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Posted 19 August 2014 - 09:20 PM

I have been eyeballing the Truspec uniform in Multicam tropic. does any one have any experience with the TRU? is it the same as an ACU? 

#2 Psybain


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 12:37 AM

No experience with it, but my assumption would be no. Everything I've seen says it's based off the ACU,  which to me would mean there are some differences between the design, no matter how minor. It might be close enough for gov't work in most cases, however.

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 12:45 AM

Taken from http://www.hendonpub...details?id=2719. Red font added by me for emphasis.




Tru-Spec TRU 
The Tru-Spec TRU Tactical Response Uniform is based on the ACU but differs slightly from, and improves upon, the ACU. In developing the TRU, Tru-Spec looked at the issues that have arisen with the official-issue ACU. The designers also solicited input for improvements from several tactical officers around the country, including members of the Department of Homeland Security’s ICE SRT team in San Diego. The ICE SRT in San Diego also helped test the prototypes of the TRU. The ICE SRT team was the first tactical team to adopt the TRU when the final version went into production in 2006. Both shirt and trousers exceed the MIL-SPEC for the ACU (MIL-44436)

The TRU incorporates proprietary improvements that are aimed at functionality, durability and comfort in the field. Tru-Spec has more than succeeded in its aims. The TRU is everything that the ACU should be and more. The design improvements incorporated in new TRU include zigzag stitching on the hook-and-loop of both the sleeve cuffs and the mandarin collar, extra deep front trouser pockets, double reinforced front trouser pocket openings to protect the pocket from wear and tear caused by the clip-on pocket knives, all hook-and-loop fastenings are secured with new YKK PowerHook® and hidden 5” x 5” pockets in each side of the trouser cargo pockets

The YKK PowerHook hook-and-loop material used on the TRU appears to be very secure. It’s a substantial improvement over the hook and loop used on the ACU. With the YKK PowerHook, I don’t have to worry about the material failing or pockets accidentally opening, which can be an issue with the original ACU hook and loop, especially on the calf pockets. 

Because the TRU was designed specifically for tactical LE, it only has hook-and-loop patches attached on the shoulders of the jacket. However, three pieces of hook-and-loop material are included with the TRU that may be sewn on, if desired, for attaching name tapes and recognition devices. The TRU doesn’t have IR IFF tabs on the shoulder pockets. If desired, IFF tabs may be purchased from a number of tactical suppliers. 

Other upgrades with the Tru-Spec TRU include felled trouser inseams and felled jacket shoulder seams, thicker-than-normal leg drawstrings to ensure that they stay tied, reinforced bar tack crotch seam, clean finish hook-and-loop pocket flaps and cuffs, and 1-inch-wide belt loops with 2-1/4-inch openings. The bar tack and felled seams are important. A bar tack is a series of stitches for reinforcing areas in the garment. A felled seam is a stress-resistant seam formed by joining overlapped garment part edges with two or more rows of stitches. 

The TRU also differs from the ACU in the available colors / camouflage patterns. Tru-Spec presently offers the TRU in many color choices to meet the needs of practically every agency: black, khaki, olive drab, navy blue, woodland camo, three-color desert camo, digital woodland camo, digital desert camo, digital urban camo, and MultiCam® camo. 

The woodland and three-color desert camo used on the TRU is identical to that used on the classic BDU / DCU. At this time, Tru-Spec doesn’t offer the TRU in ACUPAT, although ACUPAT is available from Tru-Spec in its MIL-SPEC ACU. All colors are vat dyed or vat printed for maximum resistance to fading. Coordinated accessory items are also available from Tru-Spec, including boonie hats and patrol caps, helmet covers, T-shirts, shoulder conversion kits and name tape kits. 

Agencies desiring a universal camouflage will find MultiCam to be an excellent choice. MultiCam is a special pattern from Crye Precision that was developed in cooperation with the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research Center. It is designed to work in multiple environments, including woodland, desert and urban. 

Before adopting ACUPAT, the Army tested a variety of patterns. According to Crye, the MultiCam pattern came out on top of all patterns tested in two consecutive tests, although the design was passed over in favor of the Army-modified version of the MARPAT (MARine PATtern) for use in the ACU Program. 

Although camouflage uniforms have become popular with tactical teams, many agencies still prefer solid color tactical uniforms, the consensus being that they look more professional and less like military. Solid colors are less effective than multiple-color patterns for camouflage because the latter better break up outlines, but this is generally less of a concern for law enforcement. 

That said, a solid color can be more effective camouflage than one might think. When it comes to camouflage, color and movement are more important than pattern. Color that contrasts with the environment and motion naturally draw the eye. OD fatigues have been around for more than 60 years. They still do a good job. During Canadian military testing, OD was found to be only 30% less effective than CADPAT (CAnaDian PATtern), the pattern from which MARPAT was derived. Khaki can also be an effective color in the right environment, e.g., dessert terrain. 

Black and navy are among the worst colors for camouflage in any terrain, day or night. However, their high visibility is one reason many SWAT teams use them. That and the fact that there color is more like the standard duty uniforms of many police departments. 

The TRU is available in 6.5-ounce 50% nylon / 50% cotton ripstop and 7-ounce 65% polyester / 35% cotton ripstop. Although 50/50 nylon / cotton is standard for the U.S. military, most law enforcement agencies prefer 65/35 poly / cotton for maximum durability. Due to its lower cotton content, 65/35 poly / cotton fades less, resists stains better, and wrinkles less than 50/50 nylon / cotton. Although the 65/35 poly / cotton is slightly heavier than the 50/50 nylon / cotton, there isn’t any noticeable difference between the two fabrics for hot-weather comfort. 

The 65/35 poly / cotton TRU in OD was selected for this evaluation. The workmanship on the sample was excellent. It was both comfortable and practical. Elbow and knee pads are available from Tru-Spec for the TRU. The same pads also fit into the elbow and knee pouches on the ACU. The pads are made of 100% neoprene fabric. The TRU Tactical Response Uniform is an outstanding general purpose tactical uniform. It is tougher, more functional and provides greater comfort than the ACU. The TRU is fully GSA compliant. 


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Posted 20 August 2014 - 06:41 PM

What Psybain says is dead on.


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