Here it is, in all its splendor.
Here it is, in all its splendor.
Arc’teryx has generously donated the first run of 25 of these LEAF Bird Caps in MultiCam Tweave to be auctioned off, amongst other pieces from the LEAF line, at the Special Operations Care Fund (SOC-F) Patriot’s Luncheon. These hats will not be in the line. Right now, this is the only way you are going to score one of these limited edition caps. The date of the event is Nov 14th.
Visit soc-f.org for tickets.
I’ve been around long enough to have been issued (yes, issued) the original Arc’teryx LEAF Combat Pant. When they came out almost 10 years ago to complement to the Combat Jacket, they were awesome; a very durable, sofshell pant in Black or Crocodile that had pockets where you needed them. But, over time, we all (including Arc’teryx) felt that the civilian-derived design was dated and they began to fall out of favor.
At SHOT Show 2014, Arc’teryx unveiled a completely redesigned Gen 2 Combat Pant. The don’t really look like a “Combat Pant” and some have criticized the name for that reason. But the name has legs, going back 10 years to when there weren’t a plethora of “combat pants” on the market. In fact, it’s only been in recent years that all weather models have come out to fill the void of the LEAF pant during the period it wasn’t available. This new Gen 2 Combat Pant doesn’t scream tactical and, like its predecessor definitely has it’s genesis in the mountains.
Last month, Arc’teryx LEAF invited me and a few of my fellow tactical writers to a media event in Chamonix, France. For several days we were immersed in all things Arc’teryx including an opportunity to try out several products for ourselves, while applying basic mountaineering skills on the Mer de Glace, a world famous glacier. One of those items was the new Combat Pant (Gen 2).
My experience was excellent. I am a warm person so I kind of expected to overheat in the high summer temps on the ice but my legs remained comfortable even though I was in a T-shirt for much of the movement. Once the gusty, rainy weather moved in and I put on an Alpha LT Jacket, the Combat Pant’s Tweave Durastretch helped me remain plenty warm, and dry, head to toe. I haven’t worn the pant in hot, humid weather yet but if you look at the photos you’ll notice that some guys were wearing Atom LTs while I was in a ventilated, short sleeve running shirt. Everyone wore what made them comfortable. One of the reasons I didn’t overheat may be that the interior of the pockets are half mesh which helps with ventilation as well as keeping the pockets from filling with sand and dirt.
Another advantage of the Durastretch fabric was its abrasion resistance. We climbed and scrambled over a variety of obstacles and despite a short fall right into the rock, knee first, not a scratch on the pants. They also held up very well to the crampons we wore, despite not having a reinforced section at the ankle. I appreciate the bungee at the ankle hem which allowed me to close the pant over the top of my mountaineering boots so that I didn’t need gaiters this trip.
Overall, the fit is comfortable. They almost seemed oversized when I first looked at them but the fit was great. The articulated design and gusseted crotch is better than the original model and I was able to move a lot better in them as we negotiated the frozen terrain. Don’t forget, the Durastretch fabric has some inherent mechanical stretch as well. If you don’t plan to layer and are on the edge size-wise, I’d round down.
These pants boast 10 pockets and they are situated so that you can wear a harness with the pants. In fact, we wore the E220 Riggers Harness with its removable leg loops. You may notice in the photos that we used the stowable flaps on the cargo pockets to retain the excess material of the leg loops while not in use.
Offered in Crocodile and Wolf Grey, sizes Small – XXLarge. Sizing is generous if anything, with room to layer.
I like them and recommend them to those that are looking for a high quality, all-weather tactical pant. They’ve definitely earned a place in my kit bag.
Comfortable, generous fit
Unobtrusive pocket layout
Haven’t tried them in humid weather yet
Need more colors!
I’m not going to get in the weeds over price. Yes, they are expensive. You get what you pay for and these are worth every penny. I know, I ended up buying a pair. Buy once, cry once!
To order yours, visit leaf.arcteryx.com.
I’ve been in Chamonix, France attending the Arc’teryx LEAF media camp. Make sure you check out my article on the new Arc’teryx footwear, unveiled last week during Alpine Academy here in Chamonix.
But that’s not all I did. Here, I am on the Mer de Glace glacier, taking a moment for Shady. Look for more coverage soon.
A video detailing the Arc’teryx LEAF Drypack 70 has just been released.
Constructed from HT 725D Cordura nylon with polyurethane coating on both sides, the Drypack 70 is a 100% waterproof load carriage pack appropriate for maritime special operations. It features a C² suspension system with a laminate back panel, GridLock shoulder straps that adjust to custom width and height, and removable Load Transfer Disc that rotates freely to stabilize load on uneven terrain. The full alpine backpack carrying system, completely removable, greatly aids the user’s land mobility.
The RollTop closure and TIZIP master seal zipper provides a waterproof seal, and an oral inflation valve controls buoyancy. Top and bottom grab handles and a removable 1m tether makes the bag easy to manipulate and allows for towing, hauling, or carrying options.
