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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
  • Products are sold in more than 3,000 retail locations worldwide
Area served
Number of employees
  • 1,200 globally (2020)
  • 60% of employees are women[2]
ParentSalomon Group (2001–2005)
Amer Sports (2005–)
(2019-: subsidiary of ANTA Sports)
Arc'teryx Zürich Store

Arc'teryx (stylized ɅRC'TERYX) is a global design company based in North Vancouver, British Columbia, specializing in technical high-performance apparel, outerwear and equipment.

The name and logo of Arc'teryx refer to Archaeopteryx, one of the first birds and a transitional form between earlier dinosaurs and modern 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. Arc'teryx is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation, since 2019 owned by the Chinese group Anta Sports, with sister brands Wilson, Atomic, Sports Tracker, Salomon, Precor, Suunto.

In 2018, Arc’teryx owns and operates over 80 brand stores globally, with these key cities: Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, New York, Seattle, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London and have a retail presence in key resorts of Vail, Chamonix, Whistler. Their distribution goes through more than 3,000 retail locations worldwide.

The Global 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.

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.

Company history[edit]

Originally 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 license 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. Their products are usually associated with climbing, skiing, snowboarding, backpacking, and hiking-related activities.[3]

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] The Arc'teryx head office is still located in North Vancouver, although harnesses, backpacks, and much other laminated equipment 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]


Product lines and namings[edit]

Arc'teryx clothing

Arc'teryx product list is over 500 items. Their lifetime warranty covers the reasonable lifespan of each.[7]

Product collections are activity-based:[3] Rock Climbing and Alpinism; Skiing and Snowboarding; Hiking and Trekking; Trail Running; and Everyday for technical urban; Essentials are most versatile garments and best sales.[8]

Legacy family products names are made of a Greek letter. The nomenclature usually follows garment names nod to the weather and the impulse activity they are designed to withstand. AR stands for “All-Round”, MX for “Mixed Use”, LT for “Lightweight”, SL for “Super Lightweight.” and FL for "Fast and light".[8]

Renowned products[edit]

Arc'teryx's flagship jacket, the Alpha SV, was first introduced in 1998. At the time, it brought innovation to the outdoor industry and was recognized as one of the most advanced alpine climbing shells on the market, [9][10] using GORE-TEX's breathable waterproof technology, WaterTight zippers and microseams with narrow seam tape for lightness. The Alpha SV has been updated incrementally over the years, remaining Arc'teryx's most recognized piece due to its reputation as one of the most durable and well-designed hardshells in the industry.

Other top selling items in their clothing line include the Beta AR jacket, the Atom LT hoody, and Gamma MX jacket. Over the years, Arc'teryx's designs have won a number of awards from Backpacker, Outside, Climbing, Men's Journal, and Powder magazines.[4]

Subsidiaries and programs[edit]


Founded by Arc'teryx Equipment in 2009, Veilance is a men's and women's clothing label that applies minimalist design and advanced technical construction to its line of city focused apparel. Based in Canada's west coast mountains, Veilance engineers performance garments for every climate and environment.[11]


Arc'teryx LEAF (Law Enforcement and Armed Forces) designs and builds technical apparel and gear for elite military and specialized law enforcement users in NATO and NATO-friendly countries.

Although some items are counterparts in design to their civilian models, other items, such as Arc'teryx's Tango and Charlie packs, are made in camouflage patterns and constructed to military specification, including numerous PALS-type attachment loops and fabric featuring neutral and camouflage coloring. LEAF started in 2003 when the United States Marine Corps chose Arc'teryx's design for their new backpack, the ILBE. Inspired by the Bora backpack, Arc'teryx brought new technologies such as thermoformed hip-belts and shoulder straps, along with V-stay suspension to comfortably handle expedition-sized loads.

Arc'teryx LEAF customers include units working in counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, foreign internal defence, and hostage rescue.

Recommerce Program[edit]

Launched in 2019, Arc'teryx Used Gear[12] is the official used gear trade program where customers can give back their garments in exchange for a refund in the shop. The company repairs and refurbishes used products and put them back on sale on a dedicated second-hand market place. This augments the life cycle of the products, allows new customers to access more affordable high-quality equipment and reduce their impact on the planet by not extracting new resources for manufacturing new apparel. This program is only available in the United States and Canada for now, with plans to expand to Europe. [13]

Arc'teryx Academies[edit]

Arc’teryx Academies have hosted professionally guided clinics, educational seminars, film premiers and athlete speakers in key cities around the world including Chamonix, Fr, Squamish, BC and Jackson Hole, WY since 2008. Bringing together over 1,200 people annually, Academies focus on sports including climbing, backcountry skiing, and ski mountaineering for beginners to experts. Academies provide skill developments and education from Arc'teryx athletes and guides.[14]

Arc'teryx Athletes[edit]

Arc’teryx Athletes program sponsors both grass roots and well-established professional athletes by offering personal and professional development. As members of the Arc'teryx family, athletes trust Arc'teryx gear to perform when they need it most. The athlete team refines products by testing prototypes, pushing their gear to the limits, and working directly with the design team on tweaks or improvements.

The Bird's Nest Project, running since 2009, is organized by a group of Arc'teryx volunteers who have made and donated almost 4,000 GORE-TEX capes for homeless and community organizations in Vancouver, BC[15]using left over fabrics from manufacturing.[citation needed]

In 2019 the company joined the Leave No Trace[16] ethics.


  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. ^ a b Collections Naming Collection naming press release,, May 01, 2018
    and Complete explanation of Arc'teryx namings for collections and products,
  4. ^ a b 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. ^ "Product Service | Customer Support Centre | Arc'teryx". Arc'teryx Equipment. Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  8. ^ a b "Arc'teryx Naming Scheme | Customer Support Centre | Arc'teryx". Arc'teryx Equipment. Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  9. ^ Schiller, Jakob, "Behind the $675 Arc’teryx Jacket"Powder Magazine (skiing), December 10, 2014.
  10. ^ Hansman, Heather, "How Arc'teryx Builds the World's Priciest Jackets", Outside, April 25, 2018.
  11. ^ Rakestraw, Alex, "Climbing Higher: A History of Arc'teryx Veilance",, October 02, 2017.
  12. ^ Official Rock Solid press release, 2019 June 18th
  13. ^ "Used Outdoor Clothing & Gear | Arc'teryx Used Gear". Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  14. ^ "Academy | Arc'teryx". Retrieved 2020-10-22.
  15. ^ Tristin Hopper, Vancouver to have best-dressed homeless in Canada, National Post, November 28, 2012.
  16. ^ "Arcteryx partners with Leave No Trace.",, May 10, 2019

External links[edit]

Official websites: