Arc’teryx continues to be one of my favourite brands for outdoor apparel, and I hope they’ll return to Outdoor Retailer soon — I miss the gin & tonics during happy hour, and they consistently had some of the best coffee on the show floor. Oh, also, they generally announce some pretty cool gear! But, fret not, I did get the FW18 workbooks to browse through and bring you some info on the coolest gear coming out of North Vancouver for Fall/Winter 2018.
The Procline Comp Jacket is not actually a climbing piece but is instead designed for ski-mountaineering and backcountry skiing. What makes it great for climbers, however, is the combination of highly weather-resistant Windstopper on the hood, shoulders, chest, arms and lower hem) and very breathable Fortius 1.0 everywhere else. It’s basically like the Alpha Comp from a few years ago but with more protection on the front — perfect for shitty weather climbing. Weight for a Men’s Medium is 405-grams and based on the prototype I saw in Ouray fit is typically Arc’teryx excellent. Plus, it has that best-in-the-industry (or so I think, anyway) StormHood.
Speaking of the Alpha Comp, the Pant makes a return but swaps the Gore-Technology (aka Gore-Tex) of the first pieces for a heavy-duty Windstopper. The fabric used here is n150p, which is ridiculously tough and should ensure these pants last for years of chossy scrabbling. The Windstopper is now also present in areas somewhat more prone to feeling the effects of a brisk wind: the seat and crotch, in addition to the previous thighs and lower legs. The rest of the pant is once again the highly breathable Fortius 1.0. The right-side thigh pocket carries over, and weight is a respectable 535-grams. I can’t wait to get my legs into a pair of these!
If Windstopper isn’t enough for you, there’s also the new, redesigned, Alpha AR Pant in full Gore-Tex Pro. With full side-zips, inside leg wrap, high waist, suspenders and outside thigh pocket, these are about as heavy-duty a pant as you’ll ever need (though Arc’teryx also have the Alpha SV Bib, in case you need even more protection!) 575-grams and $600 Canadian will get you into a pair of these come Fall.
Another item that caught my eye are the Sigma FL Pants, a tapered, slim-fitting pant specifically designed with alpine climbing in mind. Burly Double Weave provides the durability while Fortius 1.0 helps them dump heat and stretch. One right thigh pocket is a welcome feature. 370-grams for these.
There’s also a new ski-oriented pack, borne out of the Alpha FL packs, called the Alpha SK 32. It’s got a dedicated. quick-access, snow-safety pocket for your shovel, saw and probe, as well as a side-zip for easy entry into the main compartment. The built-in lid is big enough to stash a helmet and skins, while a patent-pending strap system allows for diagonal, A-frame or vertical snowboard carry. Total weight is 990-grams and MSRP will be $380 Canadian. I know it’s not a climbing pack but I kinda want one!