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Though it didn’t get its current name, Arc’teryx, until 1991, Rock Solid Manufacturing was founded in 1989 by David Lane in Vancouver, Canada. Lane was an avid outdoorsman whose love for nature and climbing the Rocky Mountains was only surpassed by his frustration with the quality of equipment available at the time. In 1992, the brand released a thermo-molded foam climbing harness—the first of its kind—and cemented Arc’teryx’s place in the market.

Since then, Arc’teryx has expanded into apparel. Its jackets and raincoats have risen in popularity due to recent trends around outdoor culture and the quality Lane founded the company upon. In addition to creating quality gear in its mainline brand, Arc’teryx has also spun off other popular subdivisions including the tactical Arc’teryx LEAF and fashion-focused Arc’teryx Veilance lines.

Why is Arc’teryx so expensive?
Arc’teryx—while internationally available—is known to have exceedly high quality and thoughtfully designed garments and equipment. Arc’teryx uses digital dye cutting machines to cut fabrics, which is more expensive than manual machines or hand cutting. The brand also operates in Vancouver, a city with a high cost of living.

Who owns Arc’teryx?
Arc’teryx was sold to America Sports Corporation in 2005.

Is Arc’teryx a Canadian company?
Yes, Arc’teryx was founded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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