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Coordinates: 49°18′17″N 123°00′50″W / 49.304608°N 123.01397°W / 49.304608; -123.01397

ARCTERYX Equipment Inc
Founded1989 as Rock Solid
1991 as Arc'teryx[1]
FounderDave Lane
Jeremy Guard
HeadquartersNorth Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Number of locations
  • Over 80 branded stores globally
  • Over 3,000 total
Area served
Number of employees
1,200 globally (2020)[2]
ParentSalomon Group (2001–2005)
Amer Sports (2005–)
(2019-: subsidiary of ANTA Sports)
  • Veilance
  • LEAF
Arc'teryx Zürich Store

Arc'teryx (stylized as ΛRC'TERYX) is a design company that sells outdoor clothing and climbing gear. The headquarters and design centre are located in North Vancouver, with a local manufacturing facility called "ARC’One", located in New Westminster. There are overseas teams located in Munich, Shanghai and Tokyo. The company is currently a subsidiary of Chinese sportwear company Anta.

The name and logo of Arc'teryx refer to Archaeopteryx, one of the first birds and a transitional form between earlier dinosaurs and modern dinosaurs (more commonly known as birds). The logo, designed by graphic designer Micheal Hofler, is based on the "Berlin specimen", a fossil of the bird, the most complete skeleton found to date.

The company's products are sold at over eighty company-owned stores, in addition to 3,000 other retail locations.

There are more than 1,000 employees in North America (not including retail, sales representatives, and dealer services) and more than 1,200 employees globally.

Besides normal product lines, Arc'teryx's Leaf (Law Enforcement and Armed Forces) line is aimed at the military and police market. In the consumer and Internet market, it is often referred to as "military birds". Some of the collections are designed for their civilian counterparts, while others, such as Arc'teryx's Tango and Charlie backpacks, feature camouflage designs that are entirely geared toward the military. In the color, the military bird series is different from the ordinary product line, there are no rich bright colors. In contrast, military bird products use dark colors and military colors, such as Wolf Grey, Ranger Green, etc. Only a handful of products, such as the Alpha jacket, are currently made in Canada, while the rest, such as Assault Shirt, are made overseas, such as in El Salvador and Vietnam.

Arc'teryx also has a high-end business line called Veilance, which was introduced in Fall/Winter 2009,[3] hereinafter referred to as Shanbird. The Shang Bird series mainly covers business suits and urban-style clothing. It also applies the high-tech fabric and three-dimensional tailoring of Archaeopteryx, thus creating many business clothing with a protective effect.

Company history[edit]

Originaly named Rock Solid by founder Dave Lane, the company's first line of products was climbing gear. Dave Lane sold his 50% interest to Blair Murdoch and Tim Duholke who became silent partners in 1989. Then-principal Jeremy Guard changed the company name to "Arc'teryx" in 1991 to reflect the company's vision of creating disruptive "evolutionary" innovation within the outdoor products industry. Using a heat laminate (thermolamination) technology, the partners designed and marketed the Vapor harness, which would become the company's most popular item. In 1993, after a series of relocations and staff additions, Arc'teryx released the Bora backpack using the same Vapor technology. In 1996, after obtaining a licence from W. L. Gore & Associates for use of the GORE-TEX fabric, the company adapted it for its new line of outdoor technical apparel.[citation needed]

Needing a larger manufacturing space, the company moved its headquarters to Burnaby, British Columbia, in 1999. In 2005, the Arc'teryx head office moved back across the Burrard Inlet to North Vancouver.

Guard was president and principal of the company from 1991 through 2001. In January 2001, Arc'teryx was purchased by the Adidas-owned Salomon Group.[4] In May 2005, Amer Sports purchased the Salomon Group from Adidas.[5] Since 2019, the Amer Sports Corporation is owned by the Chinese Anta Sports group. The Arc'teryx head office is still located in North Vancouver and harnesses, backpacks, and other apparel is made in its own factory in New Westminster, BC. Their apparel line has expanded, thus Arc'teryx has consequently outsourced to plants in China, the Philippines, Vietnam, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Laos, and Greece.[6]

Current Arc'teryx President Jon Hoerauf joined the company in 2012, stepping into the President and General Manager role in 2016.

Arc'teryx has become widely popular in the graffiti scene. "Racking" (stealing) Arc'Teryx and other GORE-TEX items is considered to be part of the subculture. [7]


  1. ^ Mackie, John (October 2, 2013). "Arc'teryx 'flagship' store lands in Kitsilano". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  2. ^ Corporate factsheet,, May 01, 2018
  3. ^ "10 Years of Performance Evolution | Veilance". Arc'teryx Equipment. Retrieved 2021-10-01.
  4. ^ Nowakowski, Natasha, "Arc'teryx a perfect fit for adidas' Salomon business", The Portland Business Journal, November 8, 2002.
  5. ^ Crane, Leah, "Salomon Sold to Amer Sports" Archived March 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Transworld Business Magazine, August 9, 2005
  6. ^ "Supply Chain Partners | Arc'teryx". Arc'teryx Equipment. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  7. ^ Danforth, Chris (2020-07-09). "Deadbird: The Underground Cool (And Looting) of Arc'teryx". Medium. Retrieved 2021-04-08.

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