Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where is the ThermTac suit made?
Q: How do I purchase the ThermTac suit?
A: All orders will be handled through our email.
You can contact Snakebite Tactical here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What makes the ThermTac Ghost Suit any more useful than reflective thermal blankets or tarps sold at a fraction of the cost?
A: The first and most obvious advantage to the ThermTac Ghost Suit is that it CAN BE WORN. There is no existing tarp or thermal blanket system that can be worn against the human body and still hide it from thermal imaging. All of these items conduct heat which can be seen almost as soon as you touch them. If a heat reflecting tarp was a working solution to thermal imaging, then you would see hundreds if not thousands of videos on the web proving their effectiveness. The reality is, these items are only useful if you plan to stretch them out above you without physical contact, and stay in one place without moving. They are highly defensive in nature and severely limited in their application.
The ThermTac is the very first thermal evasion system that can be worn and that also provides visual camouflage offered to the general public. Our suit works as a ghillie as well as a thermal evasion tool, meaning, it works in thermal, and in visible light. Our thermal cloak and pants give nearly total 360 degree coverage against thermal imaging devices while mobile. Meaning, instead of constantly hiding from the enemy and being on the defensive (a losing strategy), you can advance on the enemy if you wish without detection.
Q: I read that it is impossible to hide from thermal vision and drones. What do you have to say to this claim?
Obviously, it is not impossible, as we show as plain as day in our video on thermal evasion. There is a lot of sci-fi romanticism surrounding thermal vision, most of which is false. We believe there has been a concerted propaganda effort designed to give the public incorrect assumptions about thermal vision, and our goal is to end the lies as quickly as possible. We have heard it said many times that building a thermal evasion suit is an impossible task. The fact is, professional armies around the globe already have their own thermal evasion suits. Our view was, if it is possible for them to build such suits, then it is possible for us to build them as well. We have now proven this to be the case.
Q: How long will it take to receive a suit in the mail?
A: Since our company has just been launched and our resources are limited (for now), we will have to determine return times on a case-by-case basis. In general we can only say that the sooner a person enters an order with Snakebite Tactical, the sooner they will beat other purchasers to the top of the list. The number of orders we receive from across the country and how quickly we receive them will determine our ability to fill those orders. We will keep all purchasers updated as to the time frame for shipment. We guarantee you will not be left in the dark.
Q: What camo colors does the suit come in?
A: The ThermTac Suit comes in forest marpat and desert camo. We plan to release other versions in the near future.
Q: How long does it take for the suit to heat up while wearing it?
A: We have tested the suit for between 2 hours and 3 hours at a time without taking it off. It does not heat up in thermal imaging in this time span. We have not yet found a time limit for the ThermTac Suit, but we welcome individuals to test the suit themselves for however long they wish and let us know what they find. Though minor hot spots could conceivably appear, we believe according to our tests that the thermal balance created by the suit makes it useful for any amount of time and that it will continue to break up your human shape making you unidentifiable while under observation by thermal imaging.
Q: Does the suit work in any temperature?
A: We have tested the suit in temperatures ranging from 20 degrees F to 85 degrees F, which is generally representative of most of the U.S. for most of the year. We will continue testing in more extreme temperature environments and keep you updated to what we find.
Q: Is the suit weather proof?
The suit is rain resistant and will keep the wearer warm even when wet. Wet weather does not seem to have any effect on the evasion capabilities of the ThermTac suit. It should also be noted that wet weather greatly reduces the effectiveness of all thermal vision devices.
Q: Is the suit cumbersome to wear?
A: We purposely designed the suit with tactical movement in mind. There are some limitations, but as we show in our video, shooting and moving are not difficult while wearing the ThermTac.
Q: Are there any weaknesses to the function of the suit?
A: One weakness we have found is exposure to direct sunlight during hot summer months. Larger hot spots will develop on the suit if worn in the open in the summer sun. Sticking to shady areas is recommended. We would note, however, that during the hottest times of the day and year, thermal imaging will have considerable difficulty picking you out within its field of view. The sun heats EVERYTHING around you, and thermal imaging will not be able to discern you from the surrounding environment as long as your human shape is removed from the equation and the environmental temperature is close in range to your body heat. At Snakebite Tactical, we would like to hear about possible weaknesses to the ThermTac Suit that are found if any are found so that we may better improve the function of our product.
