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First Lite Cipher Camo – New for 2017

What is Cipher?

Cipher camouflage from First Lite leverages the same proven working principals as their Fusion camo. The relationship between colors and shapes in both First Lite patterns are specifically designed to fool the brain and resemble patterns found in nature. No Pixels, no trees. Breakup camouflage from First Lite utilizes several key principles to help you disappear in both short and long distances:

  • Large Shape Disruption –  Used to distort and hide the hunter’s body by incorporating large regions of light and dark colors that work against the human figure.
  • Small-Medium Texture Disruption – A scattering of small-to-medium sized elements from a nature-based algorithm effectively blends the hunter into their surroundings when close to prey.
  • Disruptive Coloration – Finely tunes palettes of color to contrast against body outlines to blend with natural surroundings.
  • Focal and Depth Confusion – Color and shape algorithms based in nature are strategically placed to confuse depth perception. Peripheral vision of the prey is also distorted with the controlled contrast and disruptive coloration.
  • Light and Dark Crackleture – Unique to First Lite patterns, the crackleture use of light and dark shapes that weave throughout the pattern offer yet another level of versatility and effectiveness, eliminating color blobbing and further distorting the hunter’s shape.

Cipher Camo

Cipher vs Fusion?

Although they use the same science and both are very flexible to a wide variety of environments, Fusion incorporates green into it’s color pallet which makes it ideal for early season, western lichen/sage/pine, and any type of heavy wooded areas. Cipher on the other hand uses a much more muted color pallet for dry and late season environments.

First Lite Camouflage

Gaiter Comparison

There has been a huge increase in the popularity and use of leg gaiters in the last few years in the hunting community. I personally had never used a gaiter until 4 years ago. However once I bought my first pair and started using them in wet and snowy conditions, I instantly realized their value. High gaiters will help prevent the bottoms of your pants from getting soaked by wet vegetation or snow while also keeping your boot uppers protected from the elements. They can also help keep out water in brief and shallow (below the top of the gaiter) stream crossings. They are not waders so don’t expect them to keep your feet dry while crossing a raging river!

I had the opportunity to personally go through and try out several of the most popular and newest hunting gaiters on the market and give my 2 cents about each of them. Below you’ll find the features of each according to the manufacturer and then my own personal experiences using them. Some of my opinions may differ from others but they are based on my experience using gaiters while chasing everything from high country Mule Deer in the heat of August and September, to late season elk hunting in the bitter cold of January.

First Lite Brambler Gaiters
First Lite Brambler Gaiter

The First Lite Brambler Gaiters are built to take a beating with their coated Nylon straps, Cordura constructed insteps, and insanely tough seams. They will keep you dry and comfortable no matter the conditions or terrain. They utilize the same 37.5 by Cocona Technology which breathes like no other but is also extremely waterproof. They are currently only available in the Fusion camo pattern but I would like to see them in a solid color in the future. They are available in a S/M or L/XL. I have  16.5″ calves and the S/M fits me perfectly.

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First Lite Beanie Comparison

First Lite Beanie Comparison


This year First Lite redesigned their accessory line and made a couple changes as well as additions to help fill the need that hunters ask for. One of the main differences right off the back is sizing. Starting this year First Lite started offering two sizes in their beanies, a Medium and a Large. The Medium size took over the old “One Size” and gives you the same fit and feel that you know and love out of any previous First Lite Beanie. The Large has a little bigger dimensions and sits a little lower on your head making it a perfect choice for those who want a little more covered or for those who just have a mellon on their shoulders.

Besides sizing, First Lite also introduced a new beanie, the Tag Cuff. Much like the Merino Beanie, this is made 100% out of Merino about twice as thick and features the “tag” fold-up style band around the base. This adds an extra layer of warmth for those bittersweet chilly mornings.

Having the option to choose the right style that fits your hunting style really helps keep your gear as versatile as can be and also allows you take full effect of all that specific product was designed for. They all are made out of 100% Ultra Fine Merino, which makes them lightweight, breathable, naturally odor resistant and they even stay 80% warmer when wet compared to other fabrics.


The “Classic” First Lite Merino Beanie is the perfect choice for early season hunting. If you spend a lot of time in high altitude or deep drainage’s where sunlight isn’t shown as much but you just need that added layer of warmth to keep your head and ears warm then this is the beanie for you plus it only weighs a couple of ounces. Again, this does come in two sizes now, Medium, which was the old One Size, and Large.


The Brimmed Beanie is everything you know and love about the Merino Beanie, the only difference is that it has a brim on the front. This tends to be the better choice if you do a lot of summiting or peaking in both twilight hours as well as during the day when you need to shield the sun out of your eyes without having to wear a hat. Besides that the fit, feel and technologies are identical.


