The pattern name SUBSTRATE was chosen because it means a layer or layers underneath. This is how the pattern was created, using multiple research photographs and images that were digitally manipulated and recolored, stacked, and set at varying levels of transparency and opacity to create the SUBSTRATE line of patterns.
Just as the tagline suggests, it is a representation of baseline colors, textures, and natural, organic shapes found within an environment. The SUBSTRATE patterns are lighter in contrast and tone for good reason. It is easier to darken a uniform in the field with dirt, mud, water, and charcoal.
The name SUBSTRATE was also chosen because it is a word beginning with the letter S. This is a direct reference to the S word alliteration that Matthew Dermody has used in several of his books and teaching curriculum on the subjects of ghillie suits, camouflage and concealment concepts, gray man tactics, and situational awareness. It is only fitting that the patterns created by him have a direct link to the work and research that inspired the patterns' inception and creation.
Is SUBSTRATE the best camouflage pattern available?
Despite the affinity some may have towards this new camouflage pattern, Matthew Dermody understands that no camouflage pattern is either perfect or universal. In a world that thrives on personal opinion and cognitive bias, to make such an erroneous claim would be both arrogant and naive. The primary purpose of the SUBSTRATE pattern is to match the baseline of a particular environment as close as possible. Therefore, we encourage and highly recommend the end user to supplement their camouflage and concealment protocols with additional vegetative material from the local environment.