Q: The images of the ThermTac Suit show gray cordura was used in its construction. What if I don't want gray in my suit?
A: The gray cordura was only used for the demo suit shown in the video. All forest marpat suits will have Olive Drab cordura lining, and all desert suits will have Coyote Brown cordura lining.
Q: Will this suit make my movements invisible to a thermal scope?
A: Not necessarily. The ThermTac Ghost Suit is designed to hide heat signature between 90% to 100%, not hide physical movement. At distances beyond 50 yards, movement is very difficult to detect if a thermal device is set to a wide view. That said, we recommend practicing proper field craft methods (sticking to cover and concealment while moving), even when wearing the suit. This, coupled with the thermal reduction capabilities of the ThermTac, is the only way to be sure that you will not be seen, even by thermal imaging devices.
Q: If I don't own a thermal imaging device, how will I know that my suit works?
A: Snakebite will test every ThermTac Suit before shipping to ensure functionality. For those who want to test their suit themselves, we recommend renting a thermal device from any one of the many online rental houses now available. The cost of thermal rentals is by far more affordable than purchasing.
Q: Is this suit vulnerable to LIDAR?
A: LIDAR is a form of laser based radar which is bounced off surfaces to create a 3D map of an area. We are not sure exactly where the idea came from that drones use LIDAR for anti-personnel detection, but this is simply not so, at least not currently. LIDAR is being tested by the DoD and private contractors for personnel detection using GROUND based 360 degree units, and the effective range of these experimental units is rather limited. Aerial LIDAR is used for mapping of terrain. The complexity of ground based objects (think in terms of millions of objects in any given field of view) makes personnel tracking from the air all but impossible. Ground based LIDAR also requires a recognizable human shape in order to “alert” on an intruder, which means the ThermTac suit (which removes normal human shape) would only HELP in preventing detection. From our research as of 2015, LIDAR for surveillance suffers from numerous false positives, which means it is a very weak system for tracking personnel. Thermal vision is a far greater threat than LIDAR.
Q: Are footprints visible in thermal vision and if so, can I still be tracked even while wearing a suit?
A: Under perfect conditions and the use of a sensitive thermal imager on the ground, your footprints MIGHT be visible using a ground based unit after you imprint them, but it is still unlikely you will be found. Quick thermal imprints (caused by footsteps) disappear within seconds, and are difficult if not impossible to pick out from any distance beyond a few yards. Rubber soled shoes do not in most cases transfer very much heat into the ground, and the theory that crushed grass releases more heat in thermal imaging is utter nonsense. Too many ideas about thermal imaging are drawn from television and movies, which greatly embellish the capabilities of such devices. If footprints were an effective way to track people using thermal, then Search and Rescue units would have numerous examples of this along with numerous success stories (these examples do not exist).
One legitimate danger involving footprints occurs when a very large number of people (small groups are not an issue) travel together in a line or in single file. This constant imprinting on the same path by multiple footfalls can indeed leave a residual trail that can be found several minutes later, enough time to be tracked by a thermal imager.
Q: Can a thermal vision device see through walls?
A: No. Again, this is all movieland nonsense. A thermal imager can see the heat you emit through a very thin wall if you are leaning against it, but remove your body from contact with the surface, and the heat signature will disappear. Thermal imagers have a difficult time picking up any image through leaves and the branches of trees. As long as you are not in contact with the item, your heat will not be seen through the item.
Q: Are there any other uses for the suit beyond hiding from thermal?
A: Absolutely. The ThermTac suit acts as an excellent ghillie with a leaf system attached. It is also a comfortable shelter in cold weather. We have worn this suit in 20 degree F temperatures with only pants and a T-shirt underneath and we remained warm for hours. The suit repels rain as well.
Q: Will I get too hot inside the suit?
A: In direct sun during the summer? Perhaps. Hot humid summer days above 90 degrees F for hours on end? You will not be the most comfortable person on the planet. We have not had any occasion in which the suit was unbearable to wear, though. In fact, for most of the year the suit is excellent in protecting a person from the elements.