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Arc’teryx LEAF: 2021 Product and Program Updates  

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

Arc’teryx LEAF will launch six new models on March 3rd, 2021. The new models will be available from authorized Arc’teryx LEAF dealers beginning in late March and April 2021. 

To get more insight on LEAF’s first launch of 2021, we caught up with Arc’teryx LEAF’s Business Unit Director, Stephen Church.

SSD: Can you tell us what new products are available for 2021?

SC: As part of our first launch for 2021, we are releasing next-generation Assault AR Shirts and Pants and Naga mid-layers. We are also introducing a new Assault Balaclava colorway. As with all our products, the new models will be TAA compliant.

SSD: Can you give us some context and the backstory on each model that is being released?

SC: For this launch, LEAF focused on fine-tuning our product line in the areas of fit, function and durability –based on rounds of end-user feedback. The updates may not be as evident as an entirely new product or category, but the effort and craftmanship behind the revisions are considerable.

We’ve applied multiple updates in patterning to improve articulation, placements such as pockets for better access, and seam lines that reduce pressure points, especially from load carriage. We also made material updates to improve performance and reduce weight. There are a lot of subtleties with large payoffs.

And of course, all these updates are scrutinized by our product development and quality control teams. They’ve reviewed every cut and every stitch to ensure compliance with our product design and production standards. Large changes, or small, we put our heart and soul into all of it.

Here are some notes on the specific upgrades.

Assault Shirt AR Gen2

1. The mesh-like fabric in the underarm has been replaced with abrasion-resistant material to improve durability.
2. The collar has been refitted with a ¼ length zipper, and the buttons on the cuffs have been replaced with new hook and loop closures, offering more versatility for adjustment and temperature management.
3. The plastic V-Lite attachment loop has been replaced with a fabric loop for better durability.
4. The overall weight has been reduced by a few ounces, and the silhouette has been streamlined to reduce the chances of catching on sharp objects.

Assault Pant AR Gen2

1. The overall fit and articulation have been improved, increasing the range of motion, particularly around the crotch and hips, greatly improving the overall comfort.
2. The thigh pocket design has been carried over from the Assault Pant SV to improve accessibility while seated and provide more versatility and volume for storage.

Assault Balaclava FR Gen2

We’ve introduced our FR balaclava in a black colorway. Due to the technical difficulty in producing dark colours in flame-resistant materials, we’ve needed to employ a special dope dyed material –meaning the dye is added to the polymer before it’s extruded into fibres. The end product is a balaclava that has colour accuracy and consistency and withstands repeated washes while maintaining its FR properties.

Next Generation Naga Mid Layers

For our Naga mid-layers, we improved the consistency in fit, form and ergonomics. The new design elements that are consistent among the three Naga mid-layers include:

1. Set-in sleeve construction and a slightly shorter front length to improve overall fit and articulation for using tools, climbing, etc., as well as layering.
2. Thumb loops reinforced with bar tacking at the cuff for improved durability and grip while donning and doffing outer layers.

Design revisions that are unique to each style include:

Naga Hoody Full Zip Gen 2

1. Torso and sleeves that are more fitted.
2. Addition of a Coms port to the inside left pocket.

Naga Hoody Gen 3

1. A Polartec® upgrade from 6.8oz to 8.5oz for improved warmth. 

Naga Pullover Gen 2

1. Torso and sleeves that are more fitted.
2. External chest pocket redesigned to improve access with a gloved hand    
3. Side pocket placement updated for consistency with the Naga Hoody
4. Addition of a new nylon ripstop liner to improve breathability and durability
5. Addition of Wolf and Ranger Green colorways

SSD: Earlier, you mentioned “First Product Launch.” What did you mean by that?

SC: We’re aiming for a second product launch later in the year driven by evolutions in design innovation and product commercialization at Arc’teryx.

To accelerate design innovation, LEAF has expanded its R&D network to include subject experts in specialized fields and Arc’teryx’s own Advanced Research and Development team.

This has allowed us to reimagine how our layering system can function to meet the operational demands of our end-users today and into the future.

I don’t want to give away too much. However, our new approach augments a deep set of core competencies and capabilities, built over two decades at Arc’teryx, to enhance LEAF’s system of dress in ways that are intuitive and advantageous to our end users in the area of survivability.

In building a commercialization approach that supports our product ambitions, we’re also revising how we launch our product.

The core of LEAF’s mission statement is to enable mission success. It’s, therefore, counterproductive to roll out new products around commercial and industry schedules. Instead, we’re focusing on launching our innovations as soon as our product design and commercialization timelines allow.

To that end, LEAF is working hard to get a few more updates launched by the end of 2021 and then shifting our efforts into producing exciting new product innovations for 2022 and beyond.

SSD: Anything else exciting coming from LEAF in the near future?

SC: Like the rest of the world, we’ve had to adapt to some major challenges over the past year due to pandemic. It’s forced us to rethink how we connect with our end-users and industry partners. In that respect, we are working on further leveraging mediums such as video, web and rich media to tell more of our stories.

SSD: Thanks for your time Stephen.

SC: Thanks Eric, we hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy out there and that we will be able to interact again in-person soon.

