Not the typical “American made” type of factory tour, but the good folks at Arc’teryx invited me up to Vancouver to poke around one of their Canadian manufacturing facilities, take some photos for everyone in ACL land and ask some stupid questions about mountaineering and whatnot. It was amazing to see how the products from one of my favorite outdoors brands are made. The skill and time that goes into assembling the company’s GORE -TEX shells, packs and harnesses is astonishing.
It was remarkable to see the amount of research and development that goes into the manufacture of the Arc’teryx goods. Not only does the company develop many of its own materials and components, it also engineers the tools and machines that physically make the gear. It was also interesting to see how highly involved GORE-TEX is in every step of the way. In addition to the main line merchandise, Arc’teryx has a few other interesting projects going on. More to come on that later.
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