The First Lite Tag Cuff Beanie is a new addition to the accessory lineup this year. First Lite got a lot of feedback about people wanting a beanie that did a little more than the Merino but still stuck within that price zone that every hunter can afford. The Tag Cuff is about twice as thick as the standard Merino Beanie and is similar to the same 330g Merino weight that the First Lite Chama EXP offers adding that extra heavyweight layer of warmth that is crucial in the late-season. It’s still made 100% out of Merino so still odor resistant, performs great even when wet, and features that “Tag Cuff” brim all across the base of the beanie which helps keep your ears warm and sweat under control just in case you get a little more active than planned.

Overall we’re excited to see the growth that First Lite has had in the last couple of years and how they always retain to keep the same Quality as they make advancements and spread out their product line offerings. You can’t go wrong with either or but be sure to pick one up and at that price pick up a spare as well that you can keep in your pack, truck, UTV at all times. You can never have enough beanies. Take that as a “Tip of the experienced idiot”.

First Lite’s New Pattern – First Lite Fusion Review

Just released – New First Lite Fusion “No Pixels, No Trees”

Buy Fusion on BlackOvis by clicking HERE.

We are super excited to announce that BlackOvis will be one of the very few to carry the new Fusion pattern from First Lite. Many of you have not heard or seen much about the pattern so I wanted to give you the exciting points and my initial thoughts about what First Lite has done to create this new pattern.

A First Lite exclusive, Fusion excels at removing the characteristics of outlines of the hunter from 2 to 2000 yards. Let’s see if you grasp that, 2 to 2000 yards, so pretty much everywhere and anywhere you may be while hunting.  So unless you are trying to catch game by hand I think that just maybe, Fusion is going to work for you. I will give you the long sophisticated words later of why this camo works, but in short Fusion will hide you from game better than other patterns offered by First Lite. Different from other patterns First Lite has used, Fusion does not use leaves or trees. Let’s be honest here, the leaves and trees that you find on your camo are most likely not the same leaves and trees where you hunt. Stop trying to blend in to your surroundings, it’s time to disappear. Another pattern that First Lite has used, you know the one, it looks like a tribal tattoo. Well that pattern used thick dark lines, just think of seeing black branches on a hillside, they would probably stand out. First Lite has taken all of the knowledge they have gained over the years and through research and testing, and created Fusion, the pattern designed to help you blend in and disappear. 


First Lite Fusion in the Field

To be honest, when I first saw the pattern online, I thought it was ugly to say the least. That it looked like puke. But the images First Lite has on their site are a little off, the pattern is not as bright as they make it seem. After trying the Fusion on and wearing it around for a minute I was actually shocked at how much it was growing on me. The lighter browns in the camo are not as strong as many of the product images. And of course, it is First Lite so it still uses their fantastic Merino Wool and top of the line fabrics to keep you comfortable while in the field. If you have never worn First Lite before, you can typically size down in many of the mid-weight and heavier pieces.

With everyone trying to make their own camo pattern these days (and most failing) First LIte may have just nailed it. Let’s talk specifics:

-Employs macro and micro disruption as well as finely tuned distortions

Perfect relationship of color and shape to deliver maximum concealment

-Large Shape Disruption: the larger shapes distorts and hides the hunters body shape by incorporating large regions of light and dark that work against the human figure

-Small-Medium Texture Disruption: When you are closer, you need those finer details. This is what the smaller and medium texture disruption gives you, it hides your location and shape and blends then hunter into their surroundings.

-Disruptive Coloration: Using a fined tuned set of 9 colors Fusion uses contrast to help blend the hunter into their surroundings, no matter where they are hunting.

-Focal and Depth Confusion: The animal has a hard time focusing on the hunter due to the color and the algorithms put into Fusion.

-Light and Dark Crackleture: The crackleture (not found in other patterns) offer another level of versatility and effectiveness by distorting the hunter even more.



Fusion design of shape and colors absolutely obliterates the human shape

Are you still with me? So basically what that all means is animals won’t be able to see you. This is not your grandpa’s leaves and trees camo. It is time that we evolved into the next level of camo. First Lite Fusion will hide you from that trophy, it’s just a matter of if you can take the shot.


Hide yourself from 2 to 2000 yards

Overall we are absolutely stoked for Fusion! This pattern is the next big thing on the mountain and it is here on BlackOvis! We approve of the new Fusion pattern and know it is going to work in any situation in which you may be in your next hunt.

The question behind it all is, can you actually get your hands on some?

Click HERE to check it out on BlackOvis.com