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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

Limited Edition Atom SL Hoody in Wolf Grey from Arc’teryx LEAF

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Arc’teryx LEAF took the Atom SL Hoody from the Outdoor line and made a limited run in Wolf Grey. It’s a great option for three-season wear. It just depends on which three seasons you’re looking at, based on where you’re at. I’ve had one since they were launched years ago and worn it in the summer in the mountains and in the winter in the Everglades.

It features Coreloft insulation with air permeable side panels. It is lightweight, compresses well, and dries quickly. It is DWR treated and features two zippered side pockets and an uninsulated hood.

This limited run is available exclusively from the following dealers. Once they are gone, they are gone.

911 Supply

Tactical Distributors

Alpine Fox GmbH

Edgar Brothers

TACKWRK

Arc’teryx Acrux TR GTX Boot

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

The new Acrux TR GTX is designed for multi day trekking over complex terrain. The boot combines a Super Fabric upper with full rubber rand and a Gore-Tex lining, all atop a Vibram Megagrip outsole. Offered in sizes 7-11 (half) and 12. 26.6 oz per boot.

arcteryx.com/us/en/shop/mens/acrux-tr-gtx-boot

TacJobs – Arc’teryx LEAF Product Line Manager

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

NORTH VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA

HEAD OFFICE – FULL-TIME

As the Product Line Manager – LEAF, you create innovative, profitable, repeatable, and operationally relevant seasonal product lines that align with target consumer requirements and LEAF Business Unit goals and KPI targets (as delivered by the Business Unit Director – LEAF). You will plan, prioritize, and drive the development of multiple B2B seasonal product lines and support the development of B2G contract opportunities

Key Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

? You are a subject matter expert on the MIL-GOV-LE specialty consumer and own the LEAF consumer profile

? You research, compile and analyze global market data, identifying evolving specialty MIL-GOV-LE consumer requirements, and set the product line vision and strategy, including “Where to Play” and “How to Win” tactics in support of long-term LEAF Business Unit objectives

? You create, drive and maintain a product line roadmap that is innovative, technically feasible, commercially viable, operationally relevant to the target consumer and meets or exceeds company sales, margin, and model efficiency targets

? You partner with the Sr. Designer – LEAF to generate, develop and curate new product and feature concepts that align with current and future consumer toolbox requirements

? You vet and prioritize new product and feature concepts for commercialization against the business unit’s strategic goals, the organization’s core capabilities, and the desired consumer experience

? You work with the Sr. Product Developer – LEAF with a lean-forward attitude to right-size our Idea-to-Consumer (I2C) process

? You create and deliver seasonal product line briefs that inspire and provide critical information to key business unit and company stakeholders during stage-gate presentations, which include target pricing, preliminary forecasts, sourcing preferences, technical materials information, product feature guidance, and packaging requirements

? You coordinate the internal development of seasonal prototypes for internal research & development and external trial & evaluation purposes, ensuring the development and commercialization of operationally relevant and commercially viable products

? You liaise and communicate with other key LEAF stakeholders to ensure the efficient passage of product-related information to include raw material and finished good technical information packages

? You facilitate the development of Special Make Up (SMU) products to support B2G contract opportunities while concurrently prioritizing and managing B2B commitments

? You support the Global Commercial Manager – B2B and Global Commercial Manager – B2G by participating in business development activities with key B2B customers and B2G consumers

? You support the Business Unit Director – LEAF by providing specific deliverables or reports upon request

? You maintain all aspects of your line list in the appropriate information system

Additional Experience, Education and/or Skills Required:

? You have a comprehensive understanding of the MIL-GOV-LE consumer and their applicable mission profiles (to include both ground operations and maritime operations)

? You have 7+ years’ experience in either MIL-GOV-LE product development or have served in a leadership – management – command capacity in a MIL-GOV-LE organization/agency

? You have superior leadership, management and teamwork skills to help facilitate work across different internal departments and external organizations that support product development

? You have effective and efficient time management skills, strong analytical skills, excellent communication and presentation skills

? You are able to travel internationally (trade shows, product development activities, business development activities, etc.)

? You are proactive in identifying the root cause of issues and developing creative solutions

? You remain highly flexible and adaptable when faced with ambiguity

? You are able to balance autonomy and collaboration

? You inspire breakthrough thinking and continuous improvement

? You seek the best (but sometimes not the easiest) solutions, with an unwavering commitment to do what is right

? Your passion for your work is paralleled by your passion for getting outside and living it

Assets

? You have 10+ years’ MIL-GOV-LE service experience, preferably in a specialist capacity (i.e. Special Operations Forces – Hostage Rescue Team – Emergency Response Team, etc.)

? You have working knowledge of Adobe and Microsoft Office suite of applications (especially Illustrator, Project, Word, PowerPoint and Excel)

For additional details and to apply, visit jobs.lever.co/arcteryx.com.

