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ARC’One – Where The Magic Happens

Saturday, August 11th, 2018

I was fortunate enough to visit ARC’One, the Arc’teryx factory in British Columbia. It is amazing to see the different designs being produced by highly skilled teams, considering the number of operations and amount of time that goes into each product.

www.arcteryx.com

The Story Behind Arc’teryx LEAF’s Wolf Urban Grey

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

In this exclusive interview, we spoke with Kavan Cronin, a Color Designer for Arc’teryx LEAF, and the man behind the Wolf Urban Grey color.

SSD: Who are you & what is your role at Arc’teryx?

KC:  My name is Kavan, I am a Colour Designer at Arc’teryx and have been working in this department for 10 years.”

SSD: So you’ll have seen a lot of colours come and go in those years. Tell us why Arc’teryx has a specific Color Design Department, because this isn’t normal in the industry, correct?

KC:  No it’s unusual. It’s a big point of difference for the brand. Our team is dedicated to colouring all of Arc’teryx products including LEAF, and we maintain a strong level of control right down to the minutest details.

Our team is split between colour designers, colour administration and quality control. The colour administrators interface with our material vendors, and control the sending and receiving of lab dips. They also maintain our extensive library of colour standards & lab dips, our sample yardage room, as well as many of the tools the colour designers use regularly.

Every uniquely coloured fabric passes through the hands of our colour quality control specialist. They are in charge of measuring all lab dips and sample yardage cuttings and maintenance of the measurement database. They helps to identifying trends in how colours are shifting from standards during the lab dipping process, and how different materials absorb dye. The designers work closely with them to make informed decisions.

As colour designers, we are behind the actual colouring of the products. We work closely with our product designers to capture their vision and intentions while we’re going through our colour palette development process, to ensure we are aligned with a strong story to convey. We also incorporate the expertise of our product line managers to make sure end use needs of each product are met, and that the message behind each collection is cohesive and impactful.

Our approach to inspiration, and how it is distilled and translated into a colour palette has continued to evolve over the years. Recently we’ve been looking at global trends and macro trends that we find inspiring or impactful, reviewing them as a group, and selecting the ones we feel are the strongest inspirational stories for each season. They can be rooted in anything from nature, technology to graffiti art!”

SSD: How does the department work with the LEAF line, not too many color differentials there!

KC:  You be surprised. LEAF may seem on the surface to have a very obvious colour palate, but there is a story behind each of them!  LEAF colour needs are very specific, they are typically defined by ongoing communication between the LEAF development team and our established network of end users and their requirements.

Wolf has an interesting background. The brief that I was originally given, touched on external studies stating that that a dark neutral grey was more likely to blend easily into its background under low light conditions than black. The idea was to use this knowledge to identify the ideal grey to be applied to a new uniform program for specialized LE teams. However, as these uniforms were not always going to be used in the dark, we didn’t want the uniforms to be too dark of a grey. They needed to blend into the urban environment under differing light conditions. Taking all of this into consideration, I spent some time doing personal exploration around the city (Vancouver) observing the various shades of grey as seen from roads, buildings, cement barriers, etc. As well as reviewing countless images from other major cities across the world. I was able to narrow down to 4 shades, which we reviewed as a group to zero in on the best option. This was the birth of (Urban) Wolf. Wolf then became widely adopted in the industry, it was an exciting colour evolution to be a part of. ”

SSD: Croc is another colour synonymous with the LEAF line – but what is the history behind this colour way?

KC: Crocodile was born of a time when camo patterns were the norm, but no one pattern would fit the global market. Multicam barely existed and there was much discussion around its use vs. the traditional US ARMY UCP. Not to mention, due to the fact that all camo patterns are licenced, and require third party printing, material cost was much higher than if a solid colour was used. Picking a solid colour for our LEAF apparel was the best option, the caveat being it had to be universally adaptable.

Crocodile was based off the Canadian military’s version of OD Green, which had just been phased out in favour of CADPAT. OD Green was a very adaptable colour, but was a little bit too green. The colour standard selected for Crocodile had a bit more brown in it, and it was better suited to woodland and mixed environments. Ranger Green did exist at the time, but was deemed too black.

