Arc-teryx has quickly become a favorite among the group here at AGW. Their premium outdoor clothing and gear is among the best in the business. They recently launched their new 2014 Spring Collection to the world so we thought we’d share a few of our favorites.
First up is the new Beta LT Hybrid Jacket. Available in both men’s and women’s sizing, the Beta Series of jackets are designed extremely tough, constructed using GORE-TEX with Paclite technology on the main body, and reinforced with GORE-TEX with 3L tricot technology in high wear areas. The jacket is body mapped to put the right material in the right place. At only 3.4oz, it is extremely lightweight and packable. High wear areas have been reinforced with hardwearing textiles at abrasion points and high stress areas. Places like under the arm, shoulders and areas vulnerable to wear from pack straps. The new Beta LT Hybrid Jacket can be purchased here for $350.
The Squamish Jacket is available with and without a hood. At a mere 155g, this super lightweight jacket is a highly compressible windshell great for climbers, hikers and bikers. Living in Southern California, we don’t get a ton of rain so we give the nod to the non-hood version. This would make a great early morning jacket for cycling or hiking. We love that everything including the zipper, wind flap and seams are minimized. Also making it a great jacket for movement is unique patterning and gusseting providing ergonomic functions. Grab it here for $139.
The new Chilcotin 12 looks to be a great daypack for hikers. It comes with a built-in 2L hydration pack so you won’t need to concern yourself with “will my current bladder fit”. It is designed to wrap around your body, keeping the mass close and stable, particularly important when balance is critical. This will help distribute the load more evenly, reducing pressure points and discomfort on long day treks. The 12-liter pack is made from N210p-HT Nylon 6.6, which is a high-density, single ripstop fabric coated with silicone to shed moisture. An Aeroform monofilament mesh exterior panel helps air flow and is abrasion resistant. Strap one on your back here for $139.
Our final pick among the new Spring Collection is the A2B Commuter Pant. Designed for bike commuters, The A2B is made from a blend of 60% cotton and 40% stretch polyester that feels great against the skin. The pants are treated with a 3XDRY for increased water repellency and moisture transport. Banded cuffs keep pant legs out of chainrings, and tuck away reflection on the cuffs and back pockets add nighttime safety. Because you can tuck away all the reflective parts, these would also be great to wear off the bike. A great choice for urban commuters. Put one leg in after the other here for $139.
When it comes to outdoor clothing, you get what you pay for. Choosing a quality pair of pants or jacket can mean as much in the long run as a stout pack or set of trekking poles. Protect and outfit your body with appropriate, long-lasting apparel today. To review the entire 2014 Spring Collection from Arc’teryx, click here.