This is the third in a series of 6 episodes in which I describe and discuss the virtues of the more popular ghillie suits. In this episode we'll talk about the most unique ghillie suit on the market; the Chameleon ghillie suit.
This is another synthetic based suit and like the others it is fire-retardant, rot-proof, scent-free, non-allergenic, and will not rot your teeth. The synthetic suits are much lighter and cooler than the older jute
The single thing that sets this suit apart from all the rest is the synthetic "leaf". The leaf is nothing more than a piece of stiff , synthetic material about 10 inches long with the ends shaped like a leaf. This leaf is then tied to the mesh just as the jute or synthetic thread was. Over 700 of these leaves are tied to a single suit.
I was skeptical when I first read about this suit. It didn't sound to me as if it would be very effective. I couldn't have been more wrong. Right out of the box, the chameleon ghillie suit is superior camouflage. With just a minimum of enhancement through vegetation, no suit I know of can beat it and only a few can approach equaling it.
It is a one piece full body suit that covers from that little hot place on top of your head all the way down to the part the chiggers bite first (your ankles). It weighs less than 5 lbs, and thanks to those unique "leaves", and only a mesh liner, it is cooler than any other suit on the market at this time. there are a few strands of the thread mixed in, but not enough to weigh anything or to hinder the air flow.
When putting on any mesh lined ghillie suit, the mesh tries to hang on anything and everything. This trial can be eased by simply covering your hands with a couple of plastic bags (the kind you bring your groceries home in). Your fingers slide right into the suit without hanging on anything. You can take off the bags once you're in the suit.
The sleeves can be fstened in place with the drawstrings and cord locks. The suit is split on each side from the knee down to facilitate movement(sort of like a hookers skirt, but not as high).
The Chameleon ghillie is available in 3 camo color patterns- woodland, desert, or mossy and comes in 2 sizes- med/lg and XL/XXL. This same camo concept is available in a head and shoulders version, a face veil, and a gear wrap.About the Author: