I've had a good amount of experience using multicam, and I agree that its an amazing camo. However, it doesn't "adapt" to its environment...that would suggest that the camo changes depending on its surroundings...like the chameleon (or predator) that Greg suggested. The thing that makes multicam unique is that the colors used in the pattern blend into each other..so a green starts out dark, and slowly lightens, until it mixes with the tan color used in the pattern...think of it like watercolors blending together. The pattern is fixed though, and doesn't change or adapt (or else we would be talking about Predator technology), but it does a great job breaking up the shape of the object donning it. That's the other thing...camo fabrics, as it is used today, isn't suppose to help an individual blend into the environment, so much as it is suppose to help break up the shape of an object so the human eye won't recognize it for what it is...whether it be a soldier, or a tent. If you want something to blend in...then make a ghillie suit for it :0
I can def see its practical purposes in a stealth camp setting, and its going to be better than the bright yellows we see on MSR and BD tents, but at the same time, Multicam is not a miracle worker. In real life, you can still spot multicam...its a pretty light pattern...and in a dark environment it just contrasts too much with the surroundings. If you go to multicampattern.com and look at their gallery, you'll see that the pattern is crazy effective when it comes to arid, dry, desert environments. You can also see the pattern working really well when the individuals are standing near boulders, concrete walls etc. However, you never really see pics of this patten in dark green forests, etc. Makes me think the pattern is better suited for places like California Sierras, as opposed to the AT
I saw that the supplier wants a 5000 yard commitment...that's a lot of fabric, and I'm just not sure its worth the addition costs, because you can do a pretty decent job concealing your camp with just gray/OD/ or coyote brown silnylon (if available). My old tent was a Gray Sierra Designs Vapor 2, which looks very similar to a BA Seedhouse. Even when it was in a snow setting, the thing looked like a boulder from 70 yards away.
Also, IMO it does scream military.. haha. It was originally developed in hopes of selling it to the military...the digital ACU/MARPAT pattern was adopted instead because Multicam was too expensive to adopt. The only people ending up buying multicam were private contracters, airsofters (military simulation war gamers) and the producers for the Transformers movies...yeah, that's multicam that Tyrese is wearing in the movie :)
I think it was only recently that we started seeing companies like timbuk2 using this pattern...but its def a military pattern