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

Sports clothing
Rock-climbing equipment
Founded1989 as Rock Solid
1991 as Arc'teryx[1]
FounderDave Lane
Jeremy Guard
HeadquartersNorth Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Number of employees
ParentSalomon Group (2001–2005)
(Amer Sports (2005–present))
Arc'teryx Zürich Store

Arc'teryx (stylized ɅRC'TERYX) is a Canadian-based outdoor clothing and sporting goods company founded in North Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1989. The name and logo of Arc'teryx refer to the Archaeopteryx, among the earliest known birds. The logo, designed by principal Jeremy Guard, is based on the "Berlin specimen", a fossil of the bird, the most complete skeleton found to date.

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.

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.

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.[3] In May 2005, Amer Sports purchased the Salomon Group from Adidas.[4] 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.


Arc'teryx clothing

Arc'teryx's flagship jacket, the Alpha SV, has received a lot of attention for its design, performance, and price.[5][6] Other top selling items in their clothing line include the Theta AR and Gamma MX jackets. Over the years Arc'teryx' designs have won a number of awards from Backpacker, Outside, Climbing, Men's Journal, and Powder magazines.[3]

Arc'teryx Veilance[edit]

Arc'teryx Veilance is a luxury performance product line started in 2009. The products are made to be top of the line business wear while also being very functional for different climates.[7]

Arc'teryx LEAF[edit]

The Arc'teryx LEAF (Law Enforcement and Armed Forces) product line is composed of equipment targeted to the military and law enforcement markets. Although some items are simply 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. Due to dissatisfaction with the MOLLE gear, the United States Marine Corps chose Arc'teryx's Tango design for their new backpack, the ILBE. Arc'teryx LEAF has also been adopted for use by the United Kingdoms Specialist Firearms Command, specifically, Arc'teryx assault uniforms in Wolf Grey have been issued to Counter Terrorist Specialist Firearms Officers.


  1. ^ Mackie, John (October 2, 2013). "Arc'teryx 'flagship' store lands in Kitsilano". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "Careers at Arc'teryx". Arc'teryx. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Nowakowski, Natasha, "Arc'teryx a perfect fit for adidas' Salomon business", The Portland Business Journal, November 8, 2002.
  4. ^ Crane, Leah, "Salomon Sold to Amer Sports" Archived March 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Transworld Business Magazine, August 9, 2005
  5. ^ Schiller, Jakob, "Behind the $675 Arc’teryx Jacket"Powder Magazine (skiing), December 10, 2014.
  6. ^ Hansman, Heather, "How Arc'teryx Builds the World's Priciest Jackets", Outside, April 25, 2018.
  7. ^ Rakestraw, Alex, "Climbing Higher: A History of Arc'teryx Veilance",, October 02, 2017.

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