Let me start by saying, that I'm not trying spoil all the fun, for anyone, it's just that I have always felt like it's better to be subtle in woods or even in public for that matter. I've never really felt the need to draw attention to myself (yet here I am writing this and I'm sure I'll probably take a shellacking for it), in fact probably the opposite. On the other hand, I'm not a big fan of camouflage colors either. I like earth tones and colors that are easy on the eye and that are not in sharp contrast to the natural surroundings.
I'm just curious about what people honestly see in these electric blue, vibrant candy apple red, neon gecko green colors. To me it seems like people that like them are sort of saying, "HEY, LOOK AT ME, CAN YOU SEE ME?" "I'M RIGHT HERE, THE ONE THAT LOOKS LIKE A GECKO ;)" I mean if we are really honest with ourselves,(put the ego aside) for a moment do we want to be noticed, or are we buying these colors, because Patagonia and the like want their products to be noticed? I really like some of the products available today, like a Hoodini Jacket comes to mind, but the colors are just hideous to me. It took me 20 years to finally get rid of a pair of Patagonia electric blue powder pants. I just hated the color, but it was all that was available at the time. I would wear them grudgingly every couple years in a pinch, then stuff them away into the far reaches of my dresser draw and try to forget them.
I confess that I've bought a few things over the years that went against my better color judgment, in fact I currently have BD Highlite tent that really borders on the edge of allowable for me. I can see that it might be useful to have a bright colored tent in some snowy places, so you could find it in a blizzard or something, but I really would have preferred something toned down a bit, in fact the only reason I got it was because, free standing, lightweight tents, were sort of scarce.
So what are your thoughts? Do you like to be in sharp contrast to your surroundings, or do you wish for more subtle colors in outdoor gear?