"Universal Camo Pattern" (UCP) is that godawful sand/grey/"foliage green" digital pattern the Army adopted in 2003, only to find that it didn't really blend into anything outside of a gravel quarry in Iraq.
For those of you who, like me, have a ton of otherwise-unwanted UCP gear from your Army days, there's hope. Dharma Trading Co. makes acid dyes that bind to nylon (which RIT dye does not). I used their "Olive" dye on an old Blackhawk UCP ruck to what I think are pretty excellent results:
I actually really like the color. The nylon came out a sort of a "coyote olive" color, not to far off from coyote brown, and the digital pattern is barely noticeable. The velcro and some of the straps are a darker brown like in the old woodland pattern. I'm the sort who doesn't like to contribute to visual pollution when I'm outdoors, so I'm happy.
Has anyone else tried this?
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