For Solognac, safety is our obsession, a vital part of the hunting experience. We consider and implement it on several levels: there is safety via equipment such as textiles to protect against unruly vegetation, goggles, earphones, fluorescent orange PPE, etc. and of course the basic safety rules such as shooting angle, visibility, and gun handling, etc.
It is precisely because of our commitment to safety that we wanted to initiate the French standard for "orange fluo - PPE". This defines the requirements and test methods for visual clothing suitable for hunting.
It only covers upper body products, i.e. jackets, short sleeve t-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, and jackets. It does not take into account all the lower items such as trousers, chaps, and shoes, nor accessories such as caps and hats. this is because these elements alone cannot ensure sufficient visibility to ensure safety.
There is a notion of a fluorescent coloured surface that needs to be considered, knowing that the sleeves do not count. Now, stay with me here! The fluorescent orange must be present on the front and back of the product, divided into 4 zones. The surfaces must be fluorescent orange over 80cm² in each of these areas. A diagram might be more telling!
We cannot compromise on a standard and we cannot sacrifice efficiency when hunting, so we had to adapt.
In calculating the 80cm², it is the fluorescent orange that matters, so a tree or branch shape is deducted. This is how the so-called realistic camouflage and the rock camo were developed.
This is also the reason why we cannot design PPE products with all camouflages, furtiv for example is not compatible. However, as you might expect, we are looking for a new camouflage that will be!