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I believe the U.S. Marine Corps utility uniform (utility uniform is what we call the camouflage uniform typically worn in combat or everyday around base) is pretty durable, high quality tactical clothing with a good camouflage pattern, otherwise they would issue something else. My question is if it is the best? If it isn’t, what are the best camis I can get? What do you guys recommend? I am in the Marine Corps, if you are wondering.
First off, welcome to the forum!

I think camo pattern would depend on where you plan on being. The camo pattern here for the midwest would be different than that of the southwest, which would be different than that potentially needed for Alaska.

I have never served in the military, so my information comes from reading, so others can speak out of experience. The traditional green and green camo pattern were based on a forest type combat zone such as Europe (also most of the US). As with desert storm, the color was changed to match the environment. Along with color, the pattern is just as important. The pattern has to blend in with the surroundings, it has to be visually disruptive, so to hide the actual contour of what is being concealed.

Depending on what you trying to conceal yourself from will determine what type of camo you need. Hunting, you really don't need camo, just clothes that don't reflect a lot of UV light. I hunted in old faded out blue jeans, brown Carhart jacket, and when cold brown Carhart bibs. You can use camo and it makes it harder for your hunting buddies to see you, but most animals are looking for movement, smells, and UV light reflection (if I remember right, you not supposed to wear blue when deer hunting (I don't know if that is an old wise tail or if it is something about deer can see blue easier).

So, my answer, which probably isn't what you looking for, is the best camo uniform depends on what your needs are at the time. During World War II when in cities, snipers would use the debris and old tarps to conceal their outline. It just depends on what your needs are.
Semper Fi the old wood land camo pattern was a good pattern and still is but there are other good patterns and it really all depends on your environment there is a easy German pattern that works in a lot of different environment.
When I was in we had the old OD green fatigues.  My last year in or so we started changing to the rip-stop cotton BDU's.  I liked them.  Right now with the S.O. I wear what is called a TDU (tactical dress uniform) which consists of black rip-stop cotton pants (basically black BDU pants with cargo pockets and such).  Good for warm and cooler weather.  Don't know how they'd be in extreme cold weather as we normally don't deal with that here in my neck of the woods.  But I do like rip-stop cotton.  Comfortable and I don't chaff in hot weather.

And welcome  Smile
Thanks for the help. How’s durability of the Marine Corps utility uniform compared to some civilian camis available on the market today?
Tru-Spec & 511 make great camo and other BDU clothing available to the public? Also check a Army Navy store in your area (good deals there).

And of course welcome to the Board...
IMO, USMC camo is pretty good and it's what you already have so go for ito

As for other camo, it is all rather subjective. I don't think anyone has ever come up with the perfect camo and probably never will.

I only wear camo when bow hunting. Usually the old military woodland camo in late summer/early fall when the leaves are green and still on the trees. I switch to a version of Realtree camo when the leaves turn brown. That combination has always worked well for me.

Don't know if this will help but it's kind of interesting...

http://camopedia.org/index.php?title=Main_Page
For north Georgia the chocolate chip desert pattern that was used during Desert Storm is a good winter time pattern. For summer months the old BDU works but Realtree is a better pattern.
Thanks for the advice on camouflage, guys. But now I’m asking about durability. If you could answer my questions about the durability of the Marine Corps utility uniform compared to civilian camis I would greatly appreciate it. Also, on another note, what civilian camis are available in Realtree camouflage pattern, if any?
(12-19-2018, 09:45 PM)Rifleman 84 Wrote: [ -> ]Thanks for the advice on camouflage, guys. But now I’m asking about durability. If you could answer my questions about the durability of the Marine Corps utility uniform compared to civilian camis I would greatly appreciate it. Also, on another note, what civilian camis are available in Realtree camouflage pattern, if any?

Military camo is made to be worn all the time, civilian camp only occasionally. It stands to reason  that USMC camo is as durable or more so than any civilian camo.  You're the one wearing it, you tell us. 

Various Realtree designs are  available from just about any clothing maker. Do a search.
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