I like the outdoors, as you may have noticed. HIKING is one of my labels, and I use it a fair amount. My setting has lots of inspiration in the great American West; the Rockies, the Sierra Nevadas, the Colorado Plateau, the Sonoran, Mojave, and Chihuahuan deserts, the Great Basin shrub steppe, etc. Because of that, I like to haunt the outdoors section of sporting goods stores. Luckily for me, I've got a nice selection; within half an hour I can get to a Cabelas, and in even less time I can find an REI and a big Dick's Sporting goods, and a few other local stores like Dunhams. And frankly, the outdoors section of some "regular" stores ain't bad. In fact, while in Wal-Mart buying some new printer ink the other day, I wandered over to the camping/hunting area and saw a bunch of stuff on clearance that I quite liked. I ended up picking up some mid-weight base layers--black with big side patches on the sleeves of Mossy Oak's Break-up Infinity, as well as a few performance Ts (one with BUI and one with RealTree AP), and several pairs of mid-weight merino wool hiking socks. A little earlier I'd picked up some new hikers at Kohl's, and a few loose-fit cargo pants at Old Navy (should have gone for the military style, but oh well.) I'm actually doing pretty good on "outdoorsy clothes" right now. And frankly, I like wearing them around. Although I'm not one for making fashion statements normally--I think on this, I kinda do. I like wearing outdoorsy clothes. If it were up to me (i.e., if I were retired or self-employed in some kind of capacity where I didn't have to interact with customers or whatever) I'd wear base-layers or performance ts with a camouflage pattern, cargo pants and hiking boots everywhere I went.
Now, I don't really need camouflage patterns. I'm a hiker, not a hunter. I don't need to hide from deer. I love eating venison when I can get my hands on it, but since it isn't an imperative for my survival, as it turns out I'm just not really interested in hunting myself. Because of that, like I said, wearing outdoorsy patterned clothing becomes a fashion statement rather than a utilitarian one.
However... I do have some use for the camo patterns. This is more my kids thing, but as I'm looking for fun things to do with them (and our friends) I'm moving more and more into the orbit of running around in the woods with airsoft guns playing capture the flag, and other organized games. It's not quite as "extreme" as paintball (since airsoft ammo doesn't hurt as much, and there's potentially some ambiguity on whether or not you actually got hit sometimes) but otherwise very similar. So, for this, I'm thinking that camo patterns would indeed be quite useful.
I've done some googling, and it looks like debates on hunting forums and elsewhere about Break-up Infinity vs. RealTree AP are often bitter and acrimonious. When they're more honest, folks will tell you that it doesn't really matter all that much, especially given the incredible similarity of the two.
But for the heckuvit, does anyone out there have a preference? Here's a sampling: