With the trend in camouflage in recent years skewing digital, I figured it was just a matter of time before one of the two old stick-and-leaf pattern masters, Realtree or Mossy Oak, came out with their own digital version. So you can imagine my surprise when a release for the new Realtree Xtra (left) and Xtra Green (right) patterns just showed up in my inbox.
Rather than comprising a bunch of oddly arranged geometrical shapes, these new patterns adhere to Realtree’s roots…and their limbs and trunks and leaves. In fact, to my eye anyway, they look quite similar to Realtree’s last big camo launches: AP and APG. Like those patterns, the new Xtra patterns combine plenty of open space and high-contrast natural elements. The company claims that Xtra, “blends best from the leaf change of fall through winter, then again in early spring before green-out,” and Xtra Green should be used, “from early fall bowhunting, muzzle loading and gun seasons until the leaves change, and then again from mid to late spring.”
Personally, I think the best way to hide oneself from game is to sit still, but I’m eager to hear what the camo aficianados think of these new patterns. Either way, you better get used to seeing Xtra and Xtra Green, because with 1,500 Realtree licensees out there, this stuff is going to be everywhere soon.