So I’ve started playing paintball and this entailed picking up a set of camo fatigues. Wearing anything other than this tends to result in getting marked but good.
There’s a wide selection of camouflage patterns, I happened to get the Tiger Stripe stuff and it seems to work quite well.
Here’s my question, given that most vegetation grows vertically, why do the stripes on tiger stripe run horizontally? This isn’t just one manufacturer, all of the stuff that I’ve seen is made this way. I read one time that the thought is that when somebody is looking around their eyes are sweeping horizontally and the horizontal stripes blend in with this motion, the eyes just kind of “flow” past the stripes.
But the stripes on real, live tigers run vertically (all the better to hide in tall grass), based on a few million years of evolution, obviously they’re doing something right.
I also read that when the US military was evaluating new types of camouflage patterns recently that Tiger Stripe was rated second behind only the new digital stuff - better than the traditional “woodland” camo; obviously it is quite effective.
So what’s the Dope? Why do the stripes run horizonatally and not vertically? Do the Tiger Stripe folks not want us to look thinner or something?