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Arc’teryx Demonstrates How to Care for Your Gore-Tex Gear

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Arc’teryx produced this excellent video demonstrating how to care for your Gore-Tex garments. It’s great advice for all of your waterproof breathable outer garments, regardless of material.

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Atom LT Hoody from Arc’teryx LEAF

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

I was walking around an REI yesterday during a visit to Phoenix, AZ and couldn’t believe how many winter jackets were on the floor and then I realized we’re halfway through September and Winter will be here soon for many SSD readers.

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Serendipity or not, Arc’teryx LEAF just released a video of the revised Atom LT hoody that they unveiled during January’s SHOT Show. The video gives you a great look a the features of this jacket.

I’ve owned an Atom LT for years. It’s remained my go to Insulation layer and I can wear it alone without a shell most of the time in my home area of the Tidewater of Virginia. It gets cold, wet and windy but the Atom LT keeps me very comfortable. I’ve long said that the Atom LT remains the best value for the Arc’teryx LEAF customer and if you can only afford one piece, this is the one to buy.

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The Atom LT consists of three main materials. The 60g Coreloft insulation that keeps you toasty, Gossamera™ fabric softshell that is both comfortable and quiet and the Polartec® Power Stretch® underarm side panels that offer stretch and breathability while on the move. These components all work together to offer a jacket that’s not only comfortable but also looks great.

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To sum up the updates to the Atom LT from earlier models:
-Two large hand pockets with media ports to allow for internal routing of communications cables; one internal chest pocket
-Vertically routed hem drawcord minimizes interference with duty belt

I prefer the hoody model but LEAF also offers a standard jacket version without a hood as well as the heavier SV model which incorporates 100g weight Coreloft for additional insulation.

Available in Black, Crocodile and Wolf sizes Small – XXLarge. Sizing is generous enough to layer.

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Some Studio Shots of the New Arc’teryx Footwear

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

I wanted to give you a couple of candid photos of the new Arc’teryx during my launch coverage last week of this new line of technical performance footwear. After all, what’s the point of flying all the way to France for a product launch and then only sharing studio product photos? I could have done that from my couch here in the States. But now, I thought it would be a good idea to share some of those Arc’teryx studio shots with you.

Models
Essentially there are two basic types (Alpha = Low cut and Bora = Mid cut) made into eight shoe models with five for men and three for women. These are ‘Arc’teryx Adaptive Fit’ (pronounced A squared) model is the top of the range combining a stretchable liner and single-piece, seamless laminated outer shell that are manufactured separately but worn together for improved comfort, climate management and durability. There are also Gore-tex models of both the Alpha and Bora as well a mesh variant of the Alpha approach shoe.

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(Arc’teryx Alpha FL with liners)

Arcteryx Bora Mid with liners

(Arc’teryx Bora Mid with liners)

Here are some additional photos:

I also wanted to give you a peek of what the Alpha 2 FL looks like with the liner inserted and removed.

Colors and Styles

Full footwear lineup

This graphic shows all of the styles as well as colors and sizing.

Price
Finally, the price. I don’t normally talk pricing but so many have commented that they are worried about high cost due to the brand name that I felt it was imperative to share this once. These boots are very reasonably priced. All are MSRP: Alpha² SL $270, Alpha GTX $220, Alpha FL $190, Bora² $320, Bora GTX $270. Additionally, there is an insulated liner available at $95. Sure, they’re made in China, but that makes complete sense as these are a commercial product and not part of the LEAF line. Additionally, production in China leverages construction techniques and lower production costs. The Bora GTX is the best value in the bunch and I am sure you will see these on LEAF customers once they hit the street in Spring 2015.

Arc’teryx Launches New Technical Performance Footwear Line for Spring/Summer 2015

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Literally minutes ago, Arc’teryx officially unveiled a new technical performance footwear line for the Spring/Summer 2015 season, to a packed house here in Chamonix, France. You are getting to see a first look now, right here on SSD.

The natural building block for introducing new footwear is to understand the foot. Once Arc’teryx had sufficiently studied that, they moved toward an actual footwear design. They spoke with their pro athletes and others to determine what was most important. They found that fit, improved climate management, and weight vs durability were key to their customers.

This whole project started a couple of years ago with a single LEAF designer who is also an avid climber. Since then, Arc’teryx has brought in some real rockstars to make this happen, including footwear Product Line Manager Federico Sbrissa. Federico hails from Montebelluna, Italy, the place where the rubber truly meets the road in outdoor footwear development.

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“From the very beginning, our goal was to bring a fresh perspective to footwear that enhances the overall mountain experience. We have a rich history of thinking beyond current materials and construction and everything about these shoes reveals the Arc’teryx genetic code of understanding what a products needs to be at its most essential level.”
- Footwear Product Line Manager Federico Sbrissa

But now on to the shoes themselves. The line consists of eight shoe styles for men (five) and women (three), separated into low-cut approach shoes (Alpha2 FL) and mid-cut Hiking and light trekking boots (Bora Mid). Regardless of model, the first thing that strikes you is that there is no tongue and that’s by design.

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(Alpha FL)
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(Bora Mid)
With any Arc’teryx launch there is going to be a corresponding enabling technology and this is no different. Key in their design process for footwear was breathability. This led them to development of a liner. Specifically, separate shell-liner construction. Based on this concept, they’ve developed the ‘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.

