What is MultiCam?

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Crye Precision Compact Assault Multicam Ghillie Suit - Medium

What is MultiCam?

MultiCam is a camouflage pattern created by Crye Precision. The name MultiCam is a registered trademark of Crye Precision.

It is meant to be versatile and applicable to a wide variety of conditions. It is currently a popular option for the military combat uniforms of the armed forces of several nations.

From the creator:

“MultiCam® is a highly effective, commercially available camouflage pattern used by the military, federal agencies, and law enforcement.”

MultiCam was originally developed for the U.S. Army. It is meant to be effective in a variety of environments (arid, tropic, etc.), elevations, and light conditions.

Military forces are always eager to reduce logistical workload – and having versatile uniforms goes a long way to easing the burden of too many combat uniform types.

Colors of MultiCam

There are now several different variations based on the environment.

Besides the original MultiCam color scheme, the current officially licensed versions offered by Crye Precision include: MultiCam Arid, MultiCam Tropic, MultiCam Alpine (for snow), and MultiCam Black (for Law enforcement and SWAT team use).

MultiCam pattern is popular on both plate carriers (PC) and PC placards.

Multicam - versatile, modern camouflage pattern

The original MultiCam pattern is based on these colors:

Cream 524             
Dark Brown 530             
Tan 525             
Brown 529             
Dark Green 528             
Olive 527             
Pale Green 526             
Multicam - versatile, modern camouflage pattern

A selection of MultiCam products:

Crye Precision Compact Assault Multicam Ghillie Suit - Medium
  • New Crye Precision
  • Made in the USA
  • 100% Authentic Crye
  • Ghillie suit
  • Ships Fast!

MultiCam Arid

MultiCam Arid is meant for open rock and desert environments, such as bright, open desert terrain.

It is sometimes referred to as MC Arid.

Arid Multicam - Arid variation
Olive 172             
Highland 174             
Light Tan 170             
Urban Tan 171             
Light Coyote 173             

Arid MultiCam products:

ZAPT Combat Gen3 Tactical Uniform Men Military Shirt and Pants with Knee Elbow Pads for Airsoft Paintball BDU Camouflage Apparel (Multicam Arid, L)
  • Key parts double-layer fabric/adopt double reinforcement.
  • YKK Zipper and Velcro closure designed for quick and easy putting in and off.
  • Unique low-profile waist and knee adjust system.
  • Multiple dual layer pockets on sleeves.
  • Knee&Elbow pads are included.
ZAPT Combat Gen3 Tactical Uniform Men Military Shirt Pants Knee Elbow Pads Airsoft Paintball BDU Camouflage Apparel (Multicam Arid, L)
Tru-Spec Boonie, Tru Nyco R/S, Multicam Arid, 7
  • ADJUSTABLE CAMO BOONIE HAT: These stylish hats that meet US military specs are constructed from 50/50 nylon-cotton rip-stop with an flexible chin strap with cordlock for an easy fit; Loops for extra camouflage or carrying small items
  • EFFICIENT DESIGN: Comfortable hat with brass screen vents keeps you dry no matter what weather throws at you with high-quality Bemis seam tapes; The wide brim hat provides protection from the sun and comes with a built in internal map pocket
  • HIGH-PERFORMANCE HATS FOR ADULTS: Outdoor boonie hat is perfect for camping, hunting, fishing, hiking, military exercise or as a daily wear
  • MULTICOLORED BOONIE: Hat available in 7 different camoflouge colors: Scorpian OCP, MultiCam Tropic, MultiCam Arid, MultiCam Black, MultiCam, Desert 3-Color, and Army Digital
Tru-Spec Boonie, Tru Nyco R/S, Multicam Arid, 7

MultiCam Tropic

MultiCam Tropic is used for dense jungle environments. The color palette reflects the deep green jungle vegetation that would be typical of such an environment.

It is sometimes referred to as MC Tropic.

Multicam - tropic variation

Olive 251             
Bright Green 252             
Green 253             
Dark Brown 255             
Dark Green 254             

MultiCap Tropic can be found in many products, here’s just a sample.

