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Steve704
02-07-2013, 12:45 AM
It has become quite apparent that in the last year I have developed a severe addiction to high speed gear. Specifically Arc'teryx LEAF.

The first step to dealing with the problem, is admitting you have a problem......;)

The following is a list of some of the insanity, I may do more in depth reviews of some of these items at a later date.

Arc'teryx LEAF Drac Soft Shell Jacket in Crocodile:
Truly a versatile jacket. Highly breathable, un insulated, BDU alternative. The fabric refuses to hold water and the DWR resists anything but a heavy down pour. This is my every day jacket. 15" pit zips for ventilation. Stand up collar protects neck from slings. Shoulder pockets with Velcro patches. Wind resistant. Perfect Spring or Fall jacket when combined with a light insulating layer. Great stand alone piece for warmer temps. 1lb 7oz

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0813_zps018df9ec.jpg

Arc'teryx LEAF Drac Soft Shell Pants in Crocodile:
One thing I can say about these pants is WOW, the built in gator is amazing, i'd say even batter than the Alpha pant. The way it works is very cool, there is two cuffs, one draws tight around the ankle and then the other pulls over the first and around the boot to form the gator, for keeping snow and other debris out of your boots. The built in knee pad pockets work great and are more than durable enough. Just don't abuse them. Un-real amount of pockets, same quick dry material as the jacket, refuses to hold water. DWR is great, seems to renew with washing instead of fading like cheaper DWR's. Weight 1lb 13.3oz

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/DracPacts_zps399a4aa8.png
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0807_zps099f5c8b.jpg
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0806_zps09b6a092.jpg

Arc'teryx LEAF Alpha LT Gore-tex jacket in Crocodile:
This jacket literally fits inside of a 1L Nalgene bottle if you fold it right. Truly ultra light gore-tex jacket. This one has seen lots of use, and let me tell you does it perform. The breathabilty of this piece is outstanding, it can almost be described as a large fitting rain or wind shirt as opposed to a jacket and yet it's still a bullet proof gore-tex jacket with a full size helmet compatible storm hood that can be tightened to the point where all you can see through is a small ninja slit for the eyes, combined with a layering system, it's a winter shell in any conditions. Standard 15" pit zips. Water tight zipper throughout. Truly a kit staple for me. Total weight 12.9oz This is the jacket you never leave at home, it's just that light weight.
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/842e6760-d219-474c-8725-c411721637dd_zps06c4b641.jpg
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0811_zpsc5467b9b.jpg
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0812_zps26cbfb29.jpg
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/AlphaLTandAtomAF_zps3c895465.png

Arc'teryx LEAF Alpha Gore-Tex Jacket in Multi-Cam:
Sadly, I haven't really had the opportunity to use this jacket to much yet, but I can tell you from the use it has seen that it is truly a specimen of quality and craftsmanship, as the pictures show, it packs to be about double the size of the Alpha LT but still can be packed into a very compact stuff sac. Stow able hood fits very comfortable even more so than the Alpha LT. Excellent jacket for all day extended nasty weather. Huge pit zips dump excess heat in a hurry. Water tight zippers through out. Weighs 1lb 7.7oz

Arc'teryx LEAF Alpha Gore-Tex Pants in Multi-Cam:
Same quality as the jacket. Built in Gator. Durable crampon protector around the inside of the cuff. Two thigh pockets. Full leg length water tight zippers for putting on with boots and dumping excess heat. Built in belt. Weighs 1lb 1.6oz

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0825_zps2f7eef1a.jpg
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0826_zps0b4b1d06.jpg
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http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/AlphaJacketandpants_zpsecbfbacf.png

Arc'teryx LEAF Atom LT Core Loft Jacket in Crocodile:
When it get's cold, I layer up with an Atom LT, these jackets are again a truly light weight clothing article, with a warmth to weight ratio to rival any. They pack smaller than fleece and weigh less, yet offer wind and weather resistence that even a high quality fleece cannot dream of. DWR is amazing again, and will hold up to anything but a full on down pour. Jacket packs inside it's sleeve, or inside it's chest pocket. Same lined collar for sling protection. Perfect as a warm mid layer under a gore-tex shell or a shoft shell jacket. These are so awesome I actually have two of them, one in black and one in Croc. Plus I bought the wife one too. Weight 11.5oz

