Arc’teryx – Outdoor Apparel – Serious Attention To Detail

Build the finest products possible. That is the Arc’teryx mantra.

Named after ARCHAEOPTERYX LITHOGRAPHICA, the first reptile to develop feathers for flight and free itself from the constraints of the horizontal world, Arc’teryx clothing promotes athletes with performance enhancing technical features so they can do whatever it is they do without restraint. By using only the best materials available and utilizing the most innovative design techniques, they ensure their products will meet the specific demands of their loyal customers and last much longer than others on the market.

To make a garment that fits very well and has very few seams as well as next-to-no bulk takes years of R&D. Each Arc’teryx pant, Arc’teryx jacket and Arc’teryx backpack spends several years in development so that it’s the best it can be for those who demand nothing but the best. Buy one Arc’teryx jacket every three to five, or even ten years, versus buying a cheaper and easier to manufacture jacket from another company every year or two. There is good reason why the return rate of Arc’teryx products is less than one tenth of 1%. With numbers like these, it’s a given that a lifetime warranty is standard with all their products.

Our Arc’Teryx sales rep gives us the beta on their fine attention to detail.


GORE-TEX is made of Teflon, and has pores so small that water droplets cannot leak through. Those pores are still large enough to be penetrated by water vapor, making GORE-TEX a breathable, waterproof solution to the constant outdoor enthusiasts’ conundrum.

GORE-TEX Pro, the most durable GORE-TEX, can spend up to 500 hours in the wash before springing a leak.

GORE-TEX Active, the most breathable GORE-TEX, is almost as durable as GORE-TEX pro.

GORE-TEX Paclite, the lightest form of GORE-TEX with no extra lining to prevent damage from oils, so it packs down very small.

Arc’Teryx Apparel Genres:

Ascent – Climb, Alpine, Fast & Light
Whiteline – Ski & Snowboard
Endorphin -Aerobic sports, more breathable
Mountain Essentials – Best selling crossover gear, more durable than Ascent line

GORE-TEX has always required a high standard from their affiliated manufacturers because they don’t want their reputation damaged in the case that another company’s product leaks or fails due to poor construction. Arc’teryx has used their own innovative concepts to elevate some of those standards. For example, they spent seven years developing the reverse-coil polyurethane zipper . They sold that design to YKK, and now we see it in many products industry-wide.

GORE-TEX also used to require a standard 3/8″ seam allowance on all products sporting the GORE-TEX brand logo (The seam allowance is the overlapping seam left over when two pieces of material are sewn together.) Being the minimalists they are, Arc’teryx saw 3/8″ as too much unnecessary material and bulk, and almost 14 years ago they changed this standard to 1/8″. Two years later, they proved that 1/16″ of seam allowance was sufficient if it were sewn, glued and taped in place. To this day we still see products with all sorts of taped seams and extra “stuff”, an easy way out of spending extra time and money to manufacture only the best, but the highest performing products take the high road. They may cost more initially, but in the end they’re worth more because they will outperform and outlast the low-ballers.

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