Kryptek: The Great Outdoors

Fusing combat experience with love for the outdoors, Kryptek has become a household name in the world of camouflage. Founded by Josh Cleghorn and Butch Whiting during their years of military service together, Kryptek is quickly becoming the go-to for any outdoor excursion. You can also find it amongst many small specialized military units. Oakley® Standard Issue is proud to unveil the Kryptek® Eyewear Collection. An assortment of multiple styles built for the outdoors.

New Kryptek® Collection

The Origin

While serving together in the Ninewa Province in Northern Iraq, Kryptek founders Josh Cleghorn and Butch Whiting discovered they shared a common thread: an unparalleled passion and desire for extreme big game hunting, especially in austere environments. Both Army attack helicopter pilots, Cleghorn and Whiting spent many hours on deployment. “We’re serving overseas, and we both had grown up backcountry hunting, and in our downtime, we’d reminisce about it and compare experiences,” says Whiting. “Eventually, we started talking about how it would be awesome to be part of the outdoor industry so we could live our passion every day. Our vision that we came up with was to bring some of the advances we’d seen in military/tactical apparel to hunters. As soon as we came home, we put that vision into a business plan – that’s how Kryptek got its start.”

The first idea that came to mind for Cleghorn and Whiting was the development of a new camouflage pattern. They knew that the most effective passive concealment measure on the battlefield is camo netting after a ghillie suit. The hexagons become distorted when the net is stretched over a hide-site or tent. It takes on a three-dimensional aspect. Kryptek took these 3D aspects and made them print on a two-dimensional surface. A technique called micro and macro layering.

The patterns are extensively field-tested in some of the most austere environments and conditions in the world, in both hunting and combat situations. The patterns are used by U.S. Special Operation Units and SWAT team members across the country. So much attention, the pattern caught the eye of people in the entertainment industry. You can see Kryptek camo in video games like Call of Duty Black Ops and Advanced Warfare, as well as Hollywood movies including American Sniper, Fast & Furious 7, Jurassic World and more.

The Patterns

What started as one pattern has grown to ten, each with the distinctive camo netting 3D aspects. One of the most popular patterns is Highlander, which is also the pattern used across the new eyewear collection. Highlander is most popular in sage, desert, and open terrain. There is Altitude, a pattern designed for above the tree-line, where the air is thin and cover is sparse. If you want something a bit brighter, Pontus is designed for the open water angler. Kryptek has found color palletes for almost any environment required for military application, or hunting and sport.

The Eyewear

Oakley SI excited to launch the Kryptek Eyewear Collection. This 5-piece collection features Kryptek’s Highlander pattern. The pattern is applied to the eyewear using Oakley’s unique hydrographic film process. Each piece of eyewear being unique. The collection features both sport and lifestyle frames to complement any activity an outdoor adventurer pursues. The collection includes Oakley SI lifestyle favorites Gascan® and Holbrook, and the enduring sport performance style Flak® XL 2.0. Two new styles are added with Mainlink XL and Sylas, both a hybrid of lifestyle and sport performance. Each style has Prizm Tungsten Polarized lenses which are ideal for an outdoor environment.

Drew Wallace

Drew Wallace is a veteran of the 75th Ranger Regiment, and has served in support of both OIF and OEF. He has been part of the Oakley SI team since 2012 and served in both product and marketing roles.

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