PCU Colour Comparison

One of the the things I find very frustrating about shopping for things online is that the colours you see in the photographs are usually a lot different than what shows up on your doorstep. And of course PCU is no exception. You figure that if companies list clothing as "Alpha Green" they would all be, you know, the same colour. Well, as you can see in the photo below, Alpha Green has many different flavours. 
Left to right: ORC lvl6, Patagonia lvl6, Propper lvl6, Beyond lvl5, ORC lvl5, Propper lvl5, Propper lvl4, ORC lvl4
To me, ORC's level 5 is the quintessential Alpha Green. ORC's MCU is fairly close, albeit super shiny, whereas their level 6 is very dark. Patagonia's Torrentshell, while I know isn't really part of the MARS line, is still listed as Alpha Green. In reality it's a lot closer to olive drab than anything else. What's really surprising is that Beyond Tactical's level 5 is significantly different than ORC's. They're both manufactured by EPICs so why they changed it is a mystery to me.

In the end though, it doesn't really matter. My set of level 6 is still waterproof even though they don't match. And let's be real, when you're biking down the street with level 5 top and bottom, people aren't thinking to themselves, "Wow! Look at how high speed that guy looks!" They're thinking, "What's up with that dude dressed like a Ghostbuster? Halloween is in like 5 months..."

As I collect more PCU, I'll take more pictures for comparison.


  1. I just received my the bottom for my coyote winter hunting kit and realize that the color is different too... my kit is the level 7 ECWCS made by ADS the thing is that my top is produce by "atlantic divng supply inc." and the bottom SEKRI. I bought them separated... I though it would have been the same color, apparently not, the SEKRI is a darker greenish color while the parka is more like a grey color.

    1. I hear ya Chris. When I wear my level 5 set, top from Beyond and bottoms from ORC, they are roughly the same colour... but not really. Geardo problems I suppose haha

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