What are the differences in the FR-ACU and ACU uniforms?

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    What are the differences in the FR-ACU and ACU uniforms?

    Post by John Brown on Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:52 pm

    I was wondering if there were any differences in the Flame Retardant Army Combat Uniform (aka "Defender") and the original Army Combat Uniform.

    Do you think one would last longer than than the other in general garrison use?

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    Re: What are the differences in the FR-ACU and ACU uniforms?

    Post by misanthropic_gods on Mon Sep 12, 2011 2:54 am

    The fabric is different and the Defender M FRACU's are a little bit more yellow than the standard issue ACU

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    Re: What are the differences in the FR-ACU and ACU uniforms?

    Post by tenewel on Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:23 pm

    The FRACUs have a bit of a different hue to them and they look like they are a rougher material but I don't notice it when wearing them.

    Can't stand either pattern. I feel like a blueish-grey target no matter what environment. Go Multicam. (Sorry, had to get on the soap box).

    Most of my unit is wearing FRACUs because that was what they were resupplied with in Afghanistan. Wear appears to be about the same, maybe a bit less on the FRACUs, but haven't put mine through the wringer yet.

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    Re: What are the differences in the FR-ACU and ACU uniforms?

    Post by John Brown on Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:08 pm

    tenewel wrote:
    Can't stand either pattern. I feel like a blueish-grey target no matter what environment. Go Multicam. (Sorry, had to get on the soap box).
    Yeah, it sucks that the ACU camo only works well on a moonlit night in the desert Sad


    TBH, I don't see that much difference in multicam over the old woodland camo ( get your your torches, tar and feathers Surprised )

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    Re: What are the differences in the FR-ACU and ACU uniforms?

    Post by CollectinSteve on Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:18 pm

    I think the only difference, of any significance, id the little patches of gray ribbon that are sewn on the left sleeve cuff and left trouser pocket flap. This denotes the uniform is FR and not standard ACU.

    Note that there were many small changes to the ACU over the years. I even got a pair of trousers that were pulled from inventory and updated to have the crotch seam reinforced. Nice secondary label in there saying who did the work and when. So be careful when comparing any of the ACUs together because you might think there's some sort of difference between FR and regular, for example, but it's just comparing newer FR to older ACU.

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