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Design Ethos

At Arc'teryx, to challenge what exists and manufacture new ideas is the culture. Passion and curiosity fuel a continual drive to explore, to push the boundaries of what is known, regardless of assumptions.

Most designs begin from need: a particular item that does not yet exist; refinements to an existing jacket or pack; addressing comfort or textile compromises; a feature that wastes time, increases exposure or is unnecessary. As romantic as it would be to say that design inspiration is divine, function and the need for solutions are the primary initiatives for Arc'teryx products.

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Design teams are given time to form relationships with their ideas and the opportunity to discover and appreciate the true nature of a product. Our field testing is unique: designers themselves test product in real world conditions as well as put them on athletes and industry professional for serious situational testing. It may be that one idea becomes two separate items, or an entirely different shape takes form. Design is a process, not an event.

Sometimes the best solution for one design is to merge it with another, or to introduce an element not previously entertained. Other times, a design must be abandoned because it simply does not work. Inspiration can come from the most ordinary moments; all that is required is an open mind and the willingness to entertain unorthodox ideas. Intimate understanding of the design problem involves trial and error, feedback, collaboration, input from other teams, shared expertise. Marketplaces and personal interests are set aside; authentic products speak for themselves.

Arc'teryx designs are refined, simple solutions to complex problems. Functional, disciplined answers to the most unforgiving environments and the most demanding performance — Evolution in Action.

"Inspiration can come from the most ordinary moments; all that is required is an open mind and the willingness to entertain unorthodox ideas. Intimate understanding of the design problem involves trial and error, feedback, collaboration, input from other teams, shared expertise."
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