After dinner I headed to 803 to attend the evening seminar. Today, we have been working on a simple topic on Ski Layering by Sarah Wallace, a designer at the headquarters of Arc'teryx Canada, and a session on more technical knowledge of Arc'teryx. Sarah is also a backcountry snowboarder, using split boards for uphill. The next day after a lot of snow, he is a passionate activist who enjoys backcountry skating and goes to work before going to the office.
(On the second day, Sarah Wallace, a White Line Desginer at the headquarters of Arc'teryx Canada, continued the session on the basic layering system and the technology of Arc'teryx.)
In outdoor activities, especially mountaineering in the mountains, the layering system is the most basic and most important part. Asia does not know the importance of the layering system especially in places where there are no large mountains like Korea, but when outdoor activities are performed in areas with large mountains such as Europe and North America, the nature of their activities, It is to prevent unnecessary loss of body energy in order to efficiently protect the body temperature in alpine weather and to prevent unnecessary loss of body temperature and to warm the body again. Especially, those who say that they are specialized in outdoor activities in Korea do not know about this layering system, overlook the advantages, and educate only outdoor activities. It is not a big problem if you are only active in small mountains like Korea, but if you plan to go abroad or plan to do backcountry skiing in nearby Japan, you must plan thoroughly on clothes for layering system.
It is important to plan layering in consideration of sweating according to your outdoor activities, not just simply overlapping your clothes, but also planning your backpack to be layered in a short period of time when you are in a rucksack. If it is delayed for a long time, it may get frostbite or hypothermia.
(Understanding of layering system - layering system)
Sara emphasized that Arc'teryx builds clothes based on a layering system that fits each outdoor activity. Especially backcountry ski suits for backcountry skiers have excellent sweat and water vapor emission and at the same time, they prevent strong winds. Especially, it emphasized the excellent waterproof effect which prevents snow and rain.
Noteworthy is that there are many companies that use Gore-tex fabrics around the world, but only one company, Gore-Tex, is tasked with testing their fabrics.Even so, even Gore-Tex company believes and acknowledges the technology of Arc'teryx.
Soon Sarah talked about the technical skills and craftsmanship of Arc'teryx.
There was a jacket whose zipper shape was quite unique. When the weather was cold, it was uncomfortable that the cold metal zipper touched the chin, but the side winder jacket had a zipper curved out of the stereotypes and sent the zipper side to the side. I did not know that it was the first product Arcteryx invented.
Also, the zippers that first appeared on the waterproof jacket added a watertight turn over the zipper. But to get rid of such unnecessary fabrics, Arcterix was able to create waterproof zippers for the first time and cut off the unwanted parts.
(Waterproofed zippers are now common, but invented by Arc'teryx in the first place.)
But then there was a problem. I made a waterproof zipper, but even if it went up to the end of the zipper, there was a very small very small gap, and I was worried how to handle it. The zipper pocket is made small, making it 100% waterproof.
(It is a house with a zippered head in the pocket above the zipper, so it will be 100% waterproof.)
But Arcteryx said that he was worried again. How can I get rid of that zipper pocket? "He said. So they changed it with a zipper attachment so I removed the zipper pockets that were not very tiny 1g. For professional outdoor players, 1g may be a big change.
(The waterproof zipper is now 100% waterproof.)
In addition, many of Arcteryx's innovative, functional and hands-on products from Sarah Wallas are all products of Arcteryx's designers, developers and athletes' efforts, challenges and craftsmanship.
Finally, among the stories I heard from Sarah, there is the most memorable anecdote.
Dave Lane, the founder and rock climber of Arc'teryx, said it was difficult to operate the Rock Solid Company, the founder of the Arc'teryx in the early days.Then he decided to change his company name to Arc'Teryx by abbreviating Archeopteryx Lithographica, the scientific name of Archeopteryx from a book he drank with his partners and accidentally read. It may or may not be a story to be laughable, but the spirit of Dave Lane at that time, the brand philosophy of 'Evolution in Action', the will and craftsmanship to realize continuous innovation with a different idea than others, such as constantly evolving creatures He is still well on his product.