Arc’teryx Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

New for Fall/Winter 2019 is the Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie. Arc’teryx has taken one of my favorite jackets, the minimalist Norvan SL which made from WL Gore’s ShakeDry fabric, and added Coreloft Compact 40 insulation for winter running. Because of the insulation, they’ve also added a Dope Permeair 20 liner to help manage moisture. Naturally, this means the jacket won’t be quite as light as its original, uninsulated form, but it’s going to be great for high energy activities in cold environments.

While I own a Norvan SL, I’ve always hated the Orange color pop on the zipper and hood (the alternating colors are a little better now). It just isn’t me. With the new version, I’m happy to see, comes an all Black variant.

Like I mentioned earlier, this is a minimalist design, so there are no pockets. Also, as the Norvan SL is intended for cycling and running, it’s an athletic fit. Sizes are Small -XXLarge.

In the description video we created during a visit to BC last fall, you’ll see that the jacket was called the Norvan IS. That was nine months ago. Now, the name is Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie.

My Norvan SL goes with me everywhere. The Gore-Tex ShakeDry construction means the jacket will stuff into a sack the size of my fist, allowing me to always have rain or wind protection. I’ll definitely be picking up a Norvan SL Insulated Hoodie for winter months.

arcteryx.com/us/en/shop/mens/norvan-sl-insulated-hoody

Arc’teryx LEAF Brand Update Q&A With Director Stephen Church

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Since its inception in 2004, Arc’teryx LEAF has earned a flood of recognition cementing it as the best gear in the world for the specialized military, government and law enforcement end-users. Recently, the program changed leadership.

To get an in-depth look into what the future holds for Arc’teryx LEAF, SSD spoke to Stephen Church, Arc’teryx LEAF’s new Business Unit Director.

SSD:   Stephen congratulations on your new role. I understand you’ve been with the LEAF for some time. Can you tell us a little bit about the journey?

SC:  Thank you. Yes, it’s been over six years now. I started on the operations side of the business in late 2012. Initially, I worked on developing capabilities to produce modified inline products for LEAF. A lot of effort was put into working with our partners and end-users to build our processes around their needs.

After some notable successes on larger complex contracts, I moved over to the commercial side of the business to work on developing capabilities that better support our global dealer network; especially on multiple-year contract opportunities. Now, as the Business Unit Director, I am excited to leverage this experience to build on our successes and grow our market even further.

 

SSD:   Tell us a little bit about your work before LEAF?

SC:  Early in my career, I was pretty focused on marketing technology with a special interest in operational development. I was privileged to have worked on some high-value projects for marquee brands like CIBC, Ford, GM, Xerox and Diageo. In about 2006, I decided to move to Vancouver, BC and took on a marketing and sale role with a firm that developed crime analysis software for law enforcement and military. For me, the market was a natural fit, so when a position opened up at Arc’teryx LEAF, that also included opportunities to build new operational capabilities, I was all-in.

 

SSD:   There’s been some press about the Mascot Bidco Oy investor consortium acquiring Amer Sports. Would you be able to provide some insight into the new ownership structure?

SC:  The Mascot Bidco investor consortium includes ANTA Sports, FountainVest PE, Tencent, and Anamered Investments. Anamered is owned by Chip Wilson, the founder of Lululemon.

Under the terms of the acquisition, Amer Sports remains an independent company based in Finland with a separate board of directors.

SSD:   Does this change anything for Arc’teryx LEAF?

SC:  There’s no change. LEAF continues to operate as an independent business unit with its own core leadership team, and we remain focused on the same markets and strategy. 

 

SSD:   Any changes in your sales and distribution?

SC:  On the commercial side of the business, we’re focused on developing stronger partnerships with our existing Accounts; to grow the brand in their communities.

We see our accounts as an extension of our LEAF family, so we’re investing in new systems and capabilities that will help deliver the right products to their consumers on time and in full.

 

SSDWill there be any changes in terms of manufacturing and sourcing?

SC:  LEAF remains committed to developing our products in Vancouver and manufacturing in Trade Act Compliant countries; with a heavy reliance on our factory here in Canada. We also remain focused on sourcing materials that are Berry compliant.

SSD:   Are there any changes to LEAF’s guiding principles?

SC:  Our mission and values are unwavering. We’re committed to providing best-in-class apparel and equipment solutions to specialized military, law enforcement, and government end-users. Our entire value chain has to be aligned with our consumer’s needs.

This mindset has developed into a strong sense of purpose within our team. Everyone in the program is committed to delivering solutions that enable mission success.

Our designer said it best the other week: “We don’t know how to build cheap shit.” I think it says a lot about the culture we have. We demand the best from each other, in everything we do, and there is no chance of lowering that bar.

 

SSD:   Can you share any news on product?

SC:  In the immediate future, we’re expanding our Combat Uniform category and making some updates to our Cold Weather styles.

We also have a couple limited of edition projects in the works. We’ll be sure to keep you posted. 😉