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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


• 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.


• 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


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.


TacJobs – Arc’teryx LEAF Product Line Manager

Thursday, August 8th, 2019



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


? 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.


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. 😉


Arc’teryx Aerios FL Mid GTX Shoe

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Designed for extended hikes on technical trails, the Aerios FL Mid GTX features Gore-Tex lining.

Here is the lacing detail. There are closed hook loops at the top.

The sole system consists of Vibram Megagrip outsole, compressed EVA midsole and integrated TPU shank.

Available in Taan Forest/Lampyres (the Green one) and Orion/Proteus (the Blue one) in sizes 7-13.