History of Arcteryx
There are millions
of people, the world over, who demand the best in quality when it
comes to outdoor clothing as various types of sporting goods. When
these people shop, they often shop with Arcteryx, and they do so
for good reason.
In 1989, Arcteryx
was founded in North Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canadian company
took its logo and its name from the earliest known species of bird,
the Archaeopteryx. The logo itself was designed from a picture of
a skeleton of this bird known as the Berlin specimen.
In 1999, the
company moved its headquarters to a new locale in Burnaby. This
was done largely because of added space requirements. However, the
move was only temporary, and the company relocated its main offices
back to North Vancouver in 2005. For the most part, the company
produces clothing and sporting goods that are often associated with
backpacking, climbing, hiking, snowboarding and activities such
was founded by two men, Jeremy Guard and Dave Lane. At its conception,
the company name was Rock Solid and it concentrated on manufacturing
equipment used in rock climbing. Their most popular product, at
the time, was the Vapor harness which used new laminate technology.
Using this same technology, the company introduced a new style of
backpack during its second year of operation. The backpack was called
the Bora and it, too, became well known in a short amount of time.
A major shift
took place in 1996 when the company was granted a license by WL
Gore which included permission to use the Gore-Tex fabric for many
of Arcteryx's new products. These new products were listed under
the company's technical gear for outdoor use. Over the years, the
company has received numerous awards for its designs and outdoor
apparel, most notably its Gamma MX jackets and Theta AR garments.
to its consumer line of products, Arcteryx also produces a line
that is designed specifically for law enforcement and military personnel.
This line is known as the LEAF line of products (Law Enforcement
and Armed Forces). To the casual observer, the LEAF line may look
the same as the general consumer line, but there are differences,
notably that the LEAF line often includes PALS attachments as well
as designs that are in camouflage color. The product line was so
successful that the US Marines selected the company's Tango design
when they were coming up with a new style of backpack for its service
saw another major shift in early 2001 when it was bought by Salomon
Group which is owned by Adidas. It should be noted that Salomon
Group was later bought by Amer Sports (May 2005). Even so, the Arcteryx
main offices remain in North Vancouver. The majority of its outdoor
gear (backpacks, harnesses, laminated gear) is made in Burnaby,
British Columbia while their line of outdoor clothing is made in
a variety of locations including New Zealand, China, and Viet Nam.
The basic philosophy
behind their designs and products has not changed over the years.
The company stands firm in that it will design and produce only
the best in outdoor apparel and sporting goods. They are also committed
to manufacturing their many products in an environmentally safe
manner. It is their belief that by manufacturing higher-than-average
goods and clothing, consumers will be able to keep and use those
goods for longer periods of time. This long life is one way to decrease
the amount of waster that is generated. Their products are known
for their extreme durability, often lasting many seasons, even when
subjected to rugged conditions and use. The way the company is able
to achieve this high standard of quality is through the use of innovative
designs and superior quality materials that are then crafted into
the various products by highly trained employees the world over.
committed to maintaining this high level of quality. It also remains
fully committed to producing its lines of outdoor clothing and outdoor
gear in ways that do not negatively impact the environment. For
those who want the best in outdoor gear, gear that has been tested
and proven to be high quality, Arcteryx is the company option to