040928-D-7433T-003 U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Anthony R. Purnell fades into his background as he demonstrates the use of the ghillie suit in camouflage techniques during the U.S. Army Europe's Land Combat Expo at the Patrick Henry Village Pavilion in Heidelberg, Germany, on Sept. 28, 2004. Purnell is assigned to Echo Company, 51st Infantry Company, Long Range Surveillance, V Corps. DoD photo by Melvin G. Tarpley. (Released)

The whole purpose of Ghillie Suits is to provide you with human invisibility. Used by military personnel, hunters and people who play paintball, the suits need to have the ability to provide complete coverage, because they might be used for life or death situations. Which is why the construction and design of custom suits are critical for that coverage. Ghillie Suits are made usually from burlap or jute and use natural materials like twigs, leaves, and branches to make the user blend into their natural environment as well as possible. Due to the fact that no natural environment may necessarily be the same, serious and professional military experts insist on making their own suit for their own mission needs as well as ensuring that the suit is best adapted to the environment they will be using the suit in.

How to Make a Ghillie Suit

As the sport of hunting and Ghillies become more popular, users are opting to make their own Ghillie Suit. They do so by taking military BDUs and ‘dressing’ them up with jute strips and other natural materials until they have created their very own Ghillie Suit. There is also the option of purchasing a Ghillie Suit Kit which enables users to create their custom suit according to a certain pattern. Many users opt for purchasing a Ghillie Suit Kit because creating a Ghillie Suit is extremely time to consume. Imagine gathering hundreds of particular length twigs, leaves, jute, burlap and more. Sorting all the materials, then putting it together… and if it does not workout, you have to do it all over again. At the very best, making your Ghillie Suit can take up to a minimum of 100 hours to complete.

Creating your own Ghillie Suit, for too many is hard, time consuming and meticulous. There is a solution if you truly want “instant invisibility” – the easiest way to create a suit that will cover your head to toe is to use a Poncho Ghillie Kit instead of making a suit with pants and a jacket. The advantage of doing making your own Ghillie Suit is that you can choose that amount of cover you would like to have on the suit, which enables you to control the weight and density of your suit, which is particularly good for very cold climates.

Ghillie Suits once for the professional snipers, serious hunters, and military professionals, it more and more being used by paintball enthusiast and if you’re one them, making your own custom Ghillie Suit from a kit may be a good alternative to pre-made suits, especially if you prefer synthetic materials as opposed to natural materials. Making your own Ghillie Suit allows you to make it fire-retarded and waterproof as well.

Ghillie Suit Safety Considerations

Additionally, if your using jute as your base material, this product is very flammable and has to be treated with flame retarded. The Ghillie Suit Kits usually contain a fire resistant treatment that allows you to prepare and apply to your suit for adequate protection from fire. If you’re someone who is particularly concerned about the flammability of a primarily comprised jute Ghillie Suit, you may be better for your needs to just purchase a suit that is already made from non-flammable materials. I have never made a Ghillie Suit and are concerned about safety, it is recommended that you do not make your Ghillie Suit, and purchase a pre-made suit which is non-flammable.

Custom Ghillie Suit

Customization is very important to many of our users, which is why many Ghillie Suit users will choose to purchase a pre-made Ghillie Suit, then gather and attach natural elements from their particular wildlife to embellish the Ghillie Suit. This method has proven to be the most time saving and practical means of ensuring you have a professionally designed suit and one that is designed to your individual needs.

Ghillie Suit Kit

As previously stated there are advantages in using a Ghillie Suit Kit. When you use a Ghillie Suit Kit to design your Ghillie Suit you can choose your color scheme and ensure that you have the best possible camouflage for your particular environment. Doing so, you will find that using several different colors to create your suit will make it easily distinguishable among your fellow hunters or outdoorsmen.

 

The easiest way to create a suit that will cover your head to toe is to use a poncho Ghillie kit instead of making a suit with pants and a jacket. Another advantage to making your own Ghillie is that you can choose that amount of cover you would like to have on the suit thus being able to control that weight and density of your suit, which is particularly good for very cold climates.
For the paintball enthusiast, making your own custom Ghillie from a kit may be a good alternative to pre-made suits, especially if you prefer synthetic materials as opposed to natural materials. That way, you can not only fire-retard your Ghillie, but you can make it waterproof as well. Either way, make sure to choose your color palette carefully so that you can be provided the best possible coverage. And don’t for getting to check the instructions of your Ghillie kit to see whether or not the final product will be lightweight.

Just remember, that if you start to make a custom suit and realize that it is just to labor intensive to suit you, we have plenty of high-quality pre-made Ghillie suits to choose from.

How to Make a Ghillie Suit – 8 Easy Steps

If you’re interested in making your own Ghillie Suit in 8 Easy Steps, our website for more details.

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Source by Matt Paterson

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