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 work closely with GORE-TEX to provide the perfect balance of waterproof, breathable protection; packability and durability. The characteristics of a GORE-TEX garment depends on the outer fabrics and liners used and whether it has a 2 or 3 layer construction. In association with Gore, Arc’teryx use a number of different face fabrics and liners to create activity specific garments that are built for purpose.
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.
2- Layer Construction
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.
3- Layer Construction
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.
Watch this video to see how Arc’teryx choose the face fabrics that give their products the edge when it comes to performance...
Arc’teryx’ Ergonomic 3-Dimensional Patterning has been developed for enhanced mobility, allowing a full range of motion when you need it most, incorporating advanced articulation in key joint areas, pre-shaped sleeves and extra gusseting.
In addition to ergonomic shaping, Arc’teryx use activity specific tailoring to ensure that the fit of your clothing delivers the performance that you need.
NEXT TO SKIN FIT
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.
These garments are focused on comfort and mobility, with a looser cut that still incorporates plenty of articulation.
Have a look at these videos to learn more about Arc’teryx soft shell and base layer technology:
Arc’teryx are masters when it comes to technical clothing and we are continually blown away by the level of innovation and attention to detail that is evident in their designs. The brand work closely with GORE-TEX to create activity specific products that each have their home on the mountain, but with so much tech doing the rounds, how do you know which Arc’teryx piece is right for you? Let’s demystify things a little.
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