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This new liner is constructed from a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort Stretch membrane which is removable for cleaning. This liner conforms to the shape of the foot, does not absorb moisture and also functions to cushion impact. Think of it as an inner boot that also can be worn as hut/camp shoe. It is available in different options for higher insulation and protection. For example, there is a mid-height liner that offers insulation higher up the leg.

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On the other hand, their new outer laminate features four different layers:
• 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

Notice there’s no leather here. It’s all synthetics.

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That outer laminate is a single piece so there are fewer seams and larger breathable surface areas. Naturally, this also means less tape and adhesive which equates to less weight.

“By incorporating techniques like lamination, we developed shoes that offer unprecedented durability, comfort and precision performance in the most breathable mountain footwear construction on the market.”
-Footwear Product Line Manager Federico Sbrissa

They’ve minimized gluing points to fix the Gore-Tex® booty (on those models) which improves breathability and the absence of a bulky tongue maximize its waterproof/breathable surface area.

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This two-piece construction of the A2 Adaptive Fit models reportedly also has the benefit of facilitating air flow between the inner and outer boot to minimize moisture buildup. It’s thin design also conforms to the shape of your foot and can be rinsed out when needed.

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In addition to the Alpha FL, there are also mesh and Gore-tex versions of this low top which don’t feature removable liners. The mid height Bora is also offered with a removable liner as well as Gore-tex versions.

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No matter the model, Arc’teryx has really gone all out with the sole design. The one-piece upper wraps around the midsole. The boots also integrate a new Vibram® Arc’teryx Approach outsole made with the new Megagrip compound. Also, individually shaped for every size available, three-dimensional rubber components protect heel and toe area from rock contact. Finally, an Ortholite-insole rounds up the outer shoe construction.

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While some of the colors in this initial launch are bright, there are also options available for the LEAF customer including Black and Greens.

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Look for these new technical performance footwear with adaptive fit technology next Spring.

www.arcteryx.com

Arc’teryx LEAF Partners With NFM On Khard Pack Inner Systems

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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(VANCOUVER BC) ARC’TERYX LEAF and NFM bring new capabilities to Khard Pack systems for European Military & Law Enforcement end users through a partnership with Scandinavian based NFM. Sharing Arc’teryx design values and experience, NFM is renowned for functional, minimalist products with sharply focused applications. To support the design intention of the Khard as a streamlined communications specialist, medic or breacher’s bag, NFM has developed a modular inner system with infinite configuration capabilities.

Developed to work smoothly under challenging conditions, the NFM system has lightweight, durable components with proven operational relevance. LEAF users can now configure their Khard pack to their exact specifications with full trust in the integrity of the inner system.

Arc’teryx LEAF and NFM, a partnership of innovation and support.

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Arc’teryx LEAF – Honing The Sharp Edge Of Excellence in 2014

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

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See the 2014 line from Arc’teryx LEAF at SHOT Show booth # 10526, Jan 14-17, 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Advanced Armament Corp Naga Hoody

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

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Advanced Armament Corp has taken the classic Arc’teryx Naga hoodie in Wolf Grey and embroidered the AAC ‘Xguns’ logo on the right shoulder and Blackout logo on the right chest. If you’ve been looking for a reason to own a Naga, AAC’s offering may just be that reason.

www.advanced-armament.com/Naga-Hoody_p_646.html

O P Tactical’s Arc’teryx Sale

Friday, December 13th, 2013

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O P Tactical is holding an Arc’teryx sale, 20%-off ALL Arc’teryx LEAF items. Sale starts now and will end on Tuesday, 17 December, at 12pm EST.

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Arc’teryx LEAF Softshells

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Arc’teryx LEAF offers several softshell jacket options. There’s the Combat Jacket, Minotaur, Drac and the old classic, the Bravo Jacket. Each is different in order to suit different needs.

Combat Jacket

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Tweave® Durastretch® fabric
Features a heavy softshell and can be used as an alternative to a Level 5 jacket
Two zippered hand pockets, Two chest pockets with laminated zippers and Two sleeve pockets with Velcro® patches on sleeves as well as Pit Zips
Available in Crocodile and MultiCam

Minotaur Jacket

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Features sightly insulated WINDSTOPPER® fabric
Incorporates Two high-volume hand pockets with zips, Two sleeve pockets with Velcro® patches on sleeves and Pit Zips
Available in Crocodile and Wolf Grey

Drac Jacket

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Features Burly™ Double Weave
Two zippered hand pockets and Two sleeve pockets with Velcro® patches on sleeves as well as Pit Zips
Larger waist for layering
Available in Crocodile and Wolf Grey

Bravo Jacket

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This the original LEAF softshell, it features a clean look
Featuring Fortius 3.0™ stretch softshell
Internal chest pocket and Two high-volume hand pockets with zips
Available in Black, Crocodile and Wolf Grey

National Molding – Wolf Grey Duraflex Plastic Hardware

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Duraflex Wolf Grey

National Molding is now offering Wolf Grey hardware under the Duraflex line. They partnered up with “…a certain Canadian company to make certain it was the real deal.” This comes in addition to the selection of military colors already available for the full line of Duraflex plastic hardware.

www.nationalmolding.com/Duraflex/parts/DUR-OEM-LIVE/home.shtml