10 reasons why you should choose an Arc’teryx waterproof 
 
We have been asked a number of times by customers that can’t make it into a store to try Arcteryx clothing, why is it that bit more expensive and is it really that much better?
 
The following 10 points are our opinions on why you should choose an Arcteryx waterproof.
 
1. Face fabric – Arc’teryx are the only clothing manufacturer that develop face fabrics for Gore-Tex®, everyone else buys from a selection of materials provided by Goretex. The Arc’teryx developed fabrics can then be used by other brands but invariably aren’t as their quality and composition makes them too expensive. Quality nylon is the key component of an Arc’teryx face fabric and is more durable than polyester, which many manufacturers use.
 
2. Weave of cloth – When viewed under a digital magnifying glass (we have one in-store) the fibres that make up the warp and weft of these Arc’teryx fabrics are very tightly packed, uniform and evenly distributed making the garment less vulnerable to abrasion and leaving no gaps where a membrane can be exposed. This is less true with much of the competition.
 
3. MembraneArc’teryx use Gore-Tex® waterproof membranes due to their leading levels of durability, breathability, consistency, range of fabrics, customer care and ongoing development. Some other membranes may offer slightly better statistics in one area or another but none match Gore-Tex across the board. Much of how a membrane performs is also down to how it is used within a garment and here again Arc’teryx lead the way.
 
4. Clothing panels – Waterproof clothing is made up of a series of panels bonded together. The less seaming the lighter, more durable and breathable the garment will be, but you do need to make the cut of the garment work. Arc’teryx use very small overlaps of material at panel boundaries to retain the highest levels of breathability. They use an extremely high stitch count, which makes each join of panels very dependable. The stitches are backed up by a very constant layer of glue within the bond to avoid the stitching becoming exposed when the garment is under tension.
 
5. Seam taping – Seam tape doesn’t breath so the less you use the better. Arc’teryx use soft 13mm Gore Tiny tape on all of their seams. Thicker, harder tape tends to create edges that can help fabrics to wear quicker. Arc’teryx also keep panel joins away from high abrasion areas such as the shoulders and high perspiration areas such as arm-pits to aid durability and breathability further.
 
6. Pattern – There are a variety of different fits offered by Arc’teryx waterproofs, however, each takes into account the need for unrestricted movement particularly when raising arms and moving your head. To aid this Arc’teryx sleeves are pre-curved to work with the way we move our arms and there is enough space under the garment particularly around the shoulders to take into account layers of underclothes.
 
7. Zips – Arc’teryx don’t class the “waterproof” zips used by many manufacturers as waterproof merely water-resistant. They tend to use a higher quality WaterTight™ Vislon zip for the main zip, which has waterproof interlocking teeth, which won’t wear with time to the same degree as a cloth zip with a waterproof flap sitting above it. The zip-pulls are less aggressive and non-locking to reduce wear and the likelihood of zip-tooth damage if the zip is strained.
 
8. Hems and cuffs – The hems and cuffs of Arc’teryx waterproofs are laminated rather than stitched making them much lower profile and therefore less likely to wear or catch. Cuff tabs are die cut and laminated making them very durable. They use the best quality Velcro® and ensure that all of their garment face fabrics can withstand abrasion from the Velcro®.
 
9. Hoods – Roomy enough to accommodate a helmet and hats but easily adjustable enough to fit close to the face and keep out the elements without restricting sight or head movement are key to the Arc’teryx design.
 
10. Durability – When we suggested that Outdoor Centres should be recommending Arc’teryx products for their staff it was great to be told by a Head of Centre that in his experience Arc’teryx waterproofs last at least twice as long as other brands of waterproofs in a day in day out instructional environment. What better recommendation of durability and quality can there be. 
  
We range 5 waterproof shells from Arc’teryx:
 
 

 

Alpha SL Hybrid Jacket

Womens Alpha SL Hybrid Jacket

 Beta AR Jacket

Womens Beta AR Jacket

Womens Theta SL Hybrid Jacket

Fit

Athletic with e3D, hiplength

Athletic with e3D, hiplength

Athletic with e3D, hiplength

Athletic with e3D, hiplength

Athletic, thighlength

Membrane

Gore-Tex ProShell and Paclite

Gore-Tex ProShell and Paclite

Gore-Tex ProShell

Gore-Tex ProShell

Gore-Tex ProShell and Paclite

Main Zip

WaterTight™ Vislon

WaterTight™ Vislon

WaterTight™ Vislon

WaterTight™ Vislon

WaterTight™

Pockets

2 external

2 external

2 external, 1 internal

2 external, 1 internal

2 external

Pit Zips

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Hood

Helmet compatible Storm Hood

Helmet compatible Storm Hood

Helmet compatible Drop Hood

Helmet compatible Drop Hood

Zips into collar

 

Thanks Chris for your help concerning the waterproofs etc and Aer'teryx.

Mike

No problem Mike.

I hope you found it useful.

All the best

Chris

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