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What’s a ghillie suit?

A ghillies suit is a type of camouflage clothing designed to conceal its user, It does this by resembling the surrounding areas. Typically it is made up of jute, cloth and additional vegetation and foliage are tied into the suit. They were first used in 1916 by the Lovat Scouts, a Scottish Highland regiment that when on to become the British Army’s first sniper unit. Since then the ghillie suit has developed and many military, police and hunters around the world use ghillie suits to blend into their surroundings.

Traditional Ghillie Suits or Leaf suits, which one is best?

Traditional Ghillie Suit

Using a traditional ghillie suit may well be a good option for you if you intend to play in certain areas. For example, in a pine Forrest, I would argue a traditional ghillie suit would work better than a leaf suit. However typically for the use In Airsoft, I found ghillie suits to be overly hot and cumbersome. They get caught frequently on any shrub with thorns and can give your position away simply through the additional movement to get free. In addition to this, I have found that people that use bulky ghillie-suits tend not to call hits, most likely not intentionally. However, when a bb impacts a ghillie suit it tends to dampen the sound and impact as they’re so thick.

Leaf Suit

There are many advantages to using a leaf suit over a traditional ghillie suit. Firstly, I found leafsuits to be much more breathable than a traditional ghillie suit as they’re typically made from a fine mesh so aren’t nearly as hot or heavy. I also found they’re much nicer to be wearing when it rains as traditional suits soak up water and the already heavy suit begins to weight even more. Leaf suits however when they become wet they don’t tend to gain much weight at all and all that ends up happening is the colour tones darken similarly to surrounding vegetation which is great for concealment. The only disadvantage for Leafsuits over a ghillie suit is that a leafsuit will need more work done to it, as the base is typically a fine mesh and is usually prone to ripping.

Crafting a leaf suit

Crafting a leaf suit is important, just like Jute based traditional ghillie suits you have to match your suit to the environment. Vegetation in the forms of natural and artificial will significantly improve your overall concealment in-game. If you would like to know how I craft my leafsuits and to learn some secret techniques check out my 10 steps to crafting a leaf suit guide. Or otherwise I have done a review on the best Airsoft Snipers of this year including the Silverback SRS, the Noverich SSG and the VSR-10, the results were surprising, to say the least.

Reviews

All the camouflage systems in this review are uncrafted meaning the images are as they come. All the suits can be improved with additional crafting and if you would like to know how to improve your camouflage system I have a blog post all about crafting a leafsuit to fit your surroundings similarly to Kicking Mustang! The review is also solely my own opinion and therefore should be taken as such. Although I do not own each suit I am reviewing, I have been part of a community that openly discusses concealment tips tricks and over the years of playing have my own ideas of what works and what doesn’t.

Top 5 Leafsuits

01. Kicking Mustang Concealment System (KMCS) Leaf suit

Best all round leaf suit

Ghillie type: Leafsuit | Cost: High| Crafted needed: Small amount | Colour tones: Great

The KMCS is a new leaf suit that’s being released by Kicking Mustang in June 17th 2019. The suit comes with an oversized hood, randomised leaf strips, elastic straps to retain natural vegetation. Along with my favourite feature, long cuffs that extend over the back of the hands and held in place with an elastic retaining system, ideal for stops sleeves rising up. It is however priced on the higher end, costing £180 but if you’re looking for the best quality then it may be the go-to option.

For any Milsim players this will be the suit for you, not only does it feature realistic colours and it also comes with (IRR) Infra red retardant to protect the wearer against night vision equipment so you can remain hidden even with those filthy cheaters. 😛

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KMCS Review
KMCS Ghilliesuit Review
The KMCS, new leaf suit that was released by Kicking Mustang on June 17th 2019. The first batch of 100 suits sold out within 5 minutes so are in incredibly hot demand. The suit comes with an oversized hood, randomised leaf strips, elastic straps to retain natural vegetation and long cuffs that extend over the back of the hands to stop sleeves rising up. It is however priced on the higher end, costing £180 but if you’re looking for one of the better quality leafsuit then it may be the go-to option.
Mesh Strength9.5
Colour Tones9
Value for Money8
Crafting Needed9
Reader Rating30 Votes7
THE GOOD
Incredibility strong mesh
Doesn't need much crafting
Natural vegetation retaining system
Has some amazing colour tones
Includes unique features
THE BAD
Premium Price
Sold out quickly
Only available on KickingMustang.com
Lots of drama surrounding the KMCS
8.9

2. Light Leaf Concealment System (LLCS) Leaf suit

Best commercial leaf suit

Ghillie type: Leafsuit | Cost: Medium| Crafted needed: Medium amount Colour tones: Great

The Light leaf concealment system by Jack Pyke was to go-to option for high-quality leafsuits. Unforntately, since they swapped manufactures the colours on the LLCS have not been as good as the old-gen suits.

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Mesh Strength8.5
Colour Tones8.5
Value for Money7.5
Crafting Needed8
THE GOOD
Amazing colour tones
Additional material can be bought
THE BAD
Old-generation is hard to find
New-generation isn’t as good as colours are too vivid.
8.2

3. Federal Security Service (FSB) Leaf Suit

Very high quality Russian Leafsuit

Ghillie type: Leafsuit | Cost: High | Crafted needed: Small amount | Colour tones: Great

FSB suits are very similar to old style LLCS even saying they come from the same factory. The only reason I have put them below Jake Pykes LLCS suit is that they’re notoriously difficult to find. In fact, if you’re after an FSB suit you’ll probably have to find someone from Russia that is willing to sell you one overseas. The people I know who have found FSB suits have gone onto Russian Military groups and found sellers there.