There were discussions about changing to another colour over the years, but what colour..? The market was fragmented on what they wanted/needed, and Crocodile just kept getting the job done. Due to its adaptability, Crocodile grew and became the staple in the Arc’teryx LEAF line. Despite the introduction of Wolf, and then Ranger Green, Crocodile continues to be “the” colour synonymous with Arc’teryx LEAF.

SSD:  Do you see any future color changes in the market?

KC: 2018 we introduced Harrier Grey in our new Cold Weather SVX Parka & Bibs. Intended for extreme cold weather use, people have asked us why we didn’t make them in white. Simple answer, white doesn’t stay white for long! Harrier Grey is a perfect gery to be under over whites, and allows our end users more versatility of environmental usage than just white would.

To learn more about Kavan and what he does, check out this profile video, part of Arc’teryx’s “Who We Are” video series.

Amer Sports completes Peak Performance acquisition and appoints Executive Board Member for Apparel

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Amer Sports Corporation has today (June 29, 2018) completed the acquisition of Peak Performance from IC Group, announced on April 30, 2018. Peak Performance business will be consolidated into Amer Sports as of July 2, 2018. The acquisition will have a minor positive impact on Amer Sports’ 2018 financial results. The purchase of Peak Performance business has been approved by the applicable regulatory authorities.

In conjunction with the acquisition, to enable faster growth and scale & synergy across the apparel brands Arc’teryx, Salomon, and Peak Performance, Amer Sports establishes a new Apparel Category structure with a dedicated leadership under an Executive Board President. Effective immediately, Mr. Jon Hoerauf, General Manager Arc’teryx, is appointed President Amer Sports Apparel Category, and member of Amer Sports Executive Board. Mr. Hoerauf will continue to report to Amer Sports President and CEO Heikki Takala.

Mr. Hoerauf has a long executive career in the apparel and outdoor industry, of which the past 6 years in Amer Sports, and past 3 years as General Manager, Arc’teryx. He is a US citizen.

“We are delighted to welcome Peak Performance to Amer Sports. With Peak Performance in the portfolio, we are now increasingly well positioned to accelerate our growth in Softgoods. To enable this acceleration and to achieve our targeted operational scale benefits across the portfolio, we are re-establishing an Apparel Category structure”, says Heikki Takala. “We are pleased to appoint a strong internal leader with an outstanding track record, Jon Hoerauf, as President for the category.”

www.amersports.com

TacJobs – Arc’teryx LEAF Global Commercial Manager – B2B

Monday, June 11th, 2018

Department: Operations

Reports to:  Business Unit Director – Law Enforcement Armed Forces

Job purpose: The LEAF Global Commercial Manager – B2B (Business-to-Business) is responsible for the strategic development, ongoing sustainment and profitable growth of all LEAF B2B regional sales and distribution channels.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

• You own the LEAF B2B customer profile and are the in-house subject matter expert on MIL-GOV-LE specialty single channel and multi-channel sales distribution
• You own the LEAF B2B global commercial sales and distribution channel strategies, inclusive of “Where to Play” and “How to Win” tactics thus supporting long-term LEAF Business Unit strategic business planning
• You manage all LEAF sales representatives and are responsible to ensure that information is shared with internal and external representatives in a timely, effective and efficient manner
• You support key commercial B2B accounts by working with them directly during sell-in and sell-through activities and when applicable supporting them at regional trade shows
• You own and manage the Global Dealer Playbook in collaboration with the LEAF Integrated Commercial Team and are responsible for ensuring that the playbook is updated routinely
• You collaborate proactively with the Dealer Service Supervisor – LEAF on order book management and are prepared to assist the LEAF Dealer Service Team if required
• You initiate the commercial sell-in of seasonal product lines. This includes being responsible for pricing, pre-season program terms and supporting sales representative and key commercial account sell-in and sell-through activities
• You are responsible for providing ongoing customer feedback, identifying MIL-GOV-LE consumer trends that are all key inputs to seasonal and long term product line planning
• You are responsible for providing commercial and model forecasts to Demand Planning in order to ensure Business Unit profitability, maximizing sales and minimizing inventory risk
• You partner and support the Business Unit Director – LEAF by conducting business development with key B2B customers and by providing specific deliverables or reports upon request

