Arc'teryx are one of the leading brands in outdoor apparel, alongside Patagonia, Mountain Equipment and Black Diamond. Pioneers in the very best technical advancements that keep alpininsts, climbers, runners and hikers dry, warm and protected in the mountains.
Founded in Canada, surrounded by the Rockies and built for the harshest conditions, Arc'teryx products are tested to destruction by some of the world's best mountain athletes. The feedback received from the cutting edge translates directly into the pieces you will find in The Epicentre. From the bombproof Alpha SV to the lightweight commitment of the Cierzo 25, Arc'teryx strive to create the best gear, regardless of the challenge.
They have worked closely with Gore-Tex to get the most out of every membrane combination and produce one of the best ranges of waterproof jackets and overtrousers, check out the Beta AR for the ideal British Hillwalking jacket. Arc'teryx have some of the best in-house research and development too, with breakthroughs such as Coreloft synthetic insulation, as used in the Atom LT. And for those changeable Spring days, the Gamma MX Hoody is one of the best Softshells on the market. Combine these pieces with an Arc'teryx's fleece and one of their excellent synthetic baselayers or the soft, natural feel of an Icebreaker layer to get the very best from your gear.
The Arc'teryx range is split into several categories, defined by the intended use.
Arc'teryx Essentials - As the name suggests, these are the pieces that will always prove their worth on the hill. All-round good guys such as the Beta LT Jacket, Cerium LT Hoody and Gamma AR Pants. This is Arc'teryx's broadest category.
Ascent - This is where you will find the specialist Alpine and Mountaineering pieces. Whether its rock, ice, snow or a bit of everything, this range is designed for the hardest terrain; light, simple and effective pieces without compromise. This includes the super-tough Alpha SV Jacket, the Nuclei Hoody and the Gamma Rock Pant.
Traverse - This is the range for Hiking and Trekking, generally below the snowline and off-vertical but no less exacting. Lightweight and functional, these pieces are designed for the rigours of the trail, expect durability and performance in well thought out pieces such as the Tenquille Hoody, Zeta AR and Palisade Pants.
Endorphin - Designed for when this neuropeptide is flowing, i.e. when you're legging it across the skyline leaving the competition for dust. Running and other fast-paced activity specific pieces that are light, breathable and simple, letting you get on with the challenge at hand.
Whiteline - Ski and snowboard specific pieces for a range of mountain winter sports. Expect tough materials, protective layers and insulation. Usually given a mountain or freeride cut, longer jackets, bigger bibs and snow skirts are the order of the day.
24 - This is functional lifestyle clothing and accessories that blend style and functionality to take you from city streets to local crags and trails. T-shirts, shirts, trousers and packs are all given the same Arc'teryx style and quality but with a focus on day-to-day functionality.
Within each range, Arc'teryx use a number of naming abbreviations to denote the intended use and nature of each piece:
SV - Severe Weather: These pieces are built for the very worst that the elements can muster. Storm-force gales, pelting rain, sleet and snow, sub-zero temperatures and rough rock and ice are all held at bay by these top end pieces. Favoured by mountain guides and rescue teams the world over for their reliability and durability, these represent the pinnacle of outdoor design; protection without restriction.
AR - All Round: These pieces are just that, all-rounders. Designed for a range of uses and users, expect durable functionality with plenty of features to keep you dry, warm and comfortable.
LT - Lightweight: Still constructed from the most durable performance materials but with a streamlined approach for lightweight, dedicated pieces. Fewer pockets, simpler hoods and a closer fit; this is the ideal range for those seeking to go fast and light in the mountains without compromise.
SL - Superlight: You guessed it, same top-end performance but with lighter weight materials and construction in streamlined designs to minimize weight and bulk. These are the fast, light and just-in-case pieces. Expect the same level of protection but with slightly reduced durability and breathability (when compared to other ranges).
MX - Mixed Weather: Changeable days on the hill that demand a lot from you and your gear. Breathable, durable and with great freedom of movement, many of Arc'teryx's softshell and hybrid ranges come under this heading.
FL - Fast and Light: Similar to the SL range but with a focus on performance in a wide range of conditions, as with the MX ranges. Streamlined, stripped back and dedicated hybrid pieces offer just enough protection for big missions in the mountains. You won't find many pockets or full length zips on these pieces. Expect to pull it on and leave it on.