As GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Open Country continued to prove its effectiveness in the field, we quickly began to apply the OPTIFADE™ concept and technology to other pursuits. We developed a whitetail pattern specifically designed around the vertical environment of tree stand hunting. We created two innovative waterfowl patterns informed by research on the vision of ducks and geese in flight. And in 2016, we introduced GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Subalpine for hunting ungulates from ground level at close range in vegetated terrain.
Each pattern is optimized to exploit the visual processes of highly evolved quarry, and each is paired with premium gear specialized for a specific pursuit to give the modern hunter effective tools developed through science and proven in the field.
GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Subalpine is designed for stalking and ambushing ungulates from ground level in tree-covered and vegetated terrain. Subalpine is optimized for engagement ranges of 50 yards and less.
GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Open Country is scientifically optimized for engagement ranges of 40 yards and beyond at ground level in rocky terrain above the timber line. The Open Country pattern uses the larger neutral areas of the pattern (macro pattern) that are more critical to concealment at greater engagement ranges.
GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Elevated II is designed for whitetail hunters in an elevated position. Its macro and micro pattern configurations echo the higher contrast of bright sky against the shaded underside of foliage while allowing hunters to extend their season as the leaves change. It’s designed for engagement ranges of 80 yards or less and keeps the hunter undetectable at 15 feet up in a tree stand.
GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Marsh is designed for layout and blind hunting in the marsh, standing crops, and cut stubble fields. While most patterns are designed as though the bird is on the ground looking at the hunter, the Marsh pattern utilizes a swirling effect to exploit the vision of birds in constant motion above the hunter. The optimal engagement distance is 35 yards at 45-degree and steeper angles.
GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Waterfowl Timber is optimized for engagement distances of 10 to 40 yards in the darker environments of flooded timber. Because water reflects both the brightness of the sky and the dark underside of the canopy, the pattern displays areas of high contrast. As a bird descends closer to the hunter, its environment darkens, which is represented in the pattern’s overall darker appearance.