Tru-Spec Men's Regular, Tactical Response Uniform Pant, Multicam Tropic, Large
  • Drawstring waist with button fly
  • 1" wide belt loops with 2¼" openings
  • Two extra deep front slash pockets with reinforced openings
  • Reinforced seat
  • Hook & loop closures on the pocket flaps
Tru-Spec Truspec - Tactical Response Pants, Multicam Tropic - 1323005 (Large Regular)
Tru-Spec 1327 Tactical Response Uniform Shirt, Multicam Tropic, XL-Long
  • MultiCam Tropic camo pattern, designed to effectively reduce the visual and near-IR signature of a person operating in dense jungle environments
  • Slanted chest pockets and sleeve pockets
  • Hook and loop facing on the upper-sleeve pockets
  • Made from 50/50 CORDURA NYCO fabric for durability and comfort
  • Adjustable mandarin collar
Tru-Spec 1327 Tactical Response Uniform Shirt, MultiCam Tropic, XL-Long
Condor Tactical Cap,Multicam Tropic,One Size
  • Genuine Crye Precision MultiCam Tropic
Condor Tactical Cap,Multicam Tropic,One Size

MultiCam Alpine

MultiCam Alpine is meant for snow covered environments, and has a very light color palette.

Medium Gray 126             
Light Gray 125             
White 124             

It’s harder to find products in MultiCam Alpine pattern – but they are available.

High Speed Gear Neo Chest Rig, Color Multicam Alpine
  • Laser-cut 15.5” x 6.5” platform with 5 rows of 10 slots for attaching pouches (60 laser-cut slots)
  • Bib with 5 rows of 5 slots for attaching pouches (30 laser-cut slots)
  • Elastic keepers on all strap ends for retention and adjustable elastic
  • Bib and main platform can also double as pockets for documents, size-appropriate soft armor or other items
  • Measures 17”L x 2”W x 16.5”H, Weighs 1.6 lbs
High Speed Gear Neo Chest Rig, Color Multicam Alpine
Black & Alpine Multicam Work Gloves by Mechanix Wear (Medium, Black/White)
  • 2 PACK: Save with this 2 pair bundle!
  • LIMITED SUPPLY: Limited edition run of Black & Alpine Multicam Gloves; Comes with 2 Pairs!
  • BLACK MULTICAM: Breathable TrekDry outer shell; Touchscreen capable.
  • ALPINE MULTICAM: Insulated with Fleece Lining (40°F+ conditions); NOT touchscreen capable.
  • COMFORT FIT: Cuff with built-in elastic for a comfortable, precise fit.
Mechanix Wear - MultiCam 2-Pack Work Gloves (Medium, Black/White)
Multicam Hydration Pack Drink Tube Cover - Multicam Alpine - 36 inch
  • 36 or 43 inch Length – 1 inch Diameter Non Insulated Drink Tube Cover
  • Fits over Bare or Insulated Drink Tubes (Insulation sold separately)
  • Flexible, Durable, and Easy Installation (Fits over Quick Connects)
  • Tube Cover Only
  • Veteran Owned Business and Made in the USA
Multicam Hydration Pack Drink Tube Cover - Multicam Alpine - 36 inch

MultiCam Black

TAD Fastpack EDC in MultiCam Black

MultiCam Black is meant for domestic law enforcement agencies, such as SWAT teams.

It is a very dark pattern, meant to provide a “commanding and authoritative presence”.

Sometimes referred to as MC Black.

Shown here is a Triple Aught Design’s Fastpack EDC in MC Black.

It looks nice!

Gray 206             
Olive 205             
Black 207             

There are many products available in MultiCam Black, such as these.

Condor Tactical Cap (Multicam Black)
  • One size fits most. Durable, comfortable and lightweight
CONDOR Men's Tactical Cap MultiCam Black
Altama OTB Maritime Assault Fin Friendly Low Cut Operators Boots - Black Multicam, Size 12R
  • MADE TO LAST - High abrasion quick drying 1000D Cordura quarter panels offered in solid colors and MultiCam. Air mesh linings help wick away sweat and other moisture quickly from your feet.
  • BUILT FOR BATTLE - Non-shine rust-proof lace hardware will not break on the battle field. Low profile laces will not cause pain from fin wear on long swims. Full length one piece ABS shank provides stability and support when climbing.
  • NO SLIP GRIP - SEAL Rubber sticky outsoles. The rubber compound was originally developed for rock climbing shoes and modified for wet tactical operations. Ultron PU contoured insole will not absorb water. Front non-metallic drain ports allow for water to drain easily when flexing the boot.
  • FIN FRIENDLY FIT - Fits just about any dive fins used by Militaries worldwide. SEAL Rubber is one of the stickiest, high traction rubbers on the market today. Designed for Specials Ops. Worn by the Elite.
  • SINCE 1969 - Altama has been a leading manufacturer of Mil-Spec boots for the US Department of Defense, supplying military personnel worldwide

If you expect to submerge your feet – these are awesome.

