Arc'teryx: The Tech Behind the Brand
Arc’teryx are renowned for being at the cutting-edge of development, constantly evolving in order to provide you with the ultimate performance products. We’re going to look at the tech behind the brand and give you the lowdown on some of the unique features that set them apart.
GORE-TEX is a waterproof, breathable membrane that sits between a durable outer fabric and comfortable liner. It behaves a little like your skin, containing thousands of tiny pores that are small enough to let water molecules pass through from the outside and large enough to allow heat and moisture to escape from within (breathe), keeping you feeling dry and comfortable, even when you’re working hard.
Arc’teryx GORE-TEX Pro garments offer the highest levels of durability, breathability and waterproof, windproof protection. They have a tough backer that is twice as durable than a standard tricot liner and allows moisture to pass quickly through to the membrane.
GORE-TEX Active products are designed for activities where weight is an important factor. Found predominantly in the Arc’teryx SL(super light) range, the garments incorporate a very thin membrane and the lightest face and backer fabrics that are extremely low bulk and highly breathable.
A 2-layer construction offers comfort and versatility making it ideal for a wide range of outdoor activities. The GORE-TEX membrane is only bonded to the outer fabric, which means that it can be combined with insulation for additional warmth.
With a 3-layer construction, the GORE-TEX membrane is bonded to both the outer fabric and inner lining. This prevents movement between the layers, meaning less wear and tear and greater durability.
Snug fitting clothing made with stretch fabrics that provide insulation and advanced moisture management. This fit is most common in the brand’s Phasic and RHO range of base layers.
These garments have a close fit, designed to keep unnecessary bulk to a minimum while offering a good range of motion. It is ideal for use with a harness and while incorporated throughout the Arc’teryx range, it features most heavily in the SV(Severe), LT(light) and SL(super light) garments.
This is the ‘standard’ fit for Arc’teryx. It incorporates anatomical shaping and gussets for freedom of movement while keeping excess bulk to a minimum, allowing it to work in harmony with packs and harnesses.
Ideal for cold conditions, the Expedition fit is cut slightly larger to allow room for additional layers without restricting your freedom of movement. This cut predominantly features in the SV(severe) range.