Arc’teryx: from Outdoor Gear to Medical Gowns

Text by: Anne Marie Byrnes

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic started sweeping across the globe, medical professionals on the frontlines have been caring for an unprecedented amount of patients. When Arc’teryx heard there was a shortage of medical gowns in their community, they decided to do what they do best: create protective gear. In April, they teamed up with sewers, engineers and pattern makers to develop a reusable medical gown. 

Equipping professionals on the COVID-19 frontlines

After producing an initial 500 gowns for British Columbia health professionals, they are in the process of manufacturing 30,000 more. A total of 90,000 medical gowns will be produced between Arc’teryx and their partners, Mustang Survival and Boardroom Clothing.

Arc’teryx also made the pattern open source via the BC Apparel & Gear Association, enabling other manufacturers to provide protective gowns to their local healthcare workers. We asked them about their journey.

Altitude Sports: What made the team at Arc’teryx decide they were going to start using their resources to make medical gowns?

Arc’teryx: I don’t think we thought too much about why we wanted to be involved. We had a clear call for help from our local medical community and we just did what we knew how to do best. There wasn’t much we could do on the medical frontlines, but as apparel designers and manufacturers, we could turn our expertise to support the medical community in this fight. Creating the right gear is something we know how to do, and by making the pattern open source, we hope others with manufacturing capabilities can bring more protective equipment to those communities in need.

Altitude Sports: Medical gowns are a change from technical outdoor apparel. How is the design and manufacturing process different?

Arc’teryx: Arc’teryx is known for waterproof, breathable technology that’s typically achieved through materials like Gore-Tex. But it’s really about managing weather and the ability to sustain comfort in inclement weather. If you’re comfortable, you’ll go longer at what you’re doing—whether that’s on a mountain top or in protective gear at a hospital, you want to perform better or longer. You’ll generally feel safer as well—gear shouldn’t be something you think about. 

It wasn’t as much different as it was a shift in speed.  Solving problems with sewn solutions is what we do.  The technical need and the end user was different and we just leaned into understanding what this was as quickly as we could so that we could come up with a solution that would work with what was within the constraints we were given.

*Please note that the medical gowns are not available for sale at this time. Arc’teryx is currently manufacturing gowns for local British Columbia communities and are being distributed by health authorities.

There is 10 thoughts on this article titled “Arc’teryx: from Outdoor Gear to Medical Gowns”.

  1. Hello!

    May I have somes informations of Arc’teryx Medical Gowns?
    I’m a manager of a group of dental clinic, and we looking for order 1200 gowns, I would like to have information,
    Please contact me,

    Mireille Jetté

    1. Hi Mireille! Our contacts at Arc’teryx let us know it is unfortunately not possible to order medical gowns at this time. Arc’teryx is currently producing gowns for communities in British Columbia, which are being distributed in partnership with local health authorities. Should the situation change, we will update this article accordingly. Thank you for your message!

  2. I am a pediatric dentist interested in acquiring your reusable medical gowns.I would like to know how I could get them…

    1. Hello M. Castillo,
      We sent your question to our contacts at Arc’teryx and it is unfortunately not possible to order medical gowns at this time. Arc’teryx is currently producing gowns for local communities in British Columbia, which are being distributed in partnership with health authorities. Should the situation change, we will update this article accordingly. Thank you for your message!

  3. Hi, I am a Family Physician in Ottawa and read about your Arc’teryx Medical gowns. Am I able to order some for my practice somehow?
    I look forward to hearing from you

    1. Good afternoon,
      It is unfortunately not possible to order medical gowns at this time. Arc’teryx is currently producing gowns for local communities in British Columbia, which are being distributed in partnership with health authorities. Should the situation change, we will update this article accordingly. Thank you for your message!

    1. Good afternoon,
      Our contacts at Arc’teryx let us know it is unfortunately not possible to order medical gowns at this time. Arc’teryx is currently producing gowns for communities in British Columbia, which are being distributed in partnership with local health authorities. Should the situation change, we will update this article accordingly. Thank you for your message!

  4. Hi I’m a chiropractor and I need to order 20 of your gowns.
    Please let me know how I can make this order and chose
    color and size. Thanks for all you do for community.

    Jean Villemure

    1. Good afternoon,
      Our contacts at Arc’teryx let us know it is unfortunately not possible to order medical gowns at this time. Arc’teryx is currently producing gowns for communities in British Columbia, which are being distributed in partnership with local health authorities. Should the situation change, we will update this article accordingly. Thank you for your message!

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