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Arc'teriyx LEAF
Military Advanced Regulator System
LEAF is the Law Enforcement and Armed Forces division of Arc’teryx, an industry leader in precision equipment and apparel for harsh outdoor environments. Delivering the highest quality products is the mandate.Like outdoor professionals, elite law enforcement and military personnel rely on systems that will not fail. Arc’teryx LEAF designs are efficient, hard wearing, purposeful and lean.





  



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Level 1 product feature lightweight , durable base-layer garments designed to fit
next to the skin , to deliver superior moisture wicking comfort and temperature-regulating
propieties.

Level 2 products are designed as midweight base-layer garments , intended as insulative layering garments.They fit next to the skin and deliver moisture-wicking comfort and insulation for extrawarmth in extreme conditions

Level 3 product feature breathable , insulative mid-layer garments designed to be worn as insulative layering pieces in extreme conditions , or as stand alone garments in warmer conditions .

Level 4 products are lightweight , breatable , moisture-resistant garments designed to be pared with next to skin layers for use during aerobic activity , or with insulative mid layer piece for activity during colder conditions


Level 5 products are insulated soft shell pieces anatomically patterned for maximum articulation and increased mobility these garments are breathable windproof and moisture resistant and are intended to be used as stand alone outer garments for use in cold , dry conditions when paired with level 1 and 2 garments
Level 6 products provide lightweight waterproof protection in a collection of highly compressible hard shell and soft shell garments , designed to deliver breathable , technical performance in a range of climatic conditions

Level 7 products deliver superior insulative protection in a lightweight compressible packageThey are designed to be worn as stand-alone exterior pieces on frigid days , or layered under a fully waterproof outer shell for complete weather protection

Level 8 garments feature our heaviest Gore-Tex , fully waterproof outer garments.patterned with superior articulation for unrestricted movements , level 8 products deliver durable yet lightweight , severe-weather protection 

Level 9 garments are technical-fabric combat uniform pieces , constructed using patterned stretch-fabric and coated with DWR (durable water repellent) finish for added moisture resistance .These technical pieces offer limited insulative propieties , or wind resistence however they offer superior breathability , thechnical performance and unrestricted movement during high-output activity.





Levels

Arc'teryx performance outerwear and equipment is engineered to work synergistically within an adaptable layering system that provides total protection in any climatic environment.

By incorporating proven technical innovations in garment construction, paired with the highest quality fabrics available, every design detail has been chosen to enhance the performance properties of each layer within the integrated system, resulting in the highest-performing and most comfortable combat-ready outerwear available.

Lightweight and quick-drying base layers regulate body temperature by efficiently transporting moisture away from the skin (Levels 1-2)

Athletically patterned garments are lighter and more supple, delivering complete freedom of movement during physical activity (Levels 1-9)

Warm, packable and lightweight mid-layers add essential insulation to the equation (Level 3)

Armor-compatible hybrid textile combinations produce garments that deliver increased comfort and mobility (Levels 5, 6, 9)

Tough Softshells deliver increased mobility with the breathable warmth and wind-blocking protection of GORE-TEX® WINDSTOPPER®, Polartec® Power Shield®, and Tweave® Durastretch® fabrics (Level 5)

Durable Hardshell outer layers provide the total waterproof/breathable storm protection of GORE-TEX® textiles (Level 8)



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Style Description Level NSN
- Chimera Shirt LS  Level 1  0000-00-000-0000
- EON Boxer Level 1 -
- Phase SL Zip Neck LS Level 2 -
- Phase SL Bottom Level 2 -
12727 RHO ltw Zip Neck  Level 2 -
13368 RHO ltw Bottom Level 2 -
14282 Atom LT Jacket  Level 3 -
14647 Atom LT Pants  Level 3 -
- Delta LT Jacket Level 3 -
9883 Wraith Jacket Level 4 -
9882 Wraith Pants Level 4 -
- Squamish Jacket Level 4 -
- Squamish Hoody Level 4 -
- Minotaur Half Shell Level 5 -
- Bravo Jacket level 5 -
- Gryphon Half Shell Level 6 -
- Gryphon Pants Level 6 -
- Alpha LT Jacket Level 6 -
- Beta LT Pants Level 6 -
- Fusion Jacket Level 7 -
- Fusion Pants Level 7 -
- Alpha Jacket Level 8 -
- Alpha Pants Level 8 -
- Alpha Bib Level 8 -
- Sphinx Half Shell Level 9 -
- Sphinx Pants Level 9 -

Pararescuemen wearing the 
MARS "Rain Shadow Jacket Level 5" 

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Capilene Silkweight T-Shirt Special

Patagonia's Mens Capilene T-Shirt is a light base-layer for cool weather and provides sun protection when worn alone. Made from silky soft polyester fabric, the shirt is fast drying, highly breathable and sleek and can be worn either on its own or under layers in cooler temperatures.


