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Arc’teryx Acrux TR GTX Boot

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

The new Acrux TR GTX is designed for multi day trekking over complex terrain. The boot combines a Super Fabric upper with full rubber rand and a Gore-Tex lining, all atop a Vibram Megagrip outsole. Offered in sizes 7-11 (half) and 12. 26.6 oz per boot.

TacJobs – Arc’teryx LEAF Product Line Manager

Thursday, August 8th, 2019



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 and KPI targets (as delivered by the Business Unit Director – LEAF). You will plan, prioritize, and drive the development of multiple B2B seasonal product lines and support the development of B2G contract opportunities

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

? You are a subject matter expert on the MIL-GOV-LE specialty consumer and own the LEAF consumer profile

? You research, compile and analyze global market data, identifying evolving specialty MIL-GOV-LE consumer requirements, and set the product line vision and strategy, including “Where to Play” and “How to Win” tactics in support of long-term LEAF Business Unit objectives

? You create, drive and maintain a product line roadmap that is innovative, technically feasible, commercially viable, operationally relevant to the target consumer and meets or exceeds company sales, margin, and model efficiency targets

? You partner with the Sr. Designer – LEAF to generate, develop and curate new product and feature concepts that align with current and future consumer toolbox requirements

? You vet and prioritize new product and feature concepts for commercialization against the business unit’s strategic goals, the organization’s core capabilities, and the desired consumer experience

? You work with the Sr. Product Developer – LEAF with a lean-forward attitude to right-size our Idea-to-Consumer (I2C) process

? You create and deliver seasonal product line briefs that inspire and provide critical information to key business unit and company stakeholders during stage-gate presentations, which include 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 include raw material and finished good technical information packages

? You facilitate the development of Special Make Up (SMU) products to support B2G contract opportunities while concurrently prioritizing and managing B2B commitments

? You support the Global Commercial Manager – B2B and Global Commercial Manager – B2G by participating in business development activities with key B2B customers and B2G consumers

? You support the Business Unit Director – LEAF by providing specific deliverables or reports upon request

? You maintain all aspects of your line list in the appropriate information system

Additional Experience, Education and/or Skills Required:

? 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


? You have 10+ years’ MIL-GOV-LE service experience, preferably in a specialist capacity (i.e. Special Operations Forces – Hostage Rescue Team – Emergency Response Team, etc.)

? You have working knowledge of Adobe and Microsoft Office suite of applications (especially Illustrator, Project, Word, PowerPoint and Excel)

For additional details and to apply, visit

Arc’teryx Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

New for Fall/Winter 2019 is the Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie. Arc’teryx has taken one of my favorite jackets, the minimalist Norvan SL which made from WL Gore’s ShakeDry fabric, and added Coreloft Compact 40 insulation for winter running. Because of the insulation, they’ve also added a Dope Permeair 20 liner to help manage moisture. Naturally, this means the jacket won’t be quite as light as its original, uninsulated form, but it’s going to be great for high energy activities in cold environments.

While I own a Norvan SL, I’ve always hated the Orange color pop on the zipper and hood (the alternating colors are a little better now). It just isn’t me. With the new version, I’m happy to see, comes an all Black variant.

Like I mentioned earlier, this is a minimalist design, so there are no pockets. Also, as the Norvan SL is intended for cycling and running, it’s an athletic fit. Sizes are Small -XXLarge.

In the description video we created during a visit to BC last fall, you’ll see that the jacket was called the Norvan IS. That was nine months ago. Now, the name is Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie.

My Norvan SL goes with me everywhere. The Gore-Tex ShakeDry construction means the jacket will stuff into a sack the size of my fist, allowing me to always have rain or wind protection. I’ll definitely be picking up a Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie for winter months.

Arc’teryx LEAF Brand Update Q&A With Director Stephen Church

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Since its inception in 2004, Arc’teryx LEAF has earned a flood of recognition cementing it as the best gear in the world for the specialized military, government and law enforcement end-users. Recently, the program changed leadership.

To get an in-depth look into what the future holds for Arc’teryx LEAF, SSD spoke to Stephen Church, Arc’teryx LEAF’s new Business Unit Director.

SSD:   Stephen congratulations on your new role. I understand you’ve been with the LEAF for some time. Can you tell us a little bit about the journey?

SC:  Thank you. Yes, it’s been over six years now. I started on the operations side of the business in late 2012. Initially, I worked on developing capabilities to produce modified inline products for LEAF. A lot of effort was put into working with our partners and end-users to build our processes around their needs.

After some notable successes on larger complex contracts, I moved over to the commercial side of the business to work on developing capabilities that better support our global dealer network; especially on multiple-year contract opportunities. Now, as the Business Unit Director, I am excited to leverage this experience to build on our successes and grow our market even further.


SSD:   Tell us a little bit about your work before LEAF?

