Arc’teryx LEAF Chimera

The Arc’teryx LEAF Chimera was designed specifically for hot/wet weather use. It’s also their first use of the Cyberknit technology combined with a Tweave Durastretch LT yoke and sleeves. It’s highly breathable, moisture-wicking properties include an anti-bacterial, odor-control fabric treatment. It’s not FR but it wasn’t designed to be and the user community it was originally designed for didn’t ask for it. However, it’s ridiculously comfortable against the skin.

This long sleeve shirt is a simple, low profile design meant to keep you cool. It incorporates zippered inset bicep pockets with Velcro pile patches. It’s long torso can be tucked in and the unique low-profile two-piece collar is tall enough to eliminate irritation from armor yet not stick up or be in the way.

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16 Responses to “Arc’teryx LEAF Chimera”

  1. Husky says:

    The new one is not made in Canada the quality also drop like the price drop as well!

    • SSD says:

      What exactly is wrong with it?

      • Husky says:

        They did not use the same sewing machine in Canada and El Salvador!
        How can you expect them are the same! Except the same name!
        Beside the different sewing machine!
        Maybe different fabric! Like the new combat is 9% lycra spandex v.s. old combat 8% lycra spandex
        I rather have made in Canada than El Salvador!

  2. mike says:

    it’s also pretty resistant to vecro pilling unlike a lot of similar feeling fabrics from underarmor and the sort.

  3. Burned says:

    Not being FR means that this is nothing more than a cool looking range shirt. So many good FR materials out there. Pretty silly for any LEAF base or mid layer to not be FR.

    • SSD says:

      Not when your client doesn’t ask for it. And, I’d have to point out that not everything needs to be FR. It depends on what your are dong and the threats that you face. Maybe there’s a place in this world for a ‘Range Shirt.’

      I’d also like to point out that, with the exception of the US Army’s FREE which receives a very narrow issue, none of the services currently offer FR environmental clothing. Where’s the outrage there?

      10 years ago the only folks in DoD who received FR gear were combat vehicle and aircrew. Everybody else felt just fine walking around in non-FR clothing.

      If FR were truly as critical for day in and day out wear, as the few who come in and insist it is, why would the military issue anything but?

      I’m an advocate of FR, but I’m also an advocate of common sense. Know your threat and your equipment and dress accordingly. Obviously, you don’t wear cotton in a cold wet environment and you don’t wear non-FR synthetics in a high flame threat environment.

      • Ironman8 says:

        While I agree with the above, just because the military “does or doesn’t do something”, doesn’t mean that it is or isn’t the way that it should or shouldn’t be done ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • SSD says:

          I’m just curious, were you one of the two or three guys pre-war, running around DoD pissing everybody off telling them that they needed to buy FR for everybody?

          Anybody here know where the current “requirement” for FR originated?

          • Burned says:

            Not trying to cause a flame war (no pun intended).

            Sorry…no one ever intends to be in a fire, just like no one ever intends to be shot. You don’t get to pick the time. When fabrics out there exist that perform excellent as both “technical outdoor fabircs” AND FR fabrics it just makes sense to use them.

            It is almost as silly as our domestic police forces still running around in polyester.

            Don’t get me wrong, I dig the LEAF line, but they are focussing too much on selling to people at rifle ranges and on internet forums that watched Magpul DVD’s than actual MIL and LE markets.

            • SSD says:

              Actually, you are 180 off on the course of Arc’teryx. Range monkeys are the last thing on their minds when they make gear. If they did it would be made from low end fabrics and price competitive with the ubiquitous brands,

              As for LE, you won’t get cops to buy FR until it becomes a real threat they face daily. They just don’t make enough money to afford it. They buy poly cotton because it’s what they can afford. When you do a cost benefit analysis, the flame threat isn’t great enough to warrant the use of FR clothing except for a very narrow application that relatively few in LE encounter.

          • Ironman8 says:

            That was more of a general statement that can be applied to much more than just the FR debate…no running around pissing anyone off by me.

  4. CJS says:

    I wasn’t aware that ArcTeryx had anything that was FR??

  5. HSD says:

    SSD, I’m with you.

    I am on an LE Special Response Team (who currently has no FR requirement) and this is one of the best shirts I own.

    It’s become my “go to” under the armor shirt when we get activated.

  6. Gun Smoke says:

    @ SSD actually you are 180ยบ off. The Amer sports 2011 prospectus states that 94% of LEAF were to civilian (range monkeys) consumers and that they expect that number to rise in 2012.

    • mike says:

      Who items are made for and who they end up with are wholly different. After meeting with people from Arc’teryx and the people who rep them in my region I can tell you for certain that they know their market and what their market wants.

      They make prodcuts for professionals. That civilians recognize quality and put down for high technology garments and bags should come of no surprise. I can’t believe that people display such outrage over the good products they make but let Crye have a free pass. Buy the good stuff or don’t, but why are you trying to stoke a flame war over something simple? If they above guy wants FR go to MASSIF. If not, look to Arc’teryx.