Amer Sports Names Retail Industry Executive Stuart Haselden CEO of Arc’teryx

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021

Haselden To Lead Next Phase of Growth For The Iconic Outdoor Apparel And Equipment Maker

HELSINKI – February 2, 2021 – Amer Sports Corporation (“Amer Sports”) today announced the appointment of retail industry executive, and seasoned global operator Stuart Haselden to the newly-created role of Chief Executive Officer at Arc’teryx Equipment (“Arc’teryx” or “Company”), the global design company specializing in technical high-performance outerwear and equipment. The appointment is effective immediately. In this new role, Haselden will lead the global business strategy with a focus on building new vertical capabilities and accelerating regional expansion.

“As we enter this next phase of growth for Arc’teryx, we are excited to welcome Stuart to the Amer Sports team,” said James Zheng, Board Executive Director and CEO of Amer Sports. “Stuart’s rare mix of global brand business leadership and direct-to-consumer expertise will be invaluable as we accelerate Arc’teryx direct-to-consumer strategies and position the brand for long-term success. With Stuart’s leadership and deep experience in engineering profitable growth for disruptive vertical brands, I am confident that Arc’teryx can reach the next level and we look forward to his immediate contributions.”

Haselden brings more than two decades of retail and vertical direct-to-consumer expertise to Arc’teryx with a proven record of innovative brand-building at premiere global leaders, including lululemon, J.Crew, and Saks. Most recently, he served as Chief Executive Officer for global lifestyle brand Away.

Haselden said, “Arc’teryx is an inspiring brand that represents the pinnacle of design innovation. I’m thrilled to join this talented team to extend their track record of success and build new capabilities to take the business forward.”

Haselden succeeds Jon Hoerauf, Arc’teryx President, who has decided to leave the Company to pursue other plans. “Jon leaves after a distinguished career here, and he leaves a strong legacy at Arc’teryx, having grown sales consistently, and having built a strong organization over his five-year tenure as brand leader,” said Zheng. “We want to thank him for his important contributions in building Arc’teryx that have included the expansion of key product lines, important new store innovation, and enabling our international expansion.”

Haselden’s career spans more than 20 years of executive leadership at global apparel retailers. Prior to Away, he served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for lululemon athletica, inc. from 2015 to 2020, helping restore the brand’s profitability and leading its international business.

Previously, Haselden held roles including Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Senior Vice President of Finance for J. Crew Group, Inc. from 2006 to 2014. Prior to J.Crew, Haselden spent six years at Saks Incorporated where he served in a number of roles, including VP Strategic Planning. Haselden’s leadership experience also includes four years of active duty service as an armored cavalry officer in the U.S. Army. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Harbert School of Business at Auburn University.

Arc’teryx LEAF – “Life of an Alpha”

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020

Arc’teryx LEAF spoke with Keith Walawender, a former US Navy NSWDG Operator who is now CEO of Tomahawk Strategic Solutions about the importance of getting the right gear for the mission when failure isn’t an option.

Winter Is Come Revitalize Your Durable Water Repellent

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

It’s well past that time of year again. We originally published this article in February of 2010 but seeing as the weather is getting cold and times are tough we republish it each year. We know you pay a lot for your clothing and equipment and it is just as important to maintain it, as it is your firearm.

It looks like it’s going to be a LONG winter. During a recent shooting class I attended it started raining day one and by the middle of the second day it looked like a blizzard. Most of my fellow shooters were wearing waterproof breathable outerwear and several began to feel clammy and then damp the longer each day progressed. A couple of guys were wearing issue Gen I ECWCS parkas. Probably not the best garment available as Gore long ago decided that the basic design could not meet their “Guaranteed to Keep You Dry” standards. Of course these jackets were old. More than anything, they needed some maintenance.

The key to any modern outerwear is its Durable Water Repellent (DWR). There are quite a few treatments available and different manufacturers have their favorites but they are usually are based on flouropolymers. These are PTFE molecules that are applied to the surface and cured at high heat to make them adhere better and increase performance and have a fluorine atom at one end which is highly hydrophobic. Heat causes them to align themselves with their flourines exposed. Water tries to move away from the flourines resulting in beading. This allows the water to roll off without wetting the fabric. Interestingly, Quarpel (Quartermaster Repellent) was one of the first DWRs and used to treat field jackets and other military clothing items.

Since most of us can’t run out and purchase a new jacket every time this happens I thought it would be a good idea to share a few tips with you that will not only revitalize your garment’s DWR treatment but also extend the life of your clothing.

DWR treatments work best when they are clean. I realize this seems counter to what you think is right since a DWR generally lasts about 25 washings and tactical garments get quite a beating in the field, but you need to wash your clothing. The first thing is to avoid using liquid detergents as well as fabric softeners. Additionally, avoid optical brighteners as they are not good for DWR or IR treatments. There are wash in treatments you can purchase as well as spray on options to help renew your clothing’s DWR. However, wash in treatments may affect the breathability of your membrane. One of the best spray solutions available is Revivex from McNett and it is what I have used in the past. It also serves as a stain repellent. Revivex can also be applied to garments that never had DWR in the first place so if you have hunting or field clothing that you find yourself wearing in inclement weather regularly you may want to give it a once over. If you use a spray treatment be sure to evenly coat your garment while it is still damp after washing and to pay special attention to any seams.

There are two additional ways you can put some life back into your DWR. One is to put the garment in a conventional dryer on warm and the other is to iron it on low heat. If water fails to bead up on the surface of your garment you will need to retreat.

This video by Arc’teryx gives you some pointers.

No matter which method you choose, proper maintenance of your foul weather clothing’s DWR will help keep you warm and dry and extend the life of your equipment.

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