Posted by By Jacob on Oct 12th 2023


Since our co-branding partnership with PHANTOMLEAF® we have been getting a ton of questions about how these patterns were designed, their intended area of operation, and just an overall rundown of the patterns themselves. To answer these questions, we decided to make an extensive post about all things PHANTOMLEAF® Wasp I.

PHANTOMLEAF® Wasp I Z1B, Z2, & Z3A are the newest camouflage patterns that we offer. PHANTOMLEAF® was originally designed in the Wasp II series which is derived from camouflage patterns for use in German Military and police special forces by a medical doctor and psychiatrist. His goal was to jam the connection from the eyes to the brain to disrupt one’s ability to distinguish whether there is someone and/or something there. PHANTOMLEAF® jams this connection through a patented algorithm of applying medical, psychiatric, and neuropsychological expertise to influence the interaction. Implementing this algorithm has allowed PHANTOMLEAF® to configure highly flexible and modular patterns that are auto adaptive to the changes in the environment of the operator. Seeing the need to bring these startlingly effective patterns to the commercial market, MIL-TEC® & PHANTOMLEAF® decided to partner with each other to release the Wasp I series under the brand name CIV-TEC®.

Explaining CIV-TEC®

The CIV-TEC® brand was created by STURM to exclusively manufacture, distribute, and sell the PHANTOMLEAF® Wasp I series. In short it is MIL-TEC® products being produced with PHANTOMLEAF® camouflage patterns.

Wasp I Z1B

Z1B stands for “Zone 1B” and features a color scheme of heavy white and grey but also slightly utilizes brown, green, and tan. This pattern’s recommended area of operation is regions above the tree line that feature more low-lying brush and have bare rock present. Optimal use in the United States/North America would be in the Rocky Mountain region. Due to the heavy use of white and grey in the pattern this camouflage can also work in snow covered areas that are just getting their first snow of the year.

Wasp I Z2

Z2 or “Zone 2” emphasizes a heavy utilization of browns and tans but also mixes in a light green and white to offset the darker palleted colors. The Z2 pattern also is designed to be used for concealment in grasses and shrubs as well as certain rocky outcroppings. The best area of operational use for this pattern however is in areas of low growing vegetation and grasslands such as natural Savannahs. The pattern also transfers well into more arid desert-like climates with limited vegetation and lighter colorations in the natural surroundings. In the United States we recommend this pattern for the Midwest and Southwestern regions of the country.

Wasp I Z3A

Following suit with the other patterns Z3A stands for “Zone 3A”. This pattern is green dominate and mixes a dark and light green together while mixing in dark and light brown for color differentiation. Designed for use in dense vegetation such as Tropical Jungles or Deciduous Forest this pattern will quite literally make you disappear into your surroundings. The great part about Z3A is that this pattern also allows the operator to venture into boundary “Zones” such as agricultural and grassland regions without giving up concealability. In the United States this pattern is the most functional especially on the Eastern seaboard and the rainy Northwest.

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