ripcord wrote:Thanks Steve, I really like this pattern.
Certainly agree that vatiations of early arid patter are minor, and can see you point of view considering them one pattern.
While the first 2 incarnation of arid are very similar,there are small differences in colors and especially cut.
Those combined factors is probably why more than one Portuguese collector refers to the newest and current pattern as the 3rd.
Good to know that Portuguese collectors, at least, are calling them 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Since there's no official way to categorize these things, their method is no more right or wrong than anybody else. However, I think it doesn't conform to fairly standard collecting naming conventions. Which is not unusual
I'm always cautious about elevating minor differences too far. Swapping buckles for velcro is definitely important to note and does indicate the changes weren't accidental or a factory improvising. Therefore, I think it is proper to clearly identify each as separate production rather than just calling them "Variants" (e.g. VSR's dozens of different colorations)
Minor tweaks to a new uniform roll out is fairly common and so for something like this I'd call it "1st Model, Early" and "1st Model, Late" because the basic form of both the pattern and the cut didn't change in a significant way. Contrast the changes between those two uniforms and the one without any black.
Since we don't have naming police, my way is not any more right or wrong than anybody else's. However, I'm personally going to continue thinking of the Portuguese as having two "Models" of desert uniforms, of which the first one has at least 2 "Variants".