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Old November 24th, 2008, 08:17   #1
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Ghillie suit : what type do you prefer?

Disclaimer : this is not a thread about home-made vs purchased ghillie suit. Please keep that in mind. Please keep it that way.

I am looking to acquire a ghillie suit but am wondering what type would be the most comfortable and hassle-free (i.e. less getting stuck in branches when crawling, not too hot, too heavy, etc...).

So far I have seen these types :

1. Pants + shirt type (full coverage)
2. Pants + shirt type (sniper style, no coverage in the front for crawling)
3. Poncho type (all the way down to the feet)
4. Poncho type (stops around the waist)
5. Cloak type

Based on your experience of running, walking and crawling, what type did you prefer?
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Old November 24th, 2008, 08:24   #2
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whatever Stalker wears
Personnaly i like your option 2
full back coverage with minimal front coverage makes it easier to crawl and alot less snags
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Old November 24th, 2008, 10:00   #3
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I have a full ghillie (pants+jacket), with front covered.

it is IMPOSSIBLE to crawl in it.
if I crawl for more then 3 feet it looks like I'm having an epileptic seizure- twisting and turning to free myself from branches, tossing the gun in the process..

But still, it provides the best concealment possible, and I opted for a full suite with front cover so I can shoot while crouching. (when prone, LOS is mostly obstructed by foliage.)

If you want to move fast, and just be a bit harder to spot from a known position, like when you set up an ambush for the enemy thats coming from a known direction, I'd say go with a head cover and a waist long poncho.

But remember that an enemy coming from behind you will spot you.
(a pair of legs sticking out from a bush.. )
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Old November 24th, 2008, 10:47   #4
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As Spawn28 stated, you should be looking to buy/build a ghillie that has as little netting and burlap/jute on the front as possible. Hat/hood, back of the jacket, back of the pants, should be covered, while the front is reinforced with extra material (such as canvas or cordura) at the points of wear.
This will ensure that your completed project lasts long enough for you to enjoy it for all the work you put into it.
Mine has lasted almost 13 years with out major rework.

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Old November 24th, 2008, 11:27   #5
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I don't have mine finished yet, but I am working on a 'shoulder' ghillie, where only my arms, shoulders, head and back (Down to my bottom) is covered. Just so I have more freedom of movement, The brush is insanely thick here, So its not necessary to hinder myself with what is normally covered by natural vegitation.
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Old November 24th, 2008, 11:35   #6
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i use a shirt type with the back extended to the ground, Modded my pants to do that, makes it easier to get at my mags and pockets
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Old November 24th, 2008, 11:56   #7
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Old November 24th, 2008, 16:52   #8
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I use a short and pant type ghillie with re-enforced elbows and knees. I made a hood so I can wear a regular boony and just flip the hoot over the boony to camoflage myself.

If you want to crawl, don't buy a pre-made ghillie with netting and jute in the front. You will get cought in everything and just rip your ghillie to peices.

Most ghillies sold online, like the Bushrags, are made for bow hunters that don't crawl around.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 00:19   #9
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you might want to get this one sniper ghillie suit bdus - clean on the front





http://www.ghilliegear.com/sniper-gh...ket-p-271.html
http://www.ghilliegear.com/sniper-gh...nts-p-276.html
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Old June 18th, 2009, 00:48   #10
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crawling ghillies are the way to go. And a good face veil/hood/shroud to break up the shoulder profile works in a variety of situations...
If you add a little "local" foliage you will blend better
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Old June 18th, 2009, 00:48   #11
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I use a pseudo poncho that works more like a cloak with neck covering. It's home made and based on the Webtex design (mesh with veggie loops), but has some jute tied on too.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 09:44   #12
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I wore a gillie shirt (full coverage with full face coverage) and multicam pants. I usually kneel in the brush, makes it easier to wild my M16 and frankly crawling IMO is too slow for airsoft (at least on the field that I've been playing on as of late)
the mulitcam blended very well with the dead yellowish grass on the ground and the dirt.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 09:52   #13
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Old June 19th, 2009, 21:21   #14
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Number 2 is the way to go for most situations where a ghillie is "required". I find that if you "need" any less coverage, you may as well not wear one. Maybe just something that covers the head. If you're building a suit, plan where you want any pockets to be. Try lieing in the prone position and see what you can get at on your body with little movement.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 21:46   #15
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I use an option that you dont have , basically its option 2 without the pants. Ive got a bdu top modified with crawl pads. The back is fully covered and has a netting hood , arms are covered on the back. Once you get a top the right size and the netting on it you will find that the jute/burlap hangs down to the thigh area. When you use pants you dont want jute hanging past your boots as it will drag along the ground and pic stuff up while you walk.
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