Understanding the Arc’teryx Apparel Naming Scheme

Text by: Kelsey Begg

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 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.

arcteryx naming scheme

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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women's beta sl jacket

Women’s Beta SL Jacket

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womens alpha sl pant

Women’s Alpha SL Pant

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cerium sl vest

Men’s Cerium SL Vest

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acrux sl gtx

Men’s Acrux SL GTX

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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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psiphon fl pant

Women’s Psiphon FL Pant

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alpha fl backpack

Alpha FL 30 Backpack

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alpha fl jacket

Men’s Alpha FL Jacket

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psiphon fl short

Men’s Psiphon FL Short

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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

Women’s LT Hoody

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Women's Delta LT Zip

Women’s Delta LT Zip

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atom lt vest

Men’s Atom LT Vest

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gamma lt pant

Men’s Gamma LT Pant

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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 Gamma MX Hoody

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mens  gamma mx jacket

Men’s Gamma MX Jacket

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gamma mx hoody

Men’s Gamma MX Hoody

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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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alpha ar jacket

Women’s Alpha AR Jacket

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satoro ar bottom

Women’s Satoro AR Bottom

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acrux ar boot

Men’s Acrux AR Mountaineering Boot

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bora ar

Bora AR 50L Backpack

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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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alpha sv jacket

Women’s Alpha SV Jacket

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beta sv

Women’s Beta SV Jacket

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mens alpha sv

Men’s Alpha SV Jacket

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mens beta

Men’s Beta SV Jacket

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