Understanding the Arc’teryx Apparel Naming Scheme

Text by: Altitude Sports Editorial Team

Arc’teryx, Hiking & Trekking, Ski & Snowboard. Understanding the Arc’teryx Apparel Naming Scheme

Whether it’s winter in the Canadian backcountry or a rocky hiking trail in the summer, every environment has its challenges. Understanding this brings the need to develop clothing that can take on these rugged landscapes all year round. Arc’teryx combines high-performance fabrics and highly technical features with the knowledge and first-hand experience it takes to overcome the elements. They also help you make a more informed decision with the two-letter Arc’teryx apparel naming scheme,  which categorizes their products by function and climate compatibility.

From waterproof rain jackets to down insulated mid-layers, Arc’teryx’s precise attention to detail and focus on creating high-quality all-weather apparel has made them one of the leading brands in the outdoor industry. They design equipment and apparel tailored for every adventure. Here’s a quick guide on what each category means, and what it can do for you.

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SL: Super Light

Super Light, like the name suggests, are super lightweight products designed using the lightest materials. They’re perfect when you want protection without the added weight. SL apparel is ideal for layering, and when it comes to bringing it along on a trip, it’s easily packable.

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Cerium SL Vest – Men’s

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Beta SL Pant – Women’s

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Zeta SL Jacket – Women’s

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Norvan SL Trail Running Shoe – Men’s

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FL: Fast & Light

Fast & Light means these minimalist products won’t slow you down. They’re exceptionally lightweight and high-performing, for fast travel in various conditions. FL products are essential for climbers who need the freedom to move quickly in wind, rain, and snow.  

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Proton FL Hoody – Men’s

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Sigma FL Pant – Men’s

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Konseal FL Hiking Shoe – Women’s

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Proton FL Hoody – Women’s

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LT: Lightweight

Lightweight products are designed with streamlined features for high-performance protection that won’t slow you down. The materials are light yet durable, with an emphasis on protecting you against whatever conditions you might encounter. Compared to the Super Light gear, the LT gear is more durable and made for colder weather.

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Atom LT Hoody – Men’s

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Gamma LT Hoody – Men’s

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Atom LT Jacket – Women’s

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Cerium LT Hoody – Women’s

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MX: Mixed Weather

Mixed Weather gear is designed to keep you comfortable in various conditions. Some climates have rapidly-changing weather, and packing less means finding apparel that can adapt to these changes. This apparel is often rugged, breathable, and built for mobility. It’s adaptability on the go, so you don’t have to take it off the second the temperature goes up.

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Gamma MX Hoody – Women’s

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Gamma MX Hoody – Men’s

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Gamma MX Pant – Men’s

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Gamma MX Jacket – Men’s

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arcteryx naming scheme

AR: All Around

Versatility is key when it comes to All Around gear. If you’re the type that likes to change up your activity without changing your gear, the ability to adapt is essential. The emphasis on weatherproof technology requires materials that are durable and capable of protecting, whatever the climate and conditions might be.

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Beta AR Jacket – Women’s

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Thorium AR Hoody – Women’s

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Zeta AR Jacket – Men’s

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Bora AR 50 Backpack – Men’s

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SV: Severe Weather

Severe Weather products are made for the harshest conditions nature has to offer. Durability, warmth, and weather-resistance are pushed to the max to ensure you can take on the elements for as long as possible. For alpine explorers, and urban dwellers, SV gear is designed to keep you warm and dry for extended periods during snowstorms and arctic chills.

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Beta SV Bib Pant – Men’s

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Beta SV Jacket – Men’s

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Cerium SV Hoody – Women’s

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Alpha SV Jacket – Women’s

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