SC:  Early in my career, I was pretty focused on marketing technology with a special interest in operational development. I was privileged to have worked on some high-value projects for marquee brands like CIBC, Ford, GM, Xerox and Diageo. In about 2006, I decided to move to Vancouver, BC and took on a marketing and sale role with a firm that developed crime analysis software for law enforcement and military. For me, the market was a natural fit, so when a position opened up at Arc’teryx LEAF, that also included opportunities to build new operational capabilities, I was all-in.


SSD:   There’s been some press about the Mascot Bidco Oy investor consortium acquiring Amer Sports. Would you be able to provide some insight into the new ownership structure?

SC:  The Mascot Bidco investor consortium includes ANTA Sports, FountainVest PE, Tencent, and Anamered Investments. Anamered is owned by Chip Wilson, the founder of Lululemon.

Under the terms of the acquisition, Amer Sports remains an independent company based in Finland with a separate board of directors.

SSD:   Does this change anything for Arc’teryx LEAF?

SC:  There’s no change. LEAF continues to operate as an independent business unit with its own core leadership team, and we remain focused on the same markets and strategy. 


SSD:   Any changes in your sales and distribution?

SC:  On the commercial side of the business, we’re focused on developing stronger partnerships with our existing Accounts; to grow the brand in their communities.

We see our accounts as an extension of our LEAF family, so we’re investing in new systems and capabilities that will help deliver the right products to their consumers on time and in full.


SSDWill there be any changes in terms of manufacturing and sourcing?

SC:  LEAF remains committed to developing our products in Vancouver and manufacturing in Trade Act Compliant countries; with a heavy reliance on our factory here in Canada. We also remain focused on sourcing materials that are Berry compliant.

SSD:   Are there any changes to LEAF’s guiding principles?

SC:  Our mission and values are unwavering. We’re committed to providing best-in-class apparel and equipment solutions to specialized military, law enforcement, and government end-users. Our entire value chain has to be aligned with our consumer’s needs.

This mindset has developed into a strong sense of purpose within our team. Everyone in the program is committed to delivering solutions that enable mission success.

Our designer said it best the other week: “We don’t know how to build cheap shit.” I think it says a lot about the culture we have. We demand the best from each other, in everything we do, and there is no chance of lowering that bar.


SSD:   Can you share any news on product?

SC:  In the immediate future, we’re expanding our Combat Uniform category and making some updates to our Cold Weather styles.

We also have a couple limited of edition projects in the works. We’ll be sure to keep you posted. 😉


Arc’teryx Aerios FL Mid GTX Shoe

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Designed for extended hikes on technical trails, the Aerios FL Mid GTX features Gore-Tex lining.

Here is the lacing detail. There are closed hook loops at the top.

The sole system consists of Vibram Megagrip outsole, compressed EVA midsole and integrated TPU shank.

Available in Taan Forest/Lampyres (the Green one) and Orion/Proteus (the Blue one) in sizes 7-13.

Arc’teryx Alpine Academy: July 4-7, 2019

Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

The annual Arc’teryx Alpine Academy In Chamonix, French Alps is one of the most fantastic mountaineering clinics available. The downside? It’s during ISPO.

Over a period of four days, you’ll have access to 40 guided clinics, and more than 30 athletes. Immerse yourself into the 2019 Arc’teryx Alpine Academy, advance your mountain skills and share knowledge with like-minded people from all over the world.

It doesn’t matter if you are a novice or expert, you will learn from mountain guides and world-class athletes including Nina Caprez (climber), Will Gadd (ice climber) and Ines Papert (ice climber/alpinist), Adam Campbell (runner) and skiers Thibaud Duchosal and Stian Hagen.

This year you can chose from a set of 40 different guided clinics for all types of mountain activities, skill levels and budgets.

• Mountaineering
• Climbing, ice climbing & bouldering
• Hiking
• Trail Running
• Ski-alpinism
• Photography
• Safety

There are also several educational clinics including Glaciology & Permafrost, Flora & Fauna, Bolts & Belays or Trail Maintenance. For everyone who wants to learn about, support and give back to the mountain environment and local community.

• March 7, 2019: All clinic details online
• March 20, 2019, 15:00 CET: Registration opens…First in, first served! – Clinics usually get sold out within the day.
• April 17, 2019, 15:00 CET: 2nd Chance to register

SHOT Show 19 – Arc’teryx LEAF XFunctional Pant

Friday, January 25th, 2019

Arc’teryx designers have added a new Softshell fabric option (6.5 oz Durastretch Tweave) for the popular xFunctional Pant, creating the xFunctional SV. At the same time, they updated the fit for both the AR and new SV versions. Look for the SV in Black and Rawhide colors.

SHOT Show 19 – Arc’teryx LEAF PT Clothing

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

For years small units and agencies have worn Arc’teryx garments for physical fitness training. Bringing these two items into the line makes it easier for LEAF customers to add this capability to their kit bag.

Don’t forget that these items are available in the outdoor line as well, so don’t feel constrained by the colors you see here.