Being green is easy at Alpha Industries, after all sage and olive are two of our signature colors. The first mil-spec jackets we manufactured for the U.S. Department of Defense were in these required colors -- the MA-1 Flight Jacket in sage and the M-65 Field Coat in olive. Over the years we have introduced new hues of green as we have expanded our core offering and developed new variations of our classic silhouettes. On this Earth Day we present the Alpha Guide to Going Green.
Sage green is a grey-green color. When we were awarded our first DOD contracts in 1959 for the MA-1 Flight Jacket and the N-3B Parka, the specification called for the jackets to be produced in sage green. Even as the jackets underwent revisions, the color requirement remained constant. Today we offer many of our jackets in this traditional military hue.
Olive Green (aka M-65 Olive)
Olive green is a dark yellowish-green color. It gets its name from the unripe or green olive fruit. Alpha started using this shade of green when we were awarded our first M-65 Field Coat contract in 1965. We continued to use the color for our ongoing M-65 contracts and eventually started using it for other jackets, pants and accessories.
The Replica Green hue is one of our lighter shades and doesn’t have a yellow tint like some of our others greens. A washed version of this color was chosen for our 55th anniversary jackets. Forest Green
Forest green gets its name from the color of trees and plants in a forest. The bold color was the perfect choice for the newest variation of our popular Altitude Parka.
The Grenade Green color is a brownish/reddish hue. Several of our field coats, including the Solomon
, use this color. The darker hue gives the field coats a more sophisticated and polished look.
Night Vision Green
The first night vision devices were developed in Germany in the mid-1930s and used during World War II. At the same time, U.S. military scientists developed their own version of the devices. A shade of green was chosen for the technology because it presents the most accurate and user-friendly picture. In addition, because the eye is most sensitive to light wavelengths near 555 nanometers (green) the display can be a little dimmer, which conserves battery power. Alpha paid hommage to this warfare tool with the special version of our Richardson flight jacket.