Additional experience, education and/or skills required:

Required
• You have a Bachelor’s degree in Business and/or 5+ years MIL-GOV-LE sales experience
• You set a clear vision, align your team around common objectives, and foster commitment to these objectives
• You have effective and efficient time management skills, strong analytical skills, excellent communication and presentation skills
• You are able to travel internationally (trade shows, key commercial account visits, business development activities, etc.
• You are proactive in identifying the root cause of issues and developing creative solutions
• You remain highly flexible and adaptable when faced with ambiguity
• You are able to balance autonomy and collaboration
• You inspire breakthrough thinking and continuous improvement
• You seek the best (but sometimes not the easiest) solutions, with an unwavering commitment to do what is right
• Your passion for your work is paralleled by your passion for getting outside and living it

To apply for this job, click here.

Arc’teryx LEAF Assault LT Uniform Featuring Gore Katana Fabric

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Arc’teryx LEAF Assault LT Uniform Featuring Gore Katana Fabric

Although we’ve mentioned the Assault LT ensemble by Arc’teryx LEAF a couple of times in the past, many don’t know that it is made with a fabric developed specifically for he military market by WL Gore & Associates, called Katana.

Katana incorporates ePTFE ePTFE (expanded polytetrafluoroethylene) fiber technology and is lightweight, breathable, fast drying and no melt/no drip making it great for use in hot environments. Essentially, the inclusion of ePTFE in the standard 50/50 NYCO, improves the blend. Arc’teryx further tuned the uniform with 520E Tweave and Cyberknit mesh.

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The advantages of Katana are many:
-Low wet pick-up for faster dry time
-Faster dry time with moisture absorption
-High mechanical durability (break & tear strength)
-High strength to weight ratio (weight reduction)
-Low coefficient of friction offers low, wet cling and improved hand
-Tunable with other fiber blends inherent characteristics, like FR

Assault Shirt LT

Features:
-PPE compatible allowing the shirt to be functionally worn with body armour
-Low profile zip neck allowing collar to be worn either open or as a neck protector
-Arm cuff velcro closures allowing for fully enclosed sleeves
-Upper arm zip pockets allowing for convenient pocket accessibility when wearing PPE
-Upper arm IFF Velcro 4×4.5” (w/V-Lite™ retention ring) enhancing the retention of electronic IFF devices
-Daisy chain hard points (in upper arm pockets) allowing for the tying off of mission essential equipment
-Mesh pocket bag liners (upper arm pocketing) allowing for enhanced ventilation and reducing overall apparel weight when the shirt is wet

Assault Pant LT

Features:
-Adjustable waist (c.2”) allowing for waist sizing flexibility
-Enhanced belt loops allowing for the use of the LEAF Rigger’s system
-Retention loops (sewn into waistline) allowing for the tying off of personal items
-Reinforced knees & gusseted crotch allowing for increased durability and enhancing end-user mobility
-Hand pockets (w/internal folding knife pocket) allowing for the secure carriage of a standard folding knife
-Seat pockets allowing for optional/extra storage
-Expandable cargo button pockets capable of providing dump pocket capability
-Draw cord ankle cuff closure (w/vertical retention tunnel for adjustment end) allowing for pants to be worn tightly with boots
-Mesh pocket bag/knee pad insert liners allowing for enhanced ventilation and reducing overall apparel weight when the pant is wet
-Soft knee pad insert capable allowing the end-user an option to insert soft knee pads

Recce Shirt LT

The Recce Shirt LT is made from the same Katana fabric as the other items and features a user removable zipper closure down the front and mesh breathability panels inside the dual chest pockets.

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TacJobs – Arc’teryx LEAF PLM

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Arc’teryx is seeking a Product Line Manager for its LEAF division.  The full-time position is located in North Vancouver, BC, Canada, at the Arc’teryx head office.

