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- Arc'teryx places great importance on the integrity of our waterproof/breathable fabrics. High performance fabrics require time to develop. We don't rely on laboratory results – we do our own research, field testing textile and apparel prototypes to acquire real world results, in conditions that our athletes and our research and design teams truly experience. With this hard-earned and valuable information, we select textile packages with the highest performance possible in terms of durability, breathability and weather protection.
- Face fabrics play a key role in the ability of hardshells to retain their waterproof properties over time. We choose only tightly woven, flat surfaced textiles. Tight construction prevents fibre breakage: loose fibres catch snow and break the surface tension of water molecules, causing them to be absorbed into the fabric, restricting breathability. Smooth, flat surfaces resist abrasion and allow the molecules to roll off the outside of your garment, retaining a dry surface for maximum breathability, which maintains personal comfort.
- Arc'teryx hardshell fabrics protect you from the worst weather you can expect to encounter. They are exceptionally hard-wearing, yet remarkably lightweight. We work exclusively with GORE-TEX® products because they have proven to be the most durably waterproof.
Hardshell VS Softshell
Arc'teryx ski mountaineering athlete, Greg Hill, explains when to use a soft shell or a hard shell.
- The Arc'teryx experience is emphasized by the fit of our products: there is a unique and distinct sensation of liberty inside our garments; not simply excess volume or space, but ergonomically planned articulation designed to move as the body moves.
- Arc'teryx garments are tailored to suit their intended use. Sleeves are three-dimensional and forward which allows full extension and movement of the arms without pulling across the back or shoulders, or lifting the waistline. Knees and seat are similarly articulated to permit full knee bends without lifting the pant hem or causing the waist to gap at the small of the back. Hoods snug tight and rotate with the head, maintaining unobstructed vision in all directions.
- Ergonomic fit is an important Arc'teryx detail that may not be immediately visible but makes a significant difference to your overall comfort.
Beta SL Lamination
- Lamination is the technique of manufacturing a material in multiple layers, so that the composite material achieves improved strength, stability, appearance or other properties from the use of differing materials. A laminate is usually permanently assembled by heat, pressure, welding, or adhesives.
- Lamination in outdoor apparel allows for seamless construction: reduced bulk, increased durability, lighter weights, clean finishes and streamlined process. Products weigh less, last longer and are more user-friendly.
- Adopting lamination into hardgoods construction, unique Arc'teryx AC2 technology takes packs into another dimension, using very lightweight, durable ACT Fabric™ to create weathertight bags. Air-and-water impermeable and coated on both sides, ACT Fabric™ permits the lamination of attachment points directly onto the bag, placed as needed rather than dictated by seams.
Any product is only as good as the strength of its components. The enduring Arc'teryx mandate is to build the lightest, most durable, highest performing equipment possible. To accomplish this, early in its history the brand formed partnerships with textile manufacturers. Twenty odd years later, these partnerships help maintain the integrity of Arc'teryx products.
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