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Arc’teryx Veilance Launches Re-System Initiative

Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

In what they refer to as a step towards becoming more circular and closing the loop on their product life cycle, Veilance has launched re-commerce platform under the title Re-System.

The new reselling platform will allow consumers to trade in gently used Veilance items and earn credit towards their next piece.

Following the structure of Arc’teryx’s Used Gear program, the goal for Re-System is to limit textile waste and extend the longevity of clothing.

Visit usedgear.arcteryx.com for more information.

COLD WX LT [GEN2] Jackets and Pants Available Now from Arc’teryx LEAF

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

NORTH VANCOUVER, Canada, April 15, 2020

COLD WX LT [GEN2] DEPENDABLE WARMTH FOR INCLEMENT WEATHER

Launched at SHOT Show 2020, the Cold WX LT [GEN2] is a synthetic insulated cold weather windproof jacket, hoody, and pant that is worn when conducting direct action tasks in cold weather conditions. It exemplifies the relentless commitment to incremental performance advancements. The CLIMASHIELD 3.0oz Prism Fiberfill has increased hydrophilic capabilities, increasing performance by handling sweat caused during high output activities. The weather shedding 40d (30d for MultiCam® version) GORE® WINDSTOPPER® 2L manages inclement conditions with ease.

The COLD WX LT [GEN2] line consists of a Jacket, Hoody and Pant.

Jacket

Hoody

 

Pant

I’ll be the first to admit that with so many options, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose which Arc’teryx jacket is the right one for a given activity. I used one of the jackets during an ice climbing trip earlier this year. In fact, most of us on the trip were outfitted with one. Activities included hiking in crampons up and down trails to the various ice faces along and climbing up those faces. In between, time would be spent either belaying fellow climbers or standing around waiting for our turn to climb. So the conditions were much like a professional user. We had movement interrupted by sedentary periods. It was pretty cold (down to the teens) but warmed up if you could get in the sun. I never overheated in the jacket, but did vent the front zip during movement. Once we were on-site the Windstopper shell was welcome to shed some of the breeze that would occasionally pick up and dust us with loose powder. Because of this, I was glad I had the Hoody as I really added my Alpha LT Shell to the mix. As for pants, I wore Wool long underwear and Alpha Pants. Although I brought COLD WX LT [GEN2] Pants with me in my pack, I never bothered putting them on since I was able to move around enough to keep my legs warm. This is the way to go if you’ll be moving around in cold weather.

The COLD WX LT [GEN2] line is offered in Jacket, Hoody, and Pant, both in solid colors and MultiCam.

Available from your favorite Arc’teryx LEAF dealer.

Arc’teryx Shifts Focus from the Outside in, Brand to Apply Expertise to Make Protective Gowns for Healthcare Workers

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020

Global design company responds to COVID-19 outbreak by manufacturing 90,000 medical gowns for provincial health authorities in partnership with B.C. Apparel and Gear Association members.

(Global) NORTH VANCOUVER, Canada, April 14, 2020 – Arc’teryx Equipment is applying design to solve the medical gown shortage in the brand’s home province of British Columbia. In collaboration with key industry partners, the outdoor apparel company has prototyped and developed a medical gown for frontline healthcare workers. The pattern, design and technical specifications of the medical gown can now be accessed by manufacturers worldwide through the B.C. Apparel and Gear website.

Five hundred of these medical gowns were delivered to hospitals last week, and the brand is expected to manufacture 30,000 medical gowns in the weeks ahead. Between Arc’teryx and local manufacturing partners Mustang Survival and Boardroom Clothing, a total of 90,000 medical gowns will be delivered to community hospitals.

The call for medical gowns came directly from the local healthcare community by way of the B.C. Apparel and Gear Association, of which Arc’teryx is a member. Working alongside manufacturing partners and with the guidance of health authorities, a design was created, prototyped and tested. Within two weeks a team of Arc’teryx sewers, engineers, sample and pattern makers gathered at the ARC’One facility in New Westminster, B.C. to fulfill the first production order of 500 medical gowns.

“The world around us has shifted, and we knew that we needed to help protect our frontline healthcare workers,” said Shirley Chan, Senior Director of Product Commercialization and Quality. “There wasn’t much we could do on the medical front lines, but as apparel designers and manufacturers, we could turn our expertise to support the medical community in this fight. Creating the right gear is something we know how to do, and by making the pattern open source, we hope others with manufacturing capabilities can bring more protective equipment to those communities in need.”

The team manufacturing these medical gowns have been adhering to strict health and safety protocols at the ARC’One facility. Workstations are arranged to comply with social distancing practices, and all employees are wearing masks and gloves while working. Before the medical gowns are distributed to healthcare workers, they will be washed and sanitized by K-Bro Linen Systems, a laundry and linen service for hospitals and healthcare providers across Canada.

As part of a federal initiative to establish and secure new supply chains to produce personal protective equipment for Canadian healthcare workers, Arc’teryx is currently focused on producing medical gowns for healthcare workers in British Columbia. However, the brand will continue to consider requests from other provincial, federal, and international health authorities.

