).

Sniper Smock



Sniper Trousers


Combat Field Shirt

And finally, SABRE will be releasing even more PenCott goodness later this year…

Smocks, trousers, hats, and more – in Badlands, GreenZone, Sandstorm – and Snowdrift!  ETA is the end of December.

Austria’s EKO COBRA snipers choose PenCott – featured in KOMMANDO-International Special Operations Magazine

The Nov-Dec. issue of KOMMANDO – International Special Operations Magazine features an up-close look at the new Sniper Smock and Trousers and Combat Field Shirt from SABRE that are being used by Austria’s legendary COBRA anti-terrorist unit.

Below is our English translation of the original article – a PDF of which is included below the translated article.

SNIPER CAMOUFLAGE:  PenCott camo GreenZone

(photo copyright Soeren Sunkler 2012)

Camouflage is an essential part of a sniper’s requirements.  KOMMANDO-International Special Operations Magazine (K-ISOM) gives you an exclusive look at an interesting solution.

Together with the legendary anti-terror task force unit (EKO) COBRA from Austria, we were able to test the new PenCott camouflage, developed by Dominic Hyde from Great Britain.  

Hyde started his company Hyde Definition in 2008, well before the British military began an internal project to look for a new camouflage pattern.  When the British military did decide on a new pattern, they approached Crye Precision to develop a variant of MultiCam called the Multi-Terrain Pattern (MTP). This did not detract from the efforts of Hyde however.  A good camouflage pattern will always prevail.

According to Hyde, the PenCott camouflage pattern was not influenced by any other existing color schemes. But he did analyse several historical patterns during its development that he considers to have been effective for their time.  These included German camouflage patterns from the 2nd World War, the British Brush Stroke pattern used on the legendary Denison Smock, the French Lizard pattern used by paratroopers in Algeria and Indochina, the U.S. Jungle Leaf used in Vietnam and its later variant known as Woodland, the Canadian CADPAT (Canadian Disruptive Pattern), and even MultiCam by Crye Precision.

From Hyde’s extensive independent research and development effort came the initial “GreenZone” variant of PenCott, plus the semi-arid regions variant known as “Badlands” and the arid-regions variant known as “Sandstorm”.  A fourth variant for use in snow-covered terrain known as “Snowdrift” has just recently finished production.  The three main variants are available on four types of material: milspec 50/50 NyCo rip-stop, 500D and 1000D Cordura nylon, and 65/35 rip-stop poly-cotton.

Camouflage material must not only work, which is difficult enough, but it also needs to be produced at reasonable prices. And by no means do all camouflage patterns that are designed manage to get produced, or imported. Meanwhile, PenCott has been featured in film, television and on the news.  It is therefore certainly no “one-hit wonder”.

K-ISOM had the unique opportunity to analyse PenCott-GreenZone up-close together with a team from EKO COBRA the newly introduced uniforms for snipers and marksmen. What struck us immediately was that the GreenZone version is more than perfect for the alpine highlands. Although the pattern consists of digital pixels, GreenZone manages to excellently integrate all of the colours that occur in high mountain terrain into the pattern.

In contrast to many other pixel patterns, PenCott camouflage is not based on a system of block-like rectangles and squares, because they look unnatural. The individual pixels and shapes in PenCott are arranged in a combination that appears random, but in such a way that it emulates the predetermined combinations one sees in nature. The GreenZone pattern is therefore perfect for alpine bush, grasslands and shrub landscapes. Likewise, it would likely prove effective in other European mountain ranges.

Along the transitions between colours there are virtually no hard edges, all colors harmoniously blending together. Using a unique process, Hyde has ensured that the green, brown, beige and sand-colored shapes are not recognizable as hard blocks of pixels. Instead, they appear as larger color segments, overlapped with smaller sections. Sometimes they even appear to have something like a “spray-paint” effect. The risk of recognisable pattern repeat – even at closer range – is also relatively small. What is obvious is that Hyde really put a tremendous amount of development work into this pattern.

Smocks and Trousers

We were also able to get a closer look at the Gen.II Sniper Trousers that belong to the sniper / marksman uniform. The trousers are made from milspec 50% cotton and 50% nylon, and we were particularly impressed with the features such as the Cordura knee-reinforcements, with removable padding, and the many attachment loops for scrim and camouflage and for affixing a special camouflage net. The trousers also feature large reinforced 50-mm belt loops, a high-cut kidney panel with removable braces, two bellows pockets on the back of the upper and lower legs, and two side pockets with D-rings. All bellows pockets have the following additional features: security against items falling out, D-rings, drainage eyelets and a ripstop storm cuff in the lower third of the leg. The storm cuffs are adjustable through elastic cords with one-handed cord-locks. All buttons are covered, of course. The bottom line is that the trousers represent the current pinnacle of tactical clothing design.

Also sighted in use with the EKO COBRA team was the Gen.II Combat Field Shirt that deserves more attention. The camouflage effect also perfectly matches the pants.

The Combat Field Shirt features two bellows chest pockets with and Velcro-fastened flaps for closing. It’s also possible to open the pockets from either the top or the side, depending on the requirements of the situation. Like the cargo pockets on the trousers, these pockets also feature an upper extension of the pocket that provides security against items falling out. There are also Velcro patches on the chest and sleeves for attaching badges, team call-signs and blood-type patches. We were especially positive about the underarm ventilation zippers with mosquito nets, and the reinforcement on the elbow provided by an additional layer of fabric. There are also two bellows upper sleeve pockets with Velcro patches, a forearm pocket on the left sleeve, and the wristbands of both sleeves are adjustable with Velcro. The collar also has a Velcro tab closure.

 An inside pocket with side-entry and Velcro-closure completes the Combat Field Shirt. The Combat Field Shirt and the Smock are tailored specifically to the needs of military and law enforcement marksmen and snipers – but hunters and special operations forces would also probably be highly satisfied with the set-up.

The excellent camouflage in alpine terrain is clear to see. Although the GreenZone variant is not an all-encompassing solution, but it is certainly perfect for verdant landscapes in Europe, Asia and North America. 

This sophisticated sniper system impresses thus not only with its functionality, but also with its all-round camouflage effectiveness.


Link to:  KOMMANDO Nov-Dez COBRA article




PenCott at NATO Future Soldier exhibition in Prague

German tactical clothing and gear manufacturer SABRE highlighted their PenCott camouflage clothing and equipment at the recent Future Soldier conference and exhibition.

Pictured here is the SABRE stand featuring a range of PenCott camouflaged clothing and gear – as well as some new items coming soon (check out that fully kitted-out mannequin).

In this photo, we see Herr Peter Mueller of SABRE clad in PenCott-Sandstorm and getting up-close-and-personal with the Czech Army’s new CZ-805 BREN rifle with underslung grenade launcher.