Web Dominator webbing management keeps the Drypack streamlined. Two removable side compression enhances load management. The interior features white lining for aid in viewing contents during low light conditions.
Currently available in MultiCam.
For Alpha Gen 2 Line Arc’teryx has completely redesigned all three garments with the Jacket dropping some weight through fewer seams and narrower seam tape, glued-in zippers and lighter Gore-tex fabric in the hood of the Alpha Jacket. The Pant and Bib both feature glued pockets and waterproof side zips that route aft of the knee allowing movement with the zips open.
Sizes Small – XXLarge, offered in Black, Crocodile, Wolf and MultiCam.
Arc’teryx LEAF and SSD want to hear your LEAF Alpha Gen 1 stories and experiences. Specifically, we’d like to know how it performed for you or helped you do your job better. Obviously, there’s no need to disclose anything sensitive, we just want you to share your cool stories. It’s ok to be generic about operational details. Pictures help. Post it somewhere online and put the link in your submission post. Don’t tell us which SSD story you like. We want to hear about how you have used the Arc’teryx LEAF Alpha. The best story will earn the writer an award consisting of an Alpha set: Alpha jacket and Alpha pant or Bib pant in either Solid or MultiCam.
How to Enter
1. In the comments section of THIS article on SSD share your story. Only entries here on SSD (not Facebook) are eligible to win. You can tell the story anywhere you want to but it won’t count unless you post it HERE.
2. Comments are open from now until 2359 Zulu on 28 February, 2014. Ready – Set – Go!
3. Use any alias you want to post but be sure to use a valid email address since that’s how we’ll contact the winners.
4. Once the contest closes, representatives from Arc’teryx LEAF and SSD will review the entries and select a winner.
5. One entry per email address. We will delete entries that violate this policy.
6. Must be 18 to enter. Void where prohibited.
Unveiled at SHOT Show, the newly redesigned Alpha Gen 2 line from Arc’teryx LEAF is a bit of all right.
Consisting of three items, the Alpha Gen 2 line includes the Jacket, Pant and Pant Bib. All offer new features and new fabrics. Arc’teryx talks about No Compromises when they discuss these new products and I agree. They are more elegant than their predecessors and you can see the innovation and craftsmanship that went into the redesign.
Take for example the Alpha Jacket Gen 2. For one thing, they’ve shed weight and done with through an entirely new design approach which includes fewer seams and narrower seam tape, glued-in zippers and lighter fabric in the hood of the Alpha Jacket. You may notice that the Alpha Parka is no longer in the line but some of that longer length has been incorporated into the design of the Gen 2 model. Additionally, the new streamlined neck combines with a StowHood™ that uses the more compact MN40p-X GORE-TEX®3L fabric to fit neatly inside the collar and sit against the neck without bulk. Internally, vertically routed hem drawcords minimize interference with the duty belt and media ports allow for internal routing of communications cables. Offered in Black, Crocodile, Wolf and MultiCam.
The Pant and Bib both feature glued pockets and waterproof side zips that route aft of the knee allowing movement with the zips open.
For some insight into what goes into developing Arc’teryx products, check out this video.
If you love the Arc’teryx LEAF Khard as much as we do, go make your vote count!
Arc’teryx LEAF has 5 (count them 5) new stories for SHOT show. It’s design, materials and innovation.
First and foremost, the Alpha Jacket has been reinvigorated. The Alpha Parka has been dropped from the line but the Alpha Gen 2 Jacket, bib and Pant (suite) offer multiple enhancements. For example, the jacket has slimmed about a quarter pound. The hood is completely redesigned with a lower profile material. The pockets are glued in and there are fewer seams overall. Additionally, the internal pockets feature cable routing. Also, the hem draw cords are internal.
Both the pants and bib feature glued pockets as well as this cool, full length side zip that routes slightly rear of the knee so that you can move with the zips open.
The Alpha LT has new pockets and is manufactured from WL Gore’s Light and Fast (MultiCam) or Pro in solid colors. It’s all about the breathability and mobility. Additionally, the internal pockets feature cable routing. The hem cords are internal. Additionally, only the MultiCam model has Velcro panels on the sleeve.
The Atom Line includes both the LT and its beefier SV brother but the features have been updated on both. In addition to face fabric upgrades it integrates a new hood stowage system as well as the internal pocket cable routing.
The Reintrodcuced Gen 2 Combat Pant features a streamlined 10 pocket design. It’s so awesome that the pockets have pockets but you’d never know it by looking at it. It comes in Wolf and Crocodile.
The final piece is the waterproof comms pack,the Dry Pack 70 we showed you last summer. Arc’teryx worked with a couple of customer groups to get it just right. It’s a great example of what they will do to satisfy the customer. Their attention to detail is unparalleled in the tactical space.
For those if you attending SHOT Show, you can see the entire line at Booth #10526.