For more information about Arc’teryx Equipment and the medical gown initiative, please visit www.arcteryx.com.  

To see the video, visit blog.arcteryx.com/medical-gowns.

Arc’teryx LEAF Special Operations Care Fund Support

Monday, April 6th, 2020

NORTH VANCOUVER, Canada, April 6, 2020

In late February of 2020, Arc’teryx LEAF teamed up with SOC-F to deliver an ice climbing experience to a group of Veterans from the US Special Operations community.

“For over 15 years, we have been making apparel and gear for the most demanding military and law enforcement end-users on the planet, it was time for us to find a way to give back”, said Stephen Church, LEAF Business Unit Director. “We were inspired by the exceptional work done by SOC-F who has been a driving force in getting help to families in need. We reached out and asked them what we could do together.”

This led to the creation of SOC-F/Arc’teryx LEAF Ice Climbing Experience. The event took place in Bozeman, Montana, where the group was hosted by the Station Foundation. Their purpose is to help navigate the complex terrain of reintegration into civilian life.

Arc’teryx LEAF is planning to expand upon this concept in different regions of the world, with organizations who support Veterans. The objective is to bring the outdoors to those who stand to benefit from it the most.

 

To support the Special Operations Care Fund:  soc-f.org

Arc’teryx Medical Gown Project

Saturday, April 4th, 2020

Arc’teryx has partnered with other Vancouver-area companies Mustang Survival, Boardroom and Kendor Textiles to create Level 3 medical gowns for local healthcare workers who are facing a shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team received direct input from local health care professionals to design the gowns. Sewers, sample makers, pattern makers and engineers will be brought into Arc’One next week to fulfill the first order of 500 Level 3 medical gowns.

The health and safety of the team remains the top priority as they set up Arc’One for production.

The team working on this will be following strict social distancing practices, with workstations arranged to further distance themselves in addition to wearing masks and gloves while they are working.

Before the gowns go into service, they will be washed and treated by K-Bro Linen Systems, a laundry and linen service for hospitals and healthcare providers across Canada.

SOC-F Ice Climbing Experience

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020

Late last month I had the opportunity to participate in an extraordinary event near Bozeman, Montana.

With the help of Arc’teryx LEAF, Special Operations Care Fund gathered together veterans from each of the US military’s special operations components for a weekend of ice climbing.

Before we go any further, I’ve got give a plug for SOC-F and the wonderful work they do day-in and day-out for our warriors and their families. This non-profit is fighting way above its weight. They do so much…Medical/TBI (Magnetic Electro Resonance Therapy- MeRT) and Other Cutting-Edge Medical Treatments, Intensive Marriage Counseling, Gold Star Kids Camp and so much more. Not a one of the founders is a military veteran, but they have recently added a Veteran to their board to help round out the team. They’re just great Americans who saw a need and banded together to fill it.

The LEAF division of Arc’teryx is well known for making gear built for the most demanding Mil / LE endusers operating and training, in the harshest of environments. Inspired by the incredible work accomplished by SOC-F, Arc’teryx has seen the support they bring to the selfless individuals who need it, but often don’t ask for it.

SOC-F and Arc’teryx LEAF had been discussing ways to provide some outdoor therapy and The Station Foundation came up which provides specialized services to current and former SOF members as well as their families. Programs include:

-Family Foundation
-Spouse Performance
-Restore
-Transition Azimuth Check (TrAC)

The Station’s works with SOC-F to provide the summer program for Gold Star children, those young people who’ve lost a loved one in combat, to find themselves and flourish in the face of life’s challenges. A most worthy pursuit.

These connections led to the creation of the SOC-F Ice Climbing Experience.

We all arrived Friday afternoon courtesy of Arc’teryx and their able planner, Rebecca Faherty who also organizes the annual SOF Select pavilion at Special Operations Forces Industry Conference. While many of us came from across the country, it was amazing how many SOF veterans have settled in Montana.

Accommodations, local transportation, meals and activity planning were provided by The Station Foundation.

The meals were fantastic with hot breakfast and dinner each day at The Inn on the Gallitin. Home cooking and lots of it. I was always stuffed.

Between veterans and members of industry, there were 17 of us on the expedition. Some of us knew each other, but we were provided ample time to get to know one another during meals, free time in the evenings, and out on the ice. Turns out, we all had a lot of common friends and experiences. Naturally, we were also all Arc’teryx customers. In fact, they have each of us a LEAF Cold CW LT Jacket to use during the event. Magpul also provided us with their new eyewear to protect our site while climbing.

Some of the climbing equipment such as helmets and ice tools was provided by Petzl, while other items were supplied by the very capable guide service for this event, Montana Alpine Guides like boots and crampons. The MAG team was friendly, knowledgeable and provided training at both the basic and advanced level. Everyone came out of there a better climber.

The crew brought a mixture of experience from first time ice climbers to very experienced climbers who brought a lifetime of alpine know-how. We had a blast.

The most amazing thing I witnessed all weekend was the indomitable spirit of a Marine Veteran I’ll refer to as CT. He served as an inspiration to all of us.

