Arc'teryx Down Technology
As part of our Fall/Winter 2013 collection, we have introduced new down technologies that extend our range of insulation offerings. For centuries, people have been using goose down in the pursuit of lightweight thermal comfort. Yet, in the current world of high performance outdoor garments, the challenge has been integrating the high warmth of down insulation into technical waterproof apparel without compromising the integrity of either component.
To alleviate this problem, we implemented our new Down Composite Mapping (DCM) technology, placing synthetic insulation in the areas most subject to moisture – hood and collar, under the arms, and at the hemlines – thus protecting the down and targeting its warmth toward the body's core and shoulders.
For the construction of waterproof and breathable down pieces, we developed a patent-pending system called Down Contour Construction (DCC) to integrate down into laminated waterproof/breathable technologies. DCC preserves the seam-sealed integrity of a waterproof shell by using an inner fiber fill (Coreloft) jacket, overlaid with a layer of down. Attached inside the shell, the fiber fill liner adds extra thermal value and protects the down from any condensation that may form inside the shell.
Two new construction technologies, one thermal benefit, many applications. The Thorium AR and Cerium LT jackets use DCM and two different down weights for alpine environments. The new Andessa and Macai jackets are designed for skiing and snowboarding, using both DCM and DCC for the full benefit of warmth plus complete weather protection. For urban wear, the new Patera Parka and Parsec Coat deliver the rich comfort of technical down into everyday winter living.