I've written before about Vista ATP (All-Terrain Pattern camouflage) from specialist manufacturer Coating Applicatings Group, who also produce MTP for the MoD. Vista is almost indistinguishable from MTP, and the technical abilities of the Vista fabrics match or exceed MTP and Multicam.
When I last wrote CAG had only just started production and were offering two fabrics; one suitable for heavyweight applications such as webbing and bergens, and the other much lighter and suitable for accessories such as bergen covers.
While CAG had lots of interest in Vista, some manufacturers were wavering because of legal concerns about the similarity between the Vista ATP design and the UK's MTP, a design actually owned by notoriously protective US company Crye Precision (therein lies another story!). The worries have now cleared and Vista ATP is attracting the attention of manufacturers including those from overseas, as far afield as New Zealand.
CAG have extended the range of Vista fabrics to include:
- 1000 Denier Texturised Nylon along with recently added 500 and 300 Denier Nylons
- Polycotton ripstop as shown in the image above
- 19 - 25mm IRR webbing
- Cotton Gaberdine clothing fabric
Trojan Group, makers of Templar Assault Systems MOLLE/PALS products, also have Vista ATP products on the way, but they are keeping their cards hidden and as yet we don't have details.
We do know that Trojan have been investing in the development of Vista clothing fabrics, and have exclusivity on some, and their new Vista range will include both load carrying equipment and a clothing range.
Trojan do also have a high end TAS Advanced range planned for release later in the year, and this will also include Vista ATP products. We're looking forward to seeing more of Trojan's innovative, robust and practical kit.
At This Tribe we'll be stocking Vista products where possible, if of course the equipment itself justifies it. More news when we have it.