As the Product Line Manager – LEAF, you create innovative, profitable, repeatable, and operationally relevant seasonal product lines that align with target consumer requirements and LEAF Business Unit goals. You will plan, prioritize, and coordinate the development of multiple B2B seasonal product lines and support the development of B2G contract opportunities.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • You own the LEAF consumer profile and are the the in-house subject matter expert on the MIL-GOV-LE specialty consumer
    You create and maintain the LEAF product strategy, inclusive of “Where to Play” and “How to Win” tactics, supporting long-term LEAF Strategic Business Planning
    You research and analyze the global marketplace, identifying consumer requirements and understanding LEAF’s position within the competitive specialty MIL-GOV-LE marketspace
    By collaborating with design on creative, you develop a product vision that enables LEAF to sustain a seasonal product line that is innovative, technically feasible, commercially viable and operationally relevant from a LEAF target consumer perspective
    You create and deliver seasonal product line briefs at Business Unit and Company stage gate presentations. This includes target pricing, preliminary forecasts, sourcing preferences, technical materials information, product feature guidance, and packaging requirements
    You coordinate the internal development of seasonal prototypes for internal Research & Development and external Trial & Evaluation purposes, ensuring the development and commercialization of operationally relevant and commercially viable products
    You liaise and communicate with other key LEAF stakeholders to ensure the efficient passage of product related information to specifically include raw material and finished good technical information packages
    You facilitate the development of Special Make Up products to support B2G contract opportunities while concurrently prioritizing and managing B2B commitments
    You partner and support the Business Unit Director – LEAF by conducting business development with key B2B consumers and B2G customers
    You support the Business Unit Director – LEAF by providing specific deliverables or reports upon request

Additional experience, education and/or skills (required):

  • You have 10+ years’ MIL-GOV-LE experience, preferably in a specialist capacity (i.e. Special Operations Forces – Hostage Rescue Team – Emergency Response Team, etc.)
    You have a comprehensive understanding of the MIL-GOV-LE consumer and their applicable mission profiles (to include both ground operations and maritime operations)
    You have 7+ years’ experience in either MIL-GOV-LE product development or have served in a leadership – management – command capacity in a MIL-GOV-LE organization/agency
    You have superior leadership, management and teamwork skills to help facilitate work across different internal departments and external organizations that support product development
    You have effective and efficient time management skills, strong analytical skills, excellent communication and presentation skills
    You are able to travel internationally (trade shows, product development activities, business development activities, etc.)
    You are proactive in identifying the root cause of issues and developing creative solutions
    You remain highly flexible and adaptable when faced with ambiguity
    You are able to balance autonomy and collaboration
    You inspire breakthrough thinking and continuous improvement
    You seek the best (but sometimes not the easiest) solutions, with an unwavering commitment to do what is right
    Your passion for your work is paralleled by your passion for getting outside and living it

These are key requirements for those applying:

  • 10+ years’ MIL-GOV-LE experience, preferably in a specialist capacity (i.e. Special Operations Forces – Hostage Rescue Team – Emergency Response Team, etc.)
    A comprehensive understanding of the MIL-GOV-LE consumer and their applicable mission profiles (to include both ground operations and maritime operations)
    7+ years’ experience in either MIL-GOV-LE product development or have served in a leadership – management – command capacity in a MIL-GOV-LE organization/agency

All applicants must go through the designated HR channels as specified at jobs.lever.co/arcteryx.com.

WARNORD – Arc’teryx Alpine Academy 2018 Registration Opens Tomorrow

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

While it’s a bit of a haul for those of us in North America, the Annual Arc’teryx Alpine Academy in Chamonix offers low-cost training opportunities unavailable anywhere else.

Registration for clinics opens tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21st 2018, 15h00 CET (7:00am PST)

New clinics include:

Aid climbing

Climb & overnight bivy course

Mountain landscapes photography

A FEW REMINDERS:

•Please review skill set requirements ahead of registration

•Plan your clinics accordingly. Sign up for level 1 or 2 clinics before level 3

•If you are registering a guest or friend, please have their information ahead of registration. You will need date of birth, address, phone, and email

•The following payment methods are accepted: MasterCard & Visa

Check it out On Facebook.

chamonix.arcteryxacademy.com/clinics

Sneak Peek – Ammo Pouches for Arc’teryx LEAF Packs from Spartan Village

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018

The title sums it up. Reportedly, in colors to match your Assault Pack.