A bear of a man who lost both legs last year during a battle in the Middle East, CT had never ice climbed before in his life. No matter, he was going to give it a go. But first, he had to get to the ice ,which was located a kilometer or so from the parking area. As you can imagine, it was icy. He strapped crampons to his shoes and off he went, supported as many of us were, with trekking poles to help negotiate deep pockets of snow encountered occasionally along the trail.

He made it about three quarters of the way, but one of the things CT realized was that the cold and his particular prosthetics weren’t well suited for hiking up snowy trails.

A plan was quickly set into motion to fetch a sled to bring him the rest of the way to the climbing site. The crew immediately built a fire to keep him warm while we waited for the sled. Others headed the rest of the way to the site to begin climbing. About an hour later, CT and the team who helped him up that last bit of trail, linked up with the rest of us.

We spent the day climbing a couple of different faces and then made our way back down the trail, CT at the lead atop his sled, accompanied by his new teammates.

We repeated the event the next day with even more ice faces to negotiate. Once again, CT assaulted the ice and came out on top.

There were several guys out there with various wounds, but seeing CT go at it with everything he had, working through the pain he obviously felt, no one was going to complain. He was an inspiration to us all.

I had a great time chatting with him. Aside from some great was stories, he is very in tune with the latest in prosthetic technology and is working to bring newer designs out of the lab and unto those who need them. CT tells me he is going to keep ice climbing and already has some ideas about how to build a better prosthetic for climbing. I can’t wait to see what he comes up with.

On Monday morning we returned to the airport to make our way home, but all of us left with some new friends and some great memories.

Once again, this event wouldn’t have been possible without SOC-F and Arc’teryx LEAF. While this was the first event of its kind for Arc’teryx, they plan to hold more of these outdoor-oriented events around the world for other allied veterans.






Arc’teryx LEAF 2020 & Combat SV Shirt and Pant

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

You’ll note that Arc’teryx LEAF has updated their website for 2020 and you’ll be able to check out the full line of new products for 2020, like Cold WX LT Gen 2. But today, we’re going to concentrate to the biggest news of the year, the Combat SV.

The ensemble consists of Combat Shirt and Pants.

Assault Shirt

Features:

• PPE Compatible – allowing the shirt to be functionally worn with body armour

• Low Pro Zip Neck Collar – allowing collar to be worn either open or as a neck protector

• Arm Cuff Velcro Closures – allowing for fully enclosed sleeves

• Upper Arm Zip Pockets – allowing for convenient pocket accessibility when worn with PPE

• Daisy Chain Hard Points (in upper arm pockets) – allowing for the tying off of mission essential items

• Upper Arm IFF Velcro (4”x4.5” w/V-Lite™ retention ring) – allowing for the application of IFF markings/devices

Assault Pants

The first thing you’ll notice about the Combat SV is a new pocket configuration. This is the way forward for Arc’teryx LEAF and any new Combat clothing or updates to existing models will incorporates this layout.

Features:

• Adjustable Waist (c.2”) – allowing for waist sizing exibility

• Enhanced Belt Loops – allowing for the use of the LEAF Rigger’s Harness system

• Retention Loops (sewn into the waistline) – allowing for the tying off of mission essential items

• Reinforced Knees & Gusseted Crotch – allowing for increased durability and enhancing end-user mobility

• Hand Pockets (w/internal folding knife pocket) – allowing for the secure carriage of a standard folding knife

• Seat Pockets – allowing for optional/extra elongated item storage

• Thigh Pockets – allowing for convenient pocket accessibility when worn with PPE and/or mounted in vehicle platforms

• Expandable Cargo Button Pockets – allowing for dump pocket capability

• Daisy Chain Hard Points (in cargo pockets) – allowing for the tying off of mission essential equipment

• Draw Cord Ankle Cuff Closure (w/vertical retention tunnel for adjustment end) – allowing for pants to be worn tightly with boots (retention tunnel mitigates snags and hang ups)

• Internal Knee Cap Pockets – allowing for the integration of inclusive removable soft knee pads or fully compatible (separately purchased) LEAF Combat Knee Caps (MPN 24873)

Materials and sizing

Manufactured from TWEAVE Durastretch 520E, these are durable but not stifling. They are going to put up with a lot of abuse. However, you won’t be comfortable wearing them in the heat of summer, particularly if it’s humid.

Only available in MultiCam.

These are made in El Salvador meaning they are TAA compliant.

Shirt sizes Small – XXLarge and Pants Small – XXLarge and Tall in Medium-XXLarge.






Oh The Possibilities – Arc’teryx LEAF Alpha FL 30

Friday, January 10th, 2020

During a visit this week to the Arc’teryx HQ in North Vancouver, I spied a MultiCam version of their outdoor climbing pack, the Alpha FL 30.

This pack used the Alpha FL’s design which will hold up to 30 liters with the collar extended (~25 liters with the collar stowed) but was made from the same waterproof laminate used for their drypacks.

I spoke with the design team and it’s one of many concepts they’ve put forward. It may or may not go into production, but if it does, it will most likely be as a limited run special make up (SMU) like the Atom SL in Wolf Grey, released yesterday.

-Eric Graves sends