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They’re Here! Arc’teryx Footwear Now Available for Order

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Last June, SSD flew to Chamonix, France to cover the unveiling of the Arc’teryx footwear line. Unlike anything we’ve seen before, the line consists of two basic types (Acrux = Low cut and Bora = Mid cut) made into eight shoe models with five for men and three for women. Now, they are available for order.

The key to the technology is ‘Arc’teryx Adaptive Fit’ (pronounced A squared): the combination of a stretchable liner and single-piece, seamless laminated outer shell that are manufactured separately but worn together for improved comfort, climate management and durability. In several models, these liners are removable. The upper is no slouch either. The construction contains no leather and is made up of a laminate consisting of:
• a non-woven DWR-treated microfiber for smooth internal surface
• a textile woven with PU coated Nylon yarn for air flow and abrasion resistance
• 0,2 mm TPU film build integral upper support
• 0,35 mm high abrasion TPU film reinforcement on more exposed areas

Arc footwear components

Once again, I want to remind everyone that these are not a LEAF product but rather a commercial Arc’teryx offering. Having said that, many LEAF customers are going to want these, particularly as they are available in generally subdued colors. However, these are NOT garrison boots and are very much boots meant for the trail and field.

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Initially, the low top Acrux models were referred to as Alpha, so if you read my earlier stories, keep that in mind. The Mid height Bora continues to retain the same name. The Bora² Mid GTX Hiking Boot is available in Black with removable Cajun-colored stretch GORE-TEX liner although the insulated liner isn’t out yet. In addition to the removable boot liner, it also incorporates a Vibram sole made from the new Megagrip compound. Working in concert with the outsole, three-dimensional rubber components (individually shaped for every size available) protect heel and toe area from rock contact. Finally, an Ortholite-insole rounds up the outer shoe construction.

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I’ve been wearing a pair of Acrux FL for several months. My pair is the unlined model, mesh and I find them quite comfortable, with the feeling of an approach shoe, meaning the sole is somewhat stiff. I’ve hiked quite a bit in them with no issues. As you can see, I even wore them without socks. With any show built on a European last, I recommend that you up up 1/2 size. That’s what I did and I have a good fit. Also, when you order these, if you are in the US, they will show you a US size on the product page but when you get into the shopping cart, they will revert back to UK sizing which is 1/2 size smaller than US sizes. Don’t be alarmed.

Arc Alpha Approach Shoe

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Arc’teryx LEAF – Enhanced Combat Uniform

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

New from Arc’teryx LEAF for 2015 is the Enhanced Combat Uniform.

Arcteryx LEAF ECU

Consisting of an Assault Shirt, Assault Pant and Recce Shirt, Arc’teryx has started from scratch, completely revamping their combat uniform offering. With Arc’teryx I expect to see a synthesis of material and design and this uniform is just that. Combining wearability and utility, the clothing moves with the body and features pockets that are patterned to lie flat, contain contents comfortably and not interfere with each other or other equipment.

Manufactured from No Melt/No Drip materials, sizes XS – XXL and offered in Black, Crocodile, Wolf and MultiCam.

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Mayflower Inserts for Arc’teryx LEAF Khard Packs Now Available

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Mayflower has released a slew of inserts for the Khard family of packs offered by Arc’teryx LEAF.  There’s a little bit of everything from the very specialized 40mm/Flash Bang pouch and AN/PRC-117G carriers to the more generic with multiple sizes of admin and laptop pouches available.  

Available in Black and Wolf Grey and as always, Made in USA!

www.mayflower-rc.org

US Elite Gear Is Giving Away an Arc’teryx LEAF Atom LT

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

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To enter, visit www.us-elitegear.com/giveaway.

Arc’teryx Rarity – Mossy Oak Camo

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

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This garment is real and was produced about a decade ago in small numbers for a US customer.

Correction – The pattern is Mossy Oak but commonly referred to as RealTree by the customer.

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The Arc’teryx LEAF Khard 60 – New for 2015

Friday, January 9th, 2015

Arc’teryx launched the Khard 30 & 45 two years ago during SHOT Show 2013, but as soon as they were released customers wanted more carrying capacity, particularly something that would maintain the pack’s simple, low profile exterior, along with the ability to conceal an assembled carbine. After some trial and error in accommodating different weapons, the Khard 60 was born.

The numbers associated with each Khard version denotes the number of liters. The Khard 60 is now large enough that they refer to it as a hybrid Assault/Patrol Pack. These two photos will give you good idea of how large the pack is and how it will ride.

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On the outside, the Khard 60 looks like any other mountaineering style pack. There’s no PALS webbing or even external pockets; just some daisy chain, a few zippers and a simple, yet effective suspension system consisting of padded shoulder straps and a waist belt that can be stored out of the way by looping back through the daisy chain.

The real magic is on the inside. The ‘U’-shaped zipper with two slides allows you to access the contents from top or side as well as the ability to open it up completely for full access to the contents.

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Thanks to the drop down barrel extension, the Khard 60 will accommodate carbines with longer barrels. The pack was designed primarily for use with assembled, issue weapons. That means with some guns, you can have it all ready to go in the bag. Others, you may have to detach the upper and lower. Trial and error is obviously going to be at play here until every single configuration out there is tried, but I’d suggest you contact Arc’teryx LEAF direct to see if yours will fit.

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This video gives you a great rundown of the Khard 60′s features.

Available in Crocodile, Urban Wolf Grey and MultiCam.

Be sure to stop by booth #10526 to check out the entire LEAF line.

leaf.arcteryx.com

2015 Arc’teryx LEAF Catalog

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Here it is, in all its splendor.

LEAF catalog

(Click to view .pdf)

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Arc’teryx LEAF Launches 2015 Products

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Arcteryx LEAF 2015

Arc’teryx LEAF has updated their LEAF site with the entire 2015 line. It’s not a large amount of new items but there are some major product launches here including dipping their toe in FR.

Look for:
Khard 60
Combat Uniform consisting of Assault Shirt AR, Assault Pant AR and Recce Shirt AR
Naga Hoody Gen 2
Recce Hat (not loaded yet)
Assault Glove FR
Assault Balaclava FR

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You Never Know Where They Are Going To Show Up

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

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How about Kidal, Mali?

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Thanks Bill!

Check Out The Arc’teryx LEAF 2015 Line At SHOT Show

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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Believe it or not, many of the new 2015 LEAF products are in this photo. I’ve seen them first hand and I’m impressed. If you’ll be at SHOT, be sure to check them out in booth #10526. If not, keep an eye out for our live coverage from the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, January 19-23, 2015.