@Conker: true. But mismatched prototypes are just that, meaning they don't end up being worn by all the guys who happen to be at the same place at the same time... at least not on this side of the ocean, and not with Arc
We're looking at issued items right there. Besides, the time-line doesn't add up. This is the first time we're seeing those garments and that particular color on a SEK, so chances are high that this is brand new. Meanwhile standard Arc' Combat garments have been out for about a year, with no plans to revamp them in any near future. I don't see them already derailing from their production to work on a super small procurement, moreover with interim fixes like this black torso material when they can offer matching color fabrics (although this could be explained by specific performance requirements).
@Technoviking: The thing is, as with any company they could definitely build you a single unique piece of clothing if you paid them enough money. But if you want to stay within reasonnable price boundaries with what's considered low quantities, Arc'teryx won't be your go-to company. They just have too many things going on with standard line products and specific runs of discontinued items. Just to get them to modify a velcro placement or shape is crazy complicated, so new pants & shirt design... Heck, their special projects that I'm aware of for Police in Europe over the last few years could be counted on one finger, and that wasn't even for a tac unit! The only guys who get around that are Vancouver PD, because they got home advantage.
Finally, they can just do what you think they wouldn't and wear cheap equipment, or copycats. I'm not passing on any judgment nor do I mean any disrespect, almost everybody does that one way or another, especially in Europe when it comes to overpriced US equipment. Looking at their el cheapo AOR2 helmet covers is a good indicator