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0818_zpsb54d4684.jpg
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0819_zps1601ed39.jpg

Arc'teryx LEAF Naga Fleece Hoodie in Crocodile:
Another Kit staple. The Naga hoodie is a form fitting mid weight feece sweater with what I call a ninja hood. The hood basically fits like a toque, but when your not wearing it, it sit's smooth on your back and doesn't bunch up under another jacket, I wear this under the Atom LT and the Drac jacket and it's a very warm layering system. It can also do well as an insulating layer underneath a gore-tex. Truly versatile sweatshirt with moisture wicking and breathing capabilities far superior to a normal sweatshirt. Not quite as packable as the Atom LT but still a packable item and weighing in at 12oz The Naga hoodie's advantage over a piece like the Atom LT is it's durability. Where the core loft should be protected, the Naga can be abused hard.

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0822_zpsc11d351c.jpg
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0824_zps29215bd5.jpg

Arc'teryx LEAF E-220 Riggers Harness
Light weight riggers belt, comes in handy for high rise window cleaning and other building maintenance. Weight, belt: 5.3oz total weight: 8.6oz

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0831_zps5346c352.jpg

]Tactical Tailor Operator Pack in Multi-cam[/U]
Nice pack. Quite comfortable, worn on several long haul hikes and never had an issue. I have definitely had nicer packs, but you can pick these up under the grey ghost name for about $126 bux right now and that's hard to beat for the quality.

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/TTOperatorpack_zpsba75ec71.png
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0808_zpsdbeb5831.jpg
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0809_zps9d377c42.jpg

Strewth
02-07-2013, 01:11 AM
Sorry, I'm not seeing the problem? No Arcteryx scarf? :)
I really like their stuff too, just seems to keep on lasting. I've got a twenty year old backpack that has seen a lot of abuse and looks just fine.
I like your description of the toque-hood on the Naga fleece, I'll have to check that out. The Atom LT jacket looks pretty awesome too...I feel I need a new jacket after reading your thread...
Nice Swiss Arms, BTW.

Steve704
02-07-2013, 01:25 AM
Sorry, I'm not seeing the problem?
Tell that to my wife ;)


I like your description of the toque-hood on the Naga fleece, I'll have to check that out. The Atom LT jacket looks pretty awesome too...I feel I need a new jacket after reading your thread...
Nice Swiss Arms, BTW.

While I love my Naga Hoodie, and I purchased it first, if I had to do it again, I would buy the Atom LT before anything else, really it get's the most use now, with the naga a close second.

And yes I love my Swiss

Strewth
02-07-2013, 01:52 AM
Tell that to my wife ;)



I figured that's why they were all the same colour? "No honey, this is the quintuple zip out lining! Isn't this single jacket purchase amazing?"

road kill
02-07-2013, 07:47 AM
I`m with Strewth, i don`t see a problem. There is always the "it followed me home" defence or the old "how many pairs of shoes do youi need".:D

JustBen
02-07-2013, 08:21 AM
Some serious kit you got there. I'm jealous!

I have a hard time paying the big bucks for Arcteryx stuff, or any other big name brand for that matter. MEC seems to be comparable quality to most, and a lot cheaper. Perhaps I'm wrong, but it leaves more funds for other things.

Steve704
02-07-2013, 10:12 AM
Some serious kit you got there. I'm jealous!

I have a hard time paying the big bucks for Arcteryx stuff, or any other big name brand for that matter. MEC seems to be comparable quality to most, and a lot cheaper. Perhaps I'm wrong, but it leaves more funds for other things.

Don't get me wrong, I like MEC and for the money, they usually make some pretty decent gear, I have tonnes of MEC stuff. But the Arc'teryx is more expensive for a reason, and as soon as you take the plunge, you'll understand why. It's far superior in performance and longevity, and the technical features behind the Arc'teryx products blws MEC stuff away.

I shop at MEC all the time, but usually end up buying things there when I need to save money, Arc'teryx I buy when I spare no expense.

