What are you plans for the weekend?
What are you plans for the weekend?
Just a reminder that TSSI has the entire final production run of 500 pair of Arc’teryx LEAF Sphinx pants. As a Special Operations Equipment Tailored Logistics System Vendor, TSSI has purchased the entire run and will offer them not only for unit and agency purchase but also to individual customers.
Manufactured from four-way stretch Tweave 520e, the Sphinx pant is both wind resistant and durable. Available in MultiCam, the pants feature Two slash front pockets, Two calf pockets with flaps, Two tool pockets with Cordura reinforcement, Two rear pockets with angled access and Two cargo pockets with flaps.
If you want a quick overview, check out US Elite’s handy guide to the 2016 line at blog.us-elitegear.com/blog/arcteryxleaf2016.
For over 25 years, Arc’teryx has specialized in clothing and equipment for cold weather and mountain pursuits. These world-renowned designs are worn by elite athletes in some of the most demanding environments.
Almost 15 years ago, elite military forces began to adopt Arc’teryx equipment to combat challenging weather and terrain.
Based on these successes, Arc’teryx LEAF was formed. Eventually, dedicated designs were created for the unique requirements of military and law enforcement customers.
While the 2016 line is the most extensive yet, the core remains focused on cold weather performance. This is the CW Jacket LT, the epitome of Arc’teryx LEAF design.
To learn more, watch this video.
Check out leaf.arcteryx.com or LEAF retailers to order yours.
There are three big technology stories for 2016 Winter Market from Arc’teryx.
First up is the Procline SV Boot which is a combination climbing/ski boot. We mentioned this new design when it was first unveiled last month.
Next is the Voltair Avalanche AirBag. This thing is amazing. They’ve introduced a couple of new technologies to make it happen. First off, unlike other Avalanche bags, there’s no one time use CO2 cartridges. They’ve developed a centrifugal blower system run by a battery that rams air into the 150 liter bag for rapid inflation allowing the wearer to float atop the avalanche. Additionally, the battery is optimized for cold weather use. It offers 10 inflations at -10 deg C and at least once at -30 deg C. This means you can train with the system prior to every needing it. Finally, the bag itself is very nice and made from the Arc’teryx AC2 fabric.
The final new item is an update to the Alpha SV jacket. First introduced in 1998, this jacket has received multiple material and construction updates over the years yet kept its core looks.
First off is a move to a new, lighter 8 oz N100p-X GORE-TEX fabric. You’ll also notice that there are no more zipper garages. This is thanks to the new WaterTight zipper and RS zipper slider which self seals at the top of the zipper.
They’ve also swapped one of the welded internal chest pockets for a mesh pocket fit for a water bottle.
This change is really cool. The hood and hem adjustments have changed from barrel locks to the new Cohaesive cord adjustments which can be adjusted by a squeeze of the thumb and forefinger.
We weren’t going to be able to show you the 2016 Arc’teryx LEAF product line until SHOT Show but two things happened.
Right before Christmas an international distributor leaked the 2016 LEAF catalog. Then, at the New Year, Arc’teryx itself loaded the 2016 line unto their PRO website.
Cold weather and Mountain is what Arc’teryx does best and you won’t be disappointed as they introduce several new products with some great features.
All-in-all, the new stuff is in the standard LEAF color palette of Crocodile, Wolf Grey, Black and MultiCam. But, you’ll see Ranger Green pop up on a few additional items like the Naga Hoody and Atom LT.
For 2016, you’ll see a Cold WX Jacket LT, Cold WX Hoody LT and Pant versions with Coreloft insulation and Gore Windstopper shell.
There’s also a heavier Cold WX Jacket SV with Climashield Thematek insulation and Gore Windstopper shell.
The Jacket is paired with the Cold WX Pant SV.
There are also several new glove models and a heavy variant of the popular Balaclava from last year, except that it’s not FR but rather strictly for cold weather use. Featuring Gore Windstopper, this is the Cold WX Balaclava SV.
On a different note, the Assault Coverall AR was designed for European customers but may be of interest to US users as well, as there is also an FR variant.
This is my favorite piece from the new line. Arc’teryx LEAF has finally introduced a range pant. With it, Arc’teryx also introduces two nonstandard colors to LEAF; Greenstone and Terra. They are offered in waist sizes 30-38 waist in regular length (32″) and tall (35″).
The Xfunctional has a great set of features and is made from a durable 50% Nylon 50% Cotton blend.
Finally, to wrap it all up, they are introducing a 40l version of the Drypack.
Many will like the more compact size and new PALS compatible grid for pouches.
Look for additional details during our SHOT Show coverage.