I have been keeping an eye on the A-TACS® pattern, since it surfaced at Ft. Benning, GA, Oct 2009. The pattern was developed by Digital Concealment Systems (DCS) and I have to say that, in my opinion, it does more things well than any other design I’ve run across. In fact, I like it so much that were I standing up an Army it would be my choice for a UCP.
I still wouldn’t allow my self to be backlit and standing on a ridge just yet but FOG HORN likes A-TACS® as it appears to work well in arid, urban and semi-forested (not jungle) areas.
Readers interested in finding more out about A-TACS® should seek that knowledge at Soldier System. They are definitive source and purveyor of all things “camo” on the internet. Eric and the rest of his folks have done more to answer and clarify questions surrounding the Army’s quest for new camouflage patterns than anyone online.