JustBen
02-07-2013, 10:46 AM
Don't get me wrong, I like MEC and for the money, they usually make some pretty decent gear, I have tonnes of MEC stuff. But the Arc'teryx is more expensive for a reason, and as soon as you take the plunge, you'll understand why. It's far superior in performance and longevity, and the technical features behind the Arc'teryx products blws MEC stuff away.

I shop at MEC all the time, but usually end up buying things there when I need to save money, Arc'teryx I buy when I spare no expense.

Hmmm, I guess the only way I'll know is if I take the plunge and buy something...

Steve704
02-07-2013, 10:47 AM
Hmmm, I guess the only way I'll know is if I take the plunge and buy something...

For sure man, and if you do, you'll never regret it.

But your pocket book sure will ;)

FlyingHigh
02-07-2013, 07:28 PM
Great post. :)

As for price, you really do get what you pay for with most gear. As I'm slowly being able to start affording it, I'm offloading my cheaper stuff and stocking up with the high end gear. You really do notice the difference. Arc'teryx is on my list, particularly their LEAF line.

road kill
02-08-2013, 08:00 AM
For sure man, and if you do, you'll never regret it.

But your pocket book sure will ;)

I take it i won`t find this clothing line at Peavy Mart.:D

cigarbufff
02-09-2013, 12:12 AM
Its the younger Nutnfancy! hehe

Steve704
02-09-2013, 12:34 AM
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cigarbufff
02-10-2013, 03:08 AM
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hahahaha amazing

Steve704
02-11-2013, 12:37 AM
For anyone interested in the Drac Jacket and Pants, I took these today while out in the hills for a hike and some rappelling. Give's anyone interested in these two items a better look. Also worth mentioning, all the rappelling was done using the Arc'teryx Riggers belt with a sling for leg loops.

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/RiggersBeltRap_zps08e2ebc5.png

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0866_zps06c4679e.jpg

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0867_zpseda4bc39.jpg

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/IMAG0868_zps89661122.jpg

http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa348/Stevejanes704/RiggersBeltRap2_zpsb6ce0450.png

Airw4ves
04-13-2013, 09:18 AM
I too have caught the Arc'teryx bug. My Alpha, Atom, Naga, and B.A.C. are my new best friends. Their gear is outstanding, and with a customer service team equally as solid, you know your in good hands.
I've recently decided that unless I NEED something that minute, I will save my money and buy their gear.

Next on the list is a Talos LT

jwirecom109
04-13-2013, 12:12 PM
I won a Naga Hoodie from DS tactical last year, since then I love the product, and want more and more.

Its great quality, made in canada, and friendly to the gun enthusiasts.

Edenchef
04-13-2013, 01:15 PM
Hey, Gun friendly businesses deserve our support; controlistas and their supporters do not! I have heard rumors that MEC is not gun friendly. Anyone know if that is the truth? Cheers!

jwirecom109
04-13-2013, 01:17 PM
I have heard many stories but never in person. I wouldn't give MEC a cent just because of the service I got there as just a regular customer

FlyingHigh
04-13-2013, 07:21 PM
actually, a year or two ago one of the members of the board of directors of MEC was a hunter. i've shopped at MEC ever since i was a child and my dad has shopped there for decades as he was big into mountaineering. MEC does support charities that in turn are anti-gun. but unfortunately that's par for the course when you're dealing with naturalists, conservationists and the like. We do need to work alongside such people in order to preserve the wilderness in Canada. Politics aside, MEC has fantastic gear at great prices. I've never had bad service there and even chatted hunting and guns with one salesman for about a half hour after he found out the pack I wanted to buy needed a spot to strap on a shotgun. :D

anyways, hijack over.

Arcteryx is some of the best gear I've ever used. I've borrowed most I've used as I have never been able to afford it. However, now that I'm starting to make real money, I'll be seeing more and more of their gear in my closet. Currently it's a couple t-shrirts, but an Atom SV hoodie, some rain gear, pants and shorts will likely be on their way.

Chalk
04-13-2013, 10:58 PM
I got to head back to Canmore this summer for a course and I am trying to decide whether I buy some arcteryx gear for it since I will be in the mountains. I want to, its pricey. But man it looks comfy and good to go.

Edenchef
04-14-2013, 12:02 PM
Thanks, Flying High. I do agree that preservation of our wilderness resources requires "strange alliances".