They also look good and are informally known as “Tactical Chucks” – for their resemblance to the Chucks Converse style of shoe.

Altama Men's OTB Maritime Assault Military Tactical Low Boots - Black Multicam, Size 12

MultiCam Commercial Options

MultiCam is a proprietary pattern that can be licensed or obtained for commercial products.

US Army Regulation 670-1 requires that non-Government issue equipment match the camouflage pattern of the uniform in use.

Hence, you will see MultiCam as a popular color option for many products such as vests, rucksacks, chest rigs, battle belts, and plate carriers.

How does MultiCam work?

MultiCam is impressively effective.

From the manufacturer’s website:

“MultiCam® patterns take advantage of the way the human eye and brain perceive shape, volume, and color. Since only a very small portion of the human eye perceives color, the brain does a lot of “filling-in” for the eye. The unique high resolution design of MultiCam® takes advantage of this principle and helps the observer to “see” the pattern as part of the background.

The MultiCam® family of patterns rely more on a blending effect than a traditional contrast effect to disguise the wearer. This effect allows them to perform well in a wide range of environmental conditions. It also helps maintain the patterns’ effectiveness even at close ranges where low resolution patterns often stand out against the natural (non-pixelated) environment.”

Multicam Products – Tactical Hats

There are many products available in the MultiCam colors.

Gadsden and Culpeper Operator Cap Bundle - w USA/Dont Tread Patches (Multicam Cap)
  • A great Condor Tactical Cap with 2 matching patches included; front and back
  • 2"x3" sized front USA & 1" x 3.75" back DONT TREAD ON ME patch
  • Patches will match color of cap. Subdued Mil-spec patches
  • Patches Made In USA: 100% Embroidery with velcro backing
Operator Cap Bundle - w USA/Dont Tread Patches (Multicam Cap)
Lightbird Tactical Hat with 6 Pieces Tactical Military Patches, Adjustable Operator Hat, Durable Tactical OCP Flag Ball Cap Hat for Men Work, Gym, Hiking and More
  • Quality tactical hat: Made of durable tactical fabric with 3 hook & loop panels for patches; 3 x 2 inch front patch, 3.5 x 1 inch back patch; Waterproof and fast-dry, 100% cotton sweatband, washable, no tearing; It's a great partner for outdoor work, gym, hiking, gun range and more
  • One size fit most: Classic brass button adjusts the size,suitable for head circumference 22-24inch; Our customer said the multicam hat pretty good fit; Comfortable ocp flag ball caps
  • Super save bundle: Comes with 6 pieces tactical military patches,match color of cap well,allow you adjust to your moods; The USA flag patches also can be used with other tactical gear
  • A great gift: Great tactical hats for men, most men and boy love the good looking tactical veteran cap; It's a great gift for your husband,boyfriend,father,son, and yourself
  • What you will get: 1 pcs multicam patch hat,6 pcs embroidery tactical morale patches,1 year limited warranty,friendly customer service,fast delivery
Lightbird Tactical Hat Bundle, Adjustable Operator Hat 6 Pcs Tactical Velcro Patches, Durable Tactical OCP Ball Cap Hat Men Work, Gym, Hiking More (Multicam Hat) Condor Flex Tactical Cap (MultiCam Black) Size S/M
Condor Mesh Tactical Cap (Multicam, One Size Fits All)
  • - Genuine Crye Precision Multicam material, sewn in foreign country. - Highly breathable mesh panel for moisture - wicking. - Adjustable hook & loop back strap. - 3 hook & loop panel for patches.
CONDOR Mesh Tactical Cap (Multicam, One Size Fits All)

In Summary

The MultiCam family of camouflage patterns were developed with a modern approach.

These patterns are significantly more effective than past camouflage patterns.

MultiCam is in use by the armed forces of several nations as a result.

Many great products such as tactical hats and caps are available in the official MultiCam patterns and materials.

Photo Credits & References

Illustration credit for the Multicam images: www.Vecteezy.com

Multicam - tropic variation

Last update on 2020-11-25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API