Here's the thing - no matter how good the ghillie suit is, it will not perfectly match (color wise) the terrain you are playing in at any given time. Profile (and movement) notwithstanding, color is by far and away the biggest giveaway to your position. If it doesn't match your environment, you will stand out, no matter how good the ghillie. And in my local environment, I can move 10ft and need a totally different ghillie color to blend in.
That's why all the good snipers grab local vegetation and stuff it into their suit - it is what makes the difference between a person in a jute suit and a professional sniper
If you are playing a lot in wooded areas, a leaf suit makes sense to help break up your profile. That's why a lot of the European snipers seem to really like them - their fields mean those work quite well. Problem is you stick out a lot in a open field. That's why military snipers use real ghillie; it is much more effective at breaking up your profile and blending in - no matter the terrain. The Nov suits have elastic bands for vegetation, so that's a big plus.
I built my hood for less than $80 - the base was abour $40
, and then I bought about $30 worth of thread
(I have well over half left over). It matches the standard Texas terrain quite well, blending in both the woodland and prairie land decently well without any veg. Meanwhile, the guys in leaf suits at our local field stand out anytime they get out of trees, which ends up being a good deal of the time.
I'm not saying a leaf suit is bad, I'm just saying why I ended up opting for a ghillie hood. Ultimately, you need to evaluate your environment to determine if the camouflage meets your needs. I think a traditional ghillie base is more flexible, but if a leaf base is sufficient for your needs then that can be a good option. Nov's stuff is decently priced, especially versus traditional full ghillie suits, but you can make a hood for cheaper, and I think get a bit better value that way.
Here's a picture of my son looking at the camera in my hood (no vegetation).
On the opposite end of the spectrum, I can't tell you how many times I've nearly had people step on me when I was just wearing a black tshirt and woodland bdu pants. But you can't always get a good hide