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Mesh Strength9
Colour Tones8.5
Value for Money6.5
Crafting Needed8.5
THE GOOD
Strong mesh
Very good colour tones
THE BAD
Fairly Expensive
Hard to purchase/find.
8

4. Mil-Spec Leaf suit

Inexpensive clone of LLCS

Ghillie type Leafsuit | Cost Low-Medium| Crafting needed Medium | Colour tones Great

I personally use the Mil-Spec suit for me it was a great alternative to some of the more expensive suits but still have amazing colour tones. The downsides I have noticed however is they’re exceedingly difficult to find and the mesh is very prone to ripping. This didn’t bother me too much as I’ve always been under the idea that repairing a suit tends to add to the concealment.

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Mesh Strength5
Colour Tones8
Value for Money9.5
Crafting Needed9
THE GOOD
Inexpensive
Very good colour tones
THE BAD
Mesh is prone to ripping
Hard to purchase/find
Still needs some crafting.
7.8

5. Firstlite

Best rocky terrain suit

Ghillie type Leafsuit | Cost Low-Medium| Crafting needed Medium | Colour tones Great

The Firstlite leafsuits come in two different patterns Lite Fusion which is a mainly brown base with bright highlights ideal for rocky terrain and First lite Cipher which has more Tan colours and resembles more muddy colour tones. The Cipher with some crafting I can imagine could be an outstanding suit for anyone that plays in a very wet country that sees high amounts of traffic.

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Phantom Leafy Suit Review
First Lite 3D Phantom Leafy Jacket and Balaclava Review
The First Lite Phantom system was intriguing to me for two reasons, one the multicolour tones, and two the mesh. Although mesh tearing isn't a real issue, as you can repair it quite easily, it's still nice to have some stronger mesh than others on the market. The balaclava can be sold separately and will break up your facial features quite nicely. A bonus feature about this balaclava is that you can use a standard hat to give yourself some shade on your eyes while stalking.
Mesh Strength7
Colour Tones7
Value for Money7
Crafting Needed7.5
Reader Rating1 Vote7
THE GOOD
Multitone shade
Balaclava sold as well, able to wear a hat, nice drawstring
Stronger mesh than others on the market currently
THE BAD
No pants sold, good for people who don't run a full suit
Need to be dyed in order to be effective, a nice light natural tone suit as a result (doesn't need a lot)
7.1
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Top Ghillie Suits

1. Ataka Viper Ghillie Hood

Best custom-made ghillie suit

Ghillie type Ghillie Suit| Cost Very High | Crafting needed Small amount | Colour tones Great

ATAKA is a company that specialises in ghillie suits, typically jute ghillie suits. Although I tend to have a hatred towards these suits with them being too hot, getting stuck on thorn bushes or just generally making hit taking difficult. I have to admit they do create some of the best-crafted ghillie suits.

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Strength9.5
Colour Tones6.5
Value for Money7.5
Crafting Needed7
THE GOOD
Needs little to no crafting
Very good colour tones
THE BAD
Overly hot during summer months
Jute Based so gets caught easily.
7.5

Budget Options

1. North Mountain Leaf suit

Ghillie type Ghillie Suit| Cost Very High | Crafting needed Small amount | Colour tones Great

Best Budget Leafsuit

North Mountain Gear is quickly becoming the go-to suit for its price range. The suit does need a fair bit of crafting but it does have the potential once dyed to compete with some of the more premium suits.

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Strength8
Colour Tones8
Value for Money8.5
Crafting Needed7.5
THE GOOD
Inexpensive
Many different styles of suits to choose from
THE BAD
Need to be dyed and crafted to perform well
Uses zips over buttons.
8

2. MFH Leaf suit

Best dead leaf suit

Ghillie type Ghillie Suit| Cost Very High | Crafting needed Small amount | Colour tones Great

The MFH leaf suit is possible the best winter leaf suit, it’s natural colours are dark brown and need little doing to improve the colours, that said It doesn’t contain any green or tans and the mesh rips very easily.

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Strength8
Colour Tones8
Value for Money8.5
Crafting Needed7
THE GOOD
Inexpensive
Many different styles of suits to choose from
THE BAD
Need to be dye3d and crafted to perform well
Uses zips over buttons.
8

3. Deer-hunter Leaf suit

Best starter leaf suit

Ghillie type Ghillie Suit| Cost Very High | Crafting needed Small amount | Colour tones Great

My first leaf suit was a RealTree leaf suit, I wasn’t sure if I liked the game-play style of sneaking and firing from a concealed location so buying a £20 suit to try it out was perfect for me. Like any leaf suit if you throw enough man hours at crafting and dying the leaf suit it can compete with some of the more expensive suits available.

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Mesh Strength6.5
Colour Tones6.5
Value for Money10
Crafting Needed6.5
THE GOOD
Very Inexpensive
Material is easy to find
Also has available gloves and veil
THE BAD
Need to be dyed and crafted to perform well
Material is prone to ripping
7.5
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Good review but you miss the main players on the market. When it comes to leaf suits you should mention the ones available at Cabelas and Bass Pro. The ones in True Timber are way better than what you get on the european market (and less expensive). The HTC green pattern is better than what you have reviewed here in my opinion. From a professional point of view for military and law enforcement try to include more state-of-the art stuff like the ones shown at Le Covert Sartorialist or MiM&Tech. Oh, and one should not forget about Sprinter Custom Ghillie.… Read more »

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Very good guide! Really approciated reading! I have one comment on the MFH Leaf suit though. I have one and the mesh is really bad. It ripped big holes on both pants and jacket the first game. I sew them and the second game they ripped on different places. All that takes are a thorn to rip it open.
Other than that I agree with your points.

Best regards, Nicklas

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