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Arc’teryx- London

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Earlier this month, Arc’teryx opened its first European brand store in the heart of London. I was fortunate enough to visit the store yesterday and several friends asked me to take photos.


I’ve visited the brand stores in Seattle as well as Washington, DC and this is the largest of the three, with two floors.


Shoppers are greeted with a daily update of weather conditions at several mountain destinations.


Upstairs is Women’s Wear.


In addition to multiple mannequin displays of the clothing and gear, Arc’teryx wants its customers to participate and there are several ways to do that.


I am most impressed by Arc’teryx’s effort to incorporate the brand story into the store. First and foremost is pride in their relationship with W.L. Gore & Co.


This includes interactive displays on the materials they use.


Arc’teryx takes pride in their color offerings and there are some hands on displays to help you see what they are all about.





The store is well staffed and they are both friendly and knowledgeable.


You walk down a large, open staircase to reach the lower level. This massive, floor-to-ceiling display is at the foot of the stairs and showcases some amazing artifacts.


Having visited the factory in Vancouver several years ago I can tell you that in the past, several of these custom jigs and molds were trade secrets, closely held by the company. They give you a real behind-the-scenes look at the ingenuity of their designers.











The basement floor is well stocked with Men’s wear and broken up into different types of clothing.





There is even a Veilance section as well as footwear (not pictured).


All-in-all, the London Arc’teryx store is a great experience and I highly recommend you visit, if you’re in town.

The Winter 2015 Arc’teryx Look Book

Friday, August 28th, 2015

Finally, a look book, you can use…these aren’t just fancy pictures but they’ve also laid the gear put for you and even told you what it is.

U.S. Elite Gear – Arc’teryx LEAF Blade 6 Pack

Friday, August 7th, 2015


Arc’teryx’s Blade 6 is a low-profile, 6-liter compact daypack designed for general use. It features a front pocket with organization slots, as well as a dedicated padded compartment for laptops up to 13″, and an dedicated internal sleeve for tablet computers. Additional storage includes an external stash pocket, and discreet back panel pocket for documents. The Blade 6 also features dual density shoulder straps, which provide cushioning and conform to the body, and a thermoformed back panel.

Arc’teryx Expands Footwear Line in 2016

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Arc’teryx debuted a groundbreaking footwear line in summer 2014 and just released it for sale a few months ago but a major focus of this summer’s OR booth is the expansion of their offerings for Spring 16.

Acrux AR


This is Arc’teryx Footwear Product Line Manager Federico Sbrissa with the Acrux AR, the boot that started the whole process several years ago. Although this double mountaineering boot concept actually came first, Arc’teryx introduced low-cut approach shoes (Alpha2 FL) and mid-cut Hiking and Light Trekking boots (Bora Mid) first, while the more challenging design matured. It’s ready now and will be available not long after the new year.

As you can see, the new Acrux AR is fully crampon compatible. Although similar in construction to the Bora, in that the liner booty is removable, the Acrux AR incorporates an integral gaiter design with a waterproof T Zip which makes uo the outer portion of the boot. 

This double boot also has a PE preformed inner shell which laces tightly over the removable Gore-Tex booty and offers adaptive fit. The Vibram mountaineering outsole is part of a six component sole system which also includes carbon fiber, EVA midsole and TPU heel and toe cups.

One product that consumers have been clamoring for is a leather version of the Bora Mid and as you can see, Arc’teryx did not disappoint.

Leather Bora Mid


In addition to expanded color options for the existing Alpha2 FL and Bora Mid, Arc’teryx announced the Acrux SL and Arakys shoe models, in both men’s and women’s versions. The Acrux SL’s approach shoe design won’t incorporate Gore-Tex and is very light at 300 grams per shoe.



The Arakys has an interesting aesthetic and is billed as an ultralight bouldering and single pitch shoe. The heel of the upper is collapsible so that you can shove your foot right into it for causal use and the closure system can be used one-handed. Finally, it has a leather footbed for barefoot comfort.  







OR – Arc’teryx Atom SL

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

The Atom jacket has long been one of Arc’s most popular designs but it just too warm for late spring through early fall. Arc’teryx has answered this with the new Atom SL, coming Spring 16.


The Atom SL retains all of the styling of the heavier variants but uses less Coreloft insulation in order to work for those chilly summer nights in the desert or on a mountain. Additionally, it features a low profile uninsulated stormhood, low profile Torrent fleece side panels and the new No-Slip Zip which incorporates a “speed bump” every 14th tooth so that the zipper won’t open all the way to your chest with a simple tug.

The Atom SL will be offered in several colors but remeber, this isn’t a LEAF piece. The Grey seen here will work pretty well for most folks who want to use this on the job.

US Elite Presents the Arc’teryx Cash Back Promo

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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.


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.


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