Below is news about some key products from the new Arc’teryx ski and snowboard collection for Winter 2018. This is not a review however we will be reviewing the products over the coming winter.
Winter can be unpredictable, unforgiving and demanding. Backcountry skiers and snowboarders take on and embrace these challenges in the pursuit of pristine untracked powder. But days of gruelling ascents and aggressive descents require lightweight clothing that meets the physical demands of changing output levels and conditions.
The new ARC’TERYX Whiteline Freeride Touring products deliver comprehensive weather protection, freedom of movement and the thermal regulation required for deep backcountry days while maintaining an aesthetic that’s rooted in the soul of freeride touring. Designed specifically tosave on weight for easier ascents without sacrificing ski-essential features, the new ARC’TERYX Fall/Winter 2018 collection offers an effortless fit; articulated to allow for efficiency of movement.
Performance Gore-Tex® Pro offers ultimate protection from the environment. At the same time, our base and midlayers move moisture away from your body, keeping you dry and comfortable, whatever the day brings.
The Rush LT Jacket: Light, Durable Backcountry Protection
Weighing just 430 grams, the new Rush LT will never slow you down. But just because it’s feather-light doesn’t mean it’s light on features.
Primarily constructed out of waterproof, windproof N40p Gore-Tex Pro®, the Rush LT Jacket provides durable, breathable protection from the elements.
High wear areas around the shoulders and hips are reinforced by robust
N80p-X Gore-tex Pro®. A helmet compatible StormHoodTM offers
adjustable, full-coverage head protection, outstanding freedom of movement and peripheral vision. During high output times during the day, quick heat dumps are made possible by the jacket’s WaterTightTM pit zippers, even while wearing a pack like the Alpha SK 32 Backpack.
Two pack-compatible chest pockets enhance the Rush LT’s ease of use by allowing you to keep small electronics and other backcountry essentials close to hand. Our CohaesiveTM hood and hem adjusters make adjusting the Rush LT simple, even while wearing heavy gloves. Slide N’ LocTM attachment points located at the bottom of the jacket make it possible to secure compatible pants to help keep powder where it belongs—on the slopes and away from your body.
The Procline AR Carbon Ski Touring Boot
For Fall/Winter 2018 ARC’TERYX is proud to introduce, the Procline AR Carbon ski touring boot. Building on the benchmark agility of the original Procline ski alpinism boot, the Procline AR Carbon, provides exceptional freedom for the ascent, adds power for the descent, and brings it all together in a lightweight design.
Agility for the Ascent
Featuring a revolutionary, patented two-piece carbon fibre upper cuff system that offers 360° of rotation, the Procline AR Carbon boot delivers unrivalled vertical and lateral ankle agility. This enables balance, control, and comfort on technical ascents, improving edge control, and stability while skinning on steep traverses.
Performance for the Descent
Built for confident downhill travel on all snow conditions, the new Procline AR Carbon is the ideal ski touring boot for skiers looking to push further into untracked territories and enjoy the reward of descending untouched terrain. The materials and construction are carefully selected and leveraged to create a boot that fits comfortably, responds quickly, and drives power to the ski.
The boot’s light, durable Ultramid® shell material balances structural support and impact resistance. A wide, easy to operate Cam Powerstrap quickly micro-adjusts with our cam lock for an exceptionally secure fit. Our warmer, more supportive Ultralon closed-cell foam liner resists packing out and can be thermoformed for a precise, secure, and responsive performance, while the boot’s integrated tongue provides additional support without compromising mobility.
The Procline AR Carbon’s carefully considered design, construction and materials keep the boot’s weight as low as functionally possible without sacrificing the mobility and agility for the ascent or the support required for the descent.
A light, stiff injection molded Grilamid spoiler employs carbon fibre reinforced construction to reduce weight while improving stiffness and power transfer. An integrated, zipper-less gaiter sheds grams without sacrificing protection from the elements. In order to help keep weight down on long tours as well as creating more warmth, a closed-cell hydrophobic foam liner has been included to significantly minimize water absorption from sweat and melted snow.
Performance for All
The collection is comprised of a premium Men’s and Women’s Procline AR Carbon, with a carbon fiber cuff for improved downhill performance and lateral edge control as well as Procline AR models, boasting an innovative carbon fibre charged Grilamid® cuff for a more progressive and forgiving flex.
- Flex Index 110
- Last Width 98mm
- Forward Lean 13.5°
- Vertical Rotation Forward +42°, Backward -35°
- Lateral Rotation 12° Internal, 24° External
- Weight 1,300g in size 27.5
- Sizes 25.5 – 30.5
THE ALPHA SK 32 PACK – THE PINNACLE OF USE-DRIVEN DESIGN
Backcountry touring demands lightweight, hardwearing and highly weather-resistant gear. Arc’teryx found that this demand drove many skiers to adopt the streamlined, weather resistant Alpha FL climbing pack as their go-to freeride touring carry solution.
Designed specifically for fast, light alpine use, however, the Alpha FL lacked important freeride touring features like the ability to carry skis/snowboards, snow tool stowage and helmet compatibility. The hacks you found to forge the Alpha FL into a ski-ready carry solution didn’t go unnoticed. Your ingenuity inspired evolution. Tapping into your creativity, we set out to create something entirely new—a versatile, adaptable exceptionally weather- resistant pack designed specifically for freeride touring. The Alpha SK 32 is the result.
The Alpha SK 32: Built for the Backcountry
New for Fall/Winter 2018, the Alpha SK 32 Pack is the pinnacle of
use-driven design. Created to carry the tools necessary for safe, comfortable travel across backcountry snow, the fast and light pack is perfectly sized and equipped for an extended day of Freeride touring and ski alpinism.
Constructed from our incredibly hardwearing, weatherproof and lightweight AC2 material, the pack is a highly adaptable platform designed to provide backcountry ski and snowboarding enthusiasts with the carriage options they need, no hacks required.
Modular Ski and Snowboard Carry
The Alpha SK 32 pack leverages a modular ski carriage system. Using ARC’TERYX exclusive patent-pending TPU ski straps, you can set up the pack for a diagonal or A-frame carry. Snowboards carry vertically. Simpler and lighter, the system reduces weight and minimizes potential snagging by eliminating excess straps.
Alpha SK TPU Straps
Our Alpha SK Straps are versatile, adjustable TPU straps leveraging a patent-pending quick access, side entry stainless steel buckle. This buckle system is much easier to use than those found on traditional TPU straps, particularly while wearing gloves, and can be quickly engaged.
Storage for Backcountry Essentials
With 32 litres of storage, the Alpha SK 32 will allow you to pack all the essentials you’ll need for a day in the backcountry without slowing you down. The pack’s water-resistant front pocket is designed to store and organize your shovel, probe, snow assessment tools, skins and other gear, keeping them readily at hand while ensuring the pack’s main compartment stays secure and dry. Side access zippers allow access to the main body of the pack,
making transitioning between gear and clothing on the go a practice of efficiency. And while the pack’s lid is designed to securely carry a helmet, it’s also ideal for stashing ropes, skins and other bulky items, keeping them out of the way, yet instantly accessible.
Check out the full Whittling range at the Arc’teryx website