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Capilene Light Weight  Boxer Briefs
Ultralightweight Capilene 100% recycled polyester double knit baselayer offers superior stretch for hot, high-output conditions and next-to-skin comfort where you need it most


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Capiline Light Weight Crew Special
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Capilene Light Weight Bottoms Special
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R1 Flash Pullover - Special

Exclusive to Patagonia, a new Polartec Power Grid fabric (with Polygiene permanent odor control) is lighter and more breathable than before but with the same outstanding stretch and durability


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R1 Bottoms - Special
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R2 Grid Fleece Jacket
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Houdini Full-Zip Jacket Special
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Slingshot Jacket Special
This is a simple windbreaker type jacket with a tight plain weave. It has a stand up collar, high mounted hand warmer pockets, bicep mounted pockets on both sleeves, and a DWR (Durable Water Repellant) finish that sheds wind and water somewhat. No interior pockets, no pit zips.

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Guide Pants Special

Patagonia's Guide Pants combine breath-ability with wind and water resistance to make a versatile and quiet combat pant for cold climates.


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Dimension Jacket Special
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Mixmaster Pants Special
An 8-oz. nylon stretch-woven (Polartec Power Shield) face laminated to single-sided R1 polyester (Polartec Power Dry) insulation; Deluge DWR (durable water repellent) finish. 4.9-oz. nylon stretch woven reinforcing in seat and knees with Deluge DWR finish. Color is alpha green.

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Rain Shadow Jacket Special
This is what a softshell should be - super light, breathable, waterproof, compressible & hooded. A great storm shell if you wantmaximum versatility in a lightweight softshell.


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Microburst Stretch  Pants Special

The hard-shell Microburst pants provide mobile, packable, waterproof protection for the light-and-fast minimalist. The pants have full-length, water-resistant two-way side zips, a zippered thigh pocket and a locking snap front.

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Specter Jacket Special 
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Spraymaster Jacket Special
The Patagonia Spraymaster's full stretch nylon and waterproof, breathable performance ensure that the only barriers to battle are your own. Its internal surface pattern channels moisture out and aids in easy glide layering, while fully taped seams finish the waterproofing.

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Spraymaster Pants Special

The pants have full-length, water-resistant two-way side zips, a zippered thigh pocket and a locking snap front; they also feature reinforced stretch panels in the seat and knees. With removable suspenders and a two-way fly. 

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Puff-Ball Vest Special
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DAS Parka Special

This is a heavily insulated parka. It has 6oz Polarguard 3D in the body and 4oz Polarguard 3D insulation in the sleeves. It has a tightly water resistant, windproof, snag resistant shell with a DWR finish. It has hand warmer pockets, a chest pocket and interior pocket sized for Nalgene Bottle to keep your water from freezing.

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Micro Puff Pants-Special

Water resistant, windproof synthetic pants that compliment the DAS Parka. These are lightweight, full side zip, DWR finished pants with an elastic and Velcro waist. They have twill reinforced seat and knee patches. Insulation is 2.3oz Polarguard 3D.

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Level 1- Light Weight Base Layer
Level 2- Mid-Weight Base Layer
Level 3- Heavy Weight Base Layer (fleece)
Level 4- Wind Jackets (Ultra-Thin Barriers)
Level 5- Weather Resistant Outer Layer (Soft Shell)
Level 6- Water Repellant Outer Layer
Level 7- High Loft Outer Layer
Level 8- (Arc’Teryx) Waterproof Gore-Tex Layer
Level 9- (Arc’Teryx) Weather Resistant (like Level 5)
Level 7 can often be worn right over individual armor or load bearing equipment, some versions are also designed to be used in lieu of a sleeping system, so the wearer can don them, get warm, and sleep in them in the field. This reduces gear taken to the field and makes fighting from a sleeping system much easier.

The layering system of clothing is designed around the concept that fabrics pushing moisture away from the body will keep you warm while in motion, once you go static you can don waterproof or warm layers to insulate yourself. While in motion, you will not be 100% protected from precipitation, however, at the same time you will not have water retention in your fabrics that will keep you cold.
Year : 2007


David, Dale,
Couldn't agree more with you guys. The post that started this thread was my first. Since I posted, I've learned quite a lot. I'm still reading and learning, but I have a much better handle on how to choose a clothing system that works for fall and winter in the 'Dacks.
I returned the Sigma SV. In it's place I bought what I needed to complete this system:
Baselayer: either a merino crew or synthetic zip t. I have a couple Smartwool pieces in micro and light weights, the Patagonia R1 hoody, and the Outdoor Research Specter Pullover. I already had a lot of these pieces, though.
Windshirt: I got a Montane Feartherlite Smock. I also just found a Marmot Driclime for $50 yesterday, so I grabbed that too.
Waterproof breathable shell: I picked the Integral Designs Thru Hiker.
High loft insulation: I picked up a Montbell Thermawrap. As it gets colder, I guess I'll get something warmer with more loft.
I have some Prana pants, one pair of stretch woven stuff, one pair of expedition grade nylon. And some Smartwool long johns. Also, a pair of Golite Reed rain pants. I might have to get a something more suited to winter cold later, but this is good for now I think.
It was nice to feel like I was making smart choices when picking this stuff out. Especially given how pricey some of this stuff is. Your responses to this and other threads were really helpful.
The Prospector pants were replaced with the Peak pants. I will make two observations this.

>>I would seriously consider something like driclime, rab vapor rising, paramo, etc). Lots of people have been very happy with powershield pants (might be ok because legs don't need to breath as well as torso).



I have worn with great success in Colorado early March trips and in New Mexico in early February:
Patagonia Silkweight boxers
Silkweight bottoms
Black Diamond Alpine Pants (Schoeller Dynamic)
Wild Things EP Pants
Silk weight t-shirt
Silk weight long sleeve
Patagonia R2 fleece
Patagonia Essenshell jacket
Wild Things EP jacket
OR Vert gloves
OR Windstopper Balaclava
BD Mitts
La Sportiva Lhotse boots
With all on I can sit comfortably on a windy ridge at 0-10 degrees and cook my breakfast. My butt is on my Thermarest and I dug a little ledge to sit in and cook on.
This winter I am going to try the same undies but with the Patagonia Ninja pullover with hood, Houdini, and DAS or Nunatak Skaha. On legs Micropuff pants and guide pants.
I sold the Wildthings gear on eBay 'cause I lost some weight and they were to big. I would have bought them again gladly but were not on sale when I was replacing the larger sizes.
I really like the BD Alpine Pants for unrestricted movement, but they are cut like riding pants with big poofy thighs.
I am not a fan of the all inclusive soft shell/insulated garment. You can have that on the legs, or at least me where I do not sweat as much. I like the layered approach to control temperature.

And if you like Mark's advice do it. Great site Mark with tons of good info. I occasionally search eBay for the old Latok/Cloudwalker gear. I could not afford it when I was a kid.
Patagonia Guide Pants
Patagonia DAS
I'm don't think I could get something much loftier than a Mont-Bell Thermawrap under my Integral Designs Thre Hiker without squishing the loft down… If that's a problem, I should return it and size up to XL.
Hello all. This is my first post here, and I'm looking for some gear related advice.
I'm a relatively new hiker and this will be my first winter hiking and backpacking. This being the case, I'm beginning to gear up for the winter. However, one area that is giving me some trouble is my winter layering system. To be honest I'm pretty confused and I'm trying to cut through advertising hype and buy the clothes that I need to do winter backpacks of up to a week.
So, perhaps foolishly, I thought I'd start with a soft shell jacket to wear over some of the thin, insulating fleece pieces that I already own. I bought the Arcteryx Sigma SV with Gore windstopper.
I've continued doing some research since I bought it (at a ridiculous price) and now I'm beginning to wonder if maybe I made a mistake. I'm feeling pretty ambivalent and I may take the Sigma SV soft shell back if I think I can make a wiser purchase.
For instance, I've just learned of the Pertex/Pile systems shells like the Buffalo Special 6 and Montane Extreme Smock today. These options both seem true to soft shell design (more so than Arcteryx perhaps), durable, and highly adaptable.
Alternatively I was considering something more like a traditional layering system along the lines of:
1. Baselayer
2. Windshirt
3. eVent shell
4. High loft synthetic insulating layer
Thanks to obsessive internet reserach, I'm now much clearer on how the pile/pertex or trad system work and I feel they both weigh less and offer pieces that are usable across four season than a system using the Arcteryx shell (which was hella expensive and *still* seems to require that I buy a hardshell like an eVent or GoreTex piece).
So here are the question I need advice on:
1. Is the Arcteryx soft shell over hyped and not really very useful? Do any of you have it? If so, how do you use it?
2. Does anyone have recommendations for creating a winter layering system that takes advantage of the Arcteryx soft shell?
3. Does anyone have an opinion on whether the pile/pertex shell-based system or the trad system above would work better or worse than one based around an Arcteryx soft shell?
Thanks!
PS – I intend to do most of my hiking this winter in the Adirondacks…or elsewhere in the NE.
I love winter hiking in the White Mountains of NH where I have a vacation home, some day to be my retirement home if I live long enough.
First of all, I agree with all the previous postings about soft-shells and winter layering. IMHO, soft-shells which are advertised as the "best of both worlds" are in fact the "worst of both worlds."
1. Soft-shells don't breathe well and,
2. Soft-shells are not waterproof.
So, if it's not raining, wear something that breathes well and if it is raining, then wear something that is waterproof. Duh!
My layering system consists of various thicknesses of merino wool baselayers, sometimes worn in combination, a Montane Featherlite windshirt, a Patagonia Micro-puff synthetic hooded jacket, almost excusively for rest stops and camp and, a poncho with Golite Reed rain pants for rain/sleet/slush (I stay off the windy ridges in winter). In really cold temps, I pack a down vest to layer under the Micro-puff after I've set up camp and put on a dry base layer top if necessary.
That being said, the Arcteryx soft-shells are probably great for running around town, stopping at the grocery, etc. and I admit, they are really stylish looking. One would strike quite a pose getting out of a 4-wheel drive Porche Cayenne to run into the local Starbucks! ;-)

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