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UER Forum > UE Tutorials, Lessons, and Useful Info > Colors and clothing for camouflage (Viewed 837 times)
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Colors and clothing for camouflage
< on 7/23/2017 10:15 PM >
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What colors are best for avoiding detection in an urban environment? I heard black is actually bad because it outlines you and makes you darker than your environment.what colors are good? Also what can I wear clothing wise to blend into a building/ shadows/ urban areas better?




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Re: Colors and clothing for camouflage
< Reply # 1 on 7/23/2017 10:51 PM >
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I don't think the color actually matters as much as not being seen. A quick entry is best and close fitting clothing will help. Been caught on a fence a few times. Not fun.




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< Reply # 2 on 7/23/2017 10:57 PM >
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In an urban setting, I'd think camo of any type would make you stand out more.

Be the 'grey man.' You know, the dude that nobody pays attention to. The construction worker walking around with a clipboard looking busy, homeless dude poking at random stuff with a stick, etc.

People tend to look right past that stuff, but a dude in camo isn't normal so it grabs attention.




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< Reply # 3 on 7/24/2017 3:06 AM >
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as Granuaile says your better off being able to move quickly and quietly than wearing a bunch of camo. And if someone see's you or you get caught you have a whole lot of explaining to do. If your REALLY think its worth it you could try to dress as a construction worker or something similar but I would not hold to much faith in that kind of thing.




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< Reply # 4 on 7/24/2017 4:30 PM >
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There's a couple factors you should look at before deciding to go out in a full on ghillie suit.

First off, are you trying to avoid being seen, or are you expected to be seen? If you don't want to be seen, you'll want to wear colors that match the environment, like the ground and the walls. You'll also want to pack lightweight, and quiet. Avoid loud backpacks and clothing with metals bits like zippers and belt buckles. Also keep in mind how loud your footwear is. As Granuaile says, wearing tight clothing is also important, if your trying to avoid detection completely you might need to make fast, evasive movements and you don't want to be constricted by your clothes, or by anything that would grab onto clothing. Finally, watch how you use light. Don't shine flashlights at windows, or on large areas where someone might see. I've also read that using a dim red light as a flashlight is effective for the short range from Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching, page 56. (Don't deprive yourself of lighting in hazardous areas!)

If you're expected to be seen, or feel that there isn't a way to remain unseen, then you might have better luck with with hiding in plain sight. In that case you'll want to dress as anyone that would fit your target environment, like a white shirt and jeans for manual labor areas like maintenance or construction, or some slacks and a dress shirt for more professional areas. I've heard the book Access All Areas by Ninjalicious covers this topic well.

A final thing to consider is the amount of risk your putting yourself at by disguising yourself like this. How will this look if you are caught? Understand that impersonating some government roles might be illegal, a cop, for example. Maybe dressing in normal clothes would be the best option, as it will make you seem less malicious if you were caught.




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In an urban setting, I'd think camo of any type would make you stand out more.

Be the 'grey man.' You know, the dude that nobody pays attention to. The construction worker walking around with a clipboard looking busy, homeless dude poking at random stuff with a stick, etc.

People tend to look right past that stuff, but a dude in camo isn't normal so it grabs attention.


Grey is the best urban color.

I always wear cam pants and my bush hat
Really it's more what you're doing than wearing.
You're not invisible.
Blue jeans stick out like a sore thumb in the bush.
I never wear bright colors or blue... or carry a clipboard.




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I usually resort to the classic black tactileneck, myself.




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< Reply # 7 on 7/24/2017 5:27 PM >
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Grey is absolutely the best, and most of my pants and some of my jackets are grey, but you can get use out of tan, navy blue, and black as well. The latter two are probably better only for places where active infiltration is called for, where grey and tan work also. Grey is best in concrete settings and tan is best in dirt settings.

Ultimately, you want to dress to not be noticed, not to not be seen. You're better off if people see you and don't notice anything suspicious. This means no T-shirts, nothing with eye-catching designs or slogans, no shorts, no pants with too many pockets or camo pattern, no huge backpack, no big hiking boots or sandals. In my opinion the best footwear looks like dress shoes (but the kind I get are steel-toed). Dress like you're going to work, not infiltrating the jungles of Vietnam.




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< Reply # 8 on 8/6/2017 1:46 PM >
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Dress like you're going to work, not infiltrating the jungles of Vietnam.



This is far and away the best advice, just wear normal stuff that doesn't attract attention. Try to fit in rather than blend in.

Deer and elk see into the UV range humans dont see that's why hunters avoid blue jeans just hit a pair with a black light sometime.

Color is a very misunderstood subject, its not just the rods and cones in our eyes but our cognitive awareness of shapes and colors that don't belong. If you insist on being captain tactical and must wear some sort of 'flage then there are urban camo patterns that if nothing else, break up your outline. They also make you look like some kind of nut or swat team wannabe.

Passing motorists see a guy in a grey polo shirt they may not take a second look. On the other hand they see some guy in an alley wearing tiger stripe or marpat digi-cam theyre going to go, hey, wtf is that guy doing?




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Heres a real good one called RealTree TM for slinking around the woods however, if you want to avoid animals don't wash these with Tide or Gain or some other commercial detergents those contain fabric brighteners i.e. UV reflecting stuff, check out a bow hunting page for more details and photos. Im a reformed hunter but deer's eyes have not evolved in 100s of thousands of years that Im aware of. No cones never had them!

For most animals motion is more revealing than color or pattern. Ive had deer walk up to within 10' of me and stamp their hooves and snort trying to get me to move or blink. Inevitably I had to blink or exhale on a frosty morning and they took off like they had been scalded. Stay motionless my friends.

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Depending on the situation you can also rock safety vests/hard hats. I can’t really pull it off as I look pretty young but if you are at least 23 maybe you can wear a safety vest and people won’t think as they see you going into an abandoned building. Just use common sense and make yourself look like what you would expect someone in that situation to look like. The mind tries to make sense of everything around it subconsciously so unless you are drawing attention to yourself people will ignore you.

Actually I would probably say “don’t draw attention” is the golden rule of not only urban exploration but just doing things you shouldn’t in general.




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I tend to go for plain earth- colored clothes- dark blues and greens, and soft greys, blacks, and browns. Most of my explorations are in an environment where being seen is a an inevitability, but being noticed is not- thus, a hoodie or jacket and jeans usually will suffice.

Also, avoid patterns, logos, and lettering on your clothing. It is memorable and distinct.




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Heres a real good one called RealTree TM for slinking around the woods however, if you want to avoid animals don't wash these with Tide or Gain or some other commercial detergents those contain fabric brighteners i.e. UV reflecting stuff, check out a bow hunting page for more details and photos. Im a reformed hunter but deer's eyes have not evolved in 100s of thousands of years that Im aware of. No cones never had them!

For most animals motion is more revealing than color or pattern. Ive had deer walk up to within 10' of me and stamp their hooves and snort trying to get me to move or blink. Inevitably I had to blink or exhale on a frosty morning and they took off like they had been scalded. Stay motionless my friends.

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Bump. I've had to hunker down more than once to E&E from humans in the wooded areas. In PA